Hildi and Lorenzo drove all the way from Las Vegas, where they are both now staff members of the Las Vegas City Planning Department.In the foreground are some of our International crew enjoying their first US Thanksgiving, anthropologist Ivan Severi from Italy and architect Fernanda Ayala Torres from Columbia.The table with delicious deserts is taking center stage.“Yummyness” all around. November 30, 2016Family members of our staff and volunteers came for the Thanksgiving Dinner, also some of the local alumni.[photos by Sue Kirsch]
French media and industrial group Lagardère wants to dispose of its stake in Canal Plus and disengage from the pay TV group “as quickly as possible”, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin, speaking on a call to mark the company’s first-half results.D’Hinnin said that Lagardère wanted to restart talks with Canal Plus’s management to agree the timing of any move.CEO Arnaud Lagardère, speaking on the same call, said that he wasn’t sure that market conditions had improved sufficiently to enable a public offering of the 20% stake, but that the company remained focused on relaunching the plan as quickly as possible and disposing of its interest, “even if there’s still uncertainty”.Lagardère Active, the company’s media arm, saw its first half revenues fall by 3.7% to €450 million on a like-for-like basis. Revenues for Lagardère Active fell by 44.2% overall as a result of the disposal of the company’s PMI arm and radio stations in Russia. However, audiovisual production and TV channels saw growth of 13.5% and 2.7% respectively.Canal Plus meanwhile posted overall first half revenues of €950 million, up 2.6%, and net income of €21 million, down 10.6%. The pay TV operator’s total subscriber base across France, its overseas territories and departments and Africa numbered 5.5 million, up by 174,000 year-on-year.The Canal Plus website saw a 107% rise in video views between May 2011 and May 2012, with the Canalplus.fr site’s unique users growing by 79% to 4.7 million in the same period. read more
Russian pay TV operator NTV+ is now broadcasting the majority of channels on its platform in the MPEG-4 format.The broadcaster began the process of transitioning its channels to MPEG-4 in March in order to increase the number of channels it carried without adding to space segment costs. It said that the staged reduction in the number of MPEG-2 channels on the platform had enabled it to increase the number of HD channels it broadcast.The number of HD services on NTV+ now numbers 37.