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13 May 2011

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  • 10 May '11

    “As with last year’s Wormwood Scrubs, there’s not much to laugh at here.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 10 Star bolsters team for ITV’s Choir commission

    10 Star Entertainment has hired two execs as it builds its team following a commission from ITV1 for The Choir That Rocks.
  • 11 May '11

    “When someone so entertaining leaves so early, one always worries whether those who remain will be as good value.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 12 May '11

    “It was intriguing to see animation paired up with such a heavy subject.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 13 May '11

    “Perhaps the real trick was to appreciate all the subtler things this film managed to do.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 9 May '11

    “It was half-human, half-bull. Atlantis was 10% history and 90% bull.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • ACS covers the wedding

    ACS provided Smarthead remote head systems and camera channels for the royal wedding.
  • Apprentice returns with 7.8m

    TUESDAY: The Apprentice returned to BBC1 with its second strongest debut to date.
  • BBC denies BlackBerry accusations

    Viewers have criticised the BBC amid claims it promoted BlackBerry phones during the new series of The Apprentice.
  • BBC draws up online plans for London 2012

    The BBC is finalising its plans for how its coverage of the London 2012 Olympics will be structured online.
  • BBC Entertainment: Mark Linsey

    The BBC’s controller of entertainment wants more ideas from indies for primetime slots on Saturdays, particularly live shows with an interactive element.
  • BBC Sport selects Harmonic's Omneon Mediagrid

    BBC Sport is integrating Harmonic’s Omneon Mediagrid active storage into a file-based production system at the broadcaster’s new Salford Quays site.
  • BBC to air teen Shakespeare competition

    Secondary school students are being challenged to learn and perform speeches from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays as part of a new BBC2 show.
  • BBC to publish guidance on hiring and firing stars

    The BBC is set to publish guidance for producers on how to avoid legal pitfalls when hiring and firing on-screen talent, following Miriam O’Reilly’s successful discrimination suit last year.
  • BBC’s Hare set for axe as viewers switch off

    The BBC is to drop Saturday night format Don’t Scare The Hare after it failed to attract enough viewers - and didn’t impress those who did tune in.
  • BBC1's Atlantis draws 5m

    SUNDAY: BBC1’s epic CGI drama-documentary charting the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world pulled in more than 5m viewers.
  • BBCW secures Epiphany deal

    BBC Worldwide has signed an international distribution deal with factual indie Epiphany Productions.
  • Betty TV: Walter Iuzzolino, Liz Warner

    Betty’s creative director and chief exec are looking to revisit past ideas rather than let their rivals cash in on them.
  • Bowman to front C4 film series

    Edith Bowman is to present a new film series for Channel 4, made in partnership with Vue Entertainment.
  • boosts wireless set-up

    Outside broadcast technology firm is increasing its wireless coverage of London, with plans to boost its streaming service in time for next year’s London Olympics.
  • Bradbury warms up BBC4

    WEDNESDAY: Julia Bradbury’s one-off documentary, part of BBC4’s Iceland series, topped 930,000 viewers - more than double the digital channel’s usual audience.
  • Broadcast goes to the Sony's

    This year’s Sony Radio Awards included success for Talksport, a shocked Ronnie Wood, a standing ovation for Danny Baker and a heckle from Eamonn Holmes. Alex Farber reports on the night.
  • BT toasts broadband success

    BT has reported a 71% rise in profits after more than £1 billion of cost savings helped it overcome a 4% drop in revenues.
  • C4 board sees pay fall by £855,000

    Channel 4’s executive and non-executive board members total pay fell by £855,000 in 2010, the broadcaster’s annual report has revealed.
  • C4 downgrades Dickson’s role following exit

    Channel 4 is downgrading its deputy head of documentaries role following the departure of Simon Dickson.
  • C4 News editor takes top prize at One World awards

    Channel 4 News’ international editor Lindsey Hilsum has won Journalist of the Year at the annual One World Media Awards.
  • C4 orders STV pub quiz series

    Pub quiz fanatics will travel across the UK to test their general knowledge in an STV Productions daytime format for Channel 4.
  • C4 plans King of… Twitter campaign

    Channel 4 is to support Claudia Winkleman’s talkshow King Of… with an active Twitter strategy that will see one viewer crowned King Of Tweets.
  • C4 ready for challenging 2011

