Last night the new Dutch Talk TV channel Het Gesprek (‘The Conversation’) started broadcasting to about six million Dutch homes. The new station concentrates on a 24-hour talk format with both live and recorded programming, mostly interviews. Although the new broadcaster employs only 12 people, there will be about 100 journalists and hosts from all […]
The Czech cable and satellite channel 24cz is reported to have gone off the air for financial reasons. Launched in November 2004, the service covered parliamentary affairs and was taken over by the local millionaire Milos Cervenka earlier this year.
Wolfe’s law of inverse channel launches says that the success of a channel is in direct disproportion to the amount spent of the launch party. Sir Richard Branson invited guests along to his Oxfordshire mansion to celebrate Monday’s arrival of Virgin 1, but maybe that for once Wolfe’s law is null and void. When the […]
Chellomedia has announced the launch of a new production company named Mojo Productions. It will service both Chello Central Europe and national and international TV channels operating in the region. Chello Central Europe now encompasses seven channels following the acquisition of TV Paprika, TV Deko and Filmmúzeum at the beginning of this month.
Campaign TV is to launch the UK’s first politics channel to openly support a particular political party. The station is backed by a group of independent filmmakers that will support the UK’s governing Labour Party. The group says that the non-profit initiative is alternative to the right leaning political content found on other websites. One […]
Liberty Global’s chellomedia has acquired the thematic channels TV Paprika, TV Deko and Filmmúzeum in separate transactions for undisclosed fees. TV Paprika and TV Deko are cookery and lifestyle channels respectively, while Filmmúzeuem offers Hungarian movies and drama. As previously reported in Broadband TV News, the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) gave its approval to the […]
Dutch cable networks will now once again be able to offer their subscribers live football from the Tele2 Live Eredivisie Voetbal channels. For the past two years Dutch football has only been available via IPTV, DTT and DTH because there was no contract with Tele 2, which owns the live rights to the Dutch Eredivisie, […]
CTAM CABLE MARKETING EUROSUMMIT – BARCELONA. Telenet CEO Duco Sickinghe has told content providers they should be looking to introduce more local content. Addressing channel representatives attending the CTAM Eurosummit, Sickinghe suggested that with production costs per hour now sometimes as low as $2,000 local content had become more affordable. “Can’t you start setting up […]
CTAM CABLE MARKETING EUROSUMMIT – BARCELONA. Sony is to trial day & date in Singapore, said John McMahon, President and Managing Director, Europe, Sony Pictures, this morning at the CEO Forum ‘Cable From All Sides’. “All the studios are now looking at day & date and we will trial it in Singapore.” Warner Bros is […]
Marco Bassetti is to be appointed to the management board of Endemol Group as COO, while on January 1, 2008 Peter Bazalgette will step down as chief creative officer (CCO), and chairman of Endemol UK, positions he held since January 2005. Bazalgette will continue as an advisor to the Endemol board. Bassetti joined the Endemol […]