Source = Swiss-Belhotel International Image credit: Swiss-Belhotel InternationalThe Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, Gavin M. Faull, is excited to announce that the purchase of the business and real estate of Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand was completed recently.The acquisition was made with the support of New Zealand banks and internal cash resources of Swiss-Belhotel International.“This is a strategic move and strengthens the asset position of Swiss-Belhotel International,” Gavin M. Faull said.This is the first real estate investment that has been made by the international hotel management company and is an endorsement of its confidence in the tourism industry of Queenstown and New Zealand.Swiss-Belhotel International will be totally refurbishing the hotel over the next 18 months, which will also include the bar and restaurants.It is expected that over NZD1.5 million will be invested. It is the objective to present the hotel as a truly international operation as well as developing the restaurant, bar and recreational facilities in a way that the local market will use and appreciate.Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is well located near the Coronet Peak ski fields as well as the Shotover Jet operation.Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak has 78 rooms and suites, the only seven lane bowling alley in Queenstown, two bars, two restaurants, and supporting facilities including gardens and recreation areas.The hotel offers great facilities for both tourists and locals and is ideal for the family traveller.Swiss-Belhotel International will continue to look for the appropriate real estate or business acquisition investments globally but in particular in New Zealand and Australia. Swiss-Belhotel International is also interested in acquiring management rights. Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak
Autopsy performed on rapper Mac Miller, more tests needed by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2018 12:08 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 13, 2013, file photo, Rapper Mac Miller performs on his Space Migration Tour at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, that investigators have performed the autopsy and released the Miller’s body to the family, but a cause will not be announced until the results of toxicology tests that can take weeks or months. Miller was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An autopsy has been completed but the cause of death is not yet clear for hip-hop star Mac Miller, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home last week.Los Angeles County coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday that investigators have performed the autopsy and released the body to the family, but a cause will not be announced until the results of toxicology tests that can take weeks or months.Miller’s rhymes often dealt with his depression and drug use, and his fans and collaborators included some of hip-hop’s biggest names.Paramedics found him unresponsive and declared him dead on Friday.Ariana Grande, who was in a two-year relationship with Miller until earlier this year, posted a black-and-white photo of him with no caption on her Instagram page Saturday.
Three Russian nationals were rescued from a boat that was filling up with water near the Vasilikos area on Monday night, the defence ministry said in a statement.The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a Mayday distress signal at 7pm from a yacht called ‘Ayia Fotini’ four nautical miles from the shore near the Vasilikos area which was at immediate risk due to water filling up the yacht.The NEARCHOS national rescue plan was activated and a speedboat was dispatched to rescue them.The three were safely taken to the Evangelos Florakis naval base.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Mike McCready, of Bloomfield Hills, invites local people to join him for office hours in Bloomfield Township on Friday, March 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road in meeting room 3.Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with the representative and ask questions, offer ideas, or share thoughts.“I look forward to meeting with constituents to discuss our state’s pertinent issues,” McCready said.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact his office at (517) 373-8670 or MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov.### 23Feb Rep. McCready hosts local office hours Categories: McCready News
02Jan Rep. Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term State Rep. Bronna Kahle finished her first term in the state House with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 votes during the 2017-2018 session.“It is an honor to work hard for the people of Lenawee County. I take my responsibility to be a voice for us in Lansing very seriously,” Rep. Kahle said. “It’s part of the job to show up each day and cast each and every vote with the best interests of our friends, neighbors and families in mind.”Rep. Kahle is currently serving her second term in the state House, representing residents of the 57th District in Lenawee County. Categories: Kahle News
