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Swiss CH Media acquires 3 Plus TV group

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Swiss media company CH Media will take over Swiss TV broadcaster 3 Plus.

The acquisition, of which financial details were not disclosed, makes CH Media the largest commercial Swiss TV group. The company owns TV24, TV25 and S1 as well as several regional TV channels.

3 Plus was founded 13 years ago by Dominik Kaiser and operates the TV channels 3+, 4+, 5+ and 6+.

“I am delighted that we are now not only number 1 in Swiss commercial radio, but also in Swiss commercial TV,” said Roger Elsener, CH Media managing director TV, radio and movie sales. “We believe in the future of video and entertainment. Together, we have even greater growth opportunities and will invest in new, innovative offerings.”

Dominik Kaiser will remain associated with CH Media as senior advisor and assist in the further development of the national TV business.

“CH Media is the ideal partner to lead the 3 Plus group into the future,” said Kaiser. “A further expansion of the existing channels is planned. This is a great opportunity for my great team. Together, the channels will continue to grow and make a difference in Switzerland.”

Swiss CH Media acquires 3 Plus TV group

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Swiss media company CH Media will take over Swiss TV broadcaster 3 Plus.

The acquisition, of which financial details were not disclosed, makes CH Media the largest commercial Swiss TV group. The company already owns the channels TV24, TV25 and S1.

3 Plus was founded 13 years ago by Dominik Kaiser and operates the TV channels 3+, 4+, 5+ and 6+.

“I am delighted that we are now not only number 1 in Swiss commercial radio, but also in Swiss commercial TV,” said Roger Elsener, CH Media managing director TV, radio and movie sales. “We believe in the future of video and entertainment. Together, we have even greater growth opportunities and will invest in new, innovative offerings.”

Dominik Kaiser will remain associated with CH Media as senior advisor and assist in the further development of the national TV business.

“CH Media is the ideal partner to lead the 3 Plus group into the future,” said Kaiser. “A further expansion of the existing channels is planned. This is a great opportunity for my great team. Together, the channels will continue to grow and make a difference in Switzerland.”

PG&E Chief Says Blackout β€˜Cannot Become the Status Quo’

By Ivan Penn

The head of California’s biggest utility, under fire over the company’s handling of a pre-emptive power shut-off, will face questioning from state regulators.

Viacom acquires Italian DTT kids channel Super!

By Robert Briel

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired from De Agostini Editore the remaining 50% of Super Broadcast S.R.L, the company that owns and operates the free-to-air (FTA) kids’ TV channel, Super.

Super! is a FTA kids channel in Italy focused on children ages 4-14 with a pipeline of local and International content. As part of this transaction, De Agostini Editore will continue to collaborate with VIMN Italy providing De Agostini’s original content to the channel.

Raffaele Annecchino, President and MD, Southern and Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, VIMN, stated: ‘I’m pleased to confirm this new achievement in our ongoing strategy to strengthen our presence in Italy, a market where we have a strong position on Pay TV with our main brands and premium content, including Nickelodeon. The acquisition of Super! further reinforces the VIMN relevance in the kids’ segment in Italy and increases the exposure of our properties and touchpoints.’

The success of “Super! Has gone far beyond our expectations: launched in 2012 in an overcrowded market, by 2018 the channel had gained a leading position in the kids Italian sector, which was achieved for a second year in 2019. Now we’re passing it to Viacom, who will further enhance the heritage of the brand Super!. We, as De Agostini, will focus our efforts on our channels distributed on Pay TV, on our digital platforms as well as on content production and co-production, which we have already successfully developed in these past few years”, affirmed Pierfrancesco Gherardi, Managing Director Digital Division, De Agostini Editore.

Through the acquisition of Super! Viacom in Italy will reach more than 35 million viewers per month and strengthen its position in the market as one of the most important international media networks in Italy.

Viacom already owns and operates three free-to-air digital terrestrial TV channels in Italy – Paramount Network, Spike, VH1 – and also owns 11 branded channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., which are all distributed on Italy’s leading pay platform, Sky.

Viacom acquires Italian DTT kids channel Super!

By Robert Briel

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired from De Agostini Editore the remaining 50% of Super Broadcast S.R.L, the company that owns and operates the free-to-air (FTA) kids’ TV channel, Super.

Super! is a FTA kids channel in Italy focused on children ages 4-14 with a pipeline of local and International content. As part of this transaction, De Agostini Editore will continue to collaborate with VIMN Italy providing De Agostini’s original content to the channel.

Raffaele Annecchino, President and MD, Southern and Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, VIMN, stated: ‘I’m pleased to confirm this new achievement in our ongoing strategy to strengthen our presence in Italy, a market where we have a strong position on Pay TV with our main brands and premium content, including Nickelodeon. The acquisition of Super! further reinforces the VIMN relevance in the kids’ segment in Italy and increases the exposure of our properties and touchpoints.’

