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1 July 2011

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  • 1 July '11

    “This wasn’t a conventional travel documentary in any sense.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 27 June '11

    “It looks more like a museum exhibit than a drama.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 28 June '11

    “Stuart was a know-it-all but his lines were subtly humorous and poignant.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 29 June '11

    “So good it almost made me think I was missing out with my nasal philistinism.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 30 June '11

    “Urban charted successive tours that switched tactics every six months.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 360 to commemorate Titanic sinking for BBC1

    360 Productions has won a BBC1 commission marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, as parent company Impossible Pictures opens a Republic of Ireland office.
  • 3view appoints new sales manager

    Internet connected HD set-top box manufacturer 3view has recruited former Sony employee Nicola Wrench to the role of sales and marketing manager.
  • A tale of two super-indies

    Endemol is wobbling but All3 looks ripe for sale, says Kate Bulkley.
  • ABC launches Jib 100

    ABC Products has launched Jib 100 (pictured), a lightweight jib with a maximum payload of 20kg.
  • Animation firm JS3D rebrands as Kettle

    3D animation and VFX studio JS3D has been re-branded as Kettle.
  • Apple faces Final Cut backlash

    Apple’s latest version of Final Cut Pro has come under fire from sections of the post world because of the lack of compatibility with its predecessor, FCP 7.
  • Apprentice hires 1.2m PVR viewers

    More viewers are recording the Apprentice than ever before, with PVR figures topping a million for the BBC1 reality show.
  • Arqiva thinks global

    Arqiva plans to use its experience implementing digital switchover in the UK with overseas clients.
  • Aussie chef Bill goes back home with UKTV show

    A UKTV food series fronted by Australian chef Bill Granger is to be served up down under in the first deals for the show.
  • Avid bolsters sales team with three hires

    Avid has made three appointments to its sales team.
  • Barb to measure online viewing

    Barb’s long-awaited meter of online viewing will be rolled out to just 100 homes initially, the ratings agency has confirmed.
  • BBC axes Stephen K Amos Show

    The BBC has pulled the plug on comedy series The Stephen K Amos Show after ratings plummeted during its six week run.
  • BBC breached guidelines with pedigree dog claims

    The BBC breached its own guidelines on accuracy after it re-edited a controversial programme that had already been criticised by watchdog Ofcom.
  • BBC complaints too complicated - Lords

    The system for complaining about BBC programmes is “convoluted and overly complicated”, a committee of peers said today.
  • BBC hits right note at Glasto

    The music festival season only ever really gets going when Glastonbury arrives, all muddy and hot. U2 didn’t have to tax themselves to be top dog, but Plan B might actually need one.
  • BBC to hand back Panorama RTS award

    The BBC is to return the Royal Televsion Society award it won for Panorama’s Primark - On the Rack, which the BBC Trust ruled contained footage that was probably not genuine.
  • BBC to integrate online games with Grid tool

    The BBC is ramping up its use of Games Grid, a set of tools that underpins all of the games across the corporation’s website.
  • BBC to reveal value of WoCC

    The BBC is to publish the “size of the prize” and AI figures for the first time as it shakes up its Window of Creative Competition (WoCC) following the release of this year’s data - which saw indies edge further ahead of in-house compared with last year to win the lion’s share of orders.
  • BBC1 lines-up McIntyre Christmas special

    Stand up comedian Michael McIntyre is returning to the BBC with a one-hour Christmas special of his Comedy Roadshow.
  • BBC1's Luther arrests 5.4m

    TUESDAY: Luther continued to murder the competition as the penultimate instalment drew 5.37m (23.5%).
  • BDA promotes Merry

    Creative agency BDA has promoted Dan Merry to the role of assistant creative director.
  • Blackmagic releases DaVinci Resolve 8

    Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 8, the latest version of its colour correction tool.
  • Boris FX releases Transfer AE for After Effects

    Boris FX has made its Transfer AE plug-in available for Adobe After Effects for Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • BSkyB takeover moves closer

    Rupert Murdoch took a step closer to taking full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB today after the Government provisionally accepted plans to hive off Sky News as a separate company.
  • Byford 'received £950,000 BBC payoff'

    Mark Byford, the BBC’s former deputy director-general, received a redundancy payment of almost £950,000, it has emerged.
  • C4 delays decision on Comedy Blaps shorts

