Former BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has labelled the licence fee agreement a “quick and dirty deal” as shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has demanded the terms are published in full.
The government forced the BBC into agreeing a back room funding deal after making clear to the corporation that it would be asked to pick up the bill for pensioner licence fees in this week’s Budget, according to Danny Cohen.
BBC Worldwide has confirmed US production chief Jane Tranter is to leave the company and set up her own indie.
ITV’s long-running pay dispute with the broadcasting unions has concluded after members accepted the broadcaster’s 2016 offer.
A series of high-profile figures have criticised the speed and lack of public consultation involved in agreeing the BBC’s funding for the next decade.
Tony Hall has hit back at claims that the BBC will become an arm of government after agreeing to bear the cost of free television licences for the over-75s.
Pact chief executive John McVay has urged the BBC to defend content budgets as the government has asked it to shoulder the £650m bill for paying the licence fee for over-75s.
Small indies have almost tripled their share of the UK’s commissioning spend as super-indies have lost ground, according to Pact figures for 2014.
OAPs Behaving Badly indie Barcroft Productions is to ramp up its linear television business with the appointment of Zig Zag Productions head of development Peter Wyles.
Educating Yorkshire producer Twofour will go behind the scenes at a “plus size” bridal shop for a one-off Channel 4 ob-doc.
The Late Late Show with James Corden is to air across Asia after CBS Studios International struck a deal with pan-regional broadcaster RTL CBS Entertainment HD.
Broadcast is hunting for TV’s rising BAME stars for a special issue this summer.
RDF Television is to dig up back gardens across Britain for a documentary for ITV.
The BBC reporter who mistakenly tweeted that the Queen had died has been found to have seriously breached editorial standards by the BBC Trust.
Adam Crozier is to lift the lid on ITV’s strategy to build an international content business in a keynote speech at Mipcom.
Director general Tony Hall has claimed the shock agreement for the future funding of the corporation is the “right deal for the BBC in difficult economic circumstances”.
CBBC is to cut back on original commissions and supersize its key brands – as it reveals it is hunting for new presenters and a studio sitcom.
Channel 4 has strengthened its diversity team with the appointment of two executives to implement its 360° Diversity Charter.
Channel 4 will give diverse writers the chance to pen original series for its main channel and E4 as part of its newly-launched Studio4 initiative.
Broadcast’s line-by-line guide to how the BBC will be impacted by the surprise licence fee deal announced today.
George Osborne has all-but confirmed plans to make the BBC pick up the £650m bill for free licence fees for the over-75s in his Budget this week.
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The BBC press team is facing a cut of up to 20% as the corporation axes 1,000 jobs in a bid to save £150m.
Hunderby’s Kevin Eldon and Outnumbered’s Hugh Dennis are among the stars to have signed up to appear in a slew of comedy pilots from Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible.
The BBC Trust is to review the corporation’s local radio and local news services.
With chancellor George Osborne set to ask the BBC to pick up the bill for licence fees for the over-75s, Broadcast assesses how a £650m cut could impact the corporation’s services.
Classic kids character Winnie The Witch is to fly onto TV screens after Channel 5 commissioned a 52-part series for its preschool strand Milkshake.
Former BBC Online controller Seetha Kumar has been appointed as chief executive of Creative Skillset.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has announced that the BBC will shoulder the £650m cost of licence fees for over-75s - but the corporation’s funding will be tied to inflation in the next charter period.
Channel 5 lost £12.9m in its final nine months of ownership under Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, after suffering an advertising dispute with Omnicom and the poor performance of US soap Dallas.
TV viewing among young adults has fallen by 18% over the past five years, according to Ofcom.
Ofcom has suggested that E4 and More 4 programmes are judged as part of Channel 4’s public service remit – with the digital channels handed greater prominence in the EPG.
Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday want the government to preserve BBC3’s TV spectrum for young audiences if the channel is given the full greenlight to move online.
BBC director of children’s Alice Webb has warned that CBBC and CBeebies are at risk of going the way of BBC3 and moving online if the corporation takes a funding cut during charter renewal.
All3Media co-owner Liberty Global has acquired Irish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 for €80m (£57m) from private equity company Doughty Hanson.
