Keep up-to-date with the latest news on Twitter @a516digital.

Weather conditions are currently affecting Freeview reception in various parts of the UK. Do not retune.

Discovery and Scripps to become one?


The two US factual and lifestyle media giants are in renewed talks over a merger.

Reports of a merger have surfaced through Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, which also suggests other parties are interested in a merger with Scripps Networks, possibly Channel 5 owner Viacom.

Discovery Communications is best known for its factual channels, and also as the owner of Eurosport and Quest. Scripps Networks Interactive operates lifestyle-based services including Food Network and Travel Channel, both available free-to-air in the UK.

The two media companies last discussed merger opportunities in 2014, but later abandoned the discussions. Scripps is reportedly seeking a tie-up with a larger company to gain a better negotiating position with cable and satellite companies.