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PA Group adds data provider EBS to its growing portfolio of specialist media companies
PA Group, the news and information business and parent company of the Press Association, today welcomed EBS – a leading provider of electronic programme guides (EPGs) and video-on-demand (VOD) metadata – to its growing portfolio of specialist media companies.
 
EBS delivers entertainment metadata and EPG services to linear and non-linear television operators around the world using Pawa2, its bespoke, cloud-based software system. Combining EBS’s Pawa2 system with PA’s existing listings operation will position the businesses to provide a full suite of metadata to the increasingly multi-platform television industry, while continuing to deliver the high-quality TV listings information that is critical to PA’s market-leading page-ready services.
 
PA Group has acquired 95 per cent of EBS with an option to purchase the remaining shares. The investment is the latest development in a long-term strategy to diversify PA Group’s business and consolidate its position as the UK’s leading provider of cross-platform news, sport and entertainment data, content and services. 
 
EBS will continue to be led by Managing Director Keith Bedford, working closely with a team from PA Group led by Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Dowsett.
 
A priority for the combined businesses will be to continue to build on their extensive portfolio of TV metadata clients which currently includes BBC Studios, BT, Discovery Networks, ITV, Radio Times, Sky and TalkTalk.
 
Andrew Dowsett, Chief Operating Officer at PA Group said: “By coming together with EBS, we are creating a compelling and dynamic centralised metadata hub. EBS has established itself as a leading player in metadata distribution for TV channels. Its unique Pawa2 solution, coupled with their relationships with some of the largest commercial broadcasters in the world, perfectly complement PA’s market-leading editorial listings service for newspapers, digital media and TV platforms.”
 
Keith Bedford, Managing Director at EBS said: “The PA Group is a perfect fit for us and I am delighted to be joining forces with this world-renowned brand. EBS has experienced rapid growth in recent years, offering effective and innovative TV metadata management, enhancement and distribution services to a growing roster of global clients. By joining PA Group, we can continue to develop bespoke and effective solutions for existing and future clients with the backing of an organisation with 150 years of experience in the media industry. We look forward to working with PA to develop our shared vision of providing customers around the world with the best TV metadata service.”
 
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For further information, please contact:
 
PA Group: Harriet Otoo, Head of Communications – harriet.otoo@pressassociation.com | Tel: +44(0)207 963 7513
 
EBS: Keith Bedford, Managing Director – keith@ebs.tv | Tel: +44 (0) 1462 895 999
 
About PA Group
 
Headquartered in London, PA Group incorporates news, information, technology and communications businesses. It is the parent company of the Press Association – the UK and Ireland’s leading multimedia news agency – along with several other specialist media companies. These include Globelynx, which provides TV-ready remotely monitored camera systems for corporate clients to connect with TV news organisations; Sticky Content, a full-service digital creative and social agency; StreamAMG, a video streaming business; and TNR, a broadcast communications consultancy. It also owns a stake in Alliance News, which provides real time updates for financial professionals, Baize Group, a leading provider of automotive content, events and PR services, and the social video creation platform, Wochit.
 
PA Group has 26 shareholders, made up mainly of UK national and regional newspaper publishers. The largest shareholders include dmg media Limited, News UK plc, Trinity Mirror plc and UBM plc.
 
 
About EBS
 
We believe great TV matters, It’s not just our business. It’s our passion. EBS provides quality, accurate and comprehensive metadata and EPG services to platforms worldwide. EBS’ flagship scheduling application Pawa2, coupled with its editorial expertise and in-house development team, allows the company to differentiate itself from its competitors by delivering unrivalled and unique client focussed propositions. EBS can deliver EPG data in any file format required and can provide additional data sets to compliment categories such as Twitter hashtags and rights-approved, high-quality programme images. EBS’ services include: EPG scheduling and distribution; TV metadata solutions; VOD-EPG integration; comprehensive image library; press schedules; and editorial and translation services. EBS has over 20 years’ experience working with key players in the industry such as ITV, BBC Studios, BT Sport, AMC Networks, Discovery Networks, Viasat World, MultiChoice and Sky. For further information about EBS and Pawa2 please see www.ebs.tv and www.pawa.tv.
 
