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A bit of audit history for Douglas Flint

Standard Life Aberdeen ditches finance chief in favour of former lead audit partner at PwC

  • March 15th 2019 at 05:00

RTL rejects joint streaming venture with ProSiebenSat.1

By JΓΆrn Krieger

RTL Group does not intend to accept ProSiebenSat.1’s invitation to participate in the latter’s joint German streaming venture with Discovery for the time being.

The collaboratoin offered by the competitor is currently not an option, CEO Bert Habets said at the presentation of RTL Group’s 2018 annual report in Berlin. “We are very confident that we can develop this as an independent entity that successfully achieves growth and economies of scale,” Habets added. “We want to be among the top three streaming platforms in each of our markets.”

ProSiebenSat.1 has so far gained ZDF, Sport1 and WELT for its streaming venture which is to launch in summer 2019, aiming to become the central German OTT platform for live and on-demand TV.

According to Habets, RTL would lose too much time by entering a joint venture with ProSiebenSat.1: “These are complex negotiations. A lot of elements have to be negotiated.”

In France, however, RTL subsidiary M6 has agreed to set up a joint streaming platform together with its competitors TF1 and France Télévisions, dubbed Salto.

Originally, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 wanted to create a joint streaming portal in Germany. The Amazonas project, however, failed in 2012 following objections from the Federal Cartel Office, which considered it to be an unacceptable concentration of market power.

How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks

By ANDREW JACOBS

Researchers combing through archives discovered that cigarette makers had applied their marketing wizardry to sweetened beverages and turned generations of children into loyal customers.

Ocasio-Cortez and House Democrats roast Wilbur Ross over census citizenship question

Ocasio-Cortez and House Democrats roast Wilbur Ross over census citizenship questionThe Commerce secretary has a rough day before the House Oversight Committee.


  • March 15th 2019 at 00:12

Eutelsat appoints Julie Burguburu as new company secretary

By Robert Briel

Eutelsat Communications has appointed Julie Burguburu as Company Secretary of the Group and a member of the Executive Committee, effective March 15.

Julie will oversee Eutelsat’s legal, compliance, regulatory and governance issues by heading the company’s teams in charge of these functions. She will succeed Edouard Silverio, who has decided to pursue new professional projects beyond Eutelsat.

As a senior counsel member (“maître de requêtes”) to the French Conseil d’Etat, Julie Burguburu was, up until now, a State rapporteur to the Administrative Litigation Division. She has held several top management positions in the French State administration. From 2014 to 2016, she was Deputy Chief-of-Staff to Claude Bartolone, President of France’s National Assembly, then from 2016 to 2017, to Bernard Cazeneuve, in his role of Interior Minister and then Prime Minister.

Julie previously spent four years in Shanghai, China, where she was Vice-President of Veolia China, with the responsibility of transforming the company. In particular, she steered the reorganisation of the Chinese and Japanese structures as well as the merger of Veolia’s water and waste management entities in China. Prior to that, she had served seven years at the French Conseil d’Etat from 2003 to 2010.

“The appointment of Julie Burguburu to Eutelsat marks a new chapter for our Group and our top management,” commented Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO.

“In light of the increasing standards, laws and ongoing developments in the regulations related to compliance and governance, in a constantly changing industry, Julie’s contribution will be decisive in providing us with the support and guidance we need to carry out and accelerate our Group’s transformation. I would also like to express my gratitude to Edouard for his significant contribution to the success of our company over the past eight years.”

Eutelsat appoints Julie Burguburu as new company secretary

By Robert Briel

Eutelsat Communications has appointed Julie Burguburu as Company Secretary of the Group and a member of the Executive Committee, effective March 15.

Julie will oversee Eutelsat’s legal, compliance, regulatory and governance issues by heading the company’s teams in charge of these functions. She will succeed Edouard Silverio, who has decided to pursue new professional projects beyond Eutelsat.

As a senior counsel member (“maître de requêtes”) to the French Conseil d’Etat, Julie Burguburu was, up until now, a State rapporteur to the Administrative Litigation Division. She has held several top management positions in the French State administration. From 2014 to 2016, she was Deputy Chief-of-Staff to Claude Bartolone, President of France’s National Assembly, then from 2016 to 2017, to Bernard Cazeneuve, in his role of Interior Minister and then Prime Minister.

Julie previously spent four years in Shanghai, China, where she was Vice-President of Veolia China, with the responsibility of transforming the company. In particular, she steered the reorganisation of the Chinese and Japanese structures as well as the merger of Veolia’s water and waste management entities in China. Prior to that, she had served seven years at the French Conseil d’Etat from 2003 to 2010.

