Category Archives: Free to Air

IFT starts investigation on substantial power in radio and TV

Mexico´s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) has launched a process to determine the possible existence of economic agents with substantial market power in the radio and television industries. In the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), the regulator said the investigation is ex officio. The procedure “does not prejudge the existence of substantial power by any [...]

TV Pública and CCTV sign first co-production deal

Televisión Pública Argentina and Chinese broadcaster CCTV announced that they have signed the first co-production agreement between both countries for the production of the series Sorprendente China and its Argentine version Sorprendente Argentina. The deal seeks to “show the cultural and social nuances of two countries geographically distant but close by human and technological relations,” [...]

Canal 1’s audience keeps growing

Colombias free-to-air channel Canal 1 announced that on July 24 it achieved a share of 9.23% and nine of its shows registered above 1 rating point, which represented the best figure recorded since the launch of the new programming, on August 14, 2017. According to the data provided by the channel and based on figures [...]

TV Azteca considers leaving soccer business

TV Azteca CEO Benjamín Salinas said in the Q218 report that soccer costs are becoming “less sustainable” from a financial perspective so the company is evaluating whether to continue or not in this business. “We are obligated to review the soccer business in a comprehensive manner and to evaluate the viability of staying there, the [...]

SABC1 to launch new programming line-up and content

SABC1 is introducing a new programming line-up and content following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with some new drama and reality shows, new seasons of local series, and some scheduling changes like a dedicated Sunday night local drama miniseries slot. “We will be introducing a slate of brand-new shows, new seasons, as well as revamped [...]

South African Public FTA appoints new CEO and CFO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) appointed Madoda Mxakwe as its new group chief executive officer (GCEO) and Yolande van Biljon as its chief financial officer (CFO). The appointment of the GCEO is effective from 1 July 2018 and the CFOs appointment is effective from Monday, 25 June 2018. Mxakwe brings to the SABC a [...]

Private TV channel ENN in Ethiopia stop broadcasting

Ethiopias private television channels: Ethiopian News Network (ENN) might have to pull the plug off. The executives of the TV station have spoken to all of its 115 employees at an arranged gathering last Friday and used it as an opportunity to explain the troubles of the company. Founded by an Ethiopian-Canadian journalist, Benyam Kebede [...]

Imagen Televisión partners with Pinterest

Mexican broadcaster Imagen Televisión has signed an agreement with Pinterest with the aim of achieving greater and better exposure of both platforms. The agreement includes the promotion of the Pinterest brand on the website of the Mexican channel, as well as on TV. The partnership will start in the show called “Sale el Sol”. The [...]

RedeTV! to air the Premier League

Brazilian broadcaster RedeTV! announced that it will air one game per week of the Premier League, one of the most important soccer tournaments in the world. The deal includes games of the 2018/2019 season. RedeTV! signed a sub-licensing agreement with ESPN, which has the rights for pay TV for the next four years. The English [...]

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation set to air security service channel

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) says it will soon launch a security services channel as part of a cocktail of programmes planned for digital television broadcasting. ZBC chief executive officer, Patrick Mavhura told hundreds of content producers in Beitbridge that the security channel will be introduced alongside other channels such as wildlife, our country and [...]