Rep Canfield invites residents to an identity theft presentation

first_img State Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O., will host a town hall meeting with the Michigan Attorney General’s office on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.The meeting focuses on the dangers of identity theft and Susan Peters from the Attorney General’s office will give a presentation offering advice on how to best protect yourself and your family from this increasing threat to our privacy.“As technology continues to advance, the opportunity for our information to become compromised increases,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “We, as consumers must remain vigilant in how we use our information, where we put it and how we dispose of important documents that we no longer need. I encourage all residents to attend this very informational event.”The free event will take place at the Huron County Expo Center, 170 W. Soper Road in Bad Axe. Tags: #SB Categories: Canfield Newscenter_img 20Sep Rep. Canfield invites residents to an identity theft presentationlast_img read more

Rep Lucido welcomes Romeo HS government students to Capitol

first_img Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, welcomed 63 guests to the Capitol today as he hosted Romeo High School’s Advanced Placement Government program.Lucido gave a brief history lesson and explained his day-to-day responsibilities on the House floor prior to today’s session, ‘talking shop’ with teacher Lori Ferrington and the entire class.“It’s always great to see high school students actively engaged in their government and I hope they get the chance to be our leaders tomorrow,” Lucido said. “Today was a blast! Go Romeo Bulldogs!”Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township, is joined by Romeo High School AP Government students today in the state House of Representatives chamber during a tour of the state Capitol. Categories: Lucido News,News 01Feb Rep. Lucido welcomes Romeo HS government students to Capitollast_img read more

Rep Griffin to host senior and veterans expo

first_img02May Rep. Griffin to host senior and veterans expo Rep. Beth Griffin will host a senior and veterans expo with Senators Margaret O’Brien and Tonya Schuitmaker on Monday, May 7.“Connecting seniors and veterans to valuable services and information right here in Southwest Michigan is just one way to show our gratitude towards them,” Griffin said. “I look forward to this yearly event for the opportunity to provide access to important resources, and to learn from their experiences, as well as gain their insight and opinions on state government.”The event takes place at the Antwerp Township Activity Center, 24821 Front St. in Mattawan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is free to all seniors and veterans.Complimentary health and wellness screenings will be available, including blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass, and blood pressure screenings by medical professionals.  Vision and hearing tests will also be available.  For more information, contact Sen. Schuitmaker at 517-373-0793. Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,News,Photoslast_img read more

Rep Greg VanWoerkom Michigan House approve plan to help farmers devastated by

first_img21Jun Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, Michigan House approve plan to help farmers devastated by record rain Categories: VanWoerkom News The Michigan House and Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain.The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state.“Record rainfall has left many Michigan farmers unable to complete planned planting or even plant at all, which could have a devastating impact on our state’s agricultural economy,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “This plan provides the support necessary to help hard-working farmers make it through this tough year and offers stability amid a turbulent growing season.”Michigan has had very few days suitable for field work this spring. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds have been planted, which means yields will be low. Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.House Bill 4234 provides $15 million to help private lenders run the loan program and keep interest rates low for farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.VanWoerkom also recently joined a coalition of 63 House lawmakers urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase flexibility under the Federal Crop Insurance rules. Increased flexibility would allow farmers to plan on land normally prohibited by federal crop insurance rules, allowing for more crops to get to market and be raised for feed for a farmer’s livestock.Full text of the letter and its signatories can be found here.last_img read more

