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TOP NEWS

* Facebook Inc. delayed naming the members of the independent oversight board, which helps users to appeal decisions of the social media company's content. In a company post, Brent Harris, director of governance and global affairs, said that while the company had planned to announce the oversight board members by the end of 2019, it has now decided to take more time to review the candidates.

* Eleven Sports Network Ltd.'s Eleven Sports named former FIFA executive Luis Vicente as its CEO, effective Jan. 15, 2020, Advanced Television reports. Vicente is replacing Marc Watson, who will continue to serve as Eleven Sports' executive chairman.

* Government critics of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s involvement in building the German 5G mobile network are increasing their pressure on the country's political parties, reports Reuters. Union and SPD foreign policy leaders have drafted a joint resolution that would make it harder for Huawei to participate.

* Sky Ltd.'s German unit Sky Deutschland AG lost the licensing rights for the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League after sports streaming platform DAZN acquired the rights, reports Handelsblatt. DAZN secured a three-year streaming deal for UEFA, SportsPro Media reports.

UK AND IRELAND

* Bruin Sports Capital LLC is working with advisers as it reviews strategic options for London-headquartered Deltatre Ltd., including a potential sale that could value the streaming-service provider at $1 billion or more, Bloomberg News reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Deltatre caters to sports and entertainment giants such as the National Football League Inc., UEFA and Discovery Inc.

* Nitro Software Ltd. plans to significantly expand its operations in Dublin, Ireland following its IPO in Australia, The Irish Times reports. Nitro Software currently has 44 employees in Dublin.

* Former Discovery Networks executives Mark Procter and Steve Jones formed a new production company that will focus on factual entertainment content, TBI Vision reports. The London-based company, named Big Little Fish, is in early talks with potential investors.

* The British Broadcasting Corp.'s iPlayer streaming service is facing a software glitch on selected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s smart TVs, BBC News reports.

* BBC Two unveiled a three-part natural history series "Baby Chimp Rescue." The series is made by BBC Studios Ltd.'s natural history unit.

* The British government received an extradition request for Autonomy Corp. PLC founder Mike Lynch to the U.S. in relation to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.'s suit against the executive for allegedly manipulating Autonomy's accounts, London's Financial Times reports. HPE acquired Autonomy in 2011.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* German publisher Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG announced that news magazine STERN will be restructuring its digital team effective Jan. 1, 2020. The company plans to focus more on the expansion of its digital product portfolio.

* Thorsten Braun will be joining Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH's commercial broadcaster SUPER RTL (DE) as chief revenue officer, effective May 2020. In his new role, Braun will be joining the company's management team and will report directly to CEO Claude Schmit.

* The Broadcasting Council of German broadcaster WDR approved the station's budget for 2020. The budget includes a deficit of €135 million, which may be compensated by using existing reserves. The company is estimating it will generate about €1.42 billion in revenues in 2020.

* Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications lowered the minimum bidding price for 5G frequencies by more than €55 million to about €293.3 million, after consultation with operators, Telecompaper reports. The Austrian regulator opened the public invitation for tendering frequency bands 700 MHz, 1,500 MHz and 2,100 MHz.

* Swedish digital payment solutions company Klarna Holding AB plans to open a tech hub in Berlin in early 2020. The hub will be used to bolster the market presence of Klarna's product portfolio and services in Europe and the U.S.

* Oakley Capital Investments Ltd.'s fund Oakley Capital Private Equity III together with co-investors agreed to sell their stakes in WebPros Group to CVC Fund VII. Oakley Capital IV will invest $200 million, with CVC Fund VII as a minority partner, in a move to benefit from long-term growth opportunities and product developments.

* Nokia Corp. secured a contract to test and deliver a standalone 5G system for automated rail in Hamburg, Germany.

FRANCE

* Vivendi SA's CANAL+ Group obtained the co-distribution rights for the Europa League for the 2021-2024 seasons, reports L'Equipe.

* Altice France SA announced that SFR installed the first optical connection node in Burlats as part of the deployment of Tarn Fibre. The fiber optic infrastructure will serve 3,674 dwellings and premises with optical sub-distributors installed in 2020. Altice Europe owns Altice France.

* Fibre SFR will be available to about 400 homes in Boumiens from Feb. 14, 2020, according to a news release. The fiber network can be accessed via the optical connection node located in Boigny-sur-Bionne.

* Orange SA said it blocked about 101 million unwanted international cold calls to landlines and mobiles since September, an average of 1.6 million calls per day. The move is supported by Bloctel and the Orange Telephone app, which is freely accessible and counts over 1.5 million active monthly users.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Dutch operator KPN NV agreed to sell its consulting business KPN Consulting BV to Cegeka NV, for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is in line with its strategy to accelerate the simplification of the company and focus on a converged and simplified portfolio.