    Channel 4’s executive team has pledged to bolster its risk-taking content despite the pressures of tougher market conditions.
  • C4 to make mischief with new line-up

    Channel 4 is to show people taking Class A drugs and aims to build a national database showing how changes in diet can cure common ailments, part of its commitment to a new risk-centred strategy.
  • C5 ties with Samsung

    Channel 5 has rolled out its catch-up TV service Demand 5 via Samsung connected TVs and DVD players.
  • C5’s Davidson joins Renegade

    Ex-Channel 5 commissioner and former The Apprentice executive producer Sue Davidson has joined Renegade Productions as an executive producer.
  • Camp Orange hits the UK

    Nickelodeon is launching a UK version of its international reality format Camp Orange, which sees eight kids sent to compete in a series of bush challenges in the Australian outback.
  • Carmi Zlotnik, Starz

    Liberty Media-owned Starz is a premium pay-TV channel that reaches about 22 million homes in the US. Originally focused on screening theatrical movies, the last two years have seen the company make a major move into content origination.
  • CBS

    CBS started as one of the largest radio conglomerates in the Unitied States in the late 1920s and, though now a television network, CBS has stayed in the foreground of entertainment since its inception. Currently the most-watched network in the US, CBS has kept this position for almost a decade.
  • Celebrity Juice tops ITV2’s ratings for the year

    THURSDAY: ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice broke its own record entertaining the channel’s biggest overnight audience of the year.
  • Clive Jones: local TV plans 'not dead'

    Former ITV managing director Clive Jones is to chair the Channel 6 bid to run the government’s local TV network and claimed that rumours of the plan’s demise are “exaggerated”.
  • CNBC completes studio revamp

    CNBC has begun broadcasting from its redesigned London studio, which has been overhauled to allow the on-screen presenters to work more closely with the channel’s digital team.
  • Cops hit the spot for ITV1

    Opening episode of Case Sensitive leaves BBC1’s Exile out in the cold as Vera makes a strong return.
  • Crew are TV’s unsung heroes

    Those behind the camera deserve their plaudits, writes John Willis.
  • Crozier: product placement revenues "negligible"

    ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has admitted that product placement revenues will be “negligible” as the advertising tool finds its feet in the UK.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters for 2-8 May.
  • Digital radio share breaks 25%

    Listening to the radio via digital platforms has grown to represent over 25% of share in the first three months of the year, according to the latest figures from Rajar.
  • Disney India to remake Zodiak's That’s My Kid

    Disney Channel has signed a format deal with Zodiak Rights to reversion That’s My Kid for young audiences in India.
  • Disposal service launches

    Systems integrator Broadcast Networks has launched a decommissioning service.
  • Downton Abbey scores double at Bafta Craft awards

    Downton Abbey and Human Planet were the biggest winners at the Bafta Craft Awards last night picking up two awards each.
  • DRG picks up Pixelface in multiplatform drive

    DRG has acquired CBBC’s Pixelface as it kicks off a drive to offer multiplatform content to international broadcasters.
  • EastEnders not realistic, boss admits

    EastEnders is not a realistic portrayal of working-class life in today’s East End, the BBC’s soap boss has admitted - while Corrie’s exec producer claims the ITV soap is “sufficiently real”.
  • Erika Kennair, Syfy

    Syfy, the network formerly known as Sci-Fi, is part of the NBC Universal family. One of the most popular cable channels in the US, Syfy currently ranks in the top 10 among 25-to 54-year-olds.
  • Fox

    The Fox Broadcasting Corporation, or Fox, as it is known for short, is a phenomenon of American broadcasting history. It was the first network to break the dominance of the traditional ‘Big Three’, which had controlled US television for decades.
  • Gallery: BBC Salford

    As the first BBC employees take up residence at MediaCityUK in Salford, new pictures have been released of the corporation’s new northern base where BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, children’s, learning, future, sport and technology will be based.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top 10 children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, comedy, sport and current affairs from 2-8 May.
  • Getty buys Photolibrary

    Getty Images has acquired the Photolibrary group, including natural world specialist Oxford Scientific.
  • Good but not Remarkable

    BBC2 relived a sporting life and introduced us to new drama while Channel 4 saw its investment in millionaires pay off.
  • Got Talent records series high