Starvation Sieges Are Assad Regimes Preferred Tactic in Syria

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 28, 2014; TIMEHere’s Bashar al-Assad’s unusual opening gambit at the peace talks in Geneva: the promise of more dead bodies. As of last week, the peace negotiators couldn’t even agree on how to get humanitarian aid to the largely rebel-held city of Homs, let alone figuring how to bring peace to this sorry, ravaged country.Assad then doubled down on the peace negotiations by having his air force drop so-called “barrel bombs” on rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, killing 90 people, including perhaps a dozen children. Barrel bombs are loaded with explosives and shrapnel, designed to do incredible damage.Humanitarian aid doesn’t seem to concern this murderous regime. After the last discussions, the Syrian government refused to commit to a continuation of the next phase of peace talks. President Obama’s years of confident assertions that world realities would bring Assad to peace negotiations and Syria to regime change simply haven’t been realized.The reality is that the Syrian government is using humanitarian aid—or the deprivation of it—as a weapon against its own people. According to TIME, the Syrian government has been making the delivery of humanitarian aid as difficult as possible, “calling the delivery of aid to rebel areas from Turkey a breach of sovereignty, and threatening to expel any Damascus-based organizations that continue with their assistance programs in the north.”The concept of “humanitarian disaster” is tossed around freely often without definition. In Syria, some statistics are telling and powerful. In addition to the well over 100,000 who have been killed, more than 575,000 Syrians have been wounded, many suffering amputations and more. Some sources say that 60 percent of hospitals and nearly 80 percent of ambulances have been damaged or destroyed. In Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, only 50 out of 5,000 doctors have not fled.For the people of Homs, just as the current phase of peace talks concluded, the Syrian government prevented a United Nations truck convoy carrying food for some 2,500 people reach the Old City district. The Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, described this as part of the regime’s “starvation strategy” against areas under attack by the Syrian government.“The blocking of humanitarian aid and deliberate starvation of a civilian population is grotesque,” the U.K.’s Foreign Minister, William Hague, said in a statement. It is more than grotesque. Depriving besieged cities of access to food and water is a tactic that dates back to the Roman Empire and its medieval successors, though it was perfected in the Nazi sieges of Leningrad and Stalingrad. Add Assad to the list of rulers willing to use starvation sieges to bring enemies to capitulation. In Assad’s case, it’s his own people.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Nativism Surges while Presidents Executive Action on Immigration Stalls