    Channel 4 online comedy talent initiative Comedy Blaps has been delayed after being inundated with ideas.
  • C4 follow-up gives Brit teens taste of Amish life

    The Amish community of Ohio will take in British teenagers for a Channel 4 follow-up to last year’s Amish: World’s Squarest Teenagers.
  • C4 News recruits North of England correspondent

    Radio 4 and ITV Tonight reporter Morland Sanders is joining Channel 4 News as North of England correspondent, as the programme continues to refresh the on-screen team.
  • C4's Sri Lanka doc sparks 118 complaints

    Ofcom is investigating Channel 4 documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields following more than 100 complaints that it was misrepresentative and misleading.
  • Camelot axed after one series

    Camelot, the Arthurian drama currently airing on Channel 4, has been canned after just one series.
  • Canada to remake Four Weddings

    Sky Living show Four Weddings is to be remade for audiences in Canada for the first time.
  • Cavey succeeds Tulloh as Tiger entertainment boss

    Tiger Aspect head of entertainment Clive Tulloh is leaving the company after 14 years, as Benidorm producer Ben Cavey steps up to take on his role.
  • Century to make undercover police doc for C4

    The undercover policeman who spent seven years posing as an environmental activist is to be the subject of a Channel 4 Cutting Edge film.
  • Channel 4 cans Campus

    Channel 4 comedy series Campus will not return for a second series after the first failed to attract viewers.
  • Channel 4 enters F1 race

    Channel 4 has opened discussions to acquire the TV rights to Formula 1 when the BBC’s deal expires in two years time.
  • Chelsea finale fails to shine

    MONDAY: E4’s constructed reality series Made In Chelsea finished its eight-week run with one of the lowest audiences of the series.
  • Chinese & Argentinian parties to attend kids conference

    Delegatiosn from China and Argentina will attend next week’s Children’s Media Conference for the first time, along with headline speakers Lord Puttnam and OgilvyOne’s Rory Sutherland.
  • Chris Moyles extends R1 deal

    Chris Moyles has extended his BBC Radio 1 contract to 2014 - potentially taking his breakfast show tenure to a decade.
  • Chyron grows EMEA team

    Chyron has made three appointments at its Chiswick office.
  • Come Dine With Me to be served in South Africa

    BBC Worldwide Channels has commissioned its first local production in South Africa – a remake of Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me.
  • Connected TVs to outsell consoles this year

    There will be almost twice as many connected TVs as games consoles in the UK by 2016, according to a report by Inform Telecoms and Media.
  • Corrie moving back to Wednesdays

    ITV is moving its Thursday night episode of Coronation Street back to Wednesdays with live football set to return to Tuesdays in a bid to free up pre-watershed slots for new shows.
  • Decode adds Arri kit

    3D rental and production outfit Decode has taken delivery of two Arri Alexa Plus cameras.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters for 20-26 June.
  • Don’t punish us producers for Panorama’s mistakes

    Lessons can be learned from the Primark case, but let’s not overreact, says David Henshaw.
  • Endemol chief executive Ynon Kreiz quits

    Endemol Group chief executive and chairman Ynon Kreiz has stepped down ahead of expected financial restucturing and an interim management team including Charles Allen has been put in place.
  • Films at 59 chooses Quantel's Pablo PA

    Films at 59 has invested in Quantel’s Pablo PA to aid the facility’s move into stereo 3D.
  • Game, set and match

    BBC1 sees off ITV1 with fortuitously scheduled Friday peak coverage of Murray victory
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top 10 children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, comedy, music and arts programmes from 20-26 June.
  • Geordie Shore stalls at finale

    TUESDAY: New MTV show Geordie Shore struggled on its final outing while the latest series of Primeval and Blue Bloods also drew to a close with mixed results.
  • Get ready for wrangling and regulation

    As the deadline for initial submissions to inform the next Communications Act passed this week, Broadcast takes a look at who wants what from Jeremy Hunt.
  • Global vision boosts BBC2

    BBC2 took us around the world this week: Venice, Afghanistan and finally, er, Dunsfold. Channel 4, meanwhile, found solace in portly emergencies.
  • GMG Radio launches on We7

    GMG Radio has agreed a distribution deal with We7 to rollout Real, Rock and Smooth via the streaming music service.
  • Go Back To Where You Came From, SBS (Australia)