    SATURDAY: Britain’s Got Talent recorded its biggest audience of the current series but was still more than 500,000 viewers down on last year.
  • Greenlight round-up: C4 dives into politics

    The relationship between the government, banks and big businesses is at the centre of Channel 4’s Coup, which is among a host of new commissions on Greenlight this week.
  • Hell on Wheels, AMC (US)

    Broadcast shines the spotlight on the forthcoming drama from Mad Men cable broadcaster AMC.
  • Help is out there for parents in the media

    I read with interest your article ‘Escaping the maternity trap’ (Broadcast 06.05.11). Like Zan Barberton, as a freelance series producer, I didn’t want to roll over and give up TV at 35.
  • Hopkinson in ITV Studios return

    Left Bank Pictures co-founder Francis Hopkinson is returning to ITV Studios to establish a new drama unit.
  • Indie duo join forces

    The makers of Exit Through the Gift Shop and One Born Every Minute have joined forces to create a new production company.
  • iPont in 3D breakthrough

    iPont has developed software that it claims is a breakthrough in glasses-free 3D viewing.
  • Is Cohen right to criticise the number of TV crime dramas?

    66% said Yes / 34% said No
  • ITN extends 4Music deal

    ITN Productions has signed a two-year deal with 4Music to supply entertainment news for its weekday morning TV show following a three month pilot.
  • ITV ad revenue expected to dip

    ITV’s is set to report a decline in advertising revenue for the first time in 18 months.
  • ITV fires ad market warning

    ITV has reported an 11% growth in revenue after outperforming the advertising market - but faces “tough” conditions heading into the summer.
  • ITV to call time on Taggart

    ITV has pulled the plug on Taggart after 28 years, forcing STV to go it alone on the murder drama.
  • ITVS America ups stakes with first order for ITV1

    ITV Studios America is to make its first show for ITV1 as part of a raft of entertainment commissions won by the in-house production business.
  • Jones preferred candidate for S4C chair

    Former S4C chief executive Huw Jones has been selected by DCMS as the preferred candidate to chair the Welsh language broadcaster.
  • Katie Price in model search for Sky Living

    Katie Price is to hunt for undiscovered modelling talent for new agency in her latest outing for Sky Living.
  • Katie Price series ends on 268,000

    TUESDAY: Katie Price’s first ob doc series for Sky Living has drawn to a close with just under 270,000 viewers.
  • Kutcher drops Two And a Half Men hint

    Twitter king Ashton Kutcher has given his followers a big clue that he may be joining Two And A Half Men.
  • Licence fee is out of step with audience

    I read with interest reports in the media that new research from the Nielsen Company has found that 96.7% of American homes have at least one television, down from 98.9% the last time Nielsen took count. This is the first time in 20 years that TV ownership has declined.
  • Local election coverage pulls 6%

    FRIDAY: BBC2’s line-up of current affairs coverage of the local election results drew a 6% share of the audience.
  • MacKenzie to launch online sports TV service

    Former editor of The Sun and Talksport chief executive Kelvin MacKenzie is setting up an online sports TV service billed as “Sky Sports News meets Talksport”.
  • Made In Chelsea / Strangeways / Operation Crossbow

    1A Productions’ Kate Efomi and Windfall Films’ Tom Cook on the Chelsea set, prisoners and war in 3D.
  • Made in Chelsea debuts with 372,000

    MONDAY: New reality series Made in Chelsea drew strong figures for its debut on E4.
  • Mark Kingston to leave SIS

    SIS chief operating officer Mark Kingston is set to leave the OB business after 21 years with the firm.
  • McFly on the Wall

    Chart McFly’s progress from boy band to fully-fledged man band.
  • Misfits and Ashes head to Latin America

    Teen superhero drama Misfits and the BBC’s Ashes to Ashes have been acquired for broadcast in Latin America.
  • Moffat attacks Doctor Who plot leaking 'vandals'

    Doctor Who series boss Steven Moffatt has blasted fans who leak details of plots, accusing them of “vandalism”.
  • MPs slam S4C funding move

    The speed with which the government and BBC agreed to fund S4C from the licence fee was “regrettable”, a report by the Welsh Affairs select committee has said.
  • National Movie Awards lack sparkle

    WEDNESDAY: The National Movie Awards failed to sparkle for ITV1 and was thrashed by The Apprentice and Channel 4’s new fixed camera show, 24 Hours in A&E.
  • NBC

