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AMC Networks axing 20% of staff

AMC Networks has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Christina Spade, has stepped down after just three months on the job. The company also revealed plans to lay off around one-fifth of its US workforce as it faces pressure from streaming competitors and a slowing economy. The network, home to hit shows including The Walking […]

November 30, 2022

Amazon mulls Salto deal

Amazon is reportedly interested in buying struggling French streamer Salto. Canal+ is already in the frame as a possible rescuer and now Amazon has indicated to TF1 and M6 that it is also interested in a potential buy. Amazon already distributes Salto on its Prime Video service in France and would add the 800,000 or […]

November 30, 2022

Ofcom: ‘BBC must do more to serve lower income audiences’

The BBC needs to do more to reach and resonate with viewers and listeners on lower incomes, Ofcom has found in its annual report on the BBC’s performance. Ofcom’s report finds that people in lower socio-economic groups – who account for almost a quarter of the UK population – are less engaged and less satisfied […]

November 30, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: How resilient is DTT is Europe?

As more than 90 million households, or 30 per cent of European TV homes, still rely exclusively on free-to-air channels for their TV consumption, the ongoing evolution of DTT transmission standards could be seen as a way to rejuvenate a TV access mode which does not appear as prosperous as it was in the past, […]

November 30, 2022

UK broadcasters: “Diverse decision makers essential”

More diverse senior decision makers are essential if broadcasting is to become a genuinely inclusive industry, according to the CEOs of the UK’s Public Service Broadcasters, and panellists speaking at the Channel 4 Inclusion Festival – Altogether Different: Live. Improving the diversity of off-screen talent and ultimately changing the make-up of broadcasting’s senior decision makers […]

November 30, 2022

ITV expands Drama team with new hires

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has announced that Helen Ziegler will be joining the team as Senior Commissioning Editor. Ziegler starts with ITV Drama commissioning in January 2024, following her maternity leave. Currently Director of Television at award winning Mammoth Screen, Ziegler’s recent Executive Producer credits include Peter Bowker’s World on Fire for BBC […]

November 30, 2022

Bank: “Prosus top pick for 2023”

On December 5th, Netherlands-based media conglomerate Prosus will hold a Capital Markets Day (along with its major backer Naspers) and it has prompted investment bank Exane/BNPP to issue a note to clients which – in summary – says that Prosus is set to emerge from the crises [of the past few years] stronger and is […]

November 30, 2022

Study: ‘No change in European UHF spectrum allocation’

A study published by the European Commission supports the EBU position that there should not be any change in the way that UHF spectrum is allocated in Europe. The study makes clear that both DTT and wireless audio equipment for programme making and special events (PMSE) will continue to require the sub-700 MHz spectrum currently […]

November 29, 2022By Colin Mann

BBC to simplify complaints process

The BBC is further improving its complaints process to support greater transparency and maintain trust with audiences. To deliver this commitment, the BBC says it will: Make the complaints website easier to find and use; better explain how audience feedback is shared and used across the BBC and improve how we explain the steps in […]

November 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Europol operation shuts down pirate websites

Law enforcement agencies from 27 countries participated in the 13th edition of Operation In Our Sites between May and November 2022, a Europol-coordinated operation to take down websites offering counterfeit goods or involved in online piracy. The recurring operation, which is supported by Eurojust and Interpol targets, investigates and seizes websites hosting a variety of […]

November 29, 2022By Colin Mann