    Broadcast shines the spotlight on a new doc series from Australia that challenges racial stereotypes while embarking on a risky journey across the world.
  • Greenlight round-up: Fresh factual fare

    Factual shows for the BBC and Channel 4 take centre stage for this week’s Greenlight round-up.
  • Hague launches slide rail

    Hague has launched the PCS1000 Pro Cam-Slide, which features Igus Hybrid Roller Bearings running on an Igus WS-16-60 Linear Rail.
  • Hardie named RTS chairman

    ITN chief executive John Hardie has been appointed chairman of the Royal Television Society while Freesat managing director Emma Scott has been named vice chair.
  • Health and safety: assessing the risks

    Health and safety on set is a growing concern. Ann-Marie Corvin reports on a series of recent accidents and how production managers ensure best practice on busy productions.
  • History Cold Case

    Provide full post on the series following a team of forensic scientists as they try to solve historical cold cases.
  • History of musicals takes centre stage for BBC4

    BBC4 has commissioned Twofour to make a 3 x 60-minute series on the history of the musical in London’s West End.
  • HMRC asks CLAC rivals for help in tax probe

    HM Revenue & Customs has turned to Christopher Lunn & Company’s (CLAC) rivals as it attempts to uncover evidence for its investigation into the media accountancy firm.
  • HMRC opens up on Christopher Lunn probe

    HMRC’s meeting with 40 accountants last week offered a rare insight into the Christopher Lunn investigation and some important messages for freelancers, writes Jake Kanter.
  • How to Pitch Transmedia

    You have the most amazing transmedia project and a meeting with a potential financier… so how do you pitch it?, writes Triona Campbell.
  • Hunt attacked in Commons over BSkyB deal

    The Government has been accused of making a “seedy deal” as Rupert Murdoch moved a step closer to taking full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
  • ITV Player launches on Apple devices

    ITV has continued the roll out of its video-on-demand service, making an ITV Player app available on Apple’s leading mobile devices.
  • ITV to cut drama repeats to test in-house formats

    ITV is weighing up cutting drama repeats from ITV1’s daytime schedule to clear space for experimenting with in-house formats.
  • ITVS hires two in bid to build on northern growth

    ITV Studios has poached BBC executive producer Andrew Nicholson and hired freelancer Sally Evans for two newly created Manchester-based factual roles.
  • Katie Price's Harvey doc draws 320,000

    THURSDAY: Katie Price’s documentary made in reaction to Frankie Boyle’s joke about her disabled son, Harvey, more than doubled Sky Living’s audience for the slot.
  • Kirstie & Phil locate House Hunter app

    Kirstie Allsop and Phil Spencer’s indie Raise The Roof has partnered with BBC Worldwide to launch an iPhone app which helps people to buy a house.
  • Lee Mack’s All Star Cast loses nearly 1m

    SATURDAY: Lee Mack’s All Star Cast lost nearly a million viewers for BBC1 – as The Marriage Ref built its audience marginally.
  • Mark Bell, arts, BBC

    Despite the threat of cuts, it’s business as usual for the BBC’s arts commissioner - with ideas for BBC3 and more partnerships high on his wishlist.
  • Mildred Pierce makes solid start for Sky

    SATURDAY: Mildred Pierce, Sky Atlantic’s drama starring Kate Winslet as a struggling mother coping with the Great Depression, beat its slot average with an audience of 205,000 (0.96%).
  • Milly Dowler Crimewatch special draws 2.9m

    THURSDAY: BBC1’s Crimewatch special on murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler drew nearly 2.9m viewers on a night of low audiences in primetime.
  • Mirics in Freeview win

    The PC-based Mirics MSi3101 DVB-T TV receiver has been awarded Freeview certification by Digital TV Labs.
  • Missing piece of the compliance jigsaw

    Thank you for covering compliance in last week’s issue (‘Does red tape have a stranglehold on TV?’ Broadcast 24/06/11).
  • Murray victory nets 7.2m peak

    WEDNESDAY: Live coverage of the men’s quarter finals at Wimbledon attracted a peak audience of 7.25m to BBC1 during an afternoon which saw Andy Murray and Raphael Nadal through to the semi-finals.
  • Murray victory thrashes competition

