Cookery, travel, consumer shows and make-over formats are all high on Kevin Lygo’s priority list to help balance the budget due to the rising cost of drama.
Vice is to launch a Europe-wide mobile strategy to support its forthcoming linear channel, as chief executive Shane Smith revealed he would not have taken BBC3 off-air.
Harry Hill, Dawn French and Jack Dee are all fronting new shows for ITV as the broadcaster beefs up its entertainment and comedy slate.
Channel 5 content chief Ben Frow has hit back at accusations of copycat commissioning and used a raft new of commissions, including the renewal of scripted comedy Borderline, to underline the channel’s distinctiveness.
ITV’s Sue Murphy has ordered a police series tracking the first hour of murder investigations as she prepares to “go big on crime”.
Channel bosses have hit back against government proposals to force the BBC to reveal talent pay, claiming that it would not be in viewers’ interests.
Broadcasters have put on a united defence of the public service broadcasting model in the face of Vice chief executive Shane Smith’s charge that they fail to connect with young audiences.
ITV has withdrawn its proposal to buy Peppa Pig-owner Entertainment One (eOne).
The former Top Gear team is on the hunt for commissions for their indie W. Chump & Sons as the first series of Amazon show The Grand Tour prepares to TX this autumn.
It is economically “critical” for the TV industry to become more diverse, according to culture minister Matt Hancock, who has lent his support to the Diamond initiative.
Vice boss Shane Smith has taken aim at traditional media rivals, warning that there will be an acquisition “bloodbath” as firms such as Time Warner, Disney and 21st Century Fox all desperately chase scale.
Jay Hunt has issued a renewed call for clarity over the potential privatisation of Channel 4 and described the ongoing uncertainty as “destabilising” for the broadcaster.
Channel 4 has unveiled a raft of commissions including a Northern Irish comedy set amongst the troubles and a survival series recreating one of the most dangerous expeditions in history.
Former Kudos chief Jane Featherstone has landed a BBC drama and an E4 comedy – the first commissions for her fledgling indie Sister Pictures.
Charlotte Moore has heralded the new creative structure at the top of the BBC, which gives her oversight of all its major channels, claiming it will speed up commissioning decisions and prevent the BBC “working in silos”.
Charlotte Moore has ordered a raft of dramas for BBC1 including a six-part series from the creators of Line of Duty.
Taskmaster is being remade internationally for the first time after Avalon struck a deal in Belgium.
Idris Elba is to train to become a professional kickboxer for a three-part series for Discovery Networks International.
Monty Python’s Eric Idle is to feature alongside Professor Brian Cox in a BBC2 Christmas comedy special.
A raft of top US and British writers including Jack Thorne and Tony Grisoni will collaborate on Channel 4’s ambitious 10-part sci-fi drama based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories.
ITV2 has ordered a “bonkers and eccentric” scripted comedy series from Big Talk Productions and is hunting a ‘real-time’ event to accompany Love Island.
Creative Skillset is to embrace the government’s forthcoming apprenticeship levy by establishing a training agency for the TV industry.
Buzzfeed’s video content has experienced “hockey-stick growth” since its launch, bolstered by a global distribution strategy across the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.
BBC Worldwide is set to double the number of male-skewing, returnable series it commissions for its international channels over the next 12 months.
The class divisions in the television industry are laid bare in a report that reveals that people in the media are three times more likely to have attended a private or selective grammar school than the national average.
The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) believes that diversity monitoring initiative Diamond will be a “breakthrough moment” for the TV industry.
Vice has made a splash with youngsters with its hard-hitting news and docs - delivered online. Now its focus turns to linear success
The BBC has committed to producing seven Agatha Christie adaptations over the next four years in a deal Broadcast estimates could be worth more than £20m with co-pro money.
Netflix UK has aggressively culled its programming over the past few months to reduce its reliance on archive content in favour of the latest shows.
Channel 4 will ramp up spending on programming for older children by two-thirds following criticism that it is failing the demographic.
BBC4 has ordered four films exploring the subversive world of conceptual art including Vic Reeves’ take on avant-garde collective Dada.
Sky is searching for a US home for Arctic crime drama Fortitude following the closure of cable network Pivot.
Roughcut TV executive producer Alex Smith has been promoted to head of comedy.
Nicholas Yearwood has left Idris Elba’s indie Green Door Pictures exec to join Bob & Co-backed indies Woodcut Media and Duchess Street Productions as a consultant executive producer.
The BBC is to begin tendering out the production of high-profile shows next month as it confirms the end of the in-house production guarantee.
iPlayer requests of BBC3 content have risen by 6 percentage points following the youth-skewing channel’s move online, despite launching fewer shows.
UKTV is bidding to tap into the success of Mrs Brown’s Boys after acquiring an Irish comedy from RTÉ.
ITV is on the brink of signing a £150m deal to keep The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on-screen until at least 2019, according to reports.
Keo Films has gained access to a fundamentalist Mormon community in Utah for a four-part Channel 4 documentary.
Water polo and women’s football dressing rooms are to be thrust into the spotlight with a fixed-rig series from UKTV’s entertainment channel W.
The closure of BBC3 has contributed to an 18% fall in 16-34 year olds viewing BBC content, while boosting the performance of its commercial rivals.