“The appointment of Julie Burguburu to Eutelsat marks a new chapter for our Group and our top management,” commented Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO.

“In light of the increasing standards, laws and ongoing developments in the regulations related to compliance and governance, in a constantly changing industry, Julie’s contribution will be decisive in providing us with the support and guidance we need to carry out and accelerate our Group’s transformation. I would also like to express my gratitude to Edouard for his significant contribution to the success of our company over the past eight years.”

Turkey risks US ire over Russia air defence deal

White House has threatened sanctions if Erdogan buys S-400 over Patriot system

  • March 15th 2019 at 00:08

Is the retail industry enjoying a renaissance?

Retailers are proving that, with innovation, it is possible to thrive in the internet age

  • March 15th 2019 at 00:05

Sister of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson dies aged 18

Louis Tomlinson's sister Felicite has died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest at the age of 18.

  • March 15th 2019 at 00:03

SPI/FilmBox and Vodafone Spain extend partnership

By Robert Briel

SPI/FilmBox’s FunBox UHD Channel has extended its distribution partnership with Vodafone Spain.

In 2017, SPI International and Vodafone Spain launched Funbox UHD in Spain. Bringing thousands of hours of great 4K UHD content to all Vodafone Spain subscribers.

“Vodafone was our first partner in Spain, and it gives me great pleasure to continue working with the Vodafone team, and offering an ever richer volume of native UHD programmes to their 4K subscribers, whilst hopefully inspiring non 4K subscribers to upgrade their viewing experience,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.

Vodafone Spain subscribers will continue to see features from travel and nature documentaries, arts and culture, lifestyle, extreme sports, and a broad selection of world cinema classics and independent films all in full 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels which gives the viewer four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD.

UPDATE: With Measles Outbreaks on the Rise, a Concern Over the Connection to Air Travel

By KAREN SCHWARTZ

A record 81 U.S. flights were investigated in 2018 for carrying at least one person contagious with the disease, which has had a large number of outbreaks this year.

The Woman Who Calculated 31 Trillion Digits Of Pi

By Francesca Paris
Calculating more than 31 trillion digits of pi took months for Emma Haruka Iwao and her team, who beat the previous record for the most accurate value of pi by trillions of digits.

Emma Haruka Iwao, who has been fascinated with the mathematical constant since childhood, set the Guinness World Record for most accurate value of pi.

(Image credit: denistorm/Getty Images/RooM RF)

  • March 14th 2019 at 23:08

The Evolution Of Antitrust Laws In America

By Julia Simon

With presidential candidates talking about breaking up big companies, NPR's Planet Money looks at the origins of America's antitrust laws.

  • March 14th 2019 at 23:04

Maciej Stanecki dismissed from TVP board

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s National Media Council (RMN) has dismissed Maciej Stanecki from the board of the Polish public broadcaster TVP.

At the same time, according to Presservis, it has appointed Marzena Paczuska and Piotr Palka as members of the TVP board.

Meanwhile, Jacek Kurski has retained his position as the president of TVP.

Paczuska has until now been an advisor to the president in the journalism and information department, while Palka has worked in TVP’s programming department since June 2018.

Rzeczpospolita has reported that the changes in TVP’s board are due to the country’s President Duda vetoing a bill on the financing of TVP.

Maciej Stanecki dismissed from TVP board

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s National Media Council (RMN) has dismissed Maciej Stanecki from the board of the Polish public broadcaster TVP.

At the same time, according to Presservis, it has appointed Marzena Paczuska and Piotr Palka as members of the TVP board.

Meanwhile, Jacek Kurski has retained his position as the president of TVP.

Paczuska has until now been an advisor to the president in the journalism and information department, while Palka has worked in TVP’s programming department since June 2018.

Rzeczpospolita has reported that the changes in TVP’s board are due to the country’s President Duda vetoing a bill on the financing of TVP.

Telemach monopoly challenged in Bosnia

By Chris Dziadul

The Association of Cable Operators and Distributors of Bosnia & Herzegovina (AKOP BiH) has called on state institutions to tackle the monopoly status enjoyed by Telemach.

Capital reports that despite the Council of Competition having ordered Telemach three years ago to make its channel Sport Klub available to all operators in the country, it has still failed to do so.

AKOP BiH cites the example of Slovenia, where the Telemach Group was forced to sell Sport Klub on the same basis to operators and no sports channel can be owned for two years.

AKOP BiH has also called on the sanctioning of those who violated the Public Service Act by preventing viewers watching a qualifying game for the World Cup in basketball.

It was only shown by a Luxembourg company whose ownership is unknown.

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