Speaking at an event in Athens organised by the European Satellite Organisations Association (ESOA) and entitled 50 Years European Union: 50 Years Satellites, the Greek communications minister and OTE president hinted that Hellas Sat may soon acquire a second satellite system. Hellas Sat is 95.69% owned by the incumbent telco OTE and has clients in […]
The documentary channel Nat Geo Wild is to launch as a localised service in Poland. According to local reports, it is currently available only in English to subscribers of UPC and Multimedia Polska. The new localised version will be on air for 18 hours daily. Also in Poland, Discovery Civilisation will become a 24-hour channel […]
The US media entrepreneur Peter Gerwe has become a shareholder in U-Turn Media Group, a Prague and Denver-based company that supplies video content to mobile phones. Gerwe has played a leading role in Russia’s TV industry, his achievements including the creation of CTC Media, a broadcaster backed by Sweden’s Modern Times Group (MTG). His activities […]
France Telecom has emerged as the favourite to acquire Deutsche Telekom’s Spanish Internet business Ya.com. According to local and agency reports, Ya.com could be swapped for France Telecom’s wireless business in The Netherlands. Ya.com is the fourth largest provider of broadband services in Spain after Telefónica, Orange and the MSO owner and has 400,000 subscribers. […]
The privatisation of Ukraine’s incumbent telco Ukrtelecom has been dealt a blow by a court ruling. Although Ukrtelecom is majority (92.86%) state owned, with its management and employees holding the remaining shares, the sale of a 1% stake in the company for up to $50 million (€37.15 million) has been blocked as a result of […]
The Russian telco Golden Telecom has raised a $180 million (€133.8 million) loan through a subsidiary named Sovintel. According to a local report, the money will be used to both buy the broadband company Corbina Telecom and Fortland, a company licensed to sell DVB services in Moscow and St Petersburg. Golden Telecom lists Altimo (29%), […]
The Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN has acquired Mango Media from Maciej and Dorota Bukowski for a reported €13 million. Mango Media operates a satellite-delivered teleshopping channel named Telezakupy Mango 24 and the deal will still have to be approved by the country’s Broadcasting Council (KRRiT).
The sale of a 20% stake in the incumbent Croatian telco T-HT is to be put back from next month until October. According to local reports, the reason for the delay is a problem related to he ownership of underground optical cables, which will affect the final share price. T-HT is currently majority owned by […]
Daniel Castvaj has been appointed the new managing director of the Czech parliamentary channel 24cz. He was formerly at both TV Nova and the Czech public broadcaster CT. Earlier this year it was reported that 24cz had been taken over by the Czech millionaire Milos Cervenka.
Polski Operator Telewizyjny (POT), the joint venture set up by the Polish national commercial stations Polsat and TVN, says it will start DTT test transmissions in Warsaw and the Wielkopolska region of Poland by May 30. Employing MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 compression, it will also trial HD (1080i) and DVB-H. The channels distributed in the DTT […]