Travis Peterson ( Eagle Entertainment) Zina Neophytou (BBC Worldwide) and Graham Douglas (Carnival UK)The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide has launched its first channel produced exclusively for cruise ships and the wider maritime market.The BBC HD channel will go live through Global Eagle Entertainment’s MTN TV network, with P&O Cruises and Cunard to be the first to offer the network to guests.The channel will air a range of content including drama, comedy, factual entertainment, documentaries and popular BBC soaps like Eastenders and Holby City.“There has always been a strong demand for BBC content within the travel and hospitality sectors including cruise ships so launching a bespoke global entertainment channel on MTN TV alongside BBC World News is an obvious step. BBC HD will be the one-stop shop for the best of British TV content,” said Zina Neophytou, vice president, out of home, BBC Worldwide.
21st Century Fox has agreed to sell its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast after the US pay TV giant emerged triumphant from an intense bidding process over the weekend.Rupert MurdochWith the move Rupert Murdoch, who is chairman of 21st Century Fox, cashes out his interest in Sky – a company that he launched in the UK nearly 30 years ago.Comcast’s £17.28 (€19.23) per share offer for Sky values Fox’s stake in the business at £11.6 billion. In a statement Fox congratulated Comcast on its pending acquisition.“When we launched Sky in 1989 it was four channels produced from a prefab structure in an industrial park on the fringes of west London,” read the Fox statement.“We bet – and almost lost – the farm on launching a business that many didn’t think was such a good idea. Today, Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company and a world-class example of a customer-driven enterprise.”Disney, which is in the process of acquiring most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets in a separate US$66 billion deal that was agreed in December, consented to Fox’s sale of its Sky stake.The company said that the Sky deal, combined with the divestiture of the Fox Sports Regional Networks, will significantly reduce the amount of debt it will incur in acquiring 21st Century Fox.Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement that the proceeds from both Sky and Fox Sports Regional Networks will “substantially reduce the cost of our overall acquisition and allow us to aggressively invest in building and creating high-quality content for our direct-to-consumer platforms to meet the growing demands of viewers.”Commenting on Fox’s decision to sell its Sky stake to Comcast, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch described the deal as the close of one chapter and the opening of another.“Nearly 30 years ago Rupert Murdoch took a risk to launch Sky and in the process changed the way we watch television forever,” said Darroch.“His vision and belief has enabled us to grow in to Europe’s leading direct-to-consumer media business and I would like to personally thank him, James [Murdoch] and 21st Century Fox for their consistent support as shareholders, board members and friends.”21st Century Fox had previously moved to take full control of Sky but was eventually outbid by Comcast in a sealed bidding process that concluded at the weekend.Comcast’s bid of £17.28 per share represented a premium of 125% on the company’s price at the end of 2016, just before 21st Century Fox made its initial approach for Sky. Fox placed a final bid of £15.67 per share for Sky.Sky said at the weekend that it was in the best interests of all Sky shareholders to accept the Comcast offer, while Fox’s immediate reaction was to say it would consider its options regarding its own 39% stake in the company.
ShareTweet “Thousands of people are displaced daily by the horrors of war, persecution and poverty.“It’s absolutely vital that people fleeing war and persecution have a welcoming, safe and secure environment in which to live. We all have a part to play in achieving this. “The launch of a new report by PPR and Housing 4 All is welcome in highlighting many of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers including poverty, poor housing conditions and health issues. “In a housing survey, 31% of respondents stated that their home was not safe, liveable or secure. These are damning figures. COUNCILLOR PATRICIA LOGUEDEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIESHousing 4 AllLogue welcomes new report on refugee human rightsParticipation & Practice Of RightsSinn Fein SINN Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has welcomed the launch of a new report which promotes the human rights and the right to housing of refugees and asylum seekers. Commenting after Participation & Practice Of Rights (PPR) and Housing 4 All launched a report on Refugee Week, the party’s local Housing Spokesperson said: “This week marks Refugee Week and an opportunity to raise the plight of refugees – but also to highlight the vital contribution they make to our communities. “Everyone has a right to proper living conditions. We will continue to raise these issues at future meetings with the Housing Executive and the Department for Communities.”Logue welcomes new report on refugee human rights was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:
New Dublin Voices coming to City of Derry International FestivalFOLLOWING the success of the first six editions, the City of Derry International Choir Festival is back with a bang this autumn from October 23-27, announcing an impressive and diverse line-up of participating choirs from across Europe and South America. Organisers look forward to welcoming more than 50 choirs to the city to take part in competitions, concerts, performances and workshops across the 5-day event. This year’s festival will also include a jam-packed schedule of non-competitive performances by more than 40 local choirs and singing groups as part of the Every Voice Community Programme, in partnership with Derry choir Allegri, resulting in a total of nearly 100 participating choirs.The highlight of the weekend will be the International Competition, to be held on Saturday, October 26, in St. Columb’s Hall. Eight choirs, representing eight countries, will compete for the prestigious “Oak Tree of Derry” trophy and a cash prize of £2,000.The competitors are: ShareTweet Artistic DirectorDerryDONAL DOHERTYInternational competitors announced for this year’s City of Derry International FestivalNew Dublin VoicesST COLUMB’S HALL Coral Brasília, BrazilVoices of Hope, EnglandNew Dublin Voices, IrelandCoro Giovanile Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, ItalySt. Zlata Meglenska Female Chamber Choir, North MacedoniaSolheimkoret, NorwayCoro Feminino CVS, PortugalCordydd, Wales#Adjudicating all competitions will be a panel of distinguished choral directors with a wealth of experience as international jurors. The festival welcomes the return of Josep Vila I Casañas, one of the best-known choral conductors in Catalonia and Spain, for his third year leading the team as Chair of the adjudicating panel.Artistic Director of the festival, Dónal Doherty, commented on this year’s line-up, “We’re delighted to announce yet another exciting and outstanding line-up of choirs for this year’s festival. “Derry’s growing reputation as the City of Song continues to serve as a magnet to some of the very best choirs in the world. “The five-day festival will once again bring the whole of the North West alive for all music lovers – Portrush for the golf, Derry for the singing!”Tickets for all festival events go on sale from the Millennium Forum Box office in August. For further information and updates visit www.derrychoirfest.comInternational competitors announced for this year’s City of Derry International Festival was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: