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BBC3 chief in at Sky

Former BBC3 controller Stuart Murphy has been appointed as the director of programmes at Sky1. Murphy, who is currently creative director at independent production house Twofour, maker of Sky1’s Noel’s…

Ofcom applications for HD capacity

Ofcom has received two applications from the PSBs who are eligible to apply for capacity sufficient for a fourth High Definition service on Multiplex B. The applicants are Five and…

Grieve to Travel

Discovery Communications UK has lost its ad chief, Andrew Grieve, just weeks after the departure of its managing director Dan Brooke Grieve’s departure date is being negotiated, although he is…

ITV exec for You Tube

YouTube has appointed ITV director of viewer marketing Anna Bateson as its European marketing director. She will join the video-sharing site in May to grow the YouTube brand across Europe,…

Comcast sinks 32%

Comcast Corporation, America's largest cable TV provider, said that its fourth-quarter earnings fell 32 percent, hit by a $600 million write-down of its investment in the Clearwire Corporation, the wireless…

Liberty to shelter Sirius from Echostar?

Sirius XM is weighing up a refinancing offer from Liberty Media ahead of today’s deadline to repay $175m in bonds to EchoStar which was using the debt’s leverage in an…

Stand-off delays Commission piracy plans

The European Commission is set to delay proposals to tackle online piracy until the end of its current mandate, following heavy pressure from telecoms companies and consumer organisations. Lobbies from…

Turkey fines Dogan $400m

Turkey's biggest media group has fallen foul of the authorities incurring a $408m tax fine at a time when its advertising revenues are set to weaken and its parent company…

ITV to sell 'Friends'

ITV is understood to have put the social networking website Friends Reunited up for sale as it faces a cash crisis amid plunging revenue. ITV snapped up Friends Reunited in…

Malone $500m deal for Sirius

John Malone's Liberty Media has offered $250m in a senior secured loan as the first step in a "multi-stage" deal to rescue Sirius XM ahead of an imminent debt deadline,…

MTG record results

Modern Times Group (MTG) reported revenues of SEK13.166bn (E1.22bn) for the year to December 2008, up 16% year-on-year. Group operating income after non-recurring items was SEK2.598bn, up 28%. The Viasat…

Charter Chapter 11

Charter Communications said it had reached an agreement in principle with a debt holders committee on terms of a financial restructuring, to be done under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, to…

Canal+ claims unfair competition from Orange

Canal+ has filed a complaint with French antitrust authorities against France Telecom’s Orange, accusing the carrier of unfair competition in bundling its Internet, telephone and other services to attract customers.…

Ofcom underlines support for BT NGN profit

The chances of BT spending £1.5bn (E1.7bn) on a superfast broadband network have increased after Ofcom said its rules would not prevent the telecoms operator from securing an adequate return…

ILIAD boosts ARPU

French IPTV operator Iliad boosted ARPU for its Free service to E36.90 during the fourth quarter of 2008. The operator said its record ARPU figure to-date was partly down to…