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ITV Shareholders May Force Allen Out

LONDON, June 27: Speculation in London’s City has it that ITV chief executive Charles Allen may be ousted by ITV’s shareholders if the broadcaster doesn’t improve its financial performance. Audience shares and advertising revenues at the U.K.’s leading commercial broadcaster ...

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New Media Bill in India

NEW DELHI, June 27: India’s government is proposing legislation that would regulate the country’s broadcast industry. The bill is aimed at Indian media companies, but places restrictions on local programming that would impact foreign channels as well, such as News ...

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Univision is Sold to Private Equity Group

LOS ANGELES, June 27: Univision Communications’ board approved a $12.3 billion sale of the leading Spanish-language network in the U.S. to a consortium of investors—not to Televisa, who had also bid for the network. The investor group is led by ...

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TV2 Takes Animal X: The Natural Mystery Unit

LONDON, June 26: TV2 Norway has acquired the ten-part crypto-zoology series Animal X: The Natural Mystery Unit from British distributor MercuryMedia. Originally commissioned by Animal Planet in the U.S., the $2.5 million series from Australia’s Storyteller Media Group concerns a ...

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New Episodes of Austin Stevens Adventures for Five

BRISTOL, June 26: Five has commissioned Tigress Productions to produce six additional episodes of the series Austin Stevens Adventures for broadcast on the station this summer. The show follows the adventures of the eponymous South African herpetologist as he confronts ...

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HGTV Buys Kitchen Crimes

TORONTO, June 26: HGTV in the U.S. has picked up the first season of the Canadian lifestyle program Kitchen Crimes from Picture Box Distribution, with an option to acquire further episodes. The series from Winnipeg’s Frantic Films, set to premiere ...

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BBC Commissions Great British Summer

LONDON, June 26: BBC One has commissioned Lion Television to produce the documentary Great British Summer, looking at beloved summer traditions. Narrated by long-time British gardening television host Alan Titchmarsh, the four-part series travels across the U.K. to examine some ...

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Global TV Renews From the Ground Up

TORONTO, June 26: Global Television has renewed the original prime-time series From the Ground up With Debbie Travis for a second season. The show, which will begin production on the new season in September, follows television personality Travis and her ...

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