The success of “Super! Has gone far beyond our expectations: launched in 2012 in an overcrowded market, by 2018 the channel had gained a leading position in the kids Italian sector, which was achieved for a second year in 2019. Now we’re passing it to Viacom, who will further enhance the heritage of the brand Super!. We, as De Agostini, will focus our efforts on our channels distributed on Pay TV, on our digital platforms as well as on content production and co-production, which we have already successfully developed in these past few years”, affirmed Pierfrancesco Gherardi, Managing Director Digital Division, De Agostini Editore.

Through the acquisition of Super! Viacom in Italy will reach more than 35 million viewers per month and strengthen its position in the market as one of the most important international media networks in Italy.

Viacom already owns and operates three free-to-air digital terrestrial TV channels in Italy – Paramount Network, Spike, VH1 – and also owns 11 branded channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., which are all distributed on Italy’s leading pay platform, Sky.

Salto founders up investment

By Julian Clover

The founders of the all-France streaming service Salto are to triple their investment in the project.

At launch France Télévisions , TF1 and M6 agreed to invest €45 million, an amount perceived locally as “too small” compared to the investment of Disney, Amazon and Apple.

Now, La Lettre A reports that an investment of €135 million over three years demonstrates the seriousness of the project.

The financing will cover the initial launch costs of the platform as well as some programme acquisition.

It’s anticipated a further €250 million will be invested in programming derived from future revenues.

Following approval by the French competition authority in August, Salto is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020.

Vatican launches streaming service VatiVision

By Robert Briel

The Vatican will launch its own streaming service VatiVison this coming spring.

The new platform will be launched next spring to stream films, documentaries and programmes with religious content on all digital media. This project was born from the collaboration of two Italian companies. Officina della Comunicazione, which holds 75% of the capital of VatiVision, based in Bergamo, is a production company. The remaining 25% is held by Vetrya, an international Umbrian-based group specialising in the development of digital services and cloud computing platforms.

The Officina della Comunicazione has been working for many years with CTV (Centro Televisivo Vaticano) founded in 1983 by John Paul II, which became the Vatican Media in 2017. And there are close links with the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See.

This has enabled nearly 50 productions to be produced, including documentaries, films and series, in particular with the collaboration of RAI, Discovery, Sky and TV2000, the audiovisual network of the Italian episcopate.

Vatican launches streaming service VatiVision

By Robert Briel

The Vatican will launch its own streaming service VatiVison this coming spring.

The new platform will be launched next spring to stream films, documentaries and programmes with religious content on all digital media. This project was born from the collaboration of two Italian companies. Officina della Comunicazione, which holds 75% of the capital of VatiVision, based in Bergamo, is a production company. The remaining 25% is held by Vetrya, an international Umbrian-based group specialising in the development of digital services and cloud computing platforms.

The Officina della Comunicazione has been working for many years with CTV (Centro Televisivo Vaticano) founded in 1983 by John Paul II, which became the Vatican Media in 2017. And there are close links with the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See.

This has enabled nearly 50 productions to be produced, including documentaries, films and series, in particular with the collaboration of RAI, Discovery, Sky and TV2000, the audiovisual network of the Italian episcopate.

Protests sweep Lebanon for a second day

Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day in demonstrations targeting the government over an economic crisis.

Last Soviet leader Gorbachev urges Russia, U.S. to hold nuclear talks

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, warned on Friday that the world was drifting into a dangerous era of militarised politics and appealed to Moscow and Washington to sit down for urgent nuclear arms control talks.

Climate fears catapult Greens into mix for Swiss cabinet seat

Perched nearly 2,000 meters above the Swiss ski village of Lenk, a lake has emerged as the Plaine Morte glacier melts. When it burst it sent billions of liters of water gushing into the valley below and prompted a precautionary evacuation last July.

China seeks to boost certified elderly caregivers by 2 million

China has scrapped a requirement of formal education for people seeking to be certified as caregivers for the elderly in a bid to increase their number by 2 million and plug a supply shortage.

Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests

Hundreds of thousands of pro-independence supporters from across Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia are expected to pour into Barcelona on Friday, as unions called for a general strike on the fifth day of protests following the jailing of nine separatist leaders.

Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son

Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover.

Hong Kong court upholds ban on same-sex civil partnerships

A Hong Kong court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage and civil union partnerships on Friday after a lesbian identified as 'MK' launched the city's first judicial challenge on the issue, stating it violated her constitutional rights.

Pompeo seeks to assure Israel-U.S focus stays on Iran 'threat'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran could exploit a U.S. military pullback in Syria.

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

Shelling and gunfire resounded around the northeast Syrian town of Ras al Ain on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw.

Lebanon's PM cancels cabinet meeting: Al Manar TV citing minister

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has canceled a cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday amid nationwide protests, Al Manar TV quoted the interior minister as saying.

Hong Kong braces for weekend of fresh anti-government protests

Hong Kong is preparing for a weekend of demonstrations, including a human chain at major subway lines on Friday and a democracy march on Sunday, the latest moves in more than four months of anti-government protests.

Holiday Inn-owner IHG hit by weak China, Hong Kong bookings

Holiday Inn-owner InterContinental Hotels Group blamed lower business bookings in China and Hong Kong protests for a 0.8% fall in third-quarter revenue per room on Friday, the latest company to be pinched by weaker global travel.

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