Viacom International Media Networks VIMN has acq

first_imgViacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air (FTA) frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!.One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 frequency ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October.The other deal sees Viacom take a 50% stake in kids FTA network Super!, which De Agostini Editore (DeA) has solely owned to this point.The pair has formed a joint venture that will now operate Super! in Italy.DeA is part of Gruppo De Agostini, which holds about a third of Paris-based production and distribution giant Banijay Group.Viacom has seen major growth in free TV distribution since launching Paramount Channel in Italy in February 2016. It claims to be close to reaching 30 million viewers each month.“Our pay TV partnerships remain the priority for Viacom, but free-to-air distribution is helping us grow ratings and revenues in TV markets where free-to-air networks are predominant,” said VIMN CEO David Lynn.“Free-to-air channel launches have helped us significantly expand our reach amongst Italian TV viewers and we’re ambitious for future share growth in this valuable and important TV market.”VIMN’s president and managing director for Southern and Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Raffaele Annecchino, said the deals marked “latest step in our ongoing strategy to scale-up our business in Italy”.He noted the territory “has the highest number of free-to-air channels of any European TV market and is the third biggest in terms of advertising revenues”.“These new free-to-air channels, combined with our strong distribution relationship with [pay TV provider] Sky, give us a great balance between free-to-air and pay TV in this market and allow us to reach all demographics with distinct and competitive offers.”The launch of Spike is opposite to developments in the US, where the channel is to become a general entertainment offer called the Paramount Network in January.last_img read more

The player was the victim of an unprovoked attack

first_imgThe player was the victim of an unprovoked attack in Belfast on Tuesday night.It’s understood the injuries McAllister suffered include four broken teeth.The attack triggered shock waves within the Slaughtneil club and the Derry GAA community.John Joe Kearney, assistant manager of the football team, revealed last night that the club has been left “stunned” by what occurred. BelfastDANNY PAYNEDerryJOHN JOE KEARNEYJORDAN MCCONOMYSLAUGHTNEIL GAASLAUGHTNEIL PLAYER CONOR MCALlISTER VICIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN UNPROVOKED ATTACK “This is a despicable happening – we have a young sportsman, just coming into his prime, the victim of a full-blooded assault,” Kearney told the Belfast Telegraph.“He had played outstandingly for our hurlers on Sunday and as far as we were aware he was in the squad for Saturday’s football semi-final.“What happened to Conor puts everything into perspective.“This was naturally a big shock to his family and friends and all his playing colleagues here in Slaughtneil.“Conor loves his sport, he plays whatever code he is involved in fairly and he certainly did not deserve this.”The attack is the latest to happen to people from Derry on nights out in city centres.Last weekend Danny Payne was viciously assaulted in Derry city centre when he tried to act as a ‘Good Samaritan’ and intervene in an altercation in Newmarket Street.The married man, a former volunteer with Foyle Search and Rescue, has now been left fighting for his life in hospital following injuries he sustained to his head.And only a few weeks earlier Jordan McConomy lost his life after he was brutally attacked while on a night out in Derry city centre. Slaughtneil’s Conor McAllister was viciously assaulted while on a night out in BelfastDERRY’S leading sports clubs has been dealt a major blow after a rising Slaughtneil GAA star sustained serious facial injuries in an assault.The unprovoked and brutal attack on Conor McAllister comes just days before a crucial game this weekend.The reigning Derry and Ulster senior club football champions are scheduled to meet Tyrone kingpins Omagh St Enda’s tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, in a provincial championship quarter-final.But their mounting injury list has now been exacerbated after an assault on squad member Conor.center_img SLAUGHTNEIL PLAYER CONOR MCALLISTER VICIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN UNPROVOKED ATTACK was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more