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Issue # 100
9 February 2018
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Discovery Communications receives European Commission clearance to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive

Discovery Communications announced that the European Commission has cleared Discovery’s proposed acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, subject to conditions. This regulatory milestone is an important step towards closing the transaction.

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Mediaset enriches its DTT offer

In Spring 2018 Mediaset will launch two new free DTT channels: Canale 20 will air cinema and international TV series immediately after the pay distribution; another new free digital channel will be dedicated to documentaries. This announcement follows Mediaset’s decision to broadcast entirely for free the Russia World Cup in June and reaffirms the Group’s focus on its core FTA business.

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MTG: Creating Europe’s first fully convergent media and communications provider

Moder Times Group has entered into a definitive agreement with TDC A/S (“TDC Group”) to combine its Nordic Entertainment and MTG Studios businesses with TDC Group, in order to create Europe’s first fully convergent media and communications provider with an enhanced and integrated consumer offering.

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RTL Group: Another new channel!

This spring will see the launch of the new prime-time free-to-air channel Now US, which will become Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland's ninth free TV channel, joining RTL Televison, Vox, N-TV, Nitro, RTL Plus, Super RTL, Toggo Plus and RTL II. In addition to airing award-winning series, Now US, which will focus on US fiction, will also premiere some programmes on free-to-air TV.

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Over 100 MPs pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue

Over 100 UK Members of Parliament signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue. Launched in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight on the issues of ocean health, particularly single-use plastic, and inspire people to make small changes. As a business, Sky is the first FTSE 100 company to commit to going single-use plastic free by 2020. This includes the packaging for its recently announced NOW TV Smart Stick and Sky Soundbox.

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UPCOMING EU POLICY EVENTS IN FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

  • 5-8/2/18 EP Plenary Session, Brussels
  • 12/2/18 Council Working Party on telecoms, Brussels
  • 12-13/2/18 Council IP Working Party, Brussels
  • 16/2/18 Council Audiovisual Working Party, Brussels
  • 19/2/18 European Film Forum, Berlin
  • 20-21/2/18 Council IP Working Party, Brussels
  • 21-22/2/18 EP CULT Committee meeting, Brussels
  • 21-22/2/18 EP IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels
  • 21-22/2/18 EP ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels
  • 21-22/2/18 EP JURI Committee meeting, Brussels
  • 28/02-1/3/18 EP Mini Plenary Session, Brussels
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