Channel 4 safe, Pace bought out, E4 election closedown and a BBC3 reprieve in the DTG daily news round-up

Conservatives deny agenda to privatise Channel 4

The Conservative Party won't privatise Channel 4 if it wins the general election, former culture, communications and creative industries minister Ed Vaizey has told The Media Show on BBC Radio 4.

Broadcast reports that privatisation had been rumoured to be under discussion by the party, although the rumours were denied by both Vaizey and former culture secretary Sajid Javid.

Anthony Rose: local TV should be online

Local TV is fundamentally flawed as a broadcast service, according to Anthony Rose, the former BBC executive who launched the iPlayer.

Rose told a Westminster Media Forum event that local TV should have been built around the creation of online content which could be syndicated to existing online and broadcast destinations, The Guardian reports.

Pace to become New Arris in $2.1bn takeover

The world's largest maker of TV set-top boxes—UK-based Pace—has agreed a takeover by US networking equipment producer Arris.

The FT reports that New Arris will be incorporated in the UK to reduce its tax bill but will retain its operational headquarters in the USA.

YouView moving out of trials towards PlusNet ISP launch

BT-owned broadband provider has confirmed plans offer a YouView service to its fibre broadband customers.

PlusNet first discussed the plans in 2013 and has been running trials since August 2014, and ISPreview says the plan has now advanced to "launching soon".

E4 to shut down on election day to encourage youth vote

Channel 4 will shut down youth channel E4 from 7am-7pm on May 7th in a bid to encourage young people to use their votes.

Daytime re-runs of The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother will be replaced by “Darren”, the man responsible for keeping E4 on air, manning the control room, says The Guardian.

BBC3 wins broadcast reprieve while BBC Trust mulls plans

BBC3's switch to online-only distribution has been delayed until early 2016 while the BBC Trust considers the implications of the move.

BBC3 controller Damien Kavanagh told Broadcast that the Trust is not expected to publish its conclusions until June, so original online move date in August will happen after Christmas if it's approved.

DTG Staff  |  23.04.2015

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