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Research: ‘UK audiences OK’ with brand placements

Audience research commissioned by broadcast regulator Ofcom reveals UK viewers’ attitudes towards commercial references in and around TV programmes. In addition to income from adverts in commercial breaks, broadcasters can generate revenue from references in programmes. These commercial arrangements allow brands, products and services to feature in and around TV programmes – through product placement […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Vodafone’s Read to step down

Vodafone Group has announced that Nick Read has agreed with the Board that he will step down as Group Chief Executive and as a Director of Vodafone on December 31st, following which he will be available as an adviser to the Board until March 31st 2023. Margherita Della Valle has been appointed interim Group Chief […]

December 5, 2022

NitroTV hit with $51m piracy damages

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal ecosystem for creative content, has applauded a new federal court order requiring IPTV piracy service NitroTV to pay $51.6 million (€49m) in damages to certain ACE members for “egregious” copyright infringement. NitroTV was a collection of unlicensed web-based and application-based […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Board changes at Redge Technologies

Tomasz Kamiński has been nominated to the Board of Redge Technologies as CFO. The board member will support the leader of OTT technology in the CEE region in the strategic and operational areas. Kamiński is an experienced expert in strategic consulting and private equity funds. He joined Redge Technologies in 2021 as CFO. Previously, he […]

December 5, 2022

Ryley leaving Sky News

John Ryley has announced he is stepping down as head of Sky News after 17 years. Ryley, who has been with Sky for 28 years, began his career as a BBC graduate news trainee and went on to programme edit ITV’s News at Ten before joining Sky in 1995 as an output editor. He was […]

December 5, 2022

SABC in grim financial position

South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster has told a parliamentary committee that its financial position is grave. Overall its financial revenues are some 27 per cent below an already squeezed budget. SABC had hoped for a 64 million Rand (€3.46m) surplus this year but CFO Yolande van Biljon told MPs at a sitting of the nation’s […]

December 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Azibert steps down at Eutelsat

Michel Azibert has retired from his deputy-CEO role at Eutelsat. He has been in the role since 2019 and his departure was effective on November 10th following Eutelsat’s AGM. The news was not made public until an official notification was issued on December 2nd. The notification concerned his final compensation and salary entitlements along with […]

December 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

AST SpaceMobile raises $75m

AST SpaceMobile, the company building what it claims is the first space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, has confirmed the closing of its offering of 13,636,364 shares of Class A Common Stock raising gross proceeds of $75 million (€71.1m). Riley Securities (B. Riley) was the sole book-running manager of the offering. […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom: Gordon Ramsay shows broke broadcasting rules

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has ruled that two TV programmes, featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, broke its broadcasting rules, because they included offensive language but were shown before the 9pm watershed. An episode of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, broadcast before the watershed at 12.10 on Channel 4 on August 10th, included […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann

DCMS Secretary to face MP questions

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will appear before the DCMS Committee for the first time since her September 2022 appointment. In a wide-ranging session, MPs are expected to examine her priorities as well as key areas of Committee focus. Questions in the December 6th Evidence Session on […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann