WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.
Russian broadcaster CTC Media has asked Standard & Poor’s to withdraw its credit rating service as part of what it describes as a cost-cutting exercise.S&P affirmed the Company’s ‘BB-/B’ long- and short-term corporate credit ratings and ‘ruAA-‘ Russia national scale rating and then withdrew the ratings. The outlook was stable at the time of the withdrawal.At the same time, CTC’s board rescheduled the release of its second quarter earnings results and related conference call, originally scheduled for yesterday, in order to give it time to finalise financial statements. The company anticipates releasing its second quarter earnings announcement and holding its second quarter conference call for analysts and investors in early August.CTC’s part owner Modern Times Group is currently in talks to sell its stake in the broadcaster to Russian media group UTH, co-owned by Alisher Usmanov and Ivan Tavrin, a move forced on it by changes in Russian media law restricting foreign ownership of media companies to a 20% ceiling.CTC Media’s stock price has fallen by about 80% this year, following six consecutive quarters of revenue declines as the Russian ad market shrank.
France’s Canal+ has put Vincent Pujol in charge of free-to-air channel C8.Pujol is promoted from head of scheduling at C8 and another digital free TV network, CStar, to programme director.He will report to Franck Appietto, who became managing director of C8 a year ago as part of a restructuring that handed in control of all live and entertainment programmes at Vivendi-owned Canal+.That restructure saw a number of top-level programming and channel management that followed French conglomerate Vivendi taking tighter control of Canal+.Pujol has been with Canal+ since 2014, having previously worked at M6 Group.Vivendi and Italian broadcaster Mediaset this week decided tosue each other over their ongoing spat relating to the collapse of the former’s takeover of pay TV company Mediaset Premium.
Video measurement and analytics company, Conviva, measured 165% year-on-year growth in global live TV streaming in the fourth quarter of 2018.According to its ‘2018 Annual State of the Streaming TV Industry’ report, there was 89% growth in overall viewing hours across Conviva’s customer base for the full year.Live content, which was up 65% in viewing hours, was found to drive significant growth in streaming, accounting for the largest global surges in viewership throughout 2018. Video on-demand viewing was up 111% over the same time period.“Live events have a way of connecting us on both a local and a global scale. The ability to watch and be a part of exciting news, sports, and other developments as they’re happening is attracting viewers in droves,” said Conviva CEO Bill Demas.“As streaming becomes a bigger part of their everyday lives, viewers continue to migrate toward devices and services that offer those best-in-class experiences.Data for the report was collected using Conviva’s proprietary sensor technology, which it claims is embedded in three billion streaming video applications.