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DISH & DirecTV merger back on?

Private equity fund Apollo Global Management is reportedly looking to help engineer a merger between the USA’s two giant DTH players, DirecTV (now owned by AT&T) and Charlie Ergen’s DISH…

Report: £60bn full fibre UK economy boost

Report: £60bn full fibre UK economy boost

Connecting the UK to Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband by 2025 would deliver almost a £60 billion (€68bn) boost to UK productivity – an average of more than £1,700 per worker –…

Deezer to mount IPO?

Streaming music service deezer is reported to be considering mounting an IPO in about 18 months’ time. The France-based service is run by Hans-Holger Albrecht and backed financially by Saudi…

Broadband boost for UK flat-dwellers

Broadband boost for UK flat-dwellers

A new law will ensure the nine million people in the UK living in blocks of flats aren’t left behind in the Government’s nationwide upgrade to gigabit speed broadband, Digital…

STELA hearing on Oct 23rd

The US STELA Act permits households to receive re-transmitted TV signals from far-distant broadcasters. It is due to be examined by a US government committee on October 23rd, and its…

Italy to levy 3% online tax

Italy’s Economy Minister has confirmed that the country will impose a 3 per cent ‘online tax’ on large-scale web-based activity, and it will come into force in 2020 – a…

Millennial Esports takes controlling stake in LetsGoRacing

Millennial Esports will expand its global eSports and motorsport content creation and distribution platform by taking a controlling stake in leading automotive YouTube channel, LetsGoRacing. LetsGoRacing is a YouTube channel…

MBC’s Barnett resigns

MBC’s Barnett resigns

MBC, by any measure the most powerful broadcasting group in the Middle East, is set to lose its CEO Sam Barnett after 17 years at the helm. MBC’s chairman Waleed…

Eutelsat names Rouzaud as Chief HR Officer

Eutelsat Communications has announced the appointment of Marie-Sophie Rouzaud as Group Chief Human Resources Officer. Her new position will be effective from early 2020. Rouzaud will become a member of…

CCTV, Tencent pull NBA games over Hong Kong tweet

CCTV, Tencent pull NBA games over Hong Kong tweet

The NBA has defended free speech following a team executive’s tweet in support of the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, wrote on…

Bank backs CBA proposals

Investment bank Morgan Stanley says it expects the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to publish its Final Report and Order on the C-Band Alliance’s (CBA) proposals in November. The CBA wants…

Euskaltel’s FTTH network on sale to finance expansion

Zegona-controlled telco operator Euskaltel plans to sell its FTTH network to finance its national expansion throughout Spain. This plan, however, is being opposed by Euskaltel’s workers who regard the operation…

Serie A opens US office

Serie A, the organising body for the top flight Italian football league, has opened an office in the US in an attempt to boost media rights opportunities across the pond.…

Arqiva sells telecoms unit for £2bn

Arqiva sells telecoms unit for £2bn

Spain’s Cellnex Telcom is buying Arqiva’s telecoms unit for £2 billion (€2.2bn). The sale will make the Barcelona-based telco the largest independent operator of wireless infrastructure in the UK. Evidently,…

Italy: JV to manage nearly 1,000 TV towers

3Lettronica Industriale and Prima TV have teamed up to jointly manage a network of nearly 1,000 DTT transmitters in Italy. The two partners will offer interested broadcasters the possibility of…