December 1, 1998Class on wood carving in the library.
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.
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.”
The French version of Viceland will launch on November 23, marking the first time the hipster brand has launched a non-English-language linear channel.The French channel will reach six million viewers and be carried exclusively as part of the Canal+ Group’s pay TV offerings. The launch was announced at MIPTV, with full details emerging this week.The ‘total exclusivity’ deal Vice Media has signed with Canal+ Group covers three segments: besides TV distribution, Canal+ will handle advertising sales, while sister company Havas will work on the publicity campaign for next January.“For the last 20 years, Canalsat (now rebranded Canal) has led the launch of all major channels and technical innovation [in France],” said content director and director of Canal+ theme channels Jean-Marc Juramie. “Viceland’s launch is another innovation. This is an editorial project we haven’t seen in the international market, and it corresponds with our aim of addressing all generations and addresses a lack of programming we have for the Millenials.”The French Viceland is focused on news and culture and all issues interesting to the young generation in the country.“It is a new TV channel, a new brand, a place for original French content and international programming as well,” said Viceland France brand Dolorès Emile. She added Vice will approach and work with new talent, producers and directors.The new channel stands as the first non-English speaking version of the net, which launched last February in the US, in association with A+E Television Networks, in Canada with Rogers Communications, and at the end of September on Sky platform in the UK. Viceland has been introduced this week in Australia, and the international rollout plan is to cover around 50 countries by 2017.About the move from an OTT offering to a linear TV channel, CEO Shane Smith said: “Television is another platform and we want to be carried on all services. What is important is the message the channel brings.”Besides international content such as Gaycation, Black Market, Vice News, or Noisey, 30% of the programs shown on Viceland in France will be French and produced by the Parisian team.“Our goal is not to make French content specifically for France,” said creative director Spike Jonze. “But [French-produced] content we can show worldwide.”