Share8TweetShare6Email14 SharesNovember 25, 2015; HealthcareDiveNPQ has reported extensively on the financial and competitive issues facing the 23 nonprofit health insurance cooperatives established as part of the Affordable Care Act. About half the cooperatives have already gone out of business for lack of funds, despite having shared in about $2 billion in startup capital provided by the federal government in a bid to establish nonprofit competition to traditional health insurance companies. Conservative groups are lining up to oppose additional federal spending designed to assist co-ops and other insurers facing losses under the new system.Financial stability is a problem plaguing all insurers, due in large part to an arcane provision of the ACA called “risk corridors.” This provision of the law guaranteed insurers they wouldn’t lose money as a result of selling policies under the new terms imposed by the healthcare reform law. Since the ACA represented a major change in who was eligible to purchase insurance and under what conditions, the marketplace would be unpredictable, especially in the short term. Risk corridors assured insurance companies that their losses as a result of underpricing new policies would be paid by a federal fund contributed to by insurance companies that made significant profits under the new rules.However, there wasn’t enough money in the pool to cover all losses, and Congress in 2014 mandated that no supplemental federal funds could be used for risk corridor payments. As a result, insurance companies with losses could only recover about 12 percent of their ACA-related losses, or less than $400 million out of almost $3 billion requested. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently committed to finding a way to increase the funds available in the risk corridor program. In reaction, conservative groups have alerted Congress and committed to opposing administration efforts to put more money into the risk corridors.The U.S.’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthGroup, announced in November that it has lost $425 million on insurance exchange policies and would be reevaluating its future participation on the exchanges. South Dakota-based Dakotacare, the nonprofit health insurance arm of the state’s medical association and the second-largest health insurer in the state, has been acquired by the $3 billion Catholic-affiliated Avera Health system, which has its own health insurance group.There are many reasons for health insurance company distress as the marketplace adjusts to Obamacare. Dakotacare points to examples of hospitals inviting already-admitted uninsured patients to sign up for insurance not issued by their own hospital system. Some insurers took advantage of the risk corridor program’s short-term benefits to intentionally underprice policies to sign up the newly insured. Other insurance companies simply miscalculated the mix of (relatively few) healthy and (relatively many) unhealthy people who would sign up for often-subsidized health insurance on the exchanges. Both advocates and opponents of the ACA have agreed that ACA’s success hinges on large part on getting enough younger and healthier people to start paying health insurance premiums.Many opinion pieces have been written recently about whether the insurance company losses are a signal of the death of the ACA. Some conservatives are again talking of market-based alternatives while others, both liberal and conservative, say the demise of the ACA is the opening for a discussion of a single-payer healthcare insurance system. Regardless of political ideology, no one is happy with the lack of insurance stability in the current healthcare market.—Michael WylandShare8TweetShare6Email14 Shares
Share4TweetShareEmail4 SharesZoo / Dave StoneJanuary 7, 2016; Texas TribuneEarlier this week, we reported on several cultural institutions in Colorado that had begun adopting policies allowing concealed weapons on their premises, which includes handguns and, in some states, pepper spray. Some officials appeared to support the change in policy to allow concealed weapons. An official from the Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences indicated the museum board felt it was an adequate response in light of the recent mass shootings to best protect their patrons. However, it’s very likely some patrons would not feel the same way, and we wondered if the museum was risking alienating some visitors. Other institutions, like some zoos in Texas, are also wondering about the ambiguous impact of changing gun laws, particularly in light of President Barack Obama’s executive order on gun restrictions.New gun laws in Texas will 1) allow licensed carriers to openly carry handguns and 2) sanction individuals or organizations that ban licensed carriers from openly carrying handguns on their premises. Some premises are excluded from these new laws as “gun-free zones,” including schools and courthouses, and the owners of privately held businesses may choose to ban weapons on their property on an individual basis. Zoos are among the institutions caught in the middle, as some are privately funded entities on public property.With many young visitors, zoos have their own special interest in banning guns, but are they allowed to under the law? Tim Morrow, the executive director of the San Antonio Zoo, a nonprofit entity, says it will ultimately come down to what the attorney general says, because each city is assessing the situation differently.