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Jul 8, 2002  •  Post A Comment

News vet Herbert called to `Celebrity Justice’
Los Angeles-Veteran newswoman Holly Herbert has been named anchor of Time Telepictures Television’s upcoming syndicated strip “Celebrity Justice.” Ms. Herbert joins “Celebrity Justice” after having spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting at a number of top stations across the country.
Most recently, she spent a year at KABC-TV in Los Angeles after anchoring in Miami, San Diego and Palm Springs. “Celebrity Justice” launches nationally on Sept. 2.
Three companies team for U.K. digital license
New York-British Sky Broadcasting and Houston-based Crown Castle, which provides towers and other services to cellphone companies in the United States, have joined with the British Broadcasting Corp. to win three 12-year digital-television licenses that Britain’s troubled ITV Digital recently gave back to a government regulatory agency. That move followed ITV Digital’s inability to pay more than $260 million it owed for broadcast rights to the English soccer league.
The new BSkyB-BBC-Crown venture, for which Crown will provide facilities and technical expertise, will broadcast 24 channels. ITV’s failure was seen as “at least a temporary setback to the government’s goal of converting Britain’s conventional analog TV signals into digital signals by 2010,” according to an Associated Press report.
The partners in the venture say they have a digital terrestrial television plan that will allow viewers who are equipped with $150 digital set-top boxes to receive digital programming for free.