You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Newsies Make Noise at Mip

Euronews pacts with Bloomberg while others tout their service

CANNES — International TV news channels have been flexing their muscles on the beach in Cannes this week as the market becomes ever more competitive.

Euronews, which reaches 400 million homes in 155 countries, said at MipTV Wednesday that it had inked a deal with Bloomberg Television to exchange content in its coverage of the business world.

Bloomberg will contribute to Euronews’ “Business Weekly” program, a round-up of the week’s business events, hosted by Oleksandra Vakulina. Jonathan Ferro, Bloomberg’s markets reporter, will join Vakulina in analyzing the world’s top business stories.

The show will air on all of Euronews’ 12 language services, which include English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

On Tuesday, Euronews said it was reupping its deal with YouTube and adding a premium channel devoted to science, “Euronews Knowledge,” which will feature contributions from leading science blogger Michael Stevens, who founded Vsauce.

“Euronews Knowledge” would be “fun and accessible,” Euronews CEO Michael Peters said.

Euronews is the second most popular news channel on YouTube worldwide with 7.2 million unique visitors a month to its 16 YouTube channels.

Peters also announced an overhaul of its organizational structure. Its 400 journalists will now supply news to a central content unit, whose output will then be packaged by a product marketing unit to suit the various outlets, both tradition linear channels and digital platforms, including VOD, mobile apps, radio and websites.

“We are not a TV channel anymore. We are a hub,” he said. “It is important to understand that the product has to be adapted to the way it is used. The channel must take the product and adapt it to the different universes.”

It would be a “customized” service. “So it is a different product each time,” depending on the outlet, such as the YouTube channels, which are “tailor-made for YouTube and adapted to the needs of the YouTube audience.”

“Television is old-fashioned,” he said.

Peters said having a brand that could be trusted for its independence and quality was essential. “It’s all about the brand. The only way to survive and stay on top is to build that,” he said.

BBC Global News chief operating officer Jim Egan is also in Cannes, where he has been talking up the global news provider’s newly opened state-of-the-art production base in central London. Like Euronews, the BBC has unified its news facilities to supply linear channels and digital platforms from a central, pooled source, which is fed by 2,000 journalists, working in 27 languages.

Egan is more upbeat about the traditional TV news channels business than Peters. Last year, thanks to carriage deals with Time Warner and Comcast, BBC World News reached more than 25 million homes in North America, up from less than 6 million before. Audiences are also growing in Asia, Latin America and Africa, although Europe still remains a “difficult” market.

He acknowledges the pay TV market is becoming increasingly crowded, and that is threatening the business. He told Variety: “It is an area where I have some misgivings and some sleepless nights as more and more news channels pile into these sectors, increasingly with business models that aren’t conventional business models, but allow them to pay for carriage rather than seek to be paid for carriage.”

Channels that do have to make their own way, like BBC World News, will be put under pressure, he said.

He has some concerns about trends in the online market too, where traditional banner advertising is being replaced by other revenue streams, such as carrying advertorial content, which the BBC is reluctant to adopt.

Another source of news was touted by Andrew Creighton, who tubthumped his YouTube channel Vice News as an alternative news sources for a new generation. “Younger audiences mistrust commercial news channels — they are disenchanted rather than not interested,” he told a panel on new media.

Elsewhere at MipTV, Russia’s multilingual news service RT unveiled a service called Ruptly, which will provide raw news footage to buyers for use in their news shows. Subscribers will pay according to the size of their audience.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • This is Us

    What to Watch on TV This Week: 'The Politician,' 'This Is Us' Season 4 Premiere

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” drops on Netflix, and “This Is Us” season 4 [...]

  • UMC-Marriage-Boot-Camp-Hip-Hop-Edition-WE-tv

    WE tv, UMC Reteam on Bonus Content for 'Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition' Season 2

    AMC Networks is touting the benefits of cross-pollinating content and promos across its TV and streaming properties. In the latest bit of synergy, the programmer’s WE tv announced the continuation of its partnership with sister company UMC (Urban Movie Channel) to produce a second season of “confessional” episodes for WE tv reality series “Marriage Boot [...]

  • BLUFF CITY LAW -- "Pilot" Episode

    TV Review: 'Bluff City Law'

    As a legal procedural emanating from outside the imaginings of Dick Wolf, “Bluff City Law” at least represents something novel for NBC. But its understanding of the workings of the legal profession is frustratingly limited in a familiar way — not merely because it falls so nearly into timeworn cliché but also because it seems [...]

  • Kit Harington, Sophie Turner. Kit Harington,

    Emmys 2019: What You Didn't See on TV

    Viewers who tuned into the Emmys on Sunday night saw the “Game of Thrones” cast reunite for the first time since the epic finale, and caught Adam DeVine’s head-scratching musical number. They also saw the stars of “Veep” rally once more, and witnessed the magic that is Billy Porter’s awards show fashion. But there’s a ton [...]

  • David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Carolyn

    Emmys 2019: 'Game of Thrones,' Jharrel Jerome Top Social-Media Buzz

    HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Jharrel Jerome, star of Netflix’s “When They See Us,” led the social conversation during Sunday’s 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Facebook and Twitter. “GOT” picked up 12 Emmys in total for its final season, including outstanding drama series, while series star Peter Dinklage picked up his fourth trophy for supporting [...]

  • The Politician - Ben Platt

    TV Review: Netflix's 'The Politician' Starring Ben Platt

    If you tried to drink every time someone on “The Politician” says “ambition,” you wouldn’t get through a single episode alive. For the steel-jawed characters of “The Politician,” and especially its ostensible hero Payton (executive producer Ben Platt), ambition is the urgent undercurrent of just about every scene, revealing a desperate intensity that never lets [...]

  • David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Carolyn

    TV Ratings: Emmy Awards Hit New Low

    Sunday night’s hostless Emmys on Fox was likely hoping to emulate the Oscars ratings success in cutting out an emcee. However, according to preliminary Nielsen figures, the 2019 Emmys have gone the way of seemingly all awards shows in declining year on year. Fox’s broadcast posted a 5.7 rating and a 10 share in the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content