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California Chef Aims To Help Restaurant Workers Prevent Suicide

By Samantha Caiola

The restaurant business can be tough on your mental health, and has led some chefs to suicide. Chef Patrick Mulvaney is helping Sacramento kitchen workers learn the warning signs and ask for help.

(Image credit: Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio)

  • February 11th 2019 at 13:00

Anna Roszewska joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Anna Roszewska has been appointed the HR and administration director at the Polish DTH platform nc+, effective February 11.

In her new role, she will report directly to Manuel Ruugeron, the company’s chairman of the board, and be responsible for the overall management and planning of all issues related to HR and nc + administration.

Roszewska has 15 years of managerial experience in all aspects related to human, admin and internal communication, having previously held positions at Agora, Cyfrowy Polsat and GK Netia.

Commenting on her appointment, Rougeron said: “We are happy to welcome Anna Roszewska to our organization, in which she will hold a key position. Anna will certainly bring her extensive experience and knowledge in the field of human resources management, supporting the implementation of our company vision and responding to the rapid evolution of the media industry”.

IndiaCast secures Sky slot

By Julian Clover

IndiaCast has taken Sky EPG No.717 following a deal brokered by Vision247.

The Viacom18 & TV18 joint venture manages five Indian TV channels in the UK including
flagship general entertainment channel, Rishtey Europe, Rishtey Cineplex, News18 and MTV Beats.

The transfer is scheduled to take place on Monday.

Vision247, broadcast and OTT services provider is well-known for brokering Sky EPGs as well as assisting TV channels to move around the Sky EPG listing and obtain the most suitable Sky EPG positions.

Travelxp added to Proximus

By Julian Clover

Travel channel Travelxp HD has joined the line-up of Begian IPTV provider Proximus.

It’s planned to add Dutch subtitles to the Mumbai-based channel, which is already available on other platforms in the country.

Sumant Bahl, Managing Director – Europe, Travelxp commented, “Tying up with Proximus TV will help us reach out to more homes in Belgium. Proximus is among the leading telecom companies in the country and airing Travelxp HD on the platform is a great opportunity for us.”

Travelxp has gradually expanded its distribution in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Africa. It claims to be the world’s largest producer of travel content.

Separately, 3Vision Distribution is now representing Travelxp in Subsarahan Africa.

TV host: I haven't washed my hands in 10 years

A Fox News host told viewers live on air that he has not washed his hands in a decade because "germs are not a real thing". 

  • February 11th 2019 at 11:36

Orange TV Stick debuts in Slovakia

By Chris Dziadul

Orange has made the TV Stick available to customers in Slovakia.

The device, which allows viewers to transfer sports content from their smartphones or tablets to large screen TVs, is being offered for a standard price of €59 and without the need for a contract.

Viewers can also take advantage of monthly instalments without an additional charge from €1.

In addition, Orange notes that it has prepared a limited series of packs for sports fans for €69. As well as the device itself, they will be able to access the Orange Sport premium channel, exclusively featuring Champions League games, until the end of this season.

Commenting on the development, Jakub Toth, Orange TV product manager at Orange Slovensko, said: “The Orange TV Stick even further enhances the convenience of watching our internet TV. We have achieved not only that it can be watched by virtually anyone, anywhere in Slovakia, but also used on a big TV screen. This is especially appreciated by sports fans who are able to see premium content at home and outside their living rooms using the TV Stick”.

How to Increase Media Engagement in Six Steps

If PR professionals want to increase media engagement (and who doesn’t?), they have to do more than crank out basic press releases and send them to every journalist they can find. With PR professionals far outnumbering journalists, it’s more important than ever to get the message right at the start.

Corporate communicators and PR professionals can increase media engagement by using these smart techniques: crafting better press releases, embracing brand journalism, adding value, attending events and creating connections.

1. Craft a Better Press Release

Snappy and concise press releases win the day. Use short chunks of text, answer the who, what, when, where and why — and don’t include much beyond that. Keep the press release brief and stick to one subject. Interested journalists will respond to learn more, but they don’t have time to pore over multiple pages to find the point. Include low-res images with links to high-quality images to avoid hogging inbox resources. No one wants to work with the PR rep who fills up their email inboxes with several massive files. Don’t forget the contact info so a journalist knows where to turn if they have more questions.

2. Embrace Brand Journalism

Skip the dry, boring and bland corporate descriptions. If you want to increase your media engagement and draw in journalists, your content has to be interesting. Combine different forms of media, such as videos and images, to add depth. Mix up social network posts with videos and images sized for each specific network. 

3. Add Value

Don’t produce content for the sake of producing content. Every social media post, YouTube or Vimeo upload and blog post should build up to a compelling story. How do you make the story appealing? Find new ways to tell it. Pushing out blog post after blog post or LinkedIn post after tweet after Facebook post won’t go anywhere if the material lacks substance. Develop and share engaging content journalists can’t help but notice. Keep it real and relevant. Journalists are looking for shareability. Will your content supply it?

4. Attend Events

Schedule events as you normally do, but this time, do more than simply badger journalists afterward with your five-minute pitch. Try to find common ground and build up from there. Journalists are busy. With a whole room of people to chat with, why should someone care about the brand you represent? Be memorable for being genuine and work at creating a better, stronger relationship with the reporters you meet.

5. Create Connections

Be responsive. If a journalist reaches out for more information, provide the information fast. If you promised B-roll, images or a bio to a reporter during the event, follow through on those promises promptly. Only reach out during typical business hours to the journalist’s work email (not a personal email and not via social media). Provide better quotes and interviews when a journalist beckons, and you won’t only deepen the relationship — but you could be the person a journalist turns to when working on their next story. Connect with journalists you work with on Twitter and converse accordingly to craft a mutually beneficial relationship — just leave the corporate pitches off social media.

6. Use Your Resources

Never before have there been so many tools available for PR pros to use to tell the story of a brand. If you want journalists to engage with your media, you need to create the type of collaborative environment where it can happen. Pitch your story to the right outlets, follow up fast and build those relationships. Put the journalist first to foster trust and you’ll have journalists eager to work with you and share your message.

 

Learn more about how other brands are increasing media engagement at www.presspage.com/customers.

Facing A Critical Shortage Of Drivers, The Trucking Industry Is Changing

By Frank Morris
Trucking companies have had a tough time hiring drivers willing to hit the road for long hauls. Now the U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years and companies are upping pay, making the job easier, and opening it up to new kinds of drivers.

The trucking industry has faced a shortage of drivers for years, but the problem is compounded now with baby boomer retirements, increased freight demands and a high turnover rate.

(Image credit: John Bazemore/AP)

  • February 11th 2019 at 11:01

Giving Medicine To Young Children? Getting The Dose Right Is Tricky

By Patti Neighmond
If you fear your child may have taken or received too much medicine, call the national poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

In a recent survey, 1 in 5 parents thought that using a household spoon was OK for measuring their child's medicine. It's not. Here's how to help little kids without overdosing them.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

  • February 11th 2019 at 11:01

SBB enhances next gen TV service

By Chris Dziadul

Serbia Broadband (SBB) has made seven additional channels available to all users of the next generation TV platform Eon.

Contained with the Pink package, they include the film-based Pink Crime & Mystery and Pink World, as well as the entertainment channels Pink Extra, Pink Plus and Pink Fun and music channels Bravo Music and Pink Folk.

As Total TV users of the Eon app have already been able to receive four of the channels, they will now also be offered Pink world, Bravo Music and Pink Folk.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, United Group and SBB launched EON in August 2017, replacing the previous D3GO service.

SBB enhances next gen TV service

By Chris Dziadul

Serbia Broadband (SBB) has made seven additional channels available to all users of the next generation TV platform Eon.

Contained with the Pink package, they include the film-based Pink Crime & Mystery and Pink World, as well as the entertainment channels Pink Extra, Pink Plus and Pink Fun and music channels Bravo Music and Pink Folk.

As Total TV users of the Eon app have already been able to receive four of the channels, they will now also be offered Pink world, Bravo Music and Pink Folk.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, United Group and SBB launched EON in August 2017, replacing the previous D3GO service.

Attila Meszaros joins Telenor Hungary

By Chris Dziadul

Attila Meszaros has been appointed the corporate communications director of Telenor Hungary.

In his new role, he will be responsible for internal and external communications, as well as sustainability.

Meszaros has nearly 20 years of communications and marketing experience in the ICT industry. From 2008, he was marketing & PR manager of Cisco Hungary overseeing the full range of marketing and communications activities. In 2012, he was appointed to Cisco’s regional marketing manager in charge of marketing and communication campaigns in more than 15 countries.

In the past two years, he was operations and marketing manager of a Hungarian pharmaceutical company responsible for four business units.

Attila Meszaros joins Telenor Hungary

By Chris Dziadul

Attila Meszaros has been appointed the corporate communications director of Telenor Hungary.

In his new role, he will be responsible for internal and external communications, as well as sustainability.

Meszaros has nearly 20 years of communications and marketing experience in the ICT industry. From 2008, he was marketing & PR manager of Cisco Hungary overseeing the full range of marketing and communications activities. In 2012, he was appointed to Cisco’s regional marketing manager in charge of marketing and communication campaigns in more than 15 countries.

In the past two years, he was operations and marketing manager of a Hungarian pharmaceutical company responsible for four business units.

MGM’s Epix launches streaming service Epix Now

By Robert Briel

MGM-owned Epix has launched a streaming OTT companion to its premium channel EPIX Now in the US.

The new streaming service is available to subscribers to cable and digital platforms, but also as an OTT service for $5.99 a month for access to a library of classic and blockbuster films, live TV, and a growing catalogue of originals. For now, the app is only available on Apple TV, iOS, and Android, with Roku and Amazon Fire TV to be added later.

