Daily News  - 23rd April 2024

Report: FTA sport worth €4.9bn to European economy

An independent report commissioned by the EBU from Oxford Economics estimates that the economic impact of public service media (PSM) sports broadcasting contributed €4.9 billion to Europe’s GDP and supported over 60,000 jobs in 2022. The findings include direct contributions from content production and broadcasting and significant indirect and induced…

Macquarie explores KCOM sale

Macquarie, the Australian investment fund and former owner of Thames Water, is reportedly looking to sell KCOM, the Hull-based broadband provider amid growing competition from upstart networks. The Telegraph reported that Macquarie has already appointed advisory-focused investment bank PJT Partners to conduct a strategic review of KCOM’s business. The move…

Court date set for Fubo's antitrust lawsuit

A preliminary injunction hearing in Fubo’s antitrust lawsuit against a new US sports streaming platform from ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros Discovery has been scheduled for August 7th at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Fubo filed its lawsuit against the as-yet unnamed service back…

Freeview: Nearly 23m TVs sold since 2014

Freeview has revealed that is has sold nearly 23 million TVs since 2014, according to GFK, PTV Panel. That’s more than enough TV sets to entertain the entire populations of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow combined. Freeview offers more than 70 standard and a selection of HD live channels,…

SkyShowtime, Paramount ad sales partnership

SkyShowtime and Paramount Advertising International have announced an exclusive deal for Paramount to handle SkyShowtime’s advertising sales across all of its markets. Through this partnership, SkyShowtime and Paramount’s global ad sales business will provide advertisers with unified access to premium advertising in 20+ European markets. SkyShowtime’s new Standard with Ads…

ITV: Over 7m viewers for FA Cup semi-final

ITV, the UK commercial broadcaster, drew significant audiences across entertainment, sport and drama, over the April 20th/21st weekend. More than 12 million people tuned into the first two launch episodes of Britain’s Got Talent Season 17. Episode 1 on April 20th peaked with 5.8 million viewers (5 million ave.) with…

SES vs Intelsat C-band hearing postponed

The long-running legal battle between SES and Intelsat over more than $400 million (€375.2m) which SES is claiming out of the sum received by Intelsat from the FCC’s compensation scheme for the reuse of C-band, has been postponed. A hearing initially set for April 24th has now been rescheduled for…

BBC invests £6m into BBC Bitesize

BBC Children’s and Education has announced a £6 million (€6.9m) investment into its online education platform, BBC Bitesize. The BBC says that “BBC Bitesize will become the most personalised, trusted and free to access learning platform for the next generation”, as the corporation celebrates 100 years of its education content.…

AST SpaceMobile hit by Class Action

AST SpaceMobile, already suffering criticism for multiple delays and alleged misleading statements to shareholders, has been hit with Class Actions. The actions will be before the Western District of Texas in the US District Court and before Judge David Counts. AST SpaceMobile is based at Midland, Texas. AST SpaceMobile, together…

Sport 24 to air Euro 2024 on airlines, cruise ships

Sport 24, IMG’s inflight and in-ship live sports channel, has announced a deal with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to broadcast the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship. Under the agreement, Sport 24 and its secondary channel Sport 24 Extra will show 50+ games of the tournament live on…

UKTV Ventures partners with Elder

UKTV has announced that it has invested in the online care marketplace, Elder, using its multi-million pound investment fund, UKTV Ventures. Elder was created to connect older people and their families with independent carers across the UK to enable personalised one-to-one care at home.  Elder’s proprietary technology uses hundreds of…

Virgin Media O2 helps to tackle e-waste

Virgin Media O2 is raising awareness of the issue of electronic waste (e-waste) and the climate crisis with content across Virgin TV to mark Earth Day (April 22nd). With the UK on course to become the largest contributor of e-waste in the world per capita, Virgin TV has created a…

New TV awards for Northern Ireland’s screen industries

The Royal Television Society in Northern Ireland (RTS NI) in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Channel 4 has launched its 2024 Awards for the local creative industries with seven new award categories this year. The new categories for 2024 are: Actor (Female); Actor (Male); Writer; Breakthrough…

Banijay Iberia, Mrs Greenfilm drive sustainability in Iberian TV

Banijay Iberia, comprising Spain and Portugal’s scripted and non-scripted production companies, and Mrs Greenfilm, a sustainability consultancy in Spain, have signed an agreement to help build a greener future. In doing so, they combine their efforts to achieve a more sustainable audiovisual industry. Through education, training and meetings at Banijay…

Impresa chooses OKAST to launch FAST channels

Impresa, the Portuguese media group, has chosen OKAST Channels to launch its free, ad-supported channels (FAST) on its OTT platform OPTO SIC. The new channels available immediately are SIC Alta Definição and SIC Replay. SIC Alta Definição offers dozens of episodes of SIC’s classic programmes, freely available, bringing together several…

Kids narrate Planet Earth episode for Earth Day

To mark Earth Day (April 22nd), the celebrated BBC documentary series Planet Earth III has collaborated with BBC Children in Need to premiere a special episode, uniquely narrated by schoolchildren. The children, aged between nine and thirteen, read from Sir David Attenborough’s original scripts as they champion the power of…

The Iron Claw on Max in May

The Iron Claw movie, written and directed by Sean Durkin, will make its streaming debut on Max on May 10th. The film will be available on HBO and will make its linear debut in the US on May 18th. The film tells the true story of the Von Erich brothers,…
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