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Discovery plots move for Euro channels out of UK

In advance of Britain’s impending departure from the European Union on March 29, global content company Discovery has confirmed that it is applying for broadcast licences in the Netherlands for ...
January 11, 2019

In advance of Britain’s impending departure from the European Union on March 29, global content company Discovery has confirmed that it is applying for broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its portfolio of European pay-TV channels.

According to a spokesperson for Discovery, this move ensures the company complies with European Union legislation after March 29. A statement supplied to Realscreen reads: “Given Brexit, Discovery is now applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its EU payTV channel portfolio. Discovery is retaining a large hub in the UK and has renewed on a long-term, the lease for its main London office in West London, which houses more than 1000 people.

“The company is retaining its Ofcom licences for its 16 channels in the UK and holds significant investments in the market, including stakes in UKTV, All3 Media and Play Sports Group,” it continues.

In order for Discovery to broadcast into the EU and comply with the Country of Origin Principle under the EU’s AVMS Directive, it must broadcast from a country in the European Union. there is no word at present on how many employees will be affected.

The media co’s current portfolio of European channels operating out of London includes Animal Planet and Eurosport.

Financial site Bloomberg reported in November that Discovery was looking to move employees and licenses to the Netherlands, and Amsterdam specifically, as part of the fallout from Brexit.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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