Advanced Television


SES’s Steve Collar to step down

Satellite operator SES has announced that Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will be stepping down at the end of June 2023 to pursue other professional and personal endeavours. The search for a successor is underway and Ruy Pinto, currently Chief Technology Officer of SES, will assume the role of CEO until a permanent successor […]

June 12, 2023By Colin Mann

Collar departure: “Hard to see a positive read”

The normal transition for any departing CEO at a major quoted company is well established. Weeks – and sometimes months – of advanced notice are given to shareholders and the market of an impending change in leadership. That has not happened in the case of Steve Collar, the suddenly outgoing CEO at SES. Collar will […]

June 12, 2023

Berlusconi dies aged 86

Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon and former Italian prime minister, has died aged 86. He died at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, according to reports. Earlier this year, Berlusconi was treated for a lung infection linked to a case of chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia. Berlusconi first came to office in 1994 and led four governments […]

June 12, 2023

Arrivederci Silvio Berlusconi

RIP Silvio Berlusiconi, another of the titans who dominated media in the eighties, nineties and beyond. At a MIPCOM press conference in 1984 or 85, (the Com and some random satellite dishes had just been added by the wily MIP founder Bernard Chevry), the panel was Ted Turner, Robert Maxwell and Silvio Berlusconi. I remember […]

June 12, 2023

Fox tells Carlson to get off Twitter

Fox News has demanded that Tucker Carlson cease posting videos to Twitter. Fox lawyers accused Carlson of violating the terms of his contract, which runs until early 2025 and limits his ability to appear in media other than Fox, reports NYT. Since Carlson was ousted by Fox News, he has begun producing a cut down […]

June 12, 2023

Roku elects Blackburn to Board of Directors

Roku has expanded its Board of Directors with the election of Jeff Blackburn, who has a background in digital media and entertainment. “Jeff’s extensive experience in digital media and technologies makes him a great addition to our Board of Directors,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “I look forward to his contributions to Roku […]

June 9, 2023

Samanidis appointed BBC iPlayer GM

The BBC has announced that Kerensa Samanidis will join the BBC as General Manager for BBC iPlayer, effective June 19th. Reporting into Dan McGolpin – Director of BBC iPlayer and Channels – Samanidis will be responsible for the delivery of the BBC iPlayer growth strategy and management of the overall iPlayer operation. McGolpin commented: “I’m […]

June 8, 2023

BBC Studios Kids & Family makes senior appointments

BBC Studios Kids & Family, has announced the appointments of Katharina Pietzsch as VP Content Sales, BBC Studios Kids & Family; and Kelly Wood in the newly created role of Head of Content Strategy, BBC Studios Kids & Family. Pietzsch’s role will see her lead the sales and co-production strategy for the BBC Studios Kids […]

June 8, 2023

Licht out at CNN

Chris Licht, CEO of CNN, is out at the news network. The NYT reports he met with WBD chief David Zaslav, who then told staff that Licht was departing immediately. Licht had been handpicked a year ago by Zaslav to steer CNN after the departure of its long-time chief Jeff Zucker. However Licht’s tenure was […]

June 7, 2023

Carlson kicks-off on Twitter

Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host, has released the first instalment of his new show on Twitter. The 10-minute video is essentially a stripped-down version of what his Fox viewers would have seen on his nightly show. It may bring him into conflict with the network where he is under contract into 2025. There […]

June 7, 2023