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NBC buys Oxygen TV

NBC Universal has agreed to pay $925 million (E652m) for Oxygen Media, the independent cable television channel for women launched seven years ago by talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. It marks…

Portland TV seeks buyer

Richard Desmond, owner of the UK's Daily Express newspaper, has confirmed plans to sell a majority stake in his adult television business, assumed to be a prelude to an IPO…

BBC One chief out

BBC One controller Peter Fincham has resigned following the publication of a report into footage that distorted the actions of the Queen. A trailer for the documentary, A Year With…

Ofcom rains on BSkyB's Picnic?

Ofcom has wasted no time getting out its consultation on Sky's pay-TV on Freeview plans. Ofcom said the Sky proposal would increase choice and availability of pay-TV services on the…

YouTube must do better on copyright – News Corp

Google 'could do a better job' at preventing illegally copied video from appearing on its YouTube site, Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer of News Corp, told the FT.…

NBC: Get tough on piracy

Echoing comments from News Corp and Viacom, the chief executive of NBC Universal said piracy of copyright movies, music and other goods is “getting worse, not better” and urged the…

Italy bans analogue TVs from 2009, postpones switch

From Branislav Pekic in Rome In order to boost the transition to digital terrestrial, Italy's Communications Ministry passed a new decree linked to the 2008 Budget. It establishes that the…

BSkyB would sue for ITV losses

BSkyB could take legal action if it is forced into a loss-making sale of its 17.9 per cent stake in ITV after the Competition Commission said the shareholding was anti-competitive.…

TV3 to take Sogecable to Courts

From David del Valle in Madrid The Spanish football TV war is intensifying with regional TV channel TV3 suing Sogecable for having prevented it from broadcasting free to air a…

Wilkinson appointed COO of DTG

The Digital TV Group, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has appointed Keith Wilkinson as Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer. Keith joins the Group from the…

US pay-TV saturation point

As IPTV services emerge, telecom companies face a fairly saturated pay-TV market in the U.S, as 82 per cent of all US households reported having a pay-TV subscription in 2006.…

Sony Pictures Television appoints Newton

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) says Damian Newton has joined the company as vice president of digital initiatives. In his new role, Newton, who joins SPTI from Disney ABC International…

BBC buys into Lonely Planet

BBC Worldwide has bought a majority stake in travel guide company Lonely Planet. The corporation’s commercial arm has acquired a 75 per cent stake in the privately owned company. The…

Lumer appointed CEO of RawFlow

RawFlow, peer-to-peer technology provider and the company behind the user-generated broadcast platform Selfcast, has revealed that former CEO and co-founder of Babelgum, Erik Lumer, has been appointed Chief Executive. Lumer…

Deutsche Telekom buys Orange Netherlands

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has concluded a deal to buy Dutch mobile phone and broadband Internet operator Orange Netherlands from France Telecom for E1.3 billion. Deutsche Telekom said it expects the…