    FRIDAY: Andy Murray’s third round victory at Wimbledon served up a high of nearly 9m viewers on BBC1 - as U2’s headlining set at Glastonbury drew a peak of more than 1.6m to BBC2.
  • New Tricks stars slam 'censorship'

    The stars of BBC police drama New Tricks have criticised television “censorship” - saying that the broadcaster is “terrified” of causing offence.
  • Ofcom investigates C5's Candy Bar Girls

    Ofcom has launched an investigation into the appropriateness of trailers for Channel 5’s forthcoming lesbian reality show Candy Bar Girls.
  • Off Cuts: Helen Fospero becomes 4am girl

    Newsreader Helen Fospero’s surprise return to ITV last week required some hasty rescheduling - on two fronts.
  • Onsight and SGO shortlisted for IBC award

    Onsight and SGO Mistika have been shortlisted for the IBC2011 Innovation Awards for the stereo 3D post production of Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough.
  • Open letter to John Hamer, BBC Trust

    Is there a way the Trust might congratulate In Our Time for setting the standard for the BBC in ensuring the UK’s women get included on programmes on merit, and are made to feel welcome, rather than being made to feel like intruders on such old-style male constructs as Question Time?
  • OTF acquires Chilean mining disaster and 9/11 docs

    Off the Fence has bolstered its factual catalogue with new documentaries about the Chilean mining disaster and 9/11.
  • Poyser takes leave of ITVS after 14-year tenure

    ITV Studios director of production Claire Poyser is leaving the company after 14 years.
  • Presentable lures Lime’s Hall to replace outgoing founders

    Lime Pictures’ Jamie Hall, who has overseen Hollyoaks and The Only Way Is Essex as group head of production, has been poached by Zodiak Media-owned Presentable to become managing director.
  • Procam in £1m kit upgrade

    Procam Television has invested £1m in kit over the past three months, buying 10 Sony PDW800 cameras and five more PMW500 cameras.
  • Project Factory builds site for revolution doc

    Digital production business The Project Factory has won its first piece of business since launching  in the UK, producing a website for feature-length doc How To Start A Revolution.
  • Prysm LPD

    A video wall tile that uses patented laser phosphor display (LPD) technology for set backdrops and live correspondence.
  • Restoration Home, BBC2

    The Restoration strand has itself been renovated, says Annette Clarke, with no public money or viewer vote, and more focus on the human stories.
  • Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner

    A love of high-concept blockbusters unites the creator and executive producer of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. They tell Chris Curtis how a tie-up with Starz has taken the show to the next level.
  • S4C loses nearly £7m

    Welsh broadcaster S4C recorded a loss of nearly £7m in 2010, according to its annual report and accounts published today.
  • S4C member steps down over police investigation

    S4C Authority member Dyfrig Jones has stepped down pending a police investigation into pictures of a child that appeared on Facebook.
  • S4C unveils major overhaul ahead of cuts

    S4C is overhauling its programme schedule and creating three commissioning “windows” a year as part of a major restructure of the business ahead of significant budget cuts.
  • Secrets of the Pop Song

    Full post on the 3 x 60-minute doc series in which songwriter and producer Guy Chambers collaborates with artists to write and stage new songs.
  • Sequence shoots and edits Ascot inserts

    Sequence Creative and Sequence Post shot and edited five films about the fashion collections on show at last week’s Royal Ascot.  
  • Sex advisers take Channel 4 to task over teen show

    A group of sexual health advisers and experts will meet with the Channel 4 fact ent commissioning team next week to discuss criticisms of the broadcaster’s sex education programming.
  • Shake up at Kudos as Crawford Collins exits

    Kudos Film and Television has embarked on a senior management restructure following joint managing director Simon Crawford Collins’ departure after 10 years to establish his own indie.
  • Sirens debuts with 1.6m

    MONDAY: Sirens, Channel 4’s new comedy drama about a team of paramedics, made a strong start in the 10pm slot.
  • SIS LIVE braced for £15m loss on India Games

    SIS LIVE does not believe it will be paid the £15m it is owed for providing outside broadcast facilities at last year’s Commonwealth Games in India.
  • Sky lands UK rights to Spielberg’s Terra Nova

    BSkyB has secured the UK rights to Steven Spielberg’s epic new dinosaur series Terra Nova, arguably the biggest show at last month’s LA Screenings.
  • Sky Sports News first to air from Harlequin 1

