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Rosen joins Eutelsat as Deputy CEO

The Board of Eutelsat Communications has unanimously approved the proposal from its Chairman Giuliano Berretta to nominate Michel de Rosen as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Rosen joins Eutelsat Communications on July 1st. He will collaborate closely with Giuliano Berretta in advance of assuming the position of Chief Executive Officer after the General Assembly of Shareholders […]

June 12, 2009

BT Vision chief quits

The chief executive of BT Vision, Dan Marks, has quit to pursue his own interests. IPTV service BT Vision is at the heart of the UK telco’s efforts to move beyond traditional phone services. But Marks warned that without an acceleration to Ofcom’s review of the pay-TV sector, enabling BT to access BSkyB’s premium film […]

June 12, 2009

New CEO for CableLabs

The Board of Directors of CableLabs has named Paul Liao, the chief technology officer at Panasonic, the next CEO of Cable Television Laboratories Inc. Liao will take over from long-time head Dick Green.

June 12, 2009

NGNs 'open' under EC proposals

The European Commission is recommending that rules governing the emerging next-generation broadband services – specifically, those around competitor access to infrastructure and wholesaling of broadband access – should be developed through a "common approach" across the continent. If national telco regulators find that a dominant telco has significant market power over the faster lines, they […]

June 12, 2009

Blavatnik saves Setanta?

American investor Len Blavatnik is offering £20m (E23.4m) to buy some time for the beleaguered sportscaster. However the BBC reports he is demanding a 51% stake in return. Blavatnik is also involved with Top-up TV, the pay-tv channel on Freeview, and is said to have strong Russian connections.

June 12, 2009

Sky wants no protected sports rights

Sky says the “crown jewels” list of sporting events reserved for free-to-air television amounts to a “tax on sport” that subsidises terrestrial broadcasters. In its submission to the government’s review of the A list of sporting events that must shown on free to air TV, the pay-TV broadcaster also argues that the policy reduces competition […]

June 10, 2009

Bradshaw replaces Burnham

UK Health minister Ben Bradshaw has been appointed as the new culture secretary, replacing Andy Burnham, in a move that comes at a crucial time in the final run up to the Digital Britain report. Bradshaw, a former BBC journalist, is to take over as secretary for culture, media and sport after Burnham was moved […]

June 9, 2009

Setanta on brink

The board of UK and Ireland football broadcaster Setanta is meeting this week to assess whether it has any options other than placing the business in administration. Last week the company failed to pay the Scottish Premier League £3m (E3.4m). The SPL has had to find £3m from its own funds to distribute to the […]

June 8, 2009

Carey leaves DirecTV for News Corp

The DirecTV Group's President and CEO Chase Carey is joining News Corp as Peter Chernin's replacement as COO. DirectTV has recently switched from News Corp to Liberty ownership. The move means James Murdoch will have to wait a little longer for his expected elevation to the top table. DirecTV named Executive Vice President Larry Hunter […]

June 5, 2009

Kudelski view on OpenTV bid

Kudelski Group has been talking about its bid for the share in Open TV it doesn't already own which Open rejected as inadequate. “Based on Kudelski’s discussions with [OpenTV’s] Special Committee, Kudelski has concluded that continued discussions will not be fruitful and has therefore decided to withdraw its proposal and terminate discussions with the Special […]

June 5, 2009