Saturday, 1 October 2022

Latest News from Media Boy HQ on new channels testing 2022

Last updated on October 1st 2022 at 20:15 (THIS POST WILL STAY AT TOP OF BLOG): 

Coming up Changes to Virgin Media and Freeview

Here is a list of Changes at time of posting (Up until November 1st):

Media Boy UK Blog to update "BT Sport" Labels by 2023

Right now until end 2022 you will start to see some changes appearing on this blog:

Daily Record: Ross Wilson reveals the Rangers TV money answer that leaves inquisitive Champions League rivals in disbelief

Story from Daily Record:

Ross Wilson claims the clubs that Rangers meet in Europe can't believe the amount they take in from domestic prize money and TV revenue.

Deadline: BBC Former Presenter Hits Back At Broadcaster For Handling Of Exit From World’s Longest TV Quiz

Deadline:

Veteran BBC presenter Sue Barker has criticised the Corporation for the way it handled her departure from one of its most popular game shows.

Media Guardian: BBC accused of endangering World Service Vietnamese staff

Media Guardian:

Journalists at the BBC World Service have said plans to move its Vietnamese service from London to Thailand pose a danger to press freedom.

Variety: Warner Bros. Discovery Announces Cohort, Advisory Board and Speakers for Music Supervisor Program

Story from Variety:

Warner Bros. Discovery has announced the finalists for its Warner Bros. Discovery Access Music Supervisor program, which gives creative voices from historically underrepresented communities the training and tools to gain experience in television and film music supervision.

Friday, 30 September 2022

Media Leader: UK will prevent Russian access to services, including advertising

Story from Media Leader:

The UK has issued more sanctions against Russia after its illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions which includes preventing access to services such as advertising services.

Hollywood Reporter: CNN’s Chloe Melas Champions War Hero Grandad’s Memoir Ahead of ‘Masters of the Air’ Debut

Story from Hollywood Reporter:

While Steven Spielberg recently touched down in Toronto to debut his deeply personal film, The Fabelmans, CNN entertainment correspondent Chloe Melas is also eagerly anticipating his other upcoming project, Masters of the Air, because that one hits close to home for her.

Media Leader: Warner Bros. Discovery lawsuit alleges company misled shareholders

Story from Media Leader:

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Warner Bros. Discovery alleging the company misled its shareholders about its streaming business and number of subscribers.

Broadband TV News: Sky renews Formula 1 rights across markets

Story from Broadband TV News:

Formula 1 will remain on Sky in the UK and Ireland until 2029 with Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, Austria and Switzerland retaining rights until the end of 2027.

Thursday, 29 September 2022

New York Post: NOAA director shuts down CNN’s Don Lemon for linking Hurricane Ian to climate change

Story from New York Post:

The acting director of the National Hurricane Center cautioned CNN host Don Lemon against linking Hurricane Ian directly to climate change in a Tuesday night interview.

New York Post: Chris Wallace’s CNN celebrity talk show debut tanks in ratings

Story from New York Post:

Chris Wallace’s debut as the host of his own celebrity interview talk show on struggling cable news outfit CNN proved to be a dud in the ratings.

Digital TV Europe: Sky Sports renews NBA deal

Story from Digital TV Europe:

Sky Sports has announced a renewed rights deal to broadcast the NBA.

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media UK to give Talk TV new home next week

Talk TV HD is set to move from Virgin Channel 627 to Virgin Channel 606 from October 5th.

Source: Talk TV HD on Virgin Media.

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Media Guardian: Hundreds of jobs to go as BBC announces World Service cutbacks

Story from Media Guardian:

The BBC has announced deep cuts to its World Service output that will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs, saying it has been forced to act by the government’s ongoing licence fee freeze.

Daily Record: James Bisgrove unveils Rangers alternative intelligence to Spfl over Sky deal

Story from Daily Record:

Rangers commercial director James Bisgrove insists the SPFL should have followed the Champions League and Europa League and run a "competitive process" before agreeing the latest Sky TV deal.

BBC Scotland; SPFL TV deal: Livingston 'do what's best for the collective' after vote misgivings

Story from BBC Sport Scotland:

Manager David Martindale has explained Livingston's initial reluctance to sign off on the SPFL's new £150m broadcast deal with Sky Sports, saying he would have preferred all-club accordance.

Daily Mail: Reporter desperate to protect mic from storm Ian covers it with condom

Story from Daily Mail:

We've all resorted to extreme lengths to keep our possessions dry, but one reporter took it a step further during her coverage of Hurricane Ian.

Variety: Gerhard Zeiler Reassures Asia on Warner Bros Discovery’s Post-Merger, Growth Strategy

Story from Variety:

Gerhard Zeiler, president of International at Warner Bros. Discovery, has moved to reassure the Asia-Pacific region that it is an integral part of the group’s post-merger strategy.

“Don’t believe that we don’t know how important Asia is for our company, he said Thursday. Zeiler was speaking at the APOS Convention in Singapore on Thursday.

He cited examples of theatrical success for “Batman” and “Fantastic Beasts” in the region and investment in local production in the region.

The reassurance may have been necessary following post-merger announcements that proposed changes in North America, Latin America and Europe ahead of Asia – despite recent external data showing Asia-Pacific as one of the world’s fastest growth regions.

“We want to be a top three global media player. That means transition from analog to digital worldwide. It is a process. It needs to be balanced from timing and investment points of view,” Zeiler said. “We have to get this transition right. We have to prove to our investors that being successful in streaming [is compatible with being] financially responsible. The market spoke a very clear language.”

He explained that combining the HBO Max and Discovery Plus streaming services is the way forward. In certain markets in East Asia, where the service currently exists, it will also need to absorb HBO Go. “In Asia, this combination of HBO Max, HBO Go and Discovery Plus is the plan,” he said.

Pressed by Media Partners Asia host Vivek Couto, Zeiler explained that delivering the new streaming platform in Asia could involve partnerships with local players. He cited pay-TV and streaming group Foxtel in Australia and pay-TV player Astro in Malaysia and one or two groups in Korea, as examples of possible partnership.

“We believe in partnerships. [These] can be win-win situations for two strong companies,” he said.

In other remarks, Zeiler reiterated points made at the recent Royal Television Society in London, about the positive outlook for the theatrical sector and the need to invest in local content.

“Success looks like a great slate of feature films, fantastic scripted programs. And it should be a good amount of Emmys each year,” Zeiler said.