“This day and age, people are just nervous. We have so many families with small children, and the small children may not understand why someone is at the zoo and walking around with guns while there’s animals,” said Morrow.The San Antonio Zoo will still allow licensed carriers to bring concealed weapons into the zoo. Other zoos are arguing that they qualify as education institutions and so are allowed them to defy the open-carry law. “Given the mission of the zoo and the presence of hundreds of thousands of children on its campus, it is clear that guns and zoos simply do not mix,” said the spokeswoman for the Houston Zoo, Jackie Wallace, in a statement.Whether zoos meet the standard of “educational institution” is up for some debate. Gun owner defense law firm Texas Law Shield is one of many that have filed complaints against zoos, and one of the firm’s attorneys, Edwin Walker, calls the tactic “obviously outrageous.”They are not regulated by Texas Education Agency, they are not part of any recognized school district or educational system, they do not issue a degree, they do not have degree plans. They are just simply a place where people go to learn things.Nicole Knox, a defense attorney experienced with firearms-related cases, says that the zoos may only be able to bar guns in locations where actual teaching or educational efforts take place. Alternatively, zoos may utilize the “amusement park” exception, but that would also include a host of difficulties. Amusement parks have very specific requirements: they must be able to accommodate a population of 1 million visitors and have 75 acres in total property.Police officers may also face difficulties in assessing situations where organizations have open-carry laws. Kevin Lawrence from the Texas Municipal Police Association wondered what authority police officers have in situations when civilians feel threatened about an individual carrying a gun. Do police officers have a right to intervene? Alternatively, will these gray areas in the law further create issues and friction between the community and the police? Similarly, businesses are wondering if siding one way or the other with the law will inevitably alienate patrons.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has received 24 complaints so far since the laws were adopted in September. Some, like Knox, have wondered what exactly this fight over open-carry laws really is about. Do advocacy groups truly believe their rights are curbed because they can’t carry a handgun navigating through large groups of students on a class field trip to the zoo?“Because Texas is one of the last states to pass an open carry law, I think gun rights activists are so used to insisting on, fighting for, their gun rights that they have potentially lost sight of the big picture, which is being able to carry in situations where they feel like they need to be able to carry,” said Knox. “I doubt that any gun rights supporters really want to be able to carry a firearm in a zoo full of small children.”—Shafaq HasanShare4TweetShareEmail4 Shares
Share89TweetShare7Email96 SharesBy US Government [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJuly 13, 2016; Time and the Chicago TribuneJuly has been a history-making month for U.S. women. On Wednesday, Time reported that Carla Hayden made history when the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress. Hayden, who was nominated by President Obama in February, is both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Holding a PhD in library science from the University of Chicago, Hayden is currently the chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Hayden understands how a library can meet some of the needs of a distressed community. She earned praise for, as we reported in our nonprofit news coverage, keeping the library open during the unrest in the city after the death of Freddie Gray. The library became a hub for community information and a meeting space. She is only the fourteenth librarian to serve in the 216 years since the library’s founding, and will hold her new position for ten years. Meanwhile, in New York, President Obama named the husband and wife team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien as the architects of his presidential library, to be established in Chicago. This is the first time a woman has served as a lead architect for a presidential library. The Chicago Tribune reports that a woman, Dina Griffin, also heads Interactive Design Architects, the Chicago firm that will work with Williams and Tsien on the Obama center. Still, the historic news received hardly any traction.In Tsien’s world, diversity might not be the norm. The Tribune reported the architecture field mirrors economy-wide trends where female architects earn about 80 percent of what male architects do, and most women find the long hours unreasonable once family commitments enter the picture.—Carrie Collins-FadellShare89TweetShare7Email96 Shares
Share36TweetShareEmail36 SharesAugust 30, 2016; Chicago Tribune, “Daily Southtown”Nonprofit “wage ghettos,” those very-low-paid fields that involve direct care of the very vulnerable, are a problem the nonprofit sector must face up to. They create a context in which failure to provide a living wage is a violation of community standards and a disgrace to the nonprofit sector. You will hear quite a bit about this issue from us in the next few months, but we wanted to acknowledge it specifically as Labor Day is celebrated.In a post to the Chicago Tribune’s Southtown section, Trinity Services decries the vetoing of House Bill 5931 by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. This measure, known as the Community Disability Living Wage Act, would have provided a $15 minimum wage for community disability service providers and allowed provider agencies to stabilize their workforces.Critics noted that the bill’s immediate 40 percent wage increase did not include an identified revenue source. As NPQ’s nonprofit newswire has