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How Aramco’s Huge I.P.O. Fell Short of Saudi Prince’s Wish

By Kate Kelly and Stanley Reed

As investors balked, some bankers and Saudi officials still hoped to achieve the crown prince’s target price of $2 trillion. They wound up settling for less.

Splintered Isle: A Journey Through Brexit Britain

By Patrick Kingsley and Laetitia Vancon

As Britain heads for an election, a Times reporter spent two weeks driving from London to Glasgow. He found a country united only by its disunity.

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A Graffiti Museum Where the Writers Are in Charge

By Jon Caramanica

The Museum of Graffiti, the first of its kind, opens in Miami with a ticktock history of the art form’s early development

Commissioner VΓ‘rhelyi: Youth to become new β€˜focal point’ in Eastern Partnership

By Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

In one of his first public appearances, Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, said on Thursday (4 December) reviving civil society and economy by reaching out to youth would be his priority in the context of Eastern Partnership.

What if the world’s center of gravity had moved to Africa?

By Carlos Zorrinho, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Norbert Neuser

As Ursula von der Leyen prepares to make Ethiopia her first overseas visit, MEPs Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Norbert Neuser and Carlos Zorrinho explain why the new Commission president must reach out to Europe's African allies.

Late Erasmus founder Lenarduzzi said Europe β€˜as we conceived it’ is blocked

By Daniela Vincenti

To honour the legacy of late Erasmus "father" Domenico Lenarduzzi, who passed away on Tuesday (3 December), EURACTIV is reposting an interview with him that was originally published on 22 September 2011.

Golden jackal caught on camera in Drenthe, third sighting in three years

By hanneke
A golden jackal has been spotted in Drenthe, a first for the province, local broadcaster RTV Drenthe reports. The animal...

German football club on a mission to defend the climate

By Florence Schulz, Sarah Lawton

With thousands of fans travelling to matches and giant stadiums being built, football has a considerable climate impact. Some clubs are increasingly aware of this and try to limit their carbon emissions. A club from the small city of Mainz has been leading the movement for a decade.

BBC Studios inks Yandex deal

By Chris Dziadul

BBC Studios and Yandex have agreed to a major output deal for scripted content in Russia and the CIS.

It will see Yandex’s online cinema and major movie database, KinoPoisk, exclusively host over 100 hours of brand new premium drama, comedy, and children’s titles, per year, alongside additional content from a range of British producers in the BBC Studios catalogue from 2020.The new partnership includes a commitment from Yandex to develop BBC Studios scripted formats and AVOD rights to over 150 episodes of BBC Studios’ children’s brands.

KinoPoisk HD will become the exclusive VOD home for existing series of Doctor Who in Russia, and the new 12th season of the show, which will be released in Russia the day after UK transmission on January 2, 2020.

Commenting on the agreement, Salim Mukaddam, senior VP for Central and Eastern Europe, Mediterranean and Africa, BBC Studios said: “Russia is an established market for BBC Studios having licensed content here for many years. We know that the local audience has an affinity with, and a strong appetite for, British content. We took the time to find the right partner to enable us to achieve our ambitions in the territory. Yandex’s scale and reach, combined with their appreciation of the content, make them ideal partners. This is the first significant step in our strategy to serve that increasing demand and provides us with the opportunity to showcase British creativity and storytelling to new audiences. We are delighted to be entering the next phase of our relationship with Yandex. This is just the beginning, and I cannot wait to see what we can achieve together in the coming years.”

Olga Filpuk, chief content officer for KinoPoisk, added: “KinoPoisk has been an integral part of the Yandex Media eco-system for many years. Its subscription arm – KinoPoisk HD – has been growing alongside our Yandex Plus subscription service (included in KinoPoisk HD subscription), which now counts 2 million subscribers. Part of our content strategy for both KinoPoisk and Yandex Plus subscribers is to constantly expand our high quality foreign content proposition. By doing this, we can help viewers stay up to date with the most exciting global premieres online. Thanks to our relationship with BBC Studios, we have already become the VOD home to Doctor Who in Russia. With a new BBC Studios deal in place, we expect to deliver more content with a global appeal to the Russian viewers in years to come. We also look forward to exploring scripted content creation opportunities with the BBC creative team in the near future”.

Sally de St Croix, Doctor Who global franchise director, said: “We know that Russia already has a hugely engaged and dedicated following for Doctor Who so we are really excited to work with Yandex to bring our incredibly rich world of stories and characters, packed with adventure and hope, to KinoPoisk HD for them to enjoy. With seasons 1-12 available on the service, there has also never been a better time for new viewers to delve into our stories from across all of time and space”.

Czech cable market consolidates

By Chris Dziadul

The Cyprus-registered company Kaprain Industrial Holding has acquired a 100% stake in Czech operator CentroNet from Eco-Investment for CZK226,666,000 (€8.87 million).

Digizone reports that Kaprain already owns Nej TV, one of the Czech Republic’s leading cable operators, and last year also bought Rio Media, a long established operators, and several smaller cable TV providers in North Bohemia and North Moravia.

Czech cable market consolidates

By Chris Dziadul

The Cyprus-registered company Kaprain Industrial Holding has acquired a 100% stake in Czech operator CentroNet from Eco-Investment for CZK226,666,000 (€8.87 million).

Digizone reports that Kaprain already owns Nej TV, one of the Czech Republic’s leading cable operators, and last year also bought Rio Media, a long established operators, and several smaller cable TV providers in North Bohemia and North Moravia.

Media Group Ukraine outlines 2020 strategy

By Chris Dziadul

The proprietary sports channels Futbol 1 and Futbol 2 will be broadcast on a la carte basis from next year by their owner Media Group Ukraine (MGU).

At the same time, the channel Futbol 3 will continue to be made available to cable networks.

Speaking about the company’s plans for next year, including the coverage of Euro 2020, Alexander Denisov, director of Futbol 1,2 and 3, and Fedir Grechaninov, director of strategic development at MGU, also said that the final of the football tournament may be shown in 4K.

Denisov added that this would be the first time such an event would be shown in the format despite the expense – €8,000 – of receiving it via satellite.

He also said that there is an option to also show games featuring the Ukrainian national team at Euro 2020 in 4K.

Media Group Ukraine outlines 2020 strategy

By Chris Dziadul

The proprietary sports channels Futbol 1 and Futbol 2 will be broadcast on a la carte basis from next year by their owner Media Group Ukraine (MGU).

At the same time, the channel Futbol 3 will continue to be made available to cable networks.

Speaking about the company’s plans for next year, including the coverage of Euro 2020, Alexander Denisov, director of Futbol 1,2 and 3, and Fedir Grechaninov, director of strategic development at MGU, also said that the final of the football tournament may be shown in 4K.

Denisov added that this would be the first time such an event would be shown in the format despite the expense – €8,000 – of receiving it via satellite.

He also said that there is an option to also show games featuring the Ukrainian national team at Euro 2020 in 4K.

SMEs are key to climate protection, says Austrian businesswoman

By Philipp GrΓΌll

After having represented the interests of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for four years, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller takes stock, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany, of her successes and discusses her ambitions looking forward in the fight against climate change.

Albania elects Western-trained prosecutor general as part of judicial reforms

By Euractiv.com with R

Albania’s parliament elected Olsian Çela as prosecutor general on Thursday (5 December) as part of judicial reforms sought by the West that are intended to kick out corrupt judges. The European Union has told Albania the reforms must remain a...

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