first_imgShare24TweetShare24Email48 SharesOctober 19, 2015; Los Angeles TimesProtesters completed a nine-day fast this weekend outside the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans where, they claim, judges are intentionally stalling on Barack Obama’s two executive immigration actions: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents (DACA and DAPA). The two measures were announced in November 2014 and when put in place will affect more than 4 million children and parents of children without documentation who have lived in the U.S. since 2010.The deferrals allow individuals to remain in the country for three years if they meet specific criteria. Under both actions, decisions are to be made on a case-by-case basis, approval can be revoked at any time, and the measures do not guarantee a path to permanent U.S. residency or citizenship. And while individuals can get a Social Security number and a green light for employment, they are not eligible for government benefits or subsidies.Last December, 26 states filed a lawsuit in the Southern District Court of Texas seeking to block both of the executive actions, and early this year District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction blocking them from going into effect. As Holly Hennessy-Fiske reports in the Los Angeles Times, lawyers for the coalition of states made their case to the 5th Circuit Court in July, but the panel has delayed ruling nearly a month beyond its own 60-day deadline. While many assume the panel will rule in the states’ favor, any ruling can be appealed to the Supreme Court. What worries immigration advocates is that it is unlikely now that the case will be settled in time for the Obama administration to begin implementing the programs.Attorney Jennifer G. Parser writes in the National Law Review that this case “serves to show the contentious posture of the government versus the judiciary, not boding well for any swift resolution for the implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA, and keeping millions of employable individuals either not working or continuing to work illegally,” with prospective or actual employers unable to hire or retain them.DAPA and DACA are far from the only immigration issues being played out on the national stage. The Senate blocked legislation last week that would have taken away funding from local municipalities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they detain undocumented individuals. Before the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid made headlines when he called the legislation “The Donald Trump Act,” calling it a bill that paints all immigrants as criminals. The bill failed in a 54-45 procedural vote.Back in July, the House passed a similar bill, which the White House threatened to veto, saying that it undermines administration efforts to remove the most dangerous criminals and doesn’t do anything to advance comprehensive immigration reform.“Sanctuary cities,” a term used to describe the jurisdictions in question, are those that, either through specific ordinances or don’t-ask-don’t-tell policies, limit the role of local law enforcement in the enforcement of immigration laws. They have been on the radar of legislators for years and were an issue in Mitt Romney’s primary campaign against Rudolph Giuliani in 2008 when he accused the former mayor of having run New York City like one.What makes both the sanctuary cities issue and the President’s executive actions particularly thorny at the moment is the climate in the country right now on matters surrounding immigration and asylum. As Rick Cohen pointed out in a piece on this site two months ago, there is a “new and scary level of the anti-immigrant movement that should spur reasonable, normal, democratically-focused nonprofits to think deeply about how they respond among their own constituencies, whose anger with national politics and economic torpor might lead them in nativist directions.”Indeed, a new book by Marissa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal (White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics) analyzes the changing racial demographics in the U.S. and to what extent this is impacting voter allegiances and national politics. In an article in Issues in Governance Studies, published by the Brookings Institution, Abrajano writes that there is an “ongoing and oft repeated threat narrative that links America’s immigrant and Latino populations to a host of pernicious fiscal, social and cultural consequences.“Moreover, although many inside and outside of the political arena dispute the threat narrative, it appears that the narrative has been absorbed by a significant segment of the white population. Across the white population attitudes on Latinos and immigration are diverse, but there is little doubt that many white Americans express real concerns about immigration and hold negative attitudes toward Latinos. Recent polls suggest that well over half of white Americans feel that immigrants are a burden on the nation.”The threat narrative that objectifies and vilifies immigrants, and emphasizes their disproportionate use of public services, involvement in crime, and role in taking jobs away from American citizens, has been a long time in the making. It is what linguist Joshua Fishman once described as the displacement of middle-class fears and anxieties from macro causes to “simplistic and stereotyped scapegoats.” Rhetoric and hate speech feed into these anxieties, hijacking authentic opportunities for reasoned debate and problem solving.According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hundreds of vigilante groups have been proliferating since the late 1990s, when anti-immigration sentiments began to rise to levels not seen in the U.S. since the 1920s. As SPLC has been warning for years, even those that operate under a veneer of legitimacy can harbor links to far more virulent groups or, over time, begin to reveal their own sympathies with controversial fringe ideologies.The best-known example of this is perhaps John Tanton, who founded the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Numbers USA, and U.S. English. While Tanton set out to make his work centrist and “balanced,” numerous quotes attributed to him over the years expose his feelings about race and eugenics and, as he wrote once to a white donor, “the decline of folks who look like you and me.”As far back as 1988, Tanton was promoting his own brand of anti-immigration hate, declaring that Latino fertility rates would result in “those with their pants up [getting] caught by those with their pants down.” He then asked, “As whites see that power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?”Compared to the unchecked discourse we are witnessing at present, Tanton’s words seem oddly anachronistic. As the views voiced by mainstream politicians, television pundits and radio hosts become more incendiary and in too many cases become conflated with Second Amendment issues, those who work in immigrant communities today are keeping a wary eye on the narrative around immigration (and its sister anxiety, bilingualism).We are not alone in this. Economic and geopolitical crises are causing systemic disruptions and raising tensions on a global scale and we are witnessing mass migrations of those fleeing war, gang violence, genocide, and the attendant breakdowns of governments, economic systems, and civil institutions. These issues are not going away, and the fact that after three years it is unclear what will happen to the status of those affected by the DAPA and DACA Executive Actions perfectly illustrates the inadequacy of the country’s efforts to put in place any meaningful immigration policies. With plans for reform in the U.S. stalled and disputes about policy exacerbated by intolerance, we are moving farther away from any conceivably achievable solutions to fix an undeniably broken system.Nonprofit organizations working with immigrants, whatever their legal status, must work strategically to ensure that their voices are not drowned out by those appealing to base emotions, anxieties and fears. Small businesses and others who hire immigrants and benefit from their labor need to step up as well and demand that lawmakers start doing their jobs. For those who have been turning a blind eye to their workers’ legal status for years, and who have come to know these men, women and their families, taking a stand against the vilification of undocumented workers would be especially meaningful coming from your quarter.There is no reason beyond cynicism, political brinksmanship and sheer obstinacy that elected officials at both the federal and local levels have not developed balanced policies taking into account the need for national security and community safety with solutions that are humane and just. Advocates, teachers, students and citizens of all stripes will continue to make it clear that they will not bullied into submission by those shouting the loudest.—Patricia SchaeferShare24TweetShare24Email48 Shareslast_img read more

The new French government has raised the possibili

first_imgThe new French government has raised the possibility of reviving advertising after 20:00 on public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channels to finance the service.France’s budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac raised the issue in interviews on RMC and BFMTV on the condition that the European Court of Justice, as expected, rules against the tax on telecom operators levied by France’s last government to make up the shortfall in the public broadcaster’s finances after the ending of advertising in primetime on its channels.The European Commission has already ruled against the tax, a ruling that was ignored by the French government, leading to the case going before the court.A revival of advertising on the public channels would meet with strong opposition from the country’s commercial broadcasters, already facing additional competition from new digital-terrestrial channels later this year.last_img read more

