Greg Ricca, President and CEO of Discovery Networks International, is to step aside in favour of longtime Discovery executive Mark Hollinger. The current chief operating officer will take up his new role after a period of transition.
People + Arts will cease distribution in Spain and Portugal on January 8. The DTH platform Digital+ has already stopped carriage of the channel, while cabler ONO has announced it will end distribution at the end of this year.
Discovery Networks Benelux has promoted three members of its management team to vice president (VP).
Discovery Communications Europe has announced a new four-year sales agreement with Sky Media bringing to an end the ongoing court action with the BSkyB-owned advertising sales house over bonus payments linked to viewing targets.
Discovery Channel has launched with a localised version on both analogue and digital tiers of the Telenet cable network in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.
The Belgian commercial broadcaster Vitaya has said it will sell commercial airtime on the new Flemish version of the Discovery Channel, which will start broadcasting on October 1 on the Telenet cable network.
Discovery Channel has named Dee Forbes as the new MD and executive vice president of its UK business.
Discovery Networks EMEA has announced the appointment of Caleb Weinstein to the position of senior VP and general manager, Emerging Markets and of Nicolas Bonard as senior VP of Discovery Enterprises International.
Animal Planet HD will make its debut in Poland on September 9, when it becomes available on the Polish new generation DTH platform n.