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EBS secures EPG delivery for Sanskar TV on Sky UK platforms
International EPG services provider EBS is pleased to announce that it is now the operating partner for Sanskar TV on Sky platform services across the UK. Sanskar TV’s entire EPG and metadata output on Sky UK will now be handled exclusively through EBS’ highly adaptable Pawa2 metadata solution.

Launched in 2000, Sanskar TV is billed as a channel “broadcasting content on Indian philosophy, religion, spiritual solidarity and culture”, with programming in Hindi and English for audiences both in India and across the worldwide Indian diaspora. The channel boasts large and growing audiences for both its entertainment and news output around the globe.
 
“We are operating in an evolving TV market, where we see growing demand for good spiritual content. We have also produced a number of fresh TV content to bridge the gap between our traditional audience and the new generation. Keeping in mind the likes of Indians abroad, we are creating exclusive content which they will find only on Sanskar,” says Manoj Tyagi, CEO of  Sanskar TV.
 
“We’re delighted to be working with an exciting brand like Sanskar TV,” explains EBS Managing Director Keith Bedford. “It’s a great channel, perfectly positioned to take full advantage of Sky’s extremely popular UK-wide platforms. Pawa2 is ready to deliver.”

Pawa2 allows content suppliers to easily adapt their EPGs to the needs of any distribution platform, anywhere in the world. It ensures that media companies can effortlessly control brand consistency across all outlets, regardless of where and when content is accessed.

As well as being a one-stop database for organising and distributing schedules and metadata, Pawa2 is also capable of providing separate libraries for every channel a client operates. This ensures that data always fits a channel identity, and allows broadcasters to manage tailored workflows for both linear and non-linear services internally.
 
“As our list of clients gets larger and larger, we keep finding interesting new ways to expand Pawa2’s adaptability and functionality in kind,” Keith adds. “I don’t see this slowing down any time soon, either. I can’t wait to see what new challenges we can rise to in the next few years. The future looks very bright indeed.”

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About EBS:
EBS connects TV data providing quality, accurate and comprehensive metadata and EPG services to platforms worldwide. EBS’ flagship scheduling application Pawa2, coupled with its editorial expertise and in-house development team, allows the company to differentiate itself from its competitors by delivering unrivalled and unique client focussed propositions. EBS can deliver EPG data in any file format required and can provide additional data sets to compliment categories such as Twitter hashtags and rights-approved, high-quality programme images. EBS’ services include: EPG scheduling and distribution; TV metadata solutions; VOD-EPG integration; comprehensive image library; press schedules; and editorial and translation services. EBS has over 20 years’ experience working with key players in the industry such as BBC Worldwide, BT Sport, AMC Networks, Discovery Networks, Viasat World, MultiChoice and Sky. For further information about EBS and Pawa2 please see www.ebs.tv   and www.pawa.tv
 
 
EBS contacts:
Keith Bedford
Managing Director
keith@ebs.tv
+ 44 (0) 1462 895 999


 
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EBS secures EPG delivery for Propeller TV on the Sky UK platform
Global EPG services provider EBS is happy to announce it is now the operating partner for Propeller TV on all Sky platforms in the UK. Propeller TV EPG and metadata information distributed on Sky will now be handled through EBS’ highly adaptable Pawa2 cloud-based solution.

Propeller TV is a Chinese culture and business channel exclusive to the UK, owned and operated by the Xiking Culture and Media Group. The channel is billed as the platform dedicated to “bringing the world to China, and China to the world.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Propeller TV, and helping them to deliver an outstanding EPG package to audiences across the UK,” says EBS Managing Director Keith Bedford. “The Chinese media market is all set to do great things on the world stage, and Pawa2 is the perfect resource to help make that happen.”

Pawa2 allows content suppliers to easily adapt their EPGs to the needs of any distribution platform, anywhere in the world. It ensures that media companies can effortlessly control brand consistency across all outlets, regardless of where and when content is accessed.

As well as being a one-stop database for organising and distributing schedules and metadata, Pawa2 is also capable of providing separate libraries for every channel a client operates. This ensures that data always fits a channel identity, and allows broadcasters to manage tailored workflows for both linear and non-linear services internally.

“This is such an exciting time for EBS,” Keith adds. “More and more international clients and partners are choosing Pawa2 for their EPG and metadata needs, and it’s helping us shape it into the perfect one-stop solution for any broadcast requirements. 2018 is shaping up to be an extremely productive year.”

