The parent of the Press Association has acquired 95% of EBS, which also supplies data to electronic programme guides, through its cloud-based software system Pawa2.
EBS will continue to be led by Managing Director Keith Bedford, working closely with a team from PA Group led by Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Dowsett.
Andrew Dowsett, Chief Operating Officer at PA Group said: “By coming together with EBS, we are creating a compelling and dynamic centralised metadata hub. EBS has established itself as a leading player in metadata distribution for TV channels. Its unique Pawa2 solution, coupled with their relationships with some of the largest commercial broadcasters in the world, perfectly complement PA’s market-leading editorial listings service for newspapers, digital media and TV platforms.”
Keith Bedford, Managing Director at EBS added: “The PA Group is a perfect fit for us and I am delighted to be joining forces with this world-renowned brand. EBS has experienced rapid growth in recent years, offering effective and innovative TV metadata management, enhancement and distribution services to a growing roster of global clients.”
The purchase represents the latest development in a long-term strategy to diversify PA Group’s business and consolidate its position as the UK’s leading provider of cross-platform news, sport and entertainment data, content and services.