Advanced Television


Police may probe ITV phone scandal

UK police may investigate the ITV phone-in scandal affair if asked to by Ofcom, and it is already reviewing evidence in the GMTV case. On ITV, the Metropolitan Police said it would take its cue from Ofcom, the media and telecoms regulator, which is planning to investigate the affair. Ofcom said: “ITV's review of its […]

October 22, 2007

Google growth double online average

Google said net income in the third quarter surged 46 per cent compared with the period a year earlier. Sales rose 57 per cent, topping Wall Street's bullish forecasts. The results show that Google is growing roughly twice as fast as the overall online advertising market, which itself is booming, and that it is expanding […]

October 22, 2007

DirecTV sues Cox over HDTV ads

In the latest tit-for-tat DirecTV has sued Cox Communications, charging the cable operator with making false claims about its High-Definition picture. The lawsuit charges that Cox’s Internet ads include “false and misleading statements” about the HD quality of its picture versus DirecTV’s HD picture. DirecTV’s lawsuit targets a section at Cox’s web site that cites […]

October 22, 2007

Pace Micro on track

Mike McTighe, Chairman of Pace Micro Technology said “I am pleased to say that Pace is on track to meet the Board's recently revised expectations for the shortened 2007 financial year. As previously stated this strong performance is due to us exceeding margin improvement targets across the range of Pace's set-top box products following management […]

October 22, 2007

Ofcom will auction 2G capacity

UK's Ofcom is to 'grab back' capacity 02 and Vodafone have been licensed for restricted 2G services. The original mobile phone companies Vodafone and O2, formerly Cellnet, were given 2G spectrum when the UK mobile industry was founded in 1985. But Ofcom wants to release part of it to new entrants so they can run […]

October 21, 2007

Bank of Ireland US Media appointment

Bank of Ireland has confirmed the appointment of Michele Roller to its US Media Finance team in a move that demonstrates the Bank's continued commitment to strengthening its North American offering. Michele Roller, Director, will focus on the provision of debt funding solutions for companies in the media sector, offering senior and mezzanine financing to […]

October 19, 2007

ITV: problems with 10m calls

ITV’s long-awaited Deloitte report into premium rate phone-in scandals has uncovered problems with up to 10 million calls to the broadcaster’s major entertainment shows. These involved viewers still being encouraged to call after a winner had been picked or being told there was a randomly selected winner when in fact there was a pre-selected short […]

October 19, 2007

Sky Italia first profits

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Sky Italia is set to turn a profit for the first time since launch in Italy in 1991 under the brand Tele+. The results of parent News Corp reveal that profits were up from E32 million in H1 2006 to E164 million in the first six months of this year. […]

October 19, 2007

FCC to lift ownership rules?

The head of the Federal Communications Commission has revealed a plan to relax the media ownership rules, including repealing a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city. Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the commission, wants to repeal the rule in the next […]

October 19, 2007

Nokia buys Enpocket

Nokia has agreed to buy US mobile advertising firm Enpocket. Nokia claims that the move will allow it to accelerate the scaling of its mobile advertising business, taking advantage of Enpocket’s platform and strong partnerships with advertisers, publishers and operators.

October 18, 2007