Warp Films development producer Jen Kenwood is to leave the indie to join Drama Republic as head of development.
Sunset + Vine has won a competitive pitch to produce at least 50 hours of sports programming for BBC Scotland over the next 12 months.
FremantleMedia has won picked up two ITV Daytime shows - a quick-fire Sean Fletcher-fronted gameshow and a quiz involving a circular ice table.
Click to read director general Tony Hall’s letter to staff outlining his reasons for cutting 1,000 jobs - and the way in which the target will be achieved.
Tony Hall has announced that the BBC will axe more than 1,000 jobs in a bid to tackle a predicted £150m loss in licence fee revenue in 2016/17.
Tim Hincks has warned that foreign- owned indies such as Endemol Shine Group are being used as a “smokescreen” to overhaul the terms of trade, in a way that could result in the “Ukipification” of the British TV industry.
Spend on UK-originated drama has dropped by 44% over the past six years according to Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting review.
The implementation of retransmission fees may trigger “more regulation, not less”, with no guarantee the extra revenue generated would be ploughed into programming according to Ofcom.
Discovery’s “smash-and-grab” purchase of pan-European rights to the Olympic Games is the biggest sign yet of its desire to become a key international player across free-to-air, pay and OTT.
Disney is ramping up its commissioning strategy, with plans to add two or three scripted series a year to its growing slate of UK originations.
Digital producers have highlighted the positives of BBC3’s expected move online, but concerns remain about taking the youth service off television.
The BBC accounts for nearly 97% of UK kids originations across the PSB channels as spend by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 has dropped to £3m.
Broadcasting unions have united to oppose compulsory redundancies at the BBC after more than 1000 jobs were put at risk under new cost-cutting measures.
The BBC has rejected a plea from MPs and David Cameron to stop using the term Islamic State to refer to the terrorist group.
BBC proposals to open up 60% of its network radio hours to indies could provide a £60m shot in the arm to the production sector.
BBC Worldwide could “disproportionately” benefit from the corporation’s plans to increase BBC1 drama investment by £30m, according to Pact.
Ofcom has ruled that there is no case to reform the terms of trade, arguing that broadcasters continue to hold the balance of power despite increasing indie consolidation.
OTT video service Simplestream has struck deals with broadcasters including A+E Networks, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sony and UKTV to launch a subscription service.
Sky’s new kids’ boss will be expected to work in the space where content and product marketing collide to ensure its investment in the genre reaches viewers.
The BBC is attempting to help bridge the digital skills gap by sparking children’s interest in career opportunities in the space.
BBC1 has commissioned a daytime series on the illegal sub-letting of council housing from Shine TV.
Sue Inglish, the BBC’s head of political programmes, analysis and research, is stepping down after a decade with the broadcaster.
Creative industries funding body Creative England has hired former Fremantle Media executive Solomon Nwabueze as its first director of content.
Channel 5 has supersized the third series of Knickerbockerglory’s fixed-rig format GPs: Behind Closed Doors.
Carl Frampton’s debut US fight is to air on ITV later this month – the broadcaster’s second live boxing event this year.
The BBC is poised to axe hundreds of jobs in a bid to become a leaner operation going into charter renewal.
Tim Hincks has labelled the TV industry “hideously middle class” and called for more detailed measurements of social backgrounds in diversity monitoring initiatives.
ITV Choice is to launch in Singapore as the latest Dispatches investigates the treatment of women living under ISIS rule.
Sony Pictures Television’s international chief creative officer Wayne Garvie has turned down the chance to run BBC Studios – but the corporation is edging closer to making an appointment.
An at-a-glance guide to the BBC Trust’s provisional decision to allow BBC3 to move online.
Rona Fairhead has claimed the BBC has “always been a leader in innovation” and compared the decision to move BBC3 online with the corporation’s previous gambles on colour TV, the internet and iPlayer.
Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has condemned the move to make BBC3 an online-only channel, branding it “disappointing” and “premature”.
The BBC Trust has provisionally greenlit plans to move BBC3 online following a six-month public value test (PVT).
The BBC Trust’s provisional decision to reject plans for BBC1+1 is likely to be greeted with relief among commercial rivals which lobbied against the launch of the service.
