BBC Three says goodbye to broadcast TV and moves online, Liberty Global and Vodafone merge Dutch operations, and ITV announces Bazalgete as chairman : DTG Daily News February 17th 2016

BBC Three says goodbye to broadcast TV and moves online

BBC has broadcast for a final time and will soon be going online only.

TV programmes and other content will be available via the BBC Three website and iPlayer. The move follows a proposal set out in 2014 and approved by the BBC Trust in November 2015.

The Trust said that there was an obvious value in moving BBC Three, a youth-focused channel, online, since a lot of evidence shows younger audiences are watching more content online and less linear TV.

Despite this, a 300,000 strong petition to keep the channel broadcasting was put forward but ultimately didn’t change the decision, which saved the BBC £30m.

As well as the website and iPlayer, content will also be made available via BBC Three’s YouTube channel and social media accounts such as Snapchat and Facebook.

Liberty Global and Vodafone merge Dutch operations

Liberty Global and Vodafone have confirmed that they are to merge their Dutch operations after months of speculation. The merger will see a 50/50 split to create a unified communications provider in the Netherlands, creating a stronger offering of video, broadband, mobile and B2B services.

The combination of cable MSO’s Ziggo fibre-rich broadband network with Vodafone’s leading mobile operations will create a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the market. This will deliver significant benefits to consumers, businesses and the public sector.

The cost came in at an estimated net present value of approximately €3.5 billion after integration costs.

“Together we will be a stronger competitor in the Netherlands, benefiting customers of both companies and the market as a whole. This transaction marks a continuation of Vodafone’s market-by-market convergence strategy and we look forward to partnering with Liberty Global to create a fully integrated provider in one of our core European markets.” Said Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Chief Executive.

“This powerful combination of the best fixed and mobile networks in the Netherlands will deliver huge benefits to Dutch consumers and businesses. Throughout Europe, Liberty is capitalizing on the rising demand for lightning-fast broadband speeds, the coolest digital TV platforms and apps, and seamless 4G wireless connectivity. Soon, both Ziggo and Vodafone customers in the Netherlands will be at the forefront of this new world, and we couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Vodafone. We look forward to working together to develop cutting-edge converged services for the Dutch market.” Said Mike Fries, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global.

ITV announces Bazalgete as chairman

ITV have officially confirmed that Sir Peter Bazalgette will replace Archie Norman as its next non-executive chairman.

Bazalgette will take over the new position after having served on the Arts Council for four years. He’ll continue to chair both the Arts Council and ITV until January 2017 when he’ll focus solely on ITV.

He is also president of the Royal Television Society and is on the advisory board of ad agency BBH.

Some of his past achievements while chairing Endemol UK was bringing Big Brother to Britain and creating the hit shows Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms.

In a statement released by ITV, Bazalgette said “TV is my first love” and the former Endemol UK chairman is credited with bringing Big Brother to Britain and creating hits including Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms.

“The last six years have been undoubtedly challenging but also extremely rewarding and enjoyable, and an experience I would not have missed for the world,” said Norman. “The ITV I am leaving has a great track record, brilliant people and enormous potential for future growth.”

DTG Staff  |  17.02.2016

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