* Orange Belgium SA launched a 5G testing hub for business in Belgium, where it will test 5G technology together with industrial partners on real-life applications. The hub is based in the port of Antwerp, because of its industry and a wide variety of testing options.

* Belgian operator Proximus concluded an agreement with Régie Média Belge for the launch of addressable advertising on television. From the first quarter of 2020, RMB will use the Proximus platform to launch targeted TV campaigns.

* Media company Talpa Network will launch Weer.nl, its own weather forecasting network on radio, TV and online, in early 2020. Talpa previously took over the platform from MeteoGroup Nederland BV, including their team of meteorologists.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Nokia is joining forces with five companies to bring 5G and internet of things to enterprise customers in Japan. Nokia will work with NS Solutions Corp. for factory internet of things; Marubeni Corp. for global internet of things; Internet Initiative Japan Inc. for full mobile virtual network operator; Equinix Inc. for multi-cloud and global data centers; and Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. for smart social infrastructure and smart cities with video solutions.

* Nokia and car parts suppliers such as Daimler AG agreed to independent mediation to settle their technology licensing dispute, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the Finnish company. An agreement between the parties could help avoid an EU antitrust investigation.

* Automotive software company Greater Than AB said it plans to launch a high-functioning traceability in-app service in 2020. The service will provide non-on-board diagnostic solutions for all vehicles equipped with infotainment systems.

* Enea AB rolled out a new end-to-end 5G data management suite, which enables interoperability between network functions in a software-defined 5G core. The suite includes capabilities that span the network data layer, the user plane and control plane.

* Tre Sverige AB formed a partnership with Combitech AB to offer an industrial private network service. The offering targets private networks, enabling businesses to deploy an own-use LTE network with the potential to upgrade to 5G over time.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Media group Alter Ego Media SA's planned acquisition of Greek pay TV operator Forthnet Media SA is expected to close by the end of January 2020, Telecompaper reports, citing Euro2Day.gr. Forthnet also reportedly plans to provide mobile virtual network operator services using Vodafone Group PLC's network.

* Vodafone España SAU is planning to extend the coverage of its 5G network to five more Spanish cities by summer 2020, Advanced Television reports, citing El Español. The telco is working with Huawei and Ericsson for the rollout.

* France's Ligue de Football Professionnel confirmed it maintains its confidence in Mediapro, the Spanish company that won LFP TV rights for 2020-2024, CB News reports. The vote of confidence comes after Mediapro announced plans for a devoted football channel accessed via a monthly subscription of about €25.

* Wholesale broadband provider Enel Open Fiber SPA started building its fiber-to-the-home network at the city of Rovigo in Italy's Veneto region, Telecompaper reports. The Enel SpA unit is investing about €7 million into the project.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Norway is providing a €1.2 million grant to boost the Serbian government's information security systems, Telecompaper reports. The donation is part of an agreement between Serbia's Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services, the Kingdom of Norway and the United Nations Office for Project Services.

* Ukrainian operator Kyivstar teamed up with 1+1 media group for the launch of its over-the-top service Kyivstar TV, Telecompaper reports. The new platform offers access to more than 150 TV channels and a video-on-demand library.

* Moldtelecom named Viorel Postolachi its interim CEO, Telecompaper reports. Postolachi, currently sales director, will take charge of the Moldovan mobile operator's business amid the ongoing selection process for a permanent CEO.

* VEON Ltd.'s Russian mobile operator unit Beeline is still open to selling its tower infrastructure unit NBK, Telecompaper reports.

* Russian fixed operator TransTeleKom ZAO secured a tender to provide two 100-Gbps data links to China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., Telecompaper reports, citing Tdaily.ru. The links will support a data traffic exchange on the border between China and Mongolia with Moscow in Russia, and Frankfurt in Germany.

* Slovak national transmission company Towercom as made its hybrid broadcast broadband TV platform Otta available to satellite service users who receive signals from the Astra satellite, Broadband TV News reports.

FEATURED NEWS

Hires and Fires Europe: Sky Austria chief to exit; Sanoma appoints unit CEO: Christine Scheil is stepping down as managing director of Sky Austria, while Finnish media group Sanoma named Rob Kolkman CEO of its Sanoma Learning unit.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Global Multichannel: BT secures flat renewal on UEFA soccer rights: While the latest battle for the UEFA broadcast rights threatened to bring traditional and new contenders to market, BT retained the rights and also gained access to a new competition.

RECENT EARNINGS

Adobe shares pop after record fiscal Q4'19, full-year revenue: Adobe reported double-digit growth across many of its product segments and delivered a fiscal fourth-quarter earnings beat.

Broadcom beats fiscal Q4'19 estimates as revenue jumps 6% YOY: Broadcom posted better-than-expected earnings per share and revenue for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year, even as the company's semiconductor revenue continued to decline.

Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.

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