The BBC is braced for one of the biggest months in its history as the government prepares to publish its vision for the corporation and Tony Hall readies his restructure along Reithian lines.
Tony Hall has poured cold water on speculation that he will reorganise the BBC around its Reithian values and made clear that strong channel brands remain central to his plans.
Shine TV’s former managing director Kelly Webb-Lamb has joined Channel 4 as head of factual entertainment.
Mark Linsey has confirmed that “business acumen” will be the key skill required of BBC Studios’ new genre heads, as the director prepares to put in place his preferred top team.
Discovery Networks International (DNI) could be asked to make redundancies in the UK and around the world after the global factual broadcaster revealed a major cost cutting plan.
As the DCMS prepares to unveil its BBC charter vision, Broadcast examines the key issues
Tigress managing director Dick Colthurst is to retire from television in the autumn after a 35-year career.
Marcella indie sets sights on creating English-language projects with world’s best writers
Channel 5 is resurrecting makeover format House Doctor as part of a multi-million pound move back into original daytime commissioning.
BBC1 is bringing Don’t Get Done, Get Dom star Dom Littlewood back to daytime after cancelling his eponymous show last year.
The Imaginarium Studios, the motioncapture company cofounded by Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis, is to create a live CGI character on stage as part of a wideranging seminar programme at the Media Production Show.
E4 comedy drama Foreign Bodies is to launch in the US after TNT came on board as a co-producer.
Endemol Shine Beyond is drawing up plans to grow its digital channels network to include services dedicated to travel, comedy and men’s lifestyle.
Studio Lambert has landed an eight-part series for US cable network E! following a number of Hollywood trophy wives.
Blink Films will push into bluechip factual after setting up shop in the US and hiring Brad Kohlenstein, senior vice-president of development at Discovery’s Science Channel.
A+E Networks is planning a major push on first-look deals with UK producers as it aims to establish its international distribution business globally.
Jamie Oliver-owned YouTube network Food Tube is eying expansion onto other platforms to better position the business for growth.
Dragonfly will take audiences inside the biggest flower market in the world in a one-off documentary for BBC2.
British film firm Rooks Nest is developing a TV version of acclaimed novel Netherland as part of its move into television.
Dancer Akram Khan is to create and stage a work in British factories in a one-off Channel 4 documentary from Grayson Perry’s producers.
A report analysing the consequences of privatising Channel 4 has claimed a sale would be “overwhelmingly negative” for producers, advertisers and the overall economy – and mooted BT as the most likely UK buyer.
Catastrophe co-producer Merman has hired comedian Katy Brand to beef up its development team.
Pulse Films and its East Entertainment label have struck an international distribution deal with A+E Networks.
The BBC could again be frustrated in its efforts to lure a high-profile external executive into a major new content role after an attempt to hire former Channel 4 boss Michael Jackson stalled.
Arrow Media is to track Carol Vorderman’s attempt to become the ninth woman to fly solo around the world for a Channel 5 documentary.
ITN has reported its sixth consecutive year of growth after increasing its operating profit by £1m over the past year.
BBC News is recruiting representatives for an under 30s panel from across all areas of the department to help shape strategy.
Dave is continuing its push into live sports after striking a deal to air the British Darts Organisation’s World Trophy event.
BBC Studios head of factual Natalie Humphreys has become the latest executive to leave the corporation.
Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear boss Katie Taylor has become the third senior BBC Studios executive to announce their departure in less than a week.
John Whittingdale has revealed that the BBC sometimes drives him “insane” in unguarded comments at an event at Cambridge University.
Windfall Films’ documentary about Victoria Deryshire’s battle with cancer will be among the films pitching to secure funding at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
The BBC is in advanced talks to move Line Of Duty from BBC2 to BBC1 after the hit police corruption drama delivered record ratings.
Steven D Wright has become the first producer to join Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle’s fledgling production network.
A row has erupted over reports that the government plans to intervene in BBC scheduling decisions to protect commercial rivals.
Initial’s development chief Catherine Lynch has been promoted to creative director following the departure of Nick Samwell-Smith.
