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UNITED KINGDOM

ITN, the TV news org, is reportedly negotiating to launch a 24-hour service on analog and digital cable and satellite before the end of the year.

The channel would fulfill a stated ambition of ITN, which supplies news to the ITV network, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Waiting too long to set up a 24-hour service would undermine ITN’s efficacy in the coming years: With the growth of multichannel TV, BBC News 24, Sky News and CNN are steadily building their viewership.

GERMANY

Bernd Eichinger’s Constantin Film has secured theatrical distribution rights to seven features from Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum’s Spyglass Entertainment.

The first of the seven films to be released by Constantin in both Austria and Germany will be the hit “Sixth Sense” starring Bruce Willis. No further titles were available.

Constantin acquired the titles from the Kirch Group, which together with Italy’s Mediaset has an output deal in place with Spyglass for Germany, Italy, Spain and parts of eastern Europe.

It was previously unclear whether Constantin would distribute the titles which are distributed by Buena Vista in the U.S., despite Kirch owning a significant stake in the company.

Constantin is set to go public Sept. 13 on Germany’s hot Neuer Markt exchange.

AUSTRALIA

Andrew Isles has been tapped Australian chief executive of eVentures, a joint venture between Softbank and former BSkyB topper Mark Booth’s $400 million epartners.

Isles, 39, was most recently executive chairman of clothing manufacturer and distributor A. Royale Australia.

PAKISTAN

Network Television Marketing, the first private channel in Pakistan, was forced to shut down its News Channel because of nonpayment of taxes.

The network had been operating in Pakistan since 1990 and will now be taken over by PTV — Pakistan Television Corp. The employees of the network have already been dismissed. PTV will now run the network as a news channel.

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