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About EBS:
EBS connects TV data providing quality, accurate and comprehensive metadata and EPG services to platforms worldwide. EBS’ flagship scheduling application Pawa2, coupled with its editorial expertise and in-house development team, allows the company to differentiate itself from its competitors by delivering unrivalled and unique client focussed propositions. EBS can deliver EPG data in any file format required and can provide additional data sets to compliment categories such as Twitter hashtags and rights-approved, high-quality programme images. EBS’ services include: EPG scheduling and distribution; TV metadata solutions; VOD-EPG integration; comprehensive image library; press schedules; and editorial and translation services. EBS has over 20 years’ experience working with key players in the industry such as BBC Worldwide, BT Sport, AMC Networks, Discovery Networks, Viasat World, MultiChoice and Sky. For further information about EBS and Pawa2 please see www.ebs.tv   and www.pawa.tv.
 
 
EBS contacts:
Keith Bedford
Managing Director
keith@ebs.tv
+ 44 (0) 1462 895 999


 
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EBS signs key delivery deal with new African entertainment channel YANGA!
International EPG services provider EBS is pleased to announce a key delivery deal with YANGA!, a brand new African entertainment channel launching in the UK. All YANGA! EPG and scheduling information will now be distributed across Sky platforms nationwide by EBS’ scheduling and content delivery team.
 
Billed as a “positive alternative to the established narrative”, YANGA! is an inclusive platform for African entertainment with a focus on original commissions and relatable content. All YANGA! scheduling and metadata distribution will be handled exclusively through EBS’ unparalleled and highly adaptable Pawa2 metadata solution.
 
“Getting to do business with exciting channels like YANGA! is a huge part of why I love my job,” explains EBS Managing Director Keith Bedford. “It’s a great new venture providing for a largely untapped audience, and another opportunity to show what a top-flight system we have in Pawa2.”
 
Pawa2 allows content suppliers to easily adapt their EPGs to the needs of any distribution platform, anywhere in the world. It ensures that media companies can effortlessly control brand consistency across all outlets, regardless of where and when content is accessed.

As well as being a one-stop database for organising and distributing schedules and metadata, the software is also capable of providing separate libraries for every channel a client operates. This ensures that data always fits a channel identity, and allows broadcasters to manage tailored workflows for linear and non-linear services internally.

“As we work with more and more fantastic new clients and partners, Pawa2’s capabilities continue to expand and grow at the same time,” Keith adds. “We’re entering 2018 on a high, and I can’t wait to see what else lies in store for us over the year ahead.”

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About EBS:
EBS connects TV data providing quality, accurate and comprehensive metadata and EPG services to platforms worldwide. EBS’ flagship scheduling application Pawa, coupled with its editorial expertise and in-house development team, allows the company to differentiate itself from its competitors by delivering unrivalled and unique client focussed propositions. EBS can deliver EPG data in any file format required and can provide additional data sets to compliment categories such as Twitter hashtags and rights-approved, high-quality programme images. EBS’ services include: EPG scheduling and distribution; TV metadata solutions; VOD-EPG integration; comprehensive image library; press schedules; and editorial and translation services. EBS has over 20 years’ experience working with key players in the industry such as BBC Worldwide, BT Sport, AMC Networks, Discovery Networks, Viasat World, MultiChoice and Sky. For further information about EBS and Pawa please see www.ebs.tv   and www.pawa.tv.
 
 
About YANGA!
Dynamic, irreverent, effervescent: Welcome to YANGA!, a general entertainment destination giving voice to Africa’s thriving diaspora. Echoing the continent’s bold and beautiful style, YANGA! brings Africa’s energy with content featuring its best entertainers, comedians and musicians. As spicy and varied as the continent’s cuisine, YANGA! offers a taste of home with positive and inspirational stories to celebrate the cultural richness and pride of Africa and its people. "Yanga" means self-pride and showing-off (in West African pidgin) and is an enthusiastic, positive form of self-expression.
Regardless of gender or generation, YANGA! has content that will resonate, delivering a wide range of entertainment programming from kids, women's interests and current affairs to comedy and drama. YANGA! also offers international news from an African viewpoint.
Available on SKY Channel 293 and on YouTube (YANGA UK). Supported by an integrated social media presence (@yanga_uk) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
EBS contacts:
Keith Bedford
Managing Director
keith@ebs.tv
+ 44 (0) 1462 895 999



 
 
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