    NBC had enjoyed unparalleled dominance in US broadcasting, claiming number one spot in primetime ratings throughout the 1980s and 1990s - fuelled by scripted powerhouses Friends, Frasier, Seinfeld, The West Wing and ER, not to mention the earlier classics such as Cheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Knight Rider and LA Law.
  • New C4 arts season to include Banksy doc

    Channel 4 has launched a new late night arts strand and a season of urban arts programmes for the summer – in an initiative to connect with young and modern audiences.
  • New guidance for music videos

    Music TV channels will be issued with new guidance after an unedited version of Rihanna’s controversial S&M video was broadcast before the watershed.
  • Norman: we had to break old ITV culture

    ITV bosses have had to break down a stagnant culture internally to set the company on the path to transformation, chairman Archie Norman has told the company AGM.
  • Northern Film and Media to become private company

    Northern Film and Media (NFM) is to give up its status as a UK regional screen agency in favour of a new public-private business model.
  • Ofcom rejects Rooney complaints

    Complaints about Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney swearing into a camera during a match have not been upheld by the TV watchdog.
  • Ofcom: C4 series infringed privacy

    Ofcom has censured Channel 4 doc The Ugly Face of Beauty after a row between a contributor and the producer, Crackit Productions.
  • Off Cuts: The vagina monologue

    Tamsin Greig threatened to steal the show from Bafta Craft Awards’ host Stephen Mangan this week with her off-the-wall anecdote.
  • P+S Technik unveils new PS-Cam X35

    P+S Technik’s latest camera, the PS-Cam X35, will make its debut at next month’s Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles.
  • Pace hit by supply chain pressure

    Set-top box maker Pace has slashed profit expectations after it admitted its supply chain had been squeezed by factors including the Japanese tsunami.
  • Panasonic TH-42BT300ER and TH-50BT300ER

    Plasma monitors for production and post-production usage
  • Parthenon Kids secures sales

    Distributor Parthenon Kids has secured a raft of sales for its children’s titles.
  • Patten: BBC must apologise faster

    The BBC should respond to complaints more quickly and present a united front when doing so, the new Trust chairman has said.
  • Pinewood stresses benefits of expansion plan

    Pinewood Shepperton has concluded its Project Pinewood appeal by stressing that its expansion proposals will benefit both producers and the environment.
  • Price drop 'will boost 3DTV growth'

    A sharp fall in prices will help the global market of 3D TVs grow by more than five times, a research company has predicted.
  • Prime Suspect heads to the US

    ITV’s seminal crime drama Prime Suspect is to be adapted for US audiences for the first time.
  • Promotion Hire open day

    Promotion Hire’s Brighton facility is holding an open day next month to showcase Sony’s PMW F3 35mm camera, along with Arri and Zeiss lenses.
  • Radio's Big George dies aged 53

    Award-winning radio presenter George Webley has died aged 53.
  • Ratings: Quarterly round-up 2011

    Viewing figures for the first quarter of 2011 were a mixed bag for the major broadcasters. Stephen Price looks at what caught viewers’ imagination and what made them switch off
  • Richard De Croce, BBC America

    BBC America is a 13-year-old BBC Worldwide-owned entertainment channel reaching 68 million cable homes via major platform operators such as Time Warner, Cox, DirecTV and DISH. The channel has been expanding its audience for some time and is on track for its fifth straight year of growth in primetime.
  • RIG plans revamp in bid to become the ‘radio Pact’

    The Radio Independents Group (RIG) is planning a reorganisation and aggressive membership drive to help turn it into the “radio Pact”.
  • Ronnie Wood lands Sony Radio award

    Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has landed a top award as one of the UK’s leading DJs - just a year after launching his broadcasting career.
  • Royal Wedding catch-up figures unveiled

    The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have drawn one of the biggest audiences in UK television history but – once it was over – few chose to relive the event.
  • S4C launches on-demand app

    Welsh broadcaster S4C is launching a catch up iPhone app for its on-demand service, Clic.
  • Sewell joins Pixel Power

    Pixel Power has made two new appointments, with Roger Sewell and Matthew Williams joining the firm.
  • Shadow Line loses 1m

    THURSDAY: BBC2 crime drama The Shadow Line lost nearly a million viewers but remained above slot average, as ITV1’s Long Lost Family recorded its second best audience of the series.
  • Shine International to lose Grant in London move

    Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group is to relocate its sales and distribution operation from Los Angeles to London and will lose boss Chris Grant in the process.
  • Sky 1 orders Maverick series; hunts entertainment format

    Sky 1 has ordered its second fact ent series from Maverick TV in three months and is on the hunt for a £2.5m entertainment show to rival those of its terrestrial competitors.
  • Sky Arts to cover Leonardo show

    Sky Arts is collaborating with the National Gallery to give viewers a sneak peek of its forthcoming Leonardo da Vinci exhibition a day ahead of the official opening.
  • Sky hunts Spy comedy

    Sky1 has ordered a new comedy from Hat Trick following a father who is accidently recruited as an MI5 agent.
  • Sky recruits BBC's Anne Mensah to head drama

    Sky has appointed BBC exec Anne Mensah to head up its drama commissioning, following Elaine Pyke’s move to manage Sky Atlantic.
  • Sky's Mad Dogs to return for second series

    Sky 1’s testosterone fuelled drama Mad Dogs has been handed a second series following a strong first run.
  • Sony SR factory to resume production

    The factory where Sony’s HDCam SR tape is manufactured is expected to resume operations in May, with magnetic tape manufacturing expected to restart at the end of July.
  • Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

    Full post on the second series of the stand-up show
  • Strangeways locks in 5.5m

    MONDAY: ITV has recorded one of its highest-rated documentaries in a decade with new prison series Strangeways, as Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector beat Gordon Ramsay’s latest outing for Channel 4.
  • Technicolour backs out of YouView

    Set top box manufacturer Technicolour has reversed its decision to produce a YouView device in a blow to the broadcaster-owned connected TV service.
  • The Mill wins Bafta for Merlin

    The Mill has been honoured with a Bafta Craft Award (pictured) for its VFX work on BBC1’s Merlin.
  • The Story of Ireland

    Complete picture post on the BBC2 history series
  • The Street that Cut Everything

    Full post on the programme about a street in Preston that has agreed to give up all council services for six weeks.
  • The Street That Cut Everything, BBC1

    With 20 households and 52 residents taking part, our most crucial task on this series was making sure we didn’t miss anything, says Ricky Kelehar.
  • This Morning to push interactive boundaries

    ITV is ramping up viewer influence on This Morning by introducing viewer votes on cookery items, live cook-along features via Skype and interactive interviews.
  • Thompson dispels Salford "myths"

    BBC director general Mark Thompson has moved to dispel some of the “myths” surrounding the corporation’s move to Salford, including the misconception that it will cost £800m in taxpayers’ money.
  • Three cheers for women making a difference in TV

    Female nominees took their rightful place at The One World Awards, says Jenny Kleeman.
  • Time to get behind Salford

    Attitudes towards MediaCityUK need to change for the greater good.
  • Title decider scores for Sky

    As the football season draws to an end, some matches have a significance beyond weekly bragging rights, as revealed by the whooping from my Man Utd-supporting neighbour on Sunday.
  • Today reaches record audience

    RAJARS: Radio 4’s breakfast news staple Today has achieved a record audience, pushing through the 7 million barrier for the first time.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 2 - 8 May 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 2 - 8 May as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 18.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 2-8 May as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • Tubridy to keep Norton's R2 seat warm

    The BBC has confirmed Ryan Tubridy will be the latest Irish broadcaster to take to its airwaves.
  • US TV: Commissioning Strategies 2011-2012

    Broadcast has released an abridged version of its in-depth US TV report, revealing insight into commissioning strategies at key US broadcasters ahead of this month’s LA Screenings.
  • Volfoni plans for growth

    3D glasses manufacturer Volfoni has raised £1.8m to support its commercial and technological development.
  • Wimbledon Studios welcomes new firms

    Three more companies have moved in to the media village at Wimbledon Studios
  • Wise Buddah hires former Fresh One exec

    Radio indie Wise Buddah has appointed Fresh One founding executive Simon Willis as its head of content.
  • Wowza hits back at Adobe patent accusations

    Server software firm Wowza Media Systems has hit back at claims it infringed Adobe’s copyright, describing the accusations as “unfounded” and “spurious”.
  • X Factor opens online auditions

    Auditions for ITV talent show The X Factor will take place online via Facebook, YouTube and for the first time.