Jim Lanzone US broadcaster CBS has promoted the CE

first_imgJim LanzoneUS broadcaster CBS has promoted the CEO of its interactive unit to become chief digital officer at the corporate head office.Jim Lanzone will remain as chief executive of CBS Interactive, while taking on the newly-created CBS Corp. post.He is credited with launching new services such as SVOD platform CBS All Access, which has made waves after being announced as the exclusive home of the new Star Trek and Good Wife series.“For the past five years, Jim has built a successful business and organisation at CBS Interactive, which is now a thriving and profitable operation – and one of our most exciting growth engines as we move to build CBS All Access, CBSN and many other important initiatives in the digital space,” said CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves.In the new post, Lanzone will oversee all digital matters and ensure CBS’s digital strategies are coordinated across divisions.Prior to joining National Amusements-owned CBS, Lanzone was at Clicker Media, which he founded and led as CEO. He was also chief executive of Ask.com (fka Ask Jeeves), which Electus and CollegeHumor backed IAC acquired in 2005.last_img read more

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UK public broadcaster the BBC has agreed to fix it

first_imgUK public broadcaster the BBC has agreed to fix its level of funding of Welsh counterpart S4C until 2022.A letter sent this week by BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead to S4C Authority chairman Huw Jones confirms the BBC will provide S4C with £74.5 million (US$99.5 million) each year until the current licence fee agreement ends.The existing agreement with S4C was due to end in 2017, though the BBC Trust, which currently governs the BBC, had previous agreed an extension until 2018 in order to provide stability to the under-threat Welsh pubcaster.“I see this as the right thing to do in recognition of the important role played by S4C for Welsh speaking licence fee payers in particular and as a solid basis on which the S4C Authority and the new BBC Board can work together and maintain the very positive relationship which the BBC Trust has enjoyed with you and your colleagues,” wrote Fairhead in the letter.The BBC said the funding level was “some way above the average projected ‘read across’, which was agreed by the BBC with the [UK] Chancellor and Secretary of State as part of the licence fee agreement in July 2015”.The UK Conservative government earlier this year announced a “comprehensive review” of S4C’s remit, governance and funding, news that followed the revelation government investment in the service would be reduced from £6.7 million to £5 million by 2020.The BBC’s Welsh arm, BBC Cymru, is also bound to provide S4C with 10 hours of programming per week.In June, S4C hired the founder of factual indie TiFiNi, Amanda Rees, as its new director of content.last_img read more

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