Television in the United Kingdom http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24155/all en 'Downton Abbey' sets PBS record with 7.9 million viewers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/downton-abbey-sets-pbs-record-79-million-viewers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>LOS ANGELES, Jan 7 (Reuters) - British period drama "Downton<br /> Abbey" scored rave reviews and a record 7.9 million viewers for<br /> public broadcasting channel PBS as viewers tuned in to watch a<br /> wedding and financial calamity during the award-winning show's<br /> third season U.S. premiere on Sunday.</p> <p>Fans witnessed the wedding of Matthew and Lady Mary Crawley,<br /> after two seasons in which viewers were kept wondering if they<br /> would ever tie the knot.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/downton-abbey-sets-pbs-record-79-million-viewers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CDATA Downton Abbey Masterpiece Theatre Person Career Television Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731555 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Man Utd buys out BSkyB stake in club's TV channel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-man-utd-buys-out-bskyb-stake-clubs-tv-channel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Premier League soccer club Manchester United have taken full ownership of their in-house television channel by buying out a minority stake held by pay TV broadcaster BSkyB.</p> <p>MUTV was set up as a three-way joint venture in 1998 between the club, BSkyB and commercial broadcaster ITV. United acquired ITV's stake in 2007 and said the latest deal would allow it control over content and distribution of a channel available in 57 countries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-man-utd-buys-out-bskyb-stake-clubs-tv-channel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Manchester United F.C. Religion Social Issues Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:15:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737717 at http://www.globalpost.com Sky Austria loses case over charging for sports clips http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/sky-austria-loses-case-over-charging-sports-clips <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 22 (Reuters) - Sky Austria, part of the News Corp media empire, has been told that it cannot charge a rival broadcaster for access to clips from soccer matches used in news reports.</p> <p>The case was being watched across the European Union as it has implications for broadcasters who have paid heavily to buy up sports screening rights.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/sky-austria-loses-case-over-charging-sports-clips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737758 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebedevs' Evening Standard wins local London TV franchise http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/lebedevs-evening-standard-wins-local-london-tv-franchise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev won a London-wide television franchise on Monday, beating four other applicants with a package including programming from the newsroom of his family-backed London Evening Standard newspaper.</p> <p>The winning bid from ESTV (Evening Standard Television) pledges to deliver rolling live news at peak commuter times from the newspaper's offices in west London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/lebedevs-evening-standard-wins-local-london-tv-franchise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Television Television in the United Kingdom United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:30:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745339 at http://www.globalpost.com Liberty Global CEO says won't change Virgin Media strategy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/liberty-global-ceo-says-wont-change-virgin-media-strategy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Liberty Global won't change Virgin Media's strategy on network roll-out and content if its deal to buy the British cable group goes through, Liberty's chief executive said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The $15.75 billion deal was "compelling" for both sets of shareholders, said Mike Fries, Liberty's chief executive in a call with journalists on Wednesday.</p> <p>He said Liberty would continue to invest in Virgin's broadband network.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/liberty-global-ceo-says-wont-change-virgin-media-strategy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British brands Business Television in the United Kingdom Virgin Media Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:15:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747240 at http://www.globalpost.com Flagship shows cancelled as BBC journalists strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/flagship-shows-cancelled-bbc-journalists-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BBC journalists staged a 24-hour strike on Monday in protest at job cuts, preventing the transmission of the flagship Today morning news programme and several other television and radio shows.</p> <p>Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out at midnight (local time and GMT) on Sunday over compulsory redundancies expected to affect BBC Scotland, Radio 5 Live, the Asian Network and the World Service.</p> <p>The strike was called at the world's biggest broadcaster after union leaders and managers failed to agree the redeployment of 30 staff facing the axe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/flagship-shows-cancelled-bbc-journalists-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BBC BBC Scotland Broadcasting Entertainment Labor Television in the United Kingdom AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:15:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759161 at http://www.globalpost.com ITV to return 200 mln stg to shareholders -report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/itv-return-200-mln-stg-shareholders-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feb 24 (Reuters) - Media company ITV will unveil plans to return as much as 200 million pounds to shareholders through a special dividend when it reports full-year results on Wednesday, Sky News reported on Sunday.</p> <p>ITV's board will meet early this week to approve the proposed dividend, Sky News said on its website.</p> <p>The size of the special dividend was not yet decided although it was likely to be well over 100 million pounds and probably close to double that sum, Sky News reported, citing insiders at the company.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130224/itv-return-200-mln-stg-shareholders-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Dividends ITV ITV Technology Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:15:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5765355 at http://www.globalpost.com BT ramps up sports TV offering with ESPN deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/bt-ramps-sports-tv-offering-espn-deal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - BT has agreed to buy ESPN's UK and Ireland television business as its bids to loosen BSkyB's grip on the pay-TV sports market with the launch of its own channels.</p> <p>The deal, which includes the ESPN and ESPN America channels, will see BT take on ESPN's live sports rights package in Britain and Ireland, including live soccer matches from the FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League and German Bundesliga.