reported, Illinois faces a continuing budget crisis that has been especially stressful for education, healthcare, and nonprofit services in the state.State reimbursement rates for these services have not been increased in eight years, and the salary for those providing care for the 27,000 Illinoisans with intellectual and developmental disabilities now averages $9.35 an hour. Advocates say that Rauner’s veto “will only deepen the crisis that has already put the state of Illinois in violation of a federal consent decree, forced [direct support professionals, or DSPs] to work for poverty wages and jeopardized quality of care for vulnerable children and adults.”Trinity writes of these staff:Their work can be taxing, as they often face challenging and problematic behavior while assisting people who struggle with anger management or communication problems.The low wage directly hurts people with disabilities by impacting the quality of the care they are able to receive. High staff vacancy rates result in DSPs working excessive overtime, which not only takes a toll on their health, but their personal lives as well.The large provider agencies in Illinois are speaking out to try to get the measure reinstated in the full state budget. A statement from Little City is here. —Ruth McCambridgeShare36TweetShareEmail36 Shares
James Murdoch has stepped down as executive chairman of News Corp’s British publishing arm News International.This comes amid further developments in the UK phone hacking scandal and the ongoing Leveson Inquiry into the UK newspaper industry.James Murdoch will, however, remain at News Corp and will focus on expanding the company’s international pay TV businesses. This follows his relocation to the company’s headquarters in New York. He will remain deputy chief operating officer, News Corp.“[James] has demonstrated leadership and continues to create great value at Star TV, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, and BSkyB. Now that he has moved to New York, James will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay TV businesses and broader international operations,” said Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer, News Corp.Tom Mockridge, chief executive of News International will report to News Corp president and COO Chase Carey.“As deputy chief operating officer, I look forward to expanding my commitment to News Corporation’s international television businesses and other key initiatives across the company,” said James Murdoch.
Rodolphe Belmer has been named as director-general of Canal Plus Group and a member of the pay TV operator’s board.Belmer, whose appointment was proposed to the company’s supervisory committee by Bertrand Méheut in his capacity as president of the board, will have overall responsibility for pay and free TV activities in metropolitan France, in charge of editorial, distribution, technology and advertising.Belmer was previously deputy director-general and CEO of Canal Plus France. In his new enlarged role he will be responsible for supervising the development of new free-to-air channel D8, as well as pay TV activities. Méheut will remain in charge of Canal Plus’s international activities.Belmer was confirmed as Méheut’s successor by the shareholders’ oversight committee in February, following speculation that the latter could retire in 2013 ahead of his planned departure.
Mediaset-owned Italian free-to-air channel Retequattro is to air a one-hour block of programming from the BBC Knowledge channel every Sunday at 09:00 for 12 weeks from March 3 thanks to a new deal between the channel and BBC Worldwide.The BBC Knowledge channel is currently available exclusively on the Mediaset Premium pay TV package in Italy. However, the deal with Retequattro will give free-to-air viewers access to shows including Earth Machine, Dangerous Roads and Expedition New Guinea.“It is a great opportunity for Retequattro viewers to experience BBC Knowledge, a channel that is normally available exclusively to Mediaset Premium package subscribers,” said Marco Leonardi, Mediaset Premium head of content and strategic development. “I trust that after being amazed and entertained by these programmes, viewers will want more of this great channel and will subscribe to our platform. Mediaset Premium offers the best content in various genres to suit all tastes, and is available not only through TV but also on demand, via PC, iPad, X-Box and Smart TV.”
Thomson Broadcast is delivering technology for the next stage of Israel’s digital-terrestrial TV rollout.Israel is installing 50 new 100W UHF channel repeaters across the country to enhance the coverage of its existing multiplex and lay the foundations of the country’s second and third muxes.Under a contract with the Israeli Second Authority for Television and Radio, Thomson has already delivered 20 identical repeaters and 63 high and medium-powered transmitters from its GreenPower range. The new repeaters are configured for SFN operation to boost coverage in built-up areas. The contract is part of a turnkey supply arrangement that also provides for the supply of RF filters, multiplexers, receiving/transmitting antennae and all accessories.“Following the successful commissioning of the earlier phases of this project, we are very pleased to proceed to the next stage with Thomson Broadcast,” said Tal Nissim, chief technology officer for The Second Authority. “We have chosen Thomson’s technology again for its outstanding stability and performance in any kind of environmental conditions, and because the installation process is so easy.”
