Thursday, April 26, 2018

International Broadcasters, Including VIMN Start Moving Broadcast Licences Away From The UK

Anticipating Brexit, broadcasters, including Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), 21st Century Fox, and Viceland have started moving their broadcast licences from the UK.

Seeking an alternative, Viacom International Media Networks has obtained licences in The Netherlands for its bouquet of channels aimed at France audiences: Nickelodeon (France), Nickelodeon Junior (France), Nickelodeon Teen (France), MTV (France), MTV Hits (France), BET (France), and Paramount Channel (France). Also, a number of VIMN channels for Denmark now operate under a Dutch licence.

21st Century Fox has also decided to license National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild in Spain, as well as the Dutch language versions of Fox and National Geographic Channel intended for Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. Viceland is now using a Dutch licence for its Dutch and Belgian (Dutch language) channels.

At the moment, more than 750 channels based in Britain and licenced by media regulator Ofcom can currently broadcast throughout the European Union without restriction because Britain is part of the EU’s single market, but this is all set to change after Brexit.

A number of other channel providers with bases in Britain are expected to follow suit, including Discovery, Disney, the Modern Times Group, and Turner Broadcasting.

Sources: Broadband TV News, TVBEurope.
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