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/bt-ramps-sports-tv-offering-espn-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BT Entertainment Television Television in the United Kingdom United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:45:53 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5766039 at http://www.globalpost.com News Corp selling Sky New Zealand stake http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/news-corp-selling-sky-new-zealand-stake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced on Monday it will sell its 44 percent stake in New Zealand's Sky Network Television for a reported NZ$815 million ($671 million).</p> <p>In a statement, News Corp's Australian arm News Limited, which owns the stake in New Zealand's largest subscription television provider, said shares would be offered to a range of institutional and retail investors.</p> <p>"Following the sales, News Limited will no longer have any holding in Sky Network Television Limited," it said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/news-corp-selling-sky-new-zealand-stake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Corp News Corporation News International phone hacking scandal Television in the United Kingdom AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 22:15:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772380 at http://www.globalpost.com ''X Factor'' the musical to hit London stage in 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130315/x-factor-the-musical-hit-london-stage-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Creator of "The X Factor", Simon Cowell, has given his approval for his hit TV singing competition to head to the London stage.</p> <p>Syco Entertainment, Cowell's joint venturex factor</p> <p>with Sony Music, is teaming up with Stage Entertainment <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/united-kingdom">UK</a> to bring a musical based on the TV singing contest to the stage next year, the partners announced on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130315/x-factor-the-musical-hit-london-stage-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British people Television in the United Kingdom The X Factor Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:31:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5784799 at http://www.globalpost.com British actor Frank Thornton of "Are you Being Served?" dies, 92 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130318/british-actor-frank-thornton-are-you-being-served-dies-92 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Frank Thornton, who played the pompous Captain Peacock in the television department store sitcom "Are You Being Served?", has died aged 92, his agent said on Monday.</p> <p>David Daly said Thornton died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Barnes, London, on Saturday.</p> <p>Thornton, who mainly played comedy roles, was also known for his role as Truly in "Last of the Summer Wine" and starred in comedies such as "Hancock's Half Hour", "The Goodies" and "Steptoe and Son".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130318/british-actor-frank-thornton-are-you-being-served-dies-92" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Are You Being Served? Comedy Playhouse Frank Thornton Human Interest Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:15:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5786860 at http://www.globalpost.com BBC to sell Lonely Planet at £80 mn loss http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/bbc-sell-lonely-planet-at-80-mn-loss <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The BBC's commercial arm is selling the Lonely Planet travel guide business to a US media firm at a loss of almost £80 million ($121 million, 93 million euros), the British broadcaster said on Tuesday.</p> <p>NC2 Media will buy Lonely Planet, which publishes hugely popular travel guides in nine languages, for £51.5 million. </p> <p>But the price is a massive 60 percent loss on the £130.2 million that BBC Worldwide spent acquiring the publisher in two chunks in 2007 and 2011.</p> <p>The BBC Trust, the broadcaster's governing body, has ordered a review into the huge loss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/bbc-sell-lonely-planet-at-80-mn-loss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BBC BBC Worldwide Broadcasting Television in the United Kingdom AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:16:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787672 at http://www.globalpost.com BBC sells Lonely Planet at 60 percent loss http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/bbc-sells-lonely-planet-at-60-percent-loss <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Publicly-funded British broadcaster the BBC is selling Lonely Planet, whose travel guides have been dubbed the backpackers' bible, taking a 60 percent loss on a business that critics say strayed beyond its public service remit.</p> <p>BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said on Tuesday it was selling Lonely Planet to U.S.-based NC2 Media for 51.5 million pounds as part of a drive to refocus on BBC brands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130319/bbc-sells-lonely-planet-at-60-percent-loss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BBC Worldwide BBC Worldwide British Broadcasting Corporation Business Lonely Planet Technology Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:30:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5787873 at http://www.globalpost.com Simon Cowell debuts YouTube talent hunt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/simon-cowell-debuts-youtube-talent-hunt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British pop mogul Simon Cowell launched an innovative online talent contest Wednesday, inviting wannabee stars from around the world to post clips of their skills on YouTube.</p> <p>"The X Factor" and "Got Talent" guru Cowell joined forces with the video sharing platform to run 26 biweekly contests, called "The You Generation", for hopefuls in 26 countries over the next 12 months.</p> <p>"We wanted to devise a way that it's easier for you to get noticed," explained Cowell in an interview in his padded-wall office posted on the "You Generation" channel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/simon-cowell-debuts-youtube-talent-hunt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British people Simon Cowell Technology Television in the United Kingdom The X Factor AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:45:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789298 at http://www.globalpost.com Cheltenham plans £45 million upgrade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130328/cheltenham-plans-45-million-upgrade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Cheltenham racecourse plans to build a new grandstand complete with an upgraded royal box in a 45 million pound makeover of the venue, home to one of the most prestigious festivals in jump racing, its owners said on Thursday.</p> <p>The new grandstand, with capacity for 6,500 spectators, will replace a smaller 1920s block where private boxes including the one for the royals are located.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130328/cheltenham-plans-45-million-upgrade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Horse racing in Great Britain Sports Television in the United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:00:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5796271 at http://www.globalpost.com