Tom Rogers, TiVo CEOTiVo reported its strongest ever quarter of cable subscription additions in Q3 and predicted more operator-Netflix deals following implementations for Virgin Media in the UK and Com Hem in Sweden.For the three months ending October 31, TiVo said it had a strong quarter with almost 300,000 MSO additions and total subscription numbers increasing by 32% year-on-year to approximately 3.9 million.TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers hailed the figures as the firm’s “strongest cable distribution results to date as well as best subscription growth in several years.“In fact [it was] the best quarter for TiVo subscription growth since TiVo began mass distribution of its technology and services in the cable DVR market,” he said.Among the highlights of the quarter, TiVo said that Virgin Media’s Netflix deployment marked the first time that an over-the-top offering has been accessible by subscribers through a pay-TV platform, with Rogers commenting that “the market really took note of the potential growth opportunity that broadband TV presents through cable.”Speaking on the firm’s earnings call, Rogers said: “Our view has been that the merger of linear television and streaming over-the-top TV is where the future of television is, and Netflix has clearly risen to the level of a must-have on the over-the-top side.”“I think in the US, operators have had a mixed view of Netflix over the last few years. But increasingly, we’re hearing operators wanting to include Netflix in their distribution. And to the extent those restrictions get worked out, we’ll be in a position to help our partners implement on that front.”This comes in spite of the fact that Netflix has traditionally had studio restrictions in its library agreements that have “prevented it from being distributed through boxes owned by MSOs in the United States.”Overall in the quarter, Netflix reported net revenues of US$117 million (€86 million), up from US$82 million for the same quarter last year. This included record service and technology revenues of US$81.7 million – up 34% year-on-year.Net income was US$12.5 million. This was above its guidance, but down compared to TiVo’s net income of US$59.0 million for the same quarter last year, when the firm received one-time litigation proceeds of US$78.4 million relating to an intellectual property settlement with Verizon.
Sky Atlantic series, The Tunnel.The UK’s multichannel broadcast sector has grown its revenues to £5 billion (€6 billion) a year, overtaking the BBC and commercial public service broadcasters, according to the Commercial Broadcasters Association (CoBA).According to a new report by media consultancy the Communications Chambers, on behalf of COBA, the UK multichannel sector now broadcasts 127 non-UK channels to the rest of the world, with employment in the UK TV industry doubling over the last decade to 12,300 people.The report said that “the majority of international broadcasters” are now basing their European headquarters in the UK and that multichannel broadcasters have helped provide the “critical mass” the UK needs to compete globally.As a result, the UK has become a “leading exporter of TV”, with 62% of companies surveyed claiming that they intend to increase investment in ‘high end TV and animation’ following the introduction of the new tax reliefs.“In all genres, the UK’s multichannel sector has increased investment in UK content by nearly 30% in the last three years, with seven out of 10 international broadcasters committing to increasing investment further over the next five years,” said the report.Some 67% of UK multichannels were also found to now commission content for both domestic and international audiences.Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey, who spoke at a launch event for the report last night, said: “The commercial broadcasting sector is already an important factor in ensuring the UK can compete globally; industry and the government can work together to harness its growing contribution to the UK.”The British Film Commission and Film London sponsored the report.
Netflix has acquired seasons one to three of animated series Horrid Henry for its services in the UK and Ireland.The deal, comprising 156 11-minuteepisodes, will see Netflix release the seasons of the Novel Entertainment-produced show over the next year. Season one debuts this month.Netflix already has non-exclusive SVOD rights to season one in the US.Horrid Henry has been a key ratings driver for ITV’s children’s channel CiTV, and has had a fourth 52x11mins season commissioned.“We have been actively growing the digital presence of Horrid Henry, and this deal with Netflix is a major part of our plan tomake the show available to audiences beyond its successful platform on linear television,” said Novel’s CEO, Mike Watts.The series has sold to numerous broadcasters around the world from Zodiak Kids, which picked up rights after former owner Target Entertainment went under in 2012.
