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Issue # 170
8 November 2019
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BBC and ITV to bring together UK broadcasters to mark International Day of People with Disabilities

To mark International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December, BBC and ITV will host an event focussed on disability and the media, bringing together contributors from all the major UK broadcasters for the first time. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5/ Viacom and Sky will come together to share experiences, challenges, and best practice, as all five broadcasters continue to progress towards Doubling Disability by 2020, an initiative led by the Creative Diversity Network.

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Mediaset shines a pink light for the breast cancer awareness month

October was the month of breast cancer prevention and Mediaset showed its support to this important issue with a dedicated campaign, ranging from TV spots to arts installations. Mediaset’s 98-meter-high tower was lit pink (instead of the corporate blue colour) for an entire week to raise awareness on prevention and timely screening of breast cancer. The campaign, as stated by Gina Nieri, Mediaset’s Executive Director, devoted the Group’s expertise and wide communication network to the service of the community, in order to attract the general public attention to this important issue.

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NENT Group expands RiksTV distribution partnership in Norway

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), and Norwegian TV operator RiksTV have agreed an extended long-term distribution deal that brings NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service and TV channels to more viewers in Norway than ever before. Starting autumn 2019, Viaplay will be available as part of RiksTV’s Strim streaming offering, which will also include NENT Group’s TV3, TV6 and Viasat 4 channels.

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Content and digital continue to drive RTL Group’s revenue growth in the first nine months of 2019

RTL Group published its quarterly statement for the first nine months of 2019. Thomas Rabe, Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group, said: “RTL Group continues its growth trajectory with revenue up 3.5 per cent organically in the first nine months of 2019, driven by our content and digital activities. We are on course to achieve all the targets in our outlook statement”.

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Sky creates 1,000 new jobs across the UK to meet customer demand

Sky has created 1,000 new jobs throughout the UK, including opening a new customer contact centre in Leeds, to meet growing customer demand. The creation of new roles will see Sky’s UK and Ireland employee base grow to 25,000 employees – an increase of nearly 5%.

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TF1 Group: 2019 First nine-month results

On 30th October TF1 Group published its results for the first nine months of 2019: revenue rose to €1,615 million, up €39 million (+2.5%); current operating margin up 3.4 points year-on-year at 11.4%; net profit attributable to the Group up 45.1% year-on-year.

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UPCOMING EU POLICY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER 2019

 

  • 4-7/11/19 EP Committees meetings, Brussels
  • 7/11/19 Council Telecom Working Party, Brussels
  • 11-12/11/19 EP Committees meetings, Brussels
  • 13/11/19 Council IP Working Party, Brussels
  • 13-14/11/19 EP Mini-Plenary, Brussels

 

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