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foruma1 liberty media 24 JanIt’s all change on the grid of Formula 1 as entertainment giant Liberty Media has removed Bernie Ecclestone’s iron grip on the steering wheel of a sport he has effectively been the driving force of since the 1970s.

The drama arm of the UK’s leading pay-TV channel, Sky Atlantic, has announced the commission of two Sky original productions.
After establishing itself since 2013 as a real rival to Sky in premium sport, especially with Premier League and Champions League rights, BT Sport is to lose one of its key attractions: its free bundling with BT Broadband.
In a bid to drive its agenda around immersive, next-generation entertainment experiences, Fox has launched a new division, FoxNet, which will work across 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Networks.

Prime Entertainment Group has inked a new package deal with French audiovisual group AB for its Trek Outdoor and Toute L’Histoire channels.

The Asia Pacific region’s trade body for the content creation and distribution industry, CASBAA, has welcomed a judicial review now underway in India concerning a proposed extension and tightening of pay-TV rate regulations.

StarTimes is making up ground on Multichoice’s DStv and GOtv pay-TV services, along with Vivendi’s Canal Plus, after disrupting Sub Saharan Africa’s pay-TV sector with keen pricing during 2016, says Digital TV Research.

Discovery Communications has appointed Alex Kaplan as executive vice president, commercial, for Eurosport Digital.