    Sky Sports News will become the first channel to transmit from Sky’s new £233m broadcast and production facility next week, as the broadcaster begins consolidating staff currently based in separate buildings around its Osterley campus.
  • So TV to make Armstrong’s Big Ask for Dave

    Dave has ordered a full series of comedy panel show Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask from So Television following a successful TX pilot.
  • Sony, Sky 3D and ITV join Intellect conference speakers

    Sony UK and Ireland managing director Gildas Pelliet, Sky 3D channel director John Cassy and ITV director of Product Strategy & Audience Engagement James Micklethwait have joined the line up for the Intellect CE Conference.
  • Splash and Lime set for reality rivalry

    Two structured reality shows are set to go head to head in Liverpool, with Splash Media in paid development on Desperate Scousewives (w/t) for E4 and MTV on the brink of commissioning Lime Pictures to make Mersey Shore.
  • Strictly Kosher / Dirty Sexy Things / Perfume

    Current TV’s James DuBern and Tern TV’s Simon Meek on Jewish life, models and designer scents
  • Sundberg out as Shine cuts Metronome top role

    Shine Group has scrapped the role of chief executive at its Scandinavian production firm Metronome, as part of a major restructure of the 12 companies.
  • Swain confirmed as BBC Knowledge controller

    Emma Swain has been confirmed as George Entwistle’s sucessor as controller of BBC Knowledge commissioning and the corporation will close her previous role.
  • Takeover talk boosts ITV shares

    Shares in ITV have soared following speculation of a bid for the broadcaster.
  • TC Soho snaps up DVD firm Pink Pigeon

    TC Soho this week completed its acquisition of DVD design and authoring firm Pink Pigeon.
  • The Choir That Rocks

    Create a compelling title sequence for the series about a community choir.
  • The fight is on at Endemol

    With so much at stake, a resolution to the financial woes will be found.
  • The Lingo Show crosses to TV

    CBeebies’ online language game, The Lingo Show, is being made into a TV series. 
  • The Look turns to Light Space

    The Look has chosen a Light Space colour management system by Light Illusion for facility-wide colour management control.
  • Timelords to battle for TVChoice award

    Two timelords go head to head against each other for the Best Actor gong in this year’s TVChoice Awards.
  • Tinopolis acquires US indie

    Tinopolis has snapped up A Smith & Co, the LA-based producer of Hell’s Kitchen USA, in a deal estimated to be worth up to $100m.
  • Tinopolis on hunt for next US indie acquisition

    The ink is barely dry on its £60m deal with US producer A Smith & Co, but Tinopolis is already on the lookout for more US companies to acquire.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 20-26 June and browse the top 100.
  • Top 30 BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5

    Find out the top 30 programmes on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from 20-26 June as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 25.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 20-26 June as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • Top Gear returns with 5.13m

    SUNDAY: Top Gear returned at 8pm with a slot winning performance - but was one of the show’s lowest rating debuts in five years.
  • Trailer: The Hour, BBC2

    BBC2 has unveiled the first look at its 1950s news room drama The Hour, written by Abi Morgan and starring Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw.
  • True Stories picks up nuclear testing doc

    The story of Kazakhstanis being used as guinea pigs to test nuclear weapons has been picked up by More4 for documentary strand True Stories.
  • TV writers festival returns for second year

    Writers Paula Milne and Jimmy McGovern are among the leading names appearing at the BBC writersroom festival which takes place in Leeds next week.
  • U2 watched by 1m on BBC4

    U2’s performance on BBC4 saw the BBC’s multichannel coverage of Glastonbury peak early on Friday with 1m viewers.
  • Video: Sky Go launch

    Sky has launched a major new marketing campaign featuring footballer Peter Crouch and rapper Dizzee Rascal to showcase the launch of multiplatform viewing service Sky Go.
  • Visions charity run

    Vision’s annual charity fun run through Soho will take place on Sunday 7 July.
  • Warning: don’t overdo the hype

    As Simon Cowell has discovered, not all publicity is good publicity, says Steven D Wright.
  • Zig Zag secures tour for Flintoff challenge show

    Freddie Flintoff Vs The World will go on tour in Australia, Canada and Europe as part of a raft of initial sales sealed by TVF International for Zig Zag Productions.