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BT CTO leaves

After an internal re-org the telco's CTO Matt Bross has left the company and returned to the US, seven years after joining. As well as leading the 21CN network project, Bross was also CEO of BT's Innovate division, which was merged with the Design division this month. BT hasn't announced a replacement though chief information […]

July 22, 2009

MTG up 8% on year

With its half year results Modern Times Group says net sales up 8% year on year to SEK 6,920. It had operating income of SEK 822 million when excluding income from the discontinued DTV Group in 2008 Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Market conditions remained tough in the second quarter with advertising […]

July 22, 2009

Virgin Media mustn't be 'flipped' to News

Virgin Media has apparently inserted a clause into the sale of VMtv and its 50% share in UKTV, preventing the buyer from selling them on to a company that is part or fully owned by News Corporation. But neither News Corp, nor associated companies such as BSkyB, are precluded from buying the assets directly from […]

July 22, 2009

AEPOC alarmed over understanding of piracy

During the recent board meeting of AEPOC, Europe's Anti-piracy association for the protection of encrypted works and services, AEPOC discussed the "Pirate Bay" sentence in Sweden and the election of the "Pirate Party" into the European Parliament. AEPOC views the "success" of the Pirate Party, which questions the concept of intellectual property and copyright, and […]

July 20, 2009

Google CFO: YouTube profits soon

Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette has said that its YouTube video site should be profitable in the not-too-distant future. “We’re really pleased both in terms of its revenue growth, which is really material to YouTube and, in the not long, too long distance future, we actually see a very profitable and good business for […]

July 18, 2009

Cox to sell Travel stake

Cox Communications has decided to sell a majority stake in the Travel Channel in an auction expected to value the cable network at $600 million or more and break the drought in media industry deal-making. Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of the Food Network, is widely seen as the front-runner in an auction likely to test […]

July 16, 2009

Schmid leaves Tele Columbus

Markus Schmid, CEO and President of the Tele Columbus Group, is leaving the company at his own request. Michael Buhl, CFO of the Tele Columbus Group, will temporarily assume the position of president of the Management Board. Markus Schmid led the company for over two years through a phase of strategic reorientation, first as Managing […]

July 16, 2009

ESPN Star Sports appoints Lefebvre as VP

ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has appointed Jon Lefebvre as its new Vice President, Sales Operations and Strategy. He will be based in Singapore and will report directly to Charles Less, Senior Vice President, Advertising and Multimedia Sales. Prior to his move to Singapore, Lefebvre was based in Australia where he ran J&M international, a boutique […]

July 15, 2009

Italian consumers question RAI encryption

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Italian consumers association Altroconsumo has lodged a complaint to the country's Communications Authority (Agcom), the Antitrust Authority, and to the European commissioners for Competition and the Information Society, regarding the issue of encryption of the satellite broadcasts of Italian public broadcaster RAI. According to Altroconsumo, in the period between April […]

July 15, 2009

BBCWW £1bn sales, profits fall

BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, saw yearly revenue hit £1bn (E1.16bn) for the first time, but profit fell because of write offs on Kangaroo and damage from the collapse of its video distribution JV with Woolworths. In the year to 31 March, revenue rose 9.5%, while profits were just £85.7m. BBC Worldwide made more […]

July 15, 2009