Friday, 29 August 2014

Broadcast: Viacom poised to seal C5 deal.

Story thanks to Broadcastnow:

Viacom’s £450m acquisition of Channel 5 is set to close next month and the two companies have opened content-sharing talks.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Local TV update extra.

Here is up-to-date news on Local TV in the UK and N. Ireland:

  • Latest TV has launch Virgin Channel 159 in the Brighton & Hove area.
  • Belfast local TV Channel NvTv will launch on September 29th on Virgin Channel 159 in Belfast areas.
  • Also Made in Bristol has confirmed that they will launch on Virgin Channel 159 in Bristol areas.
  • Also Freeview viewers in Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Tyne & Wear, Liverpool and Southampton areas can now view test cards for NvTv, Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff, Made in Leeds, Bay TV Liverpool, Made in Tyne and Wear and That's Solent.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Local TV round up.

Belfast Local TV Channel NvTV has confirmed that they will relaunch on Freeview on September 29th.

Also viewers in Brighton & Hove can now turn into tests for Latest TV (Launching on Thursday). Latest TV will also launch on Virgin Channel 159 in the Brighton & Hove area.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Ofcom reveal launch dates for Local TV for Southampton and Oxford.

Ofcom has given "That's TV" the go ahead to launch two local TV Channels within two weeks of the posted date.

From October 22nd Local TV Broadcaster That's Solent can launch on Virgin Channel 159 in some Southampton areas only.

From November 5th Local TV Broadcaster That's Oxford can launch on Virgin Channel 159 in some Oxford areas only.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Broadcast: Sony completes CSC acquisition.

Broadcast is reporting that Sony Pictures Television has completed its acquisition of CSC Media Group and its 16 UK channels.

The Hollywood studio has finalised a deal first agreed in June with private equity backer Veronis Suhler Stevenson, which will give it access to a slew of music, movie and kids channels as well as two Freeview slots.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Local TV on Virgin Media update.

Local TV on Virgin Media update:

Made TV says both Made in Bristol* and Made in Leeds** will only launch on Sky and Freeview on their web site.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sky Sports Open Day: Enjoy all 6 Sky Sports channels at no extra cost

From Virgin

Reserve the best spot on the sofa for Sky Sports Open Day and get ready for a day of sporting action to remember. It’s a chance for all Virgin Media TV customers to enjoy a day of world-class sport at no extra cost. From 6am on Saturday 16th August until 6am on Sunday 17th August even if you don't have a Sky Sports subscription, you could watch all the sporting action across Sky Sports 1 – 5 & F1. Also available to all in HD.

Sky Sports 5 launches on Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has today added both Sky Sports 5 (On Virgin Channel 506) and Sky Sports 5 HD (On Virgin Channel 516) plus Sky Sports News has also been rebranded as Sky Sports News HQ on Virgin Channel 501.

Local TV on MB Blog: Birmingham local TV service launch date unrealistic, say potential bidders.

Story from Media Guardian:

Rival bidders for Birmingham’s local TV licence say it is now impossible to launch a quality television service before the government’s deadline, following the collapse of the company that won the bid almost two years ago.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Birmingham’s City TV goes bust.

Story from

Birmingham’s City TV has become the first of Jeremy Hunt’s ambitious network of local TV stations to go bust.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Local TV on MB Blog: Sheffield Live Television to launch on September 23rd.

Sheffield's Local TV Channel Sheffield Live Television has confirmed today that they will launch on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Channel 159 in the Crosspool aka Tapton Hill Transmitter areas.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Murdoch runs out of Time.

Story thanks to BBC Online:

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has withdrawn its bid to purchase US entertainment giant Time Warner Inc for an estimated $80bn (£47bn).

Time Warner rejected Fox's initial offer in July.

Digital Spy: Darts coming to Sky2 and Challenge this month.

Sky are to broadcast live Darts on Sky2 and Challenge later this month:

  • The Singapore Darts Masters will be broadcast on Sky 2 on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th.
  • The Sydney Darts Masters will be broadcast on Challenge, from August 28th to 30th.

Radio Times: Sky Sports News HQ to be shown up to FIVE hours a day on Sky Sports 5.

Radio Times has confirmed that from August 13th Sky Sports News HQ will be shown on Sky Sports 5 every weekday from:

  • 6am to 9am.
  • 1pm to 2pm.
  • and 6pm to 7pm.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Confirmed: Tru TV in talks with Virgin Media.

From Tru TV UK Twitter page:

We're in talks with @VirginMediaTV at the moment - best to speak to them directly

ITV and JML close The Store on Sky.

ITV and JML has ended their Shopping Channel on Sky called The Store. Channel on Sky has been rebrand JML Store.

Local TV on MB Blog: Ofcom told local broadcasters to 'Express Interest' in three areas by August 29th.

Ofcom has sent out an invitation to Express Interest by August 29th 2014 in the following areas.
  • Kidderminster
  • Bromsgrove
  • Stratford upon Avon