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MFE: “No ProSiebenSat.1 merger for now”

Italian broadcaster MFE-MediaforEurope has ruled out a complete merger with German broadcaster ProsiebenSat.1 for the time being – as well as a takeover bid – but is open to closer cooperation. Controlled by the family of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, MFE has built a potential stake of 29.9 per cent in its rival […]

February 3, 2023

£8k+ fine for Sky Sports piracy

Clinton Hartland, licensee of The Watering Trough pub in Walsall, West Midlands has been found guilty in his absence of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission. In this case, Hartland televised Sky Sports football matches, with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable commercial subscription charge. Sky Sports is only available […]

February 3, 2023By Colin Mann

WWE reports record FY results

WWE, the entertainment juggernaut, has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31st 2022. Revenue increased 18 per cent to $1.3 billion (€1.19bn) – a record amount for the company. Operating income increased 11 per cent to a record $283.3 million. Q4 revenue was $325.3 million, an increase of 5 per […]

February 3, 2023By Nik Roseveare

SiriusXM Q4 revenue up 4%

US pay-radio operator SiriusXM has announced its Q4 and full-year 2022 operating and financial results, including revenue of $2.28 billion (€2.09bn) and $9 billion, respectively. SiriusXM’s revenue was flat in the quarter compared to the prior year period, and increased by 4 per cent in 2022 compared to the prior year – this dragged down […]

February 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

BBC: Over 11m watch Happy Valley return

The first episode of the third season of Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley has been watched by 11.3 million people so far, as revealed by 30 Days All Screens data. Happy Valley has also been the biggest on-demand title across all platforms in the UK so far this year. The third and final season of the […]

February 3, 2023

Netflix, General Motors partnership

General Motors and Netflix are joining forces to give put the spotlights on electric vehicles (EVs). In 2021, GM launched the ‘Everybody In’ campaign, showcasing its intent to lead an all-electric future, and invited others to join the movement. GM is engineering EVs with purpose-built, ground-up design, powered by the Ultium Platform, enabling EVs for […]

February 3, 2023By Nik Roseveare

LoopMe reports 55% growth; new hires

LoopMe, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to improve brand advertising performance, has announced new hires on the heels of strong revenue growth; Lisa Coffey has been named as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and Andy Sophocli is now AVP Partnerships EMEA. The company closed out 2022 with $150 million (€137.2m) in revenue, reporting […]

February 3, 2023

Gilat takes multi-million dollar train journey

Gilat Satellite Networks has won a contract worth “multi-millions of dollars” to supply and equip for the expansion of continuous satellite-based services on trains in the Asia-Pacific region (although it does not specify precisely where). “Throughout the world, Gilat’s field-proven ER7000 antennas have been successfully deployed to empower SATCOM On-The-Move applications. They provide reliable, high-performance […]

February 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

EchoStar expands S-band strategy

Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar has moved in regard to its coverage of the planet with S-band frequencies. EchoStar already has European coverage with its EchoStar Mobile Ltd under a licence from the EU (although due to expire in 2027). EchoStar has now dramatically expanded that coverage with a commitment to launch 28 satellites with Astro Digital […]

February 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

South Korea orders Arianespace launch

South Korea has selected Arianespace’s Vega C mid-sized rocket to launch its KOMPSAT-6 satellites that has remained grounded due to sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine. The satellite was due to be launched by a Russian Angara rocket from its Plesetsk Cosmodrome. South Korea’s vice minister for science, Oh Tae-seog, said that the Vega-C […]

February 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

BBC local radio increasing support for new music

The BBC will continue to champion local music across England with fresh plans for BBC Introducing on local radio and BBC Sounds. In the future, 20 new BBC Introducing programmes will broadcast across the BBC’s 39 local stations each week. For the first time ever these 20 shows will each broadcast twice a week (on […]

February 3, 2023

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Virgin Orbit raises $10m in emergency funding

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit satellite launch business has raised a financial stop-gap of $10 million (€9.1m), according to a filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 30th. The cash comes from a sister – but separate – company, Virgin Investments Limited (VIL), the investment arm of the Branson’s Virgin Group. […]

February 3, 2023 Chris Forrester
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Grown-ups in the room

On the same day the DCMS has confirmed an earlier leak that it is dropping its mad idea of privatising C4, Matt Hancock, the gurning TV celeb and former DCMS Secretary, closed his personal app (he launched it five years ago, in case you’re not a follower). Does this coincidence indicate that the grown-ups are […]

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