Leicester City’s Premier League victory helped BBC Sport to record numbers, as The Night Manager and Thirteen generated 308m BBC iPlayer requests in March.
T. Rex Autopsy executive producer Paul Wooding is leaving Impossible Factual to set up a Bristol-based production company, backed by indie investment network Bob & Co.
Mark Freeland’s departure is expected to herald more changes at BBC Studios, with sources suggesting new director Mark Linsey wants its genre heads to be business rather than creative leaders.
Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach has warned the BBC to “stay away” from whodunnit-style dramas as it strives to find a distinctive voice.
Minnow Films is following up SAS: Who Dares Wins by putting 20 ordinary men and women through the rigorous recruitment processes of Britain’s intelligence services for a new Channel 4 series.
Channel 5 is pushing further into entertainment with a comedy panel show fronted by Eamonn Holmes.
The BBC is to publish new commissioning guidelines for producers by the end of the summer as part of a renewed drive to “hardwire” diversity into its culture.
Comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb are reuniting for a Channel 4 comedy pilot.
A crowd-funded YouTube channel will help aspiring TV professionals break into the industry by offering them advice about how to get ahead.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.
It’s the last day to book tickets at the early bird rate for this year’s Media Summit.
Mark Freeland is to leave the BBC and will not take up the post of head of scripted comedy and drama at BBC Studios when the new division launches tomorrow.
The first shortlist of nominations for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2016 has been unveiled - including the Best Factual Channel, Best Entertainment Channel and Best Content Partnership categories.
BBC Studios will formally launch as an operating division within the BBC on 29 April, paving the way for its next challenge of becoming a fully commercial operation in April next year.
The BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will go head to head with programming about British Muslim communities amid concerns that broadcasters focus too heavily on extremism.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale, who met with the likes of Viacom, Disney, Warner Bros and Sony last year, has claimed there will be “no shortage” of buyers for Channel 4.
The co-creators of horror gameshow Release the Hounds have joined forces to launch a genre-bending indie, backed by FremantleMedia.
Subscription VoD service Amazon is hunting for an original programming chief to run its UK production division.
Blast! Films is opening a Brighton office to be headed up by Boundless executive producer Sarah Spencer.
UKTV has set out the commissioning priorities for its female-skewing channel W for the first time following its rebrand.
The clear majority of the British television industry believe that leaving the European Union will damage the UK’s position on the global content stage.
Big Talk Productions is developing a comedy for ITV starring Friends actress Courtney Cox.
Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.
Hit US prison experiment 60 Days In is set for a British remake after Pulse Films optioned the format rights.
All3Media chief executive Jane Turton has claimed that 2016 is all about talent for the super-indie after it ushered in a new era for Optomen and struck a fresh deal with Gordon Ramsay.
Spun Gold is weighing up either a sale or an acquisition spree after reaching a “fork in the road” in its plans to build on shows including Great Canal Journeys.
Channel 4 data chief Pedro Cosa has provided an insight into how his team helps inform commissioning decisions.
BBC3 will launch a weekly Top Gear spin-off hosted by the main show’s presenter Rory Reid and filmed at the motoring format’s iconic airfield studio.
BBC2 has ordered an in-depth documentary about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster following this week’s inquest verdict, to air early next month.
Sir Tony Robinson is to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a one-off documentary for Discovery.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has said there is no shortage of suitors circling to buy Channel 4 as he gave his clearest indication yet that privatisation is his preferred option for the broadcaster.
Kalel Productions has become the eleventh indie to join the Greenbird Media network.
CPL producer Alex Moody has joined the BBC comedy commissioning team and will take an active role in the broadcaster’s diversity push.
Twofour is bidding to reinvigorate the home renovation format with an ITV daytime makeover show that cuts out ‘the boring building stuff’.
Traditional TV firms have continued to push into digital sports content with FremantleMedia investing in a football-based start-up and Discovery backing a rugby SVoD service.
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan have started work on a third series of their hit Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.
The BBC is looking to hire candidates from a wider range of universities with a new recruitment process designed to ensure its workforce reflects modern Britain.
