Tim Westcott

Tim Westcott

Mr. Tim Westcott is a director of research and analysis for Programming at IHS Markit.

Tim Westcott is a Research and Analysis Director of the Programming team at IHS Markit and editor of the monthly Media and Technology Digest. He joined the company in September 2004 and specializes in TV program production and distribution, sports rights and public broadcasting. Based in London, Tim's responsibilities include the TV Programming Intelligence service, which he was instrumental in launching in October 2012, and TV Channel Intelligence. He previously worked for two years at the European Audiovisual Observatory in Strasbourg as an analyst specializing public film and audiovisual funding. He co-authored an Observatory report on the subject and was responsible for KORDA, an online database of film funds. A trained journalist, Mr. Westcott has worked for the Financial Times and Emap, including a stint as editor of Television Business International. While freelance, he wrote three reports for IHS Markit on children's television and animation and wrote for titles including Broadcast, Variety, Ecran Total and The Guardian. He can provide comment and insight to the media on: TV programming production, sports rights, free-to-air broadcasting and pay TV channels, public broadcasting, children’s television and animation. Mr. Tim Westcott holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge, UK. He speaks fluent French.


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Disney scales up with $52 billion Fox acquisition

The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire most of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, giving it the sscale to compete for consumers in an increasingly online media world.

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Sky and BT agree channel sharing deal for 2019

UK pay TV market leader Sky and incumbent telco BT have agreed to distribute each other’s channels on their respective platforms from early 2019. The agreement will see BT wholesale its BT Sports channels on Sky TV, while BT customers will be able to purchase and access Sky’s OTT service, NOW TV, via BT’s YouView set-top box.

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Disney agrees to buy Fox entertainment assets for $52 billion

Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s assets, including the 20th Century Fox film studio, most of its cable networks, a 39% stake in European pay TV business Sky and a 30% stake in Hulu. Disney will pay $52.4 billion in stock (subject to adjustments) with 21st Century Fox shareholders receiving 0.2745 Disney shares for each Fox share. Disney will also assume $13.7 billion of net debt.

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