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Pryde appointed Controller, BBC Distribution

Alix Pryde is to become the new Controller, BBC Distribution. She replaces Richard Waghorn who has left the BBC to become Chief Technology Officer for SABC, the South African public service broadcaster. …………..

February 10, 2009

Eutelsat raises targets

Eutelsat has raised its revenue target for the full year after the world’s third-biggest satellite operator posted a 52.8 per cent increase in net profit over the first half of 2008-2009. Eutelsat said it now targeted sales of E910 million in full-year 2008-2009, up from a target of more than E900 million last confirmed on […]

February 10, 2009

Access takes Setanta stake

With some analysts doubting Setanta's future after it failed to renew both its Premiere League packages, Access Industries, which is headed by the Russian-born US citizen Len Blavatnik, is understood to have acquired a stake of about 3%. Blavatnik’s petrochemicals business, Lyondell Basell filed for bankruptcy protection last month owing $26bn. Royal Bank of Scotland […]

February 10, 2009

Landmark piracy case in Oz

In a landmark case, leading Aussie ISP iiNet has formally defended itself against claims by movie studios that it willingly permitted customers to download movies illegally. In the Federal Court Australia’s third largest ISP – which could face millions in damages – argued the case was “like suing the electricity company for things people do […]

February 9, 2009

NDS buy out complete

The deal for NDS’s biggest shareholder in partnership with private equity firm Permira to buy NDS off the market has been completed. A deal valuing the company at $3.6bn sees News Corp keep a 49% stake . NDS provides CA and DRM services across all platforms.

February 9, 2009

Telstra and AFL protect online rights

The Australian Federal Court has made final orders in a case brought by Telstra to enforce Telstra’s exclusive right to broadcast AFL (Australian Football League) content on mobile phones and over the internet. Telstra and the AFL had brought the case against News Limited, whose newspaper subsidiaries unlawfully posted hyperlinks to AFL video files on […]

February 6, 2009

Sky Italia subs up profit down

News Corp-owned Italian pay-TV operator Sky Italia added 322,000 net subscribers in 2008 for a total subscriber base of 4.7 million. It reported second quarter operating income of US$10m down $52m year-on-year. New Corp said marketing cost of subscriber acquisition and increased sports programming costs hit net income. News Corp's operating income for the second […]

February 6, 2009

Sky: 'Ofcom must back off'

BskyB followed up securing a further three years of live Premier League football with a vitriolic response to media regulator Ofcom's consultation on the UK pay-TV market, accusing it of “serious flaws” and “perverse conclusions.” Responding to Ofcom’s second Consultation Document on pay TV which was published last September and said: "Retail competition that we […]

February 6, 2009

Kangaroo shot down by Competition Commission

From Colin Mann in London The UK's Competition Commission has decided to block the proposed video on demand (VOD) joint venture between the BBC through BBC Worldwide Limited (BBCW), ITV plc (ITV) and Channel Four Television Corporation (C4)—UKVOD, also known as 'Project Kangaroo'. It has concluded that none of the other remedies proposed could remove […]

February 5, 2009

Tiscali sells to BS

Milan based BS Private Equity and BS Investimenti are to acquire Tiscali’s international network business for E47 million. Parent group Tiscali has been in play for much of the last year, with BSkyB still believed to be in negotiations regarding the purchase of its UK activities with a price tag of up to £500 million. […]

February 5, 2009