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ITV taps into Periscope for BGT final

Britain’s Got Talent is preparing to use live video streaming service Periscope to offer viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of this weekend’s final.

Backing The BBC

BBC campaign: quotes from high-profile indie backers Video

Nearly 60 production bosses have pledged their support to Broadcast’s Backing the BBC campaign and below, some of the high-profile leaders explain why.

BBC iPlayer

iPlayer figures fall for third consecutive month Video

BBC iPlayer requests dropped for the third consecutive month in April prompting platform boss Dan Taylor-Watt to write a blog putting the figures in context.

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

In brief: Betty; ITVS; Arrow Media; Endemol Shine; Food Network; Cineflix

Betty has scored an Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners spin-off series and ITV Studios has hired a digital games exec. Click for more in today’s round-up.

Backing The BBC

Indies unite to back the BBC

Producers rally round corporation as Broadcast kicks off campaign.


50 production bosses warn against BBC squeeze

Production companies behind some of the biggest shows on UK television and with revenues of nearly £2bn have thrown their weight behind a Broadcast campaign of qualified support for the BBC.

Chris Bryant

Shadow culture secretary fears ‘sustained attack’ on BBC

Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has expressed fears of a “sustained attack” on the BBC by the Conservative government and said the industry should be ready to protect the corporation.

Kim Shillinglaw

BBC defends ‘Hunger Games-style’ social experiment

The BBC has defended new BBC2 format Britain’s Hardest Grafter as a “serious social experiment” after it was compared to the Hunger Games.


Backing the BBC: what happens next?

Broadcast has kicked off a major campaign that will pull together qualified support for the BBC from all parts of the TV industry.

Mulville & Thoday

Mulville & Thoday back BBC despite anger over BBC3

The two indie bosses behind the high-profile mission to prevent BBC3 from moving online have backed Broadcast’s campaign of qualified support for the BBC.

Tom Giles

ITV poaches Tom Giles from BBC

Former Panorama editor Tom Giles has been appointed as ITV’s controller of current affairs.

Portrait of the Year

Sky to take arts to next level

Sky wants producers from the UK, Italy and Germany to bring it big budget ambitious arts projects for its new production hub in Milan.


Funding the future: indie investment

Funding the future: indie investment

Nicola Smith looks at how investments from three different sources are helping to transform a trio of independent producers

T. Rex Autopsy, Nat Geo

T. Rex Autopsy, Nat Geo

Building a full-size, anatomically correct model of a T. rex that could be dissected on TV was a labour of love that took months of painstaking work. Olly Grant finds out how it was done


Digital rights: VoD platforms

The rise of the online platforms has muddied the commissioning waters for indies, but there are opportunities if producers can find the right strategy to work with them, says Kate Bulkley

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Inside Jaguar: Making A Million Pound Car

TV Critics: Inside Jaguar; Born Naughty?; Deep-Sea Super Predator

“Å surprisingly watchable hour, even for a non-car buff.”


World of locations


World of Locations: United States - Virginia

A major attraction for producers coming to Virginia is the multi-tiered incentive system, although the commonwealth’s historic and natural locations are also a draw.

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ITV taps into Periscope for BGT final

Britain’s Got Talent is preparing to use live video streaming service Periscope to offer viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of this weekend’s final.

more multiplatform


Sky Atlantic ties with NBC on plague drama

Sky Atlantic has partnered with US network NBC and Fortitude producer Fifty Fathoms on a big-budget plague drama from the writer of The Imitation Game and the director of World War Z.

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Creative Skillset: TV barriers are still up

Barriers to entry in the UK television industry remain high, but there are rich rewards for those that get their foot in the door, according to a study published this week.

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Tech & Facils

Dougal Oldfield

Envy mourns the passing of colleague Dougal Oldfield

Envy managing director Dave Cadle has paid tribute to colleague Dougal Oldfield who died earlier this month.

more tech & facils


more infographics

Coronation Street

Fire blasts Coronation Street to 12 month high

THURSDAY: A fire on Coronation Street helped the soap to its highest audience in a year as Channel 4 beat BBC1 in the 9pm slot.


Global TV Production Map


Global TV Production Map

Who owns what in the newly consolidated indie sector


Why US ownership works for Raw TV

Our relationship with Discovery has strengthened since it bought us, but we get no special favours, says Joely Fether 

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Chris Bryant: Now is the time to act to protect the BBC’s future

We must guard against attacks on the BBC before charter renewal, says shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport Chris Bryant

Dancing With The Stars

Andrea Wong: The BBC is a great success and should be celebrated

BBC’s creative output is essential for British and international TV, says Andrea Wong

The Revolution Will be Televised

Jimmy Mulville: Find alternatives to BBC3 cuts

I want to support a properly funded BBC that provides a comprehensive TV service – not just for the middle-aged viewer but also for a young adult audience.

More opinion

Broadcast Greenlight

Broadcast Greenlight offers the latest information on commissions and provides a comprehensive guide to indies, channels and commissioners.


Hoff the Record

Talking TV: BBC campaign & Hoff the Record Video

On the latest Talking TV, Broadcast editor Chris Curtis explains why Broadcast has launched a campaign Backing the BBC and we go behind the scenes of Hoff The Record.

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Digital Edition


Broadcast 23 May 2015

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