Epix is rolling out a slate of new original series, including a story show about Batman’s butler called Pennyworth; the Forest Whitaker-starring Godfather of Harlem; the biblical noir featuring Sir Ben Kingsley, Perpetual Grace, Ltd.; the Iggy Pop docu-series Punk; and a docu-series on famous filmmakers titled Elvis Goes There, featuring longtime critic Elvis Mitchell.

These new originals come in addition to returning seasons of Epix’s shows, such as Get Shorty, Berlin Station, and Deep State.

“Launching Epix Now and providing consumers nationwide with access to our premium original programming and blockbuster movies is an exciting moment for our company and solidifies our commitment to bring high-level storytelling to as many people as possible,” said Epix President Michael Wright.

“We look forward to welcoming new audiences to our network.”

Epix is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The channel’s programming consists of recent and older theatrically released motion pictures, original series, documentaries, and music and comedy specials.

AMC inks major Telekom CEE deal

By Chris Dziadul

AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe (AMCNI CNE) and Deutsche Telekom’s subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have signed a multi-year comprehensive renewal of their distribution agreement.

As a result, Slovak Telekom’s Magio and Digi Slovakia and T-Mobile TV Czech Republic will continue to offer their customers the full range of AMCNI CEE’s channels. The agreement covers IPTV, DTH, cable and OTT carriage and includes Sport 1, Sport 2, AMC, Film+, Minimax, Megamax, JimJam, Spektrum, Spektrum Home, TV Paprika, CBS Reality, The Outdoor Channel and Extreme Sports Channel. In addition, the companies will extend their cooperation to include joint marketing campaigns in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Commenting on the development, Balázs Hajós, VP of affiliate sales of AMCNI CNE, said: “We’ve distinguished ourselves in the marketplace by consistently offering compelling, premium quality content, and this multifaceted partnership underscores the enduring high demand for that content from viewers, distributors and advertisers. As AMCNI continues to experience strong growth momentum across the globe, we’re pleased to continue to provide Deutsche Telekom Group and their customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with our high-quality programming and popular brands that engage, entertain and build passionate fan communities”.

Andrej Miklánek, head of TV content at Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile, added: “Slovak Telekom’s Magio and Digi are the biggest TV providers in Slovakia, covering more than 620,000 households. T-Mobile TV in the Czech Republic is the fastest growing television service in the territory. This success is due not only to our exclusive sport, documentary, kids and music channels, but also thanks to our cooperation with experienced industry leader, AMCNI CNE. We appreciate its balanced portfolio of channels that cover all possible TV genres, including sports, kids, documentary, films and series. We are looking forward to further developing our business with AMCNI CNE”.

AMC inks major Telekom CEE deal

By Chris Dziadul

AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe (AMCNI CNE) and Deutsche Telekom’s subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have signed a multi-year comprehensive renewal of their distribution agreement.

As a result, Slovak Telekom’s Magio and Digi Slovakia and T-Mobile TV Czech Republic will continue to offer their customers the full range of AMCNI CEE’s channels. The agreement covers IPTV, DTH, cable and OTT carriage and includes Sport 1, Sport 2, AMC, Film+, Minimax, Megamax, JimJam, Spektrum, Spektrum Home, TV Paprika, CBS Reality, The Outdoor Channel and Extreme Sports Channel. In addition, the companies will extend their cooperation to include joint marketing campaigns in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Commenting on the development, Balázs Hajós, VP of affiliate sales of AMCNI CNE, said: “We’ve distinguished ourselves in the marketplace by consistently offering compelling, premium quality content, and this multifaceted partnership underscores the enduring high demand for that content from viewers, distributors and advertisers. As AMCNI continues to experience strong growth momentum across the globe, we’re pleased to continue to provide Deutsche Telekom Group and their customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with our high-quality programming and popular brands that engage, entertain and build passionate fan communities”.

Andrej Miklánek, head of TV content at Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile, added: “Slovak Telekom’s Magio and Digi are the biggest TV providers in Slovakia, covering more than 620,000 households. T-Mobile TV in the Czech Republic is the fastest growing television service in the territory. This success is due not only to our exclusive sport, documentary, kids and music channels, but also thanks to our cooperation with experienced industry leader, AMCNI CNE. We appreciate its balanced portfolio of channels that cover all possible TV genres, including sports, kids, documentary, films and series. We are looking forward to further developing our business with AMCNI CNE”.

Indonesia police apologise for using snake in Papua interrogation

Indonesian police have apologised and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the easternmost area of Papua.

Indonesia police apologize for using snake in Papua interrogation

Indonesian police have apologized and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the easternmost area of Papua.

Australia seals A$50bn submarine dealΒ with Naval Group

French shipbuilder eyes springboard to other defence contracts in Asia and Europe

  • February 11th 2019 at 05:17

Dog thought to have tumour - until needle found in neck

A dog suspected of having a brain tumour actually had a sewing needle in his neck which had pierced his spinal cord, X-rays have shown.

  • February 10th 2019 at 16:18
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