Swedish pubcaster SVT is launching a business to business online venture at the beginning of February, which will allow surfers access to its catalog. The site can be found at www.svtsales.com
A leading Canadian newspaper (The Globe and Mail), broadcaster (CTV) and online service (Bell Sympatico) have come together for a venture called Bell Globemedia, a company which will have extensive broadcast and online holdings. CTV CEO Ivan Fecan has been named CEO of the new entity, with ex-Discovery Canada head Trina McQueen stepping in as president and COO of CTV to help fill the gap.
The Pathe Archives have acquired the Sygma TV and the Plaisance Collection. The archives feature both celebrity and supernatural collections.
In the U.K., Channel 4 has been awarded an educational television and online service aimed at young viewers.
Survivor winner Richard Hatch has been given his own series. NBC has snapped up the U.S. rights to The Weakest Link from the BBC, a game show where contestants get to vote ‘the weakest link’ off the team after each round, and have named Hatch as host.
The date for the launch of the Einstein Channel into the U.K. has been set as January 25.
In the U.S., NBC will be laying off as many as 600 employees, a cut attributed to a drop in advertising revenues.
France’s Canal+ is looking into a substantial theme change for its pay channels – with development concentrated in the areas of features, sports and news.