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UK delays Fox-Sky decision to 2018; ProSiebenSat.1 announces restructure

TOP NEWS

* The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority is moving the publication of its decision on the proposed deal between Sky plc and 21st Century Fox Inc. to January 2018, Sky News reports. The British regulator had planned to release the decision this month, but said it needed to "spend the time to reach an informed and considered provisional view" due to "a large body of evidence" it has received.

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE has announced a diversification of its organizational setup to include three core business areas including entertainment, content production and global sales and commerce. It will also merge Red Arrow Entertainment Group and multichannel network Studio71 under the name Red Arrow Studios.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* The European Union will propose legislation to combat extremist content in 2018 if it does not see progress from internet companies in taking down extremist content, Reuters reports. The EU has urged companies such as Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc.'s YouTube to do more to remove extremist content on their platforms.

* Luxury goods companies can prevent their distributors from selling their products on third-party websites in the European Union, a European court ruled. The decision is a victory for luxury goods companies that have campaigned for years to protect their intellectual property. It also has implications for sellers that offer luxury products for sale in online marketplaces in the EU such as those operated by Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc.

* Amazon launched Prime Video app on Apple Inc.'s Apple TV 4K and previous generations of Apple TV in more than 100 countries. Prime Video will let users watch Thursday Night Football live on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV, starting Dec. 7.

* AMC Networks International's U.K. unit promoted Louise Cottrell to senior vice president of affiliate sales. She will lead channel sales and development efforts in Poland, Turkey, Israel, Africa and the Middle East. AMC Networks International is a unit of AMC Networks Inc.

* Olivier Schrameck, director general of French media regulator CSA, is urging European media groups to form a European version of U.S. subscription video-on-demand service Hulu LLC, Digital TV Europe reports. Schrameck said a "European Hulu" project would need to consider Europe's multicultural and multilingual landscape.

* Spanish soccer league La Liga has opened the bidding process for the distribution rights of the 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons in Europe, Rapid TV News reports. The bidding is open in western Europe, eastern Europe and the Nordics, but not Italy, where La Liga has an existing deal with Fox Sports. La Liga will accept bids until Jan. 15, 2018, for the rights, which cover the league's first-division and playoff games.

UK AND IRELAND

* An exact date for the Apple's transfer of its back-tax payment to Ireland is not yet known, Reuters reports. An escrow is expected to be set up by January 2018, following an agreement between the parties for the payment terms.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Vodafone Group Plc unit Vodafone Deutschland Gmbh has extended the contract of CEO Johannes Ametsreiter for another three years following a decision by the executive board, reports T-Online.de. Ametsreiter's current contract would end in September 2018.

FRANCE

* Iliad appointed Alexis Bidinot as deputy CEO. Bidinot joined Iliad in 2017 after serving as head of major events at Atos SE for Switzerland.

* Fitbit Inc. has partnered up with French music-streaming platform Deezer SA to equip its connected watches, Les Echos reports. Users will be able to listen to music on Deezer on their smartwatch without the need for a smartphone.

* Subscribers to Free's flash sale on its unlimited mobile offer at 99 euro cents were subject to an invoicing bug that charged the usual price of €19.99 instead, Univers Freebox reports. Free sent an email to those affected stating that the bug was fixed and the reimbursement would be made within five days.

* Xavier Niel, founder and majority shareholder of Free, will open a free coding school in Algiers in Algeria, similar to the 42 school in Paris, Univers Freebox reports. Niel made the announcement during French President Emmanuel Macron's recent visit to Algeria.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* KPN NV informed its shareholders during an extraordinary general meeting of the supervisory board's intention to appoint Maximo Ibarra as new CEO. Ibarra can be appointed as CEO during the annual general meeting of shareholders planned on April 18, 2018.

* Friesland-based provider Kabelnoord is in talks with several banks about the financing of a project that will provide about 20,000 households in rural areas with a fiber-optic connection, TotaalTV reports. According to Kabelnoord, they will need €60 million to cover all costs.

* The Dutch Media Authority and the Telecom Agency have signed a collaboration protocol that sets out all agreements on mutual cooperation and information exchange. According to the parties, there are certain situations in which the two organisations can work together.

* Ruling party VVD has argued that Dutch public broadcaster NPO has to become more transparent about their spending and should provide exact insight per program into where they spend tax money on, writes Villamedia.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Telenor Norway announced that it has been certified by GSMA to launch its embedded SIM platform. The Telenor ASA unit has developed the eSIM solution itself and said that it is the first operator in the world to have it certified, with only four other companies globally having certified eSIM solutions.

* Telia Co. AB announced that it is giving customers with Android smartphones in the Nordic, Baltic and Eurasian countries access to Google's messaging service RCS, launching it under the name SMS +. The service enables features like texting over Wi-Fi and high-resolution photo and video sharing.

* Media group Egmont AS's production company Nordisk Film announced that it is investing 32 million Danish kroner in game company RETO MOTO, known for online game "Heroes & Generals." This is Nordisk Film's fourth investment in a game company in 2017.

* Norwegian TV and broadband distribution company Altibox AS said that it is making several new streaming services available for its customers. The first one out is HBO Nordic AB's Toonix, which was launched this week. It will be followed by Disney Channels Xtra, Disney Movies on Demand, ABC Studios on Demand and ViaSat Inc.'s movie service Filmfavoritter.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Former BT Italia SpA CEO Gianluca Cimini will receive €1.8 million in damages after an Italian labor tribunal ruled that he was wrongfully dismissed, Reuters reports. The British Telecom unit fired Cimini following his involvement in alleged accounting fraud at the company.

* Cellnex Telecom secured €100 million loan from the European Investment Bank, Telecompaper reports. The towers operator will use the loan's proceeds to help fund the roll out of new mobile telecom towers and rooftop sites in Spain and Italy, as well as investments to boost the capacity of existing infrastructure.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Russian rights company Art Pictures Distribution bought rights for the bulk of the content library owned by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. for about $60 million, Broadband TV News reports, citing Kommersant. APD also spent about $100 million for rights deals with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures Corp. and Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures.

* Orange SA unit Orange Polska SA clinched a deal with trade unions to offer voluntary redundancy to 2,680 employees within the 2018 to 2019 period, Reuters reports, citing a company statement. The deal also offers a possible 2.5% basic salary increase over the next two years, as well as additional compensation for retiring employees.

* Bulgaria's VIVACOM is adding the NHK World, The World, VH1 Classic, Life TV, Fen Folk, BG Music Channel, Travel TV and Code Fashion TV channels to its TV L satellite TV offer, Telecompaper reports.

FEATURED NEWS

HBO Go expands in CEE; Nat Geo VOD set for European debut: Time Warner's HBO Europe launched subscription service HBO Go in seven more central and eastern European countries, while Fox Networks Group is prepping the launch of a National Geographic+ on-demand service in Europe.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Economics of Advertising: Prime-time delivery slides for broadcast networks in October: Negative ratings trends continued in October, with all big four broadcasters experiencing year-over-year declines in prime-time C3 TV household delivery.

Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.