The deployment of the delayed version 14 of CI i

first_imgThe deployment of the delayed version 1.4 of CI+ is not now expected until early 2015, according to Neotion – one of the six founding firms behind the CI+ standard.Speaking to DTVE, Neotion’s VP of technology and security Sébastien Dussutour said the delays were down to a number of technical and commercial reasons.“The initial target was 2014 for the commercial deployment and now it will probably be the year after,” he said, citing, among other things the need for new TV chipsets dedicated to the new features of CI+ 1.4.The first devices compliant with the CI+ 1.3 revision came out in summer 2012, with specifications for version 1.4 initially expected by the end of 2012 with deployments to follow by mid-2014.The new specifications are now only expected to be finalised internally by DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting Project) members in the coming months and published by around September, said Dussutour.Commenting on the delay, Peter Siebert, executive director of DVB told DTVE that the CI+ v1.4 specification is scheduled to be approved at the June meeting of the DVB Technical Module. However, he didn’t give a date for its commercial deployment.He said that the hold up was due to “intensive technical discussions on various features.”In 2011, CI Plus LLP – the organisation that was previously in charge of the standard and consisted of Sony, SmarDTV, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic, Neotion and SMiT –handed over responsibility for the CI+ specification to DVB to develop it beyond version 1.3.DVB is an industry-led consortium of over 200 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in more than 35 countries –which promises to open up CI+ to a much wider target market.Version 1.4 is set to be a major overhaul of the system, with new features to include dual tuner and IP-delivered content support for the first time. It will also include improved app support, browser extensions and relaxed constraints on transcoding and watermarking.Neotion product manager Nicolas Stefanelli said the 2011 DVB takeover of the standard was good news for the technology as it “opens the new standard to more opportunities for any service provider to support CI+.”“CI+ in the future will probably continue to expand and to deploy in the market, not only for broadcast operators, but also for IPTV operators, because CI+ is now moving to be not only for broadcast services, but also for IPTV or OTT services.”last_img read more

Hungary is due to start its initial phase of digit

first_imgHungary is due to start its initial phase of digital switchover this week, with analogue terrestrial TV transmissions to cease in central parts of the country on July 31. Transmission services provider Antenna Hungária said that it will launch six digital broadcasting repeater sites on August 1, offering 31 TV channels to the affected regions – which include Central Transdanubia, Budapest and Pest County and the Southern Great Plain.The second phase of Hungary’s two-part digital switchover is scheduled to take place on October 31.last_img read more

TV application specialist Accedo plans to expand i

first_imgTV application specialist Accedo plans to expand its London office following its recent launch of two new offices in Cologne, Germany and Santiago, Chile.Speaking to DTVE at IBC, Accedo’s vice-president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Elin Askfelt, said that in the next six months it planned to almost double its London presence by growing from six to 10 staff members and is looking to add people working across business development, project management and product development.The news comes after Stockholm-headquartered Accedo announced the launch of its Cologne and Santiago offices last week. The latter marked Accedo’s first Latin American office, and will employ 5 to 10 people and act as the hub office for the development of operations and business throughout LatAm. Dealings in this region were previously run out of Accedo’s Madrid office.The Cologne base will allow Accedo to easily reach new and existing customers in Germany and surrounding German-speaking markets like Austria and Switzerland.In total the company employs 170 people in 10 offices around the world.last_img read more

The CEO of MultiChoice South Africa Collins Khuma

first_imgThe CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, Collins Khumalo, has decided to take “time out” after 17 years with company, according to the pay TV operator. MultiChoice said that with the departure, its South African business will now report directly to Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO, MultiChoice South Africa, and announced a number of other structural changes.DStv Mobile and DStv Online will be merged into a single unit with immediate effect, with the new entity to be headed up by John Kotsaftis, current CEO of DStv Online.Mark Rayner, the current head of DStv Mobile, becomes Chief Operating Officer of MultiChoice South Africa, reporting to Imtiaz Patel.Meanwhile the position of Stakeholder and Regulatory affairs: Multichoice South Africa Group has been filled by company exec Calvo Mawela.“We thank Collins for his sterling service to the group and wish him well into the future. I would like to congratulate Mark Rayner, John Kotsaftis and Calvo Mawela on their new roles within the Group,” said Patel.last_img read more