The BBC and Love Productions are set for crunch talks over The Great British Bake Off in the coming weeks, with ITV and Channel 4 thought to be ready to pounce if a deal cannot be agreed.
The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is to present a two-part travel cookery show for BBC1 tracing her culinary roots.
Former Channel 4 colleagues Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby are to take over at Optomen, as Pat Llewellyn steps down from the All3Media indie after 22 years.
Gordon Ramsay has launched a production company, Studio Ramsay, and immediately struck a joint venture agreement with All3Media to produce unscripted and scripted shows.
Chewing Gum creator Michaela Coel has criticised the exclusivity of the TV industry after being named 2016’s breakthrough talent at the Bafta craft awards.
The Indie Training Fund (ITF) has appointed BBC Comedy talent acquisition executive Carrie Britton as managing director.
UKTV is bringing back Celebrity Storage Hunters after the one-off Christmas special became its highest-rated show of 2015.
The BBC has leapt to the defence of Chris Evans, arguing that a report about the presenter’s aggressive behaviour towards junior production staff is “completely untrue”.
Veteran TV producers Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle have revealed plans for a £3m production network to help establish 10 indies.
BBC2 has ordered a documentary from Minnow Films investigating the conviction of Michael Stone for the brutal murders of Lin and Megan Russell in Kent in 1996.
The government has confirmed that it is exploring plans to hand BBC funding to other organisations to commission public service programming.
BBC3 has commissioned a short-form music show from Greenbird-network indie Rumpus Media and Phil McIntyre Television.
New Pictures’ colonial drama Indian Summers will not return to Channel 4 for a third series.
Women will form 50% of the BBC’s overall staff and leadership team by 2020 as part of a raft of diversity targets which also include its first LGBT target.
Russell T Davies, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan were among the off-screen talent recognised at the Bafta Television Craft Awards last night.
Carbon emissions in the TV industry rocketed by more than 37% last year to 12.9 tonnes of CO2 per hour of broadcast content, according to Bafta-backed sustainability consortium Albert.
Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel: Sabotage has been downloaded almost 600,000 times after the entire series was made available on-demand to binge-watch.
Barcroft Media and Done + Dusted have picked up major MTV US commissions, while the broadcaster is remaking ITV2’s The Almost Impossible Gameshow.
BBC2’s budget has been cut by almost £20m for the next financial year, while BBC1 is in line for a £60m windfall.
Sky is developing an ambitious documentary series that will follow British families over a five-year period.
Barb has kicked off talks with pay-TV platform including Sky and Virgin Media about securing access to their customers’ viewing habits.
ITV has revealed its EU referendum plans with a major peak-time debate forming a key part of its coverage.
Lord Puttnam has backed calls by Lord Lester and other MPs for the BBC charter to be supported by statutory legislation.
The treatment of as many as 40 runners on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent over the past two years has prompted complaints to Thames TV and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Broadcast can reveal.
Superheroes and supernatural sleuths continue to be popular subjects for US network dramas acquired by British broadcasters.
They are the juggernauts of TV entertainment, but when it comes to working conditions, the view of many runners is: “It’s a no from me.”
Over 200 complaints have been made about Channel 4’s controversial documentary What British Muslims Really Think.
The London Marathon will remain on the BBC until 2021 after a three-year extension to the existing contract was agreed.
Sky added 177,000 new subscribers in the three months to end of March, but faced a larger number of customers cancelling their service in the UK and Ireland.
ABC Studios is looking to work with more British writers, directors and stars after striking a landmark deal with former BBC and Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that a “golden age” of online video is dawning and said the company is betting big on live content.
The government has confirmed that diversity will feature “prominently” in the BBC’s new charter amid pressure from campaigners on the issue.
Victorian drama Dickensian will not be returning for a second series on BBC1.
Katie Price is fronting an equestrian format for TLC, while Emma Read’s Emporium Productions has landed a CBS true crime series.
Sky has made a multi-million pound bet on drama after ordering six high-profile series featuring talent including Idris Elba, Christina Hendricks, Dawn French and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley.