Sky News Names Former CBS News Chief David Rhodes Executive Chairman

Comcast-owned European TV giant Sky unveiled a new leadership structure for its Sky News Group on Monday. It named former CBS News president David Rhodes executive chairman of the Sky News Group with “overall responsibility for Sky’s news services across Europe, Middle East and Africa.”

Sky To Launch Ad-Free Kids Channel

Sky, owned by Comcast, will launch an advertising-free linear kids TV channel in the U.K. and Ireland in February. It will be available to Sky subscribers with the Sky Kids package, which costs 6 pounds a month, and subscribers of Sky’s streaming service Now that have the 9.99 pound a month entertainment membership.

U.K. Broadcasters Back Industry Efforts To Curb Bullying And Harassment

Sky Launches ‘Sky Glass’ TV Product That Doesn’t Require Satellite Dish

Sky has embraced the cord-cutting revolution by launching a TV product that doesn’t require a satellite dish, described by CEO Dana Strong as the “first platform to fully integrate content from local broadcasters to global giants.”

NBCU, Sky Launch Co-Lab Cultural Consultancy

The new consultancy and research arm will provide partners bespoke insights on cultural trends through the eyes of almost 700 million people worldwide. The inaugural Co-Lab research study details the critical tie between local culture, community values, dedicated fandoms, and global resonance.


For Media Supply Chains, Put People On Par With Tech

Executives at a TVNewsCheck webinar last week said that broadcasters mulling investments in new cloud-based workflows should spend as much time thinking about inherent changes for their personnel as they do considering which software vendors and cloud platforms they might use.

David Rhodes Joins Comcast To Lead International Business Development For Sky


AWS’ Statton, SDVI’s Eldridge To Join Speaker Lineup For ‘Building ROI Into Your Media Supply Chain’ Webinar

Two executives with extensive experience in broadcast technology and cloud workflows will participate as speakers in a TVNewsCheck webinar set for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. They join executives from Sky and Global Eagle, who will talk about what they have learned building IP supply chains for media companies. Pictured are, clockwise from left, Dave Travis, group director of content, broadcast and platforms, Sky; Terri Davies, SVP content and media services, Anuvu; Evan Statton, principal architect for media and entertainment, AWS; Glen Dickson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck and the event’s moderator; and Simon Eldridge, co-founder and chief product officer, SDVI. Register here to attend. 


NBCU’s CFlight Launches In UK In Partnership With Sky, ITV, Channel 4

TV broadcasters Sky, ITV and Channel 4 have today announced they are working together to launch CFlight, the industry’s first unified advertising metric that captures live, on-demand and time-shifted commercial […]

How Will Broadcasters Build ROI Into Their Media Supply Chains?

Executives from Sky, Global Eagle and A+E Networks will look at how media companies are building supply chains ready to facilitate new revenue streams in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on July 1. Register here.

NBCU Invites The Industry To Develop Together At ONE21

NBCUniversal has unveiled its inaugural speaker lineup and event themes for ONE21, what it calls “a first-of-its-kind global gathering that will redefine what it means to develop and build with […]

Sky Targets One Original Movie Per Week

Amazon, Sky Sign Multiyear Integration Deal

Sky, NBCU Strike Deal For DreamWorks Animation Content

NBCU And Sky Unveil Global Ad Leadership

KC Sullivan is tapped to head the new global division. Andrew Mortimer will oversee the global partnerships team, while Max Raven will lead the global news advertising team.

NBCU Sets Ad Teaming With Sky

NBCUniversal unveiled plans for a new advertising venture with its Comcast sibling Sky, a “creativity summit” over the summer and other initiatives during a “state of the marketplace conversation” on Monday. The online event was held on the day the company had planned to host its annual upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall.

NBCU, Sky Delay Launch Of Global News Network

How Soon Can Comcast’s Sky Deal Pay Off?

A new global news venture will arrive this summer as some analysts wish Comcast was a pure-play cable company, while a Wall Street bull says Sky and NBCUniversal give the company a “distinct advantage.”

Disney+ Close To Sky UK Distribution Deal

Sky is on the verge of a deal with Disney to bring the Hollywood superpower’s new streaming service to millions of British homes. The pair were putting the final touches to a multiyear partnership over the weekend. Sky’s rivals Virgin Media and BT will be able to carry the Disney+ app, however, they will be unable to offer Disney+ fully integrated with other programming.

Joint Sky & NBC News Channel Confirmed, Set To Rival CNN & Bloomberg

Comcast confirmed plans to launch a global news platform with Sky News at the launch of its highly anticipated streaming offering Peacock. Variety understands that the new channel will be a brand new service that exists independent of Sky News and NBC News, with bases likely to be set up in London and New York and a team of journalists around the world. The new venture, which is as yet untitled, could contend with the likes of CNN and Bloomberg.

Sky, BBC Strike Content, Technology Partnership

Comcast To Double Spending At Sky On European Originals

Sky Adopts NBCU’S CFlight For Global Measurement

Sky and NBCUniversal today announced the global expansion of CFlight, with Sky adopting the next-generation metric across all of Sky Media’s content and platforms. CFlight is a unified advertising metric […]

Comcast ‘Exploring’ Sky-NBC News Network

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the company is “exploring” the launch of a global news channel co-branded with NBC and Sky by the end of 2019. “We look at this as a way to grow our company and power our company for decades to come,” Burke said during a conference call with analysts Thursday.

NBCU, Sky Expand Advanced Ad Offerings

The two unify their Suite of advanced advertising capabilities for global marketers under AdSmart. This unification of capabilities marks the first joint advertising initiative following Comcast’s acquisition of Sky.

NBC, Sky In Joint Golf Coverage At Players

NBC Sports Group and Sky Sports are set to announce on Monday that they are planning the most extensive television coverage ever of the Players Championship golf tournament, their biggest collaborative foray on sports coverage since Comcast took over Sky last fall.

Comcast Secures Over 75% Of Sky Shares

Comcast said it had secured over 75% of Sky’s shares, bringing it closer to finalizing the $40 billion takeover of the British pay TV group. Comcast has previously said it hoped the acquisition would complete by the end of October.

Fox To Sell Its 39% Sky Stake To Comcast

After taking a couple of days to mull its options, 21st Century Fox has decided to sell its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast, enabling the Philadelphia-based media conglomerate to take full control of the European pay-TV giant.

Analysts Hit Comcast For Overvaluing Sky

Comcast won its fight with 21st Century Fox for Sky over the weekend, but now the company is taking its lumps from industry analysts for apparently overvaluing the European operator.

In Beating Disney For Sky, Comcast Remains In The Game

Comcast Tops Fox In $39B Sky Deal

After three rounds of secret bidding on Friday and Saturday, Comcast offered the higher price of 17.28 pounds ($22.58) per share for European broadcaster Sky, the equivalent of nearly 30 billion pounds ($39 billion). Rival 21st Century Fox offered 15.67 ($20.47) per share.

Fox-Comcast Battle For Sky Going To Auction

The Takeover Panel, an independent British regulator, says that since neither company has declared its offer final, an auction procedure is expected to commence at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and end during the evening of Sept. 22.

Disney, Comcast Could Be Forced Into Sky Auction

If neither suitor gives up before Sept. 22, U.K. regulators could take the rare step of setting up an auction that will determine which U.S. media heavyweight ends up controlling the coveted broadcaster.

Sky Invests $2M In TV Tech Firm SDVI

Sky has invested $2 million in TV technology company SDVI alongside Fox, Turner and Discovery. The companies have participated in a new round of funding for the Silicon Valley firm, which provides cloud-based services to manages their content supply chains.

Fox Bid Opens Final Chapter Of Sky Battle

Twenty-First Century Fox has triggered a 46-day deadline to raise its bid for Sky in a battle with Comcast for control of the British pay-TV group. Under British takeover rules, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox now has until Sept. 22 to trump Comcast’s £14.75 per share offer for Sky, which values the broadcaster £25.9 billion ($33 billion), after it formalized its own £14 per share bid.


Comcast Has Upped Its Sky Bid, What’s Next?

Comcast let Fox’s increased bid for Sky simmer for all of 14 hours before coming back with its own raised stakes. Now, several scenarios have been put in motion.

Sky Shares Leap As Comcast, Fox Lock Horns

Sky shares shot up to an 18-year high on Thursday as investors bet a transatlantic battle for the European pay-TV group had further to run, after Comcast’s $34 billion bid trumped an offer from Rupert Murdoch made just hours earlier.

UK Clears Fox To Buy Sky

The decision by Britain’s culture secretary clears the final regulatory hurdle for Fox’s bid for the 61% of Sky that it does not already own.

Fox Ups Sky Bid To Beat Rival Comcast

Fox raised its bid to 14 pounds ($18.58) a share as it seeks the 61% of Sky not already under its control. The company says this is 12% higher than the last bid from Comcast and values Sky at 24.5 billion pounds ($32.5 billion). Fox has increased its bid by just over 30% since its first offer in December 2016.

Fox, Comcast Battle For Sky To Heat Up

Comcast is expected to lodge a formal $31 billion bid for Sky this week and the British government is thought to be on the brink of finally giving Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox the final greenlight to buy the 61% of the European pay-TV firm that it currently does not own.