Charlie Ergen DISH Network is reportedly in merger

first_imgCharlie ErgenDISH Network is reportedly in merger talks with T-Mobile US about a multi-billion dollar deal that would combine the pay TV and telco companies. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the two firms are “in close agreement” about the structure of a combined company, but had not resolved issues surrounding the price of the deal or the mix of cash and stock that would fund it.Should a deal go through, DISH CEO Charlie Ergen would becoming the merged company’s chairman and T-Mobile chief John Legere would be the company’s CEO, said the WSJ.The agreement would mark the latest consolidation in the US pay TV market, with Charter Communications last month striking a deal to merge with Time Warner Cable and acquire US number six cable operator Bright House Networks in a deal that values Time Warner Cable at US$78.7 billion (€71.6 billion).AT&T is also moving closer to completing its US$48.5 billion takeover of satellite pay TV operator, which was negotiated last year – a deal that promises to create the largest multichannel video programming distributor and potentially the largest internet service provider in the US.last_img read more

Russian pay TV operator NTV has won the contract

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV+ has won the contract to continue to supply the country’s Continental Hockey League with production and distribution services for the KHL TV channel for a further five years.According to HTV+, the new contract will enable the league to save up to 30% on costs and improve the quality of the channel at the same time.The channel will be produced in SD and HD and will show regular league matches, the Gagarin Cup, the league all-stars match and other events.last_img

George Pofantis Antenna TV has hired George Pofant

first_imgGeorge PofantisAntenna TV has hired George Pofantis as chief content officer, recruiting the programming exec from rival Greek broadcaster Alpha.Pofantis has started in the new role and Antenna said his hire is part of a wider push to drive digital content and international copros.The new recruit will work across the sourcing, development and commissioning of scripted and entertainment programming for Antenna’s traditional linear services and its burgeoning digital operations including its Netwix web platform.Antenna TV is part of the Antenna Group, which is helmed by former NBCUniversal international chief Pete Smith.He said: “The appointment of George Pofantis further cements our commitment to and investment in original digital content and brands.“We are leading the way in developing innovative and successful digital operations in Greece and as we look to further grow these brands, we will be investing in more original digital content.Antenna noted that high-end drama will be a particular focus for Pofantis in his new role. “George will also be focussed on building our slate of scripted content and international co-productions as we look to take advantage of the growing global appetite for foreign-language drama,” Smith said.Pofantis reports to COO Johny Kalimeris. He has joined Antenna from free-to-air broadcaster Alpha TV where he was programme director. He was also the founder of ComedyLab, a comedy and entertainment-focused MCN for young Greeks. He has also previously been at Antenna.“I am excited to be returning to Antenna Television as chief content officer,” he said.“I am looking forward to developing our slate of original content for digital platforms as well as realising Antenna’s growing ambitions to create high-end scripted content with local and international broadcasters.last_img read more

Michael Aragon Videogame video platform Twitch has

first_imgMichael AragonVideogame video platform Twitch has appointed Ellation executive Michael Aragon as senior vice-president of content.Aaragon joins from Chernin Group and AT&T-backed Ellation, which is part of Otter Media. There Aragon was general manager of VRV, a video service that encompassed a number of channels – including Crunchyroll, Rooster Teech and Cartoon Hangover.VRV, which is currently only available in the US, is designed to offer the best of anime, animation, gaming, comedy, fantasy, and technology content.At Twitch, Aragon will lead global broadcaster partnerships, eSports, Twitch Studios, content development, and the service’s content marketing teams.“As a lifelong fan of gaming and geek culture, it’s appealing to elevate this platform that’s focused on helping content creators thrive, as well as to explore new ways their ideas and aspirations can come to life,” said Aaragon in a statement.Amazon agreed to buy Twitch, a video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts, for US$970 million in cash in August 2014.last_img read more

MarieChristine Saragosse French media regulator t

first_imgMarie-Christine SaragosseFrench media regulator the CSA has reappointed Marie-Christine Saragosse as president of France’s international media outfit France Médias Monde for a further five years.Saragosse will serve as head of the organization, which operates news channel France 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD) for a further five-year terms from October 5.The CSA said that France Médias Monde’s position had improved significantly under Saragosse’s stewardship, which had seen the integration of the three entities that make up the organization, the launch of new digital initiatives and growth in the group’s audience.Saragosse has proposed an expansion of the group’s activities, including notably the planned launch of a Spanish-language version of France 24 by 2022 in partnership with the Spanish-speaking editorial team of RFI, and the launch of a digital service in Turkish.Other plans include the launch of RFI in African languages, the launch of France 24 in HD in different markets, distribution of France 24 on digital-terrestrial platforms in Africa, distribution via OTT in North America and distribution via social networks, digital platforms and by syndication in the Arab world.last_img read more