Zenterio is exhibiting at IBC on stand 4.C56 while Access is exhibiting on stand 14.D14 Zenterio and Access have integrated the latter’s TV-centric NetFront Living Connect browser with Zenterio’s TV operating system. The integration of Access’s key media sharing component NetFront Living Connect completes the cycle that started with the integration of the NetFront Browser NX with Zenterio OS last year.Two operators, Magyar Telekom and M7 Group, have already deployed the solution. The integration provides Magyar Telekom customers with a solution to share content stored on the PVR securely, allowing for multiroom recordings, while NetFront Browser NX combined with Zenterio OS enables M7 Group to render its user interface. The deployment of the M7 TV service took only three and a half months from decision to launch, according to the pair.“Our partnership with Access is an ideal solution for two innovative operators looking to provide next generation multiscreen services,” said Robin Rutil, CEO, Zenterio.“This year’s IBC is dedicated to interactive TV solutions across the value chain. The combined Access and Zenterio solution provides operators with a robust solution that ensures secure media sharing on any device, enabling operators to focus on creating new experiences that surpass consumer expectations.”“Operators are increasingly turning to open, standards-based solutions to deploy seamless multiscreen services on all devices and the integration of our solutions with Zenterio OS provides them with a technologically advanced, complete multiscreen solution,” said Neale Foster, COO and Global VP sales, TV, Access Europe. “The combination of Access and Zenterio solutions enables operators to meet the fragmentation issues faced when launching multiscreen. The integration of our software platform with Zenterio OS provides operators with a toolkit meeting the A to Z of multiscreen deployment.”
Bruce LeichtmanThe thirteen largest pay TV providers in the US, representing roughly 95% of the market, lost some 385,000 net video subscribers in 2015, according to Leichtman Research.The new report claims that the number of subscribers dropping their pay TV packages more than doubled in 2015 from a loss of about 150,000 subscribers in 2014, and around 100,000 subscribers in 2013.“2015 marked the third consecutive year for pay TV industry net losses, yet the total number of subscribers for major pay TV providers – including Dish’s Sling TV – has declined by less than one million since the industry peaked in Q1, 2012,” said Leichtman Research Group’s, president and principal analyst, Bruce Leichtman.“2015 also saw significant shifts for cable and telco providers. The top cable providers cumulatively had their best year since 2006, and had about 870,000 fewer losses than in 2014. Telcos had about 1,170,000 fewer net additions than in 2014, and had their worst year since they began providing video services in 2006.”
Discovery’s female-skewing cable net TLC is beefing up its online service TLCme with a range of new original content.The TLCme service launched a year ago and the new programming announcements mark its move into original content.The channel is working with vloggers on four new digital projects.The line-up includes Estee on TLCme, in which vlogger and YouTube channel operator Estee Lalonde gives beauty and style tips.Erica in the House is fronted by online DIY specialist Erica Domesek. She gives viewers home decoration hints and tricks.The third show, #NewMomDiaries, follows celebrity stylist Jess Zaino as she balances her work with being a new mother.There will also be a weekly round-up show, fronted by radio host Danni Star, who will share top stories and tips of the week.“We are so excited to be partnering with these tastemakers and influencers in the digital and social space,” said Scott Lewers, senior VP of Programming and Multiplatform Strategy for TLC. “We are making great forays into original video content on the topics that are ever-important to our key millennial audience.”TLCme claims 2.2 million unique users a month, half in the female 18-34 demo.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is adding insurance products to the range of services it sells to customers.Cyfrowy Polsat and mobile sister company Plus have teamed up with Sopot-based Polish insurance group Ergo Hestia to offer car, home or travel insurance via their respective points of sale.The TV group and Ergo Hestia will offer JA+ Insurance, a package of products designed by the insurance outfit for new customers of both Cyfrowy Polsat and Plus.Cyfrowy Polsat already offers electricity supply as part of its product portfolio alongside pay TV, fixed and mobile internet and mobile telephony. The insurance product will sit with other products in SmartDOM offering.Ergo Hestia’s main shareholder is Ergo Versicherungsgruppe, part of Munich Re.