Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Digital Spy: 4Music to replace The Hits.

The Hits will be renamed 4Music under rebranding plans from owner Channel 4.

It comes after Emap, with which Channel 4 co-ran the music service as well as several radio stations, sold its consumer division to Bauer for £714.3m.

The 4Music brand is already used for strands on E4 and will feature on The Hits on Sundays from March.

The channel is expected to be totally renamed before the end of the year as contracts with partners come to an end.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Media Boy HQ told ''No more new channels until later this year''.

I got the following from an Virgin Media worker who was in my house today fixing my Internet.

''We have postphone adding any new channel until later in the year due to central head ends need some work doing to them and our money [For this year] to work with is running out. We hope to start work when the money comes in March/April time. We have money in the pot but that budget for repairs etc"

Monday, 11 February 2008

Digital Spy: GCap is closing digital-only stations theJazz and Planet Rock.

GCap is closing digital-only stations theJazz and Planet Rock and selling its stake in Digital One, chief executive Fru Hazlitt announced today.

It is part of a package of reforms she says will increase annual profit by £12.3m with the aim of preventing a takeover by Global Radio.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Digital Spy: Arsenal TV on Virgin Media update.

Today Virgin Media said discussions were ongoing but denied the problem was capacity.

'We are currently in discussion with Arsenal Football Club and Setanta Sports, the distributor of Arsenal TV, about launching this channel on our platform," said a spokesman. "We hope to launch Arsenal TV soon and will make an announcement in due course'.

'As we deliver services over cable we can technically carry many more channels than we do now, but there are many issues that can affect a channel launch, including contract negotiations, terms and conditions and licensing; therefore the assumption that there are capacity issues is a simplistic (and erroneous) conclusion.