CBBC must commission “edgier” content for children over the age of 10 if it is to appeal to older viewers, according to The Children’s Media Foundation.
iPlayer is set to be transformed from its catch-up roots to a digital service that debuts shows ahead of linear TX and features an array of third-party content, after the BBC Trust approved executive plans.
A comprehensive timeline of BBC3’s journey to becoming an online-only channel
Channel 4 has commissioned an undercover documentary on money laundering from Terror in the Mall filmmaker Dan Reed.
STV Productions has gained access to several Scottish prisons to witness inmates’ first and final days in jail for Sky 1.
BBC1 has commissioned Sundog Pictures to produce a documentary about alcohol for its The Truth About… science strand.
Sky 1 has acquired Zoo, the US drama based on the James Patterson novel.
The BBC will lose control over the TV rights to the Olympic Games from 2022 after Discovery struck a €1.3bn (£920m) deal to broadcast the event across 50 European territories.
The BBC Trust is poised to reach a “provisional conclusion” on the future of BBC3 this week, but the decision on whether to move the youth channel online may be far from a simple Yes or No.
Sky is to launch a dedicated app for children and is hunting for a head of kids’ content after beefing up its library of shows for youngsters.
Seven television executives from diverse backgrounds will gain commissioning experience with five major broadcasters after being selected for the Creative Diversity Network commissioner development scheme.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport has “no plans” to relocate Channel 4 out of London after reports emerged that a move to Birmingham was under consideration.
Vice News’ double win at last week’s Broadcast Digital Awards has added weight to the proposals to move BBC3 online, according to channel controller Damian Kavanagh.
ITV’s Off Their Rockers spin-off show is to be probed by Ofcom after its trailer featured a person emerging from a tumble dryer.
London Live lost £11.6m in its first six months of trading according to its first set of financial results, although the local TV channel’s viewing figures increased throughout 2015.
A green paper setting out the government’s position on the BBC ahead of charter renewal negotiations is to sound a death knell for the BBC Trust, according to reports.
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BBC viewers and listeners have been asked to go cold turkey on the corporation’s services as part of a research project for charter renewal.
Lambent Productions has landed a development deal with Banijay International and revealed a slate of commissions including a US pilot with LA-based Bodega Pictures.
The BBC is preparing to triple the volume of eligible radio produced by independent companies to 27,000 hours following negotiations with radio indie group RIG.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has vowed to reflect criticism over the level of BBC spend in the Midlands during charter renewal negotiations following concern from local MPs.
The House of Lords Communications Committee has opened an inquiry into the public purposes of the BBC.
MTV has kicked off a re-brand in which viewers’ Instagram and Vine videos will feature on air.
The BBC’s children’s boss has warned that a cut to funding during charter renewal will damage its ability to deliver public service content to kids in the digital age.
Sam Bickley, BBC3’s former head of features and documentaries, is to join Samantha Anstiss’ creative label at BBC Productions.
ITV has challenged producers to create younger-skewing factual entertainment series as it aims to grab a larger share of the 16-44 market.
Television has been warned it must urgently address its environmental impact after new data revealed that the carbon footprint of an hour’s programming is equivalent to eight flights to New York.
TLC is aiming to improve the gender parity of its audience with original UK commissions fronted by “relatable” British talent.
BBC music and arts commissioner Greg Sanderson is to join Ten Alps indie Brook Lapping as managing director in October.
ITV News is to switch to a single-presenter format with political editor Tom Bradby stepping up to anchor the News at Ten this autumn.
All 4 has ordered a raft of shorts including its latest ad-funded series in partnership with Foster’s.
UKTV has ordered a stand-up comedy clip show hosted by John Thomson in the guise of ‘PC Northern club comic’ character Bernard Righton.
Elbow’s Guy Garvey is to front a BBC Music series for iPlayer.
Twofour bagged two pieces of business from ITV ahead of being acquired by the commercial broadcaster this week.
Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.
Channel 4 is launching an indie roadshow to help producers strike deals to commercialise their productions and generate new revenues.
More than a quarter of the animated projects launching at this year’s Cartoon Forum are produced by UK and Irish indies, as the introduction of animation tax credits fuels a British cartoon boom.
ITV has agreed a deal to acquire The Jump producer Twofour Group for an initial £55m for 75% of the business.