BBC to air the Olympic Games for foreseeable future, 12% of adults have concerns over VoD content, and TalkTalk down 100,000 customers after cyber leak : DTG Daily News February 2nd 2016

BBC to air the Olympic Games for foreseeable future

A long-term agreement with Discovery Communications has seen the BBC securing the sub-license and rights to air the Olympic Games in 2022 and 2024. In addition to this Discovery will sub-license exclusive pay-TV rights in the UK to the 2018 and 2022 games.

The viewing rights include exclusive free-to-air audio-visual and non-exclusive radio rights.

“The BBC prides itself on bringing the biggest sporting moments to the public,” said BBC director-general Tony Hall. “For many, the BBC has been their stadium for Olympic coverage.” It is an event that unites the nation like no other. I’m delighted that through our new partnership with Discovery, the BBC will continue to carry the torch for great sporting coverage right through to the 2024 Games.”.

“Discovery is a passionate and committed partner of the Olympic Movement. Today’s agreement is a win for UK sports fans and marks an exciting new chapter in Discovery and the BBC’s partnership on major sporting events.” Said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. “For 30 years, our two organizations have chartered new frontiers with co-production partnerships in factual and natural history programming. Now we join together once again to bring the most compelling stories of human ambition, sacrifice and achievement to people across the UK.”

12% of adults have concerns over VoD content

Annual research into UK viewer’s perceptions of content standards for on-demand and online content has been published by Ofcom.

This covered everything from catch up TV to user-generated content and paid services like Netflix.

2,100 adults and 500 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 gave their views on content standards, and around 12 per cent of adults had come across something that concerned them. This number more than doubled to 2 per cent for teens.

One of the top concerns for parents was cyber bullying (37 per cent), with violence (54 per cent) and the welfare of youth (36 per cent) being other top concerns.

Ofcom has restated its commitment to protecting viewers and will use the research to continue doing so in the future.

TalkTalk down 100,000 customers after cyber leak

In October 2015, a cyber attack on TalkTalk lost the company more than just £80 million. It has led to the company losing 100,000 customers.

While the number is high, they have lost fewer customers than were originally predicted.

“We saw a big dip inevitably in early November and then the business started returning to normal through December and very much back to normal now.” Chief Executive Dido Harding said.

DTG Staff  |  03.02.2016

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