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has criticised plans to force the BBC to reveal how much it pays its top talent.
BBC Studios director Lisa Opie has set out the seven business units to make up her factual division – appointing Fiona Clarke as a second-in-command to oversee the London-based output.
Netflix’s Black Mirror episodes are to be screened for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as the event sharpens its international focus.
BBC2 is to shine a spotlight on the career of Boy George after ordering a documentary from IWC.
Channel 4 has confirmed long-running gameshow Deal or No Deal? is to be axed at the end of this year.
Racing driver Oliver James Webb, motoring journalist Jethro Bovingdon and Finnish blogger Sara Nase are among the first ‘tribe leaders’ selected to produce channels for Jeremy Clarkson’s forthcoming online car project.
Peninsula Films is to make three crime documentary shows for CBS Reality.
ITV has commissioned Raw Cut TV to produce a fast turnaround documentary charting the murder investigation of Sadie Hartley.
Former ITV director of factual Richard Klein is set to join IWC Media as creative director after leaving the commercial broadcaster in February, Broadcast can reveal.
Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund chief executive Richard Wilson has died aged 58, following a short illness.
BBC Worldwide has agreed a partnership with an artificial intelligence business to help it gauge which genres are most in demand around the world.
ITV is to shut down its portfolio of channels for an hour as part of an Olympic-inspired initiative to get people active.
Kay Mellor’s Rollem Productions has landed a BBC1 drama series about a registrar from Leeds.
A+E Networks has launched general entertainment channel Blaze - the latest US cable group to launch a free-to-air channel in the UK.
Channel 5 is to get back on the road with a full series of Alaska TV’s Carry on Caravanning.
The BBC is taking steps to secure the jobs of the “vast majority” of its weather presenters after partnering with MeteoGroup to provide its weather service from next spring.
Australian broadcaster Seven Network has replaced BBC Worldwide as a major shareholder in scripted production company Slim Film and Television.
BBC’s former factual boss Emma Swain is to leave the corporation after 20 years.
ITV will delve into the world of gender surgery in a Renegade Pictures and Storyvault Films co-production.
BriteSpark Films has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of ITN’s David Tshulak as head of development and Studio Lambert’s Vics Wilson as production executive.
BBC Worldwide has invested in the new drama indie set up by Wall to Wall founder Alex Graham and former C4 chief executive Michael Jackson, Broadcast can reveal.
Comedian Susan Calman will search for Britain’s smartest school in a new competitive kids format for CBBC.
Keshet, the company behind recent BBC1 drama The A Word, has partnered with Interscope Geffen A&M, the record label behind artists including Lady Gaga and Nirvana, to produce digital series.
Bectu has reiterated its threat to boycott the Creative Diversity Network’s industry-wide diversity monitoring initiative if it does not agree to publish diversity data about every TV show.
Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson has created a six-part legal drama for ITV.
BBC1 has ordered a live TV adaptation of Mischief Theatre’s comic west end show Peter Pan Goes Wrong to air this Christmas.
Pinewood Television, the fledgling production arm of the studio, has hired the man who commissioned The Bridge and Jordskott to lead its push into international co-productions.
Liberty Bell is on the hunt for troublesome dogs for its upcoming Channel 4 pilot The Dog Father (w/t).
Life’s Too Short star Warwick Davis is to host a new daytime quiz show for ITV.
Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jr is to explore secret restaurants for a new Boomerang-produced show for Channel 4.
Former Optomen head of production Gail Pinkerton has joined ITV Studios entertainment label Possessed in the same role.
Hat Trick and Happy Tramp Productions are among four indies that have been commissioned to produce six new BBC3 pilots for its Comedy Feed strand.
Century Films has hired a new development chief, while Have I Got News For You has been handed an Albert award and Scripps hires an A+E Networks exec.
ITV could face competition to acquire Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One (eOne) with private equity firm KKR reportedly weighing up a bid.
ITV is continuing its revival of vintage gameshows by recommissioning retro format Blankety Blank, according to reports.
James Corden and Fulwell 73’s march across the US has gathered pace after cable network TBS ordered a format based on The Late Late Show segment Drop The Mic.
The Bismarks, Dreadnoughts and the first armoured warships are set to feature in Combat Ships, a Woodcut Media-produced documentary series for H2.
Caitlin Moran has branded the lack of female working class British comedies “shameful” after Channel 4 cancelled her Raised By Wolves sitcom.
Channel 4 has landed the terrestrial rights to the BDO World Professional Darts Championships following the BBC’s decision to walk away from the Lakeside tournament last December.
ITV is expected to up its offer to buy Peppa Pig proprietor Entertainment One (eOne) after its initial £1bn offer was rejected, according to analysts.
David Frank’s online distribution platform TRX has become the first non-content company to be backed by Channel 4’s Growth Fund.
Broadcasters will have the ability to monitor how their programmes are rating in real-time after Freesat launched a Barb-like measurement system.
BBC2 has added three sitcoms to its New On Two strand as part of the channel’s forthcoming comedy season.
ITV has commissioned a summer special gameshow in which contestants must stay clean to win cash.
BBC2 has acquired the second series of French period drama Versailles to air on the channel next year.
London-based interactive TV firm Wirewax is going undercover with forthcoming US spy drama Berlin Station after agreeing an immersive 360-degree video deal with US network