Having a popular content brand name like Netflix r

first_imgHaving a popular content brand name like Netflix remains a key driver in picking up viewers, new data shows.Respondents to Hub Entertainment Research’s study claimed networks have no influence on what they watch, but their behaviour suggests otherwise.The findings, published yesterday, showed that 41% claimed network brand didn’t affect their viewing preferences.However, given a choice of 52 networks and told price was no object, viewers choose only 19.When price-per-channel were included, viewing habits become even more selective, with respondents plumping for just nine of the possible 52.Even more striking findings came in questions about hypothetical television shows across genres.Netflix generated the highest amount of interest in competition reality, despite barely setting foot in the space.Hub claimed its findings – presented at the annual Media Insights and Engagement Conference in the US this week – highlight how SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon have transformed from content distributors to full entertainment businesses.The data showed that viewers wanted “easy access to brands they care about”, but were put off by platforms that require them “to deal with lots of brands and networks they don’t care about”.It pointed to Amazon Channels, the streaming service that offers D2C and programming services from content companies, as an example of a platform embracing these ideals.The emergence of ‘skinny bundle’ pay TV services such as YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV, which drop non core networks and reduce monthly costs, could be seen as further cases of Hub’s hypothesis.“These findings suggest that viewers have developed clear expectations for the kinds of viewing experience different brands – networks and SVODs – will deliver,” said Jon Giegengack, principal at Hub. “This new brand paradigm has wide reaching implications for brand marketing and distribution.”last_img read more

Naspers has appointed the managing director of Eri

first_imgNaspers has appointed the managing director of Ericsson’s Nuvu on-demand service, Niclas Ekdahl, as the CEO of its recently formed connected video unit.Niclas EkdahlEkdahl is due to take up his new role on September 10, heading up the unit that runs the Showmax and DStv Now internet TV services in Africa and is responsible for developing new over-the-top services for the MultiChoice group.“OTT video services are growing rapidly across Africa,” said Imtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers’ video entertainment business.“We’ve made a healthy start preparing for this future with our Showmax and DStv Now services and it’s now time to consolidate those learnings in a single unit to build the best possible services for our customers.”Ekdahl brings more than 19 years of experience to the role, including a number of years spent at MTG, latterly as CEO of Viaplay.last_img read more

Sports streaming service DAZN has launched on Swis

first_imgSports streaming service DAZN has launched on Swisscom TV, offering sports content to the operator’s customers including English Premier League and Spanish La Liga football.DAZN costs CHF12.90 (€11.29) per-month without long-term commitments. Swisscom will not initially offer operator billing but said this option should follow in the future.“I am delighted that we are continuing to expand our sports range with DAZN,” said Dirk Wierzbitzki, Swisscom TV’s head of products and marketing, claiming that with the live broadcasts from Teleclub, Swisscom TV now has a wide spectrum of football on offer.“Our customers now really have all important leagues within reach at Swisscom TV. I personally am already really looking forward to the upcoming derby between Manchester City and Manchester United.”DAZN airs hundreds of live broadcasts each week and, in addition to top-flight European football, offers sports such as basketball, baseball and American football from the North American NBA, MLB and NFL leagues.last_img read more

The BBC has appointed May Fyfield to its Commercia

first_imgThe BBC has appointed May Fyfield to its Commercial Holdings Board as a non-executive director. Fyfield will start in the position on August 1, filling a role that has been vacant since the departure of Sir Howard Stringer in 2018. She is to join the board on a three-year contract. Prior to this position, Fyfield worked as chief commercial and chief strategy officer for Sky Group as a part of a 20 year stint at the company. Elsewhere, she has served as a non-executive director on the Board of Nationwide Building Society since 2015, and a member of its IT and resilience committee and remuneration committee since 2016 and 2018, respectively. Fyfield is also a non-executive director of Roku and a member of its audit committee.Non-executive chair, and BBC board member for Wales, Dame Elan Closs Stephens, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mai to the BBC Commercial Holdings Board. Mai has extensive experience in this industry and with her other non-executive directorships, Mai will bring further challenge and support to our strategic direction.”Fyfield added: “I am very pleased to be joining the BBC Commercial Holdings Board at an important time for the BBC. I’m a strong supporter of the BBC and look forward to playing my part in shaping the commercial strategy.”last_img read more