Tim Westcott

Tim Westcott

Tim Westcott is a senior member of the television team at IHS Markit and editor of the monthly Media and Technology Digest. He joined the company in September 2004 and specialises in TV programme 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. 

Tim previously worked for two years at the European Audiovisual Observatory in Strasbourg as an analyst specialising 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, Tim has worked for the Financial Times and Emap, including a stint as editor of Television Business International. While freelance, Tim wrote three reports for IHS on children's television and animation and wrote for titles including Broadcast, Variety, Ecran Total and The Guardian.


Tim can provide comment and insight to the media on the following areas:

•TV programming production

•Sports rights

•Free-to-air broadcasting and pay TV channels

•Public broadcasting

• Children’s television and animation.


Tim speaks fluent French.


He holds a MA (Hons) in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge.



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Fox takeover of Sky referred to regulators by UK government

The UK government has referred the agreed takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox to regulators, citing possible media plurality and broadcasting standards concerns. The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport yesterday wrote to both companies to advise them that she has asked communications body Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority to report back to her by 17 May.

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Netflix blazes a trail with ‘global local’ production

A year on from its worldwide launch, Netflix has stepped up original productions, including new unscripted shows and films productions outside the US in an increasing array of languages.

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French investment vehicle agrees €270 million deal to acquire Groupe AB

Mediawan, the group backed by French entrepreneurs including Xavier Niel, the founder of Free, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Groupe AB, the France-based channel operator and producer, for a total consideration of €270 million ($289 million).

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