SES expected to take over O3b, SKO and Kantar Media to release daily online TV ratings, and Charlotte Moore appointed controller, BBC channels and iPlayer : January 20th 2016

SES expected to take over O3b

Satellite company SES is expected to take full control of O3B. It already controls a 49 per cent stake of O3B, a broadband satellite operator based in the Channel Islands.

Equity analysts at investment bank Jefferies indicate that SES is investing in an initiative to support and build O3B’s next eight satellites, which will join the 12 currently orbiting the earth.

“In a press release from Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy, advisors to O3b on the funding round, we have learnt that the $460 million of funding included: 1. $184 million of COFACE debt; 2. a $31 million term loan; and 3. new equity equal to $143 million. The remaining $102 million of funding is not disclosed, but we assume is debt.” Said Jefferies.

“There has been no disclosure as to SES’s participation in the equity element of the funding,” adds the Jefferies report. “Since there was no announcement from SES that it was now consolidating O3b, we assume that it used the funding round to increase its stake from 46.9% at the time of the previous funding round (October 2012) to over 49%. We remain of the (consensus) view that SES will move to 100% control of O3b in 2016, exercising its call options [to buy].”

SKO and Kantar Media to release daily online TV ratings

Stichting KijkOnderzoek (SKO) and Kantar Media have partnered together to deliver daily online TV ratings. The Netherlands TV industry body SKO will announce ratings of online consumption of TV programmes from broadcasters NPO, RTL Netherlands and SBS broadcasting.

The launch is the first phase of SKO’s ‘Video Data Integration Model’, which integrates data for all online programming and commercial viewing.

We are proud that we are now able to provide the market with the necessary insights to have an ever greater understanding of their audience,” said Bas de Vos, managing director of SKO.

“Kantar Media’s experience in hybrid approaches to measurement has enabled us to create, develop and implement an advanced data integration model that meets the needs of our members.”

Charlotte Moore appointed controller, BBC channels and iPlayer

The BBC have announced the appointment of Charlotte Moore as controller, TV channels and iPlayer.

Moore is currently BBC One controller and will take the change of position as part of a restructuring within the corporation.

“This role will allow [Moore] to take a view across channels to drive distinctiveness, quality and risk-taking even further, whilst offering a single point of contact for programme-makers and ensuring audiences get the best programmes, however, and wherever they choose to watch.” Said Mark Linsey, acting director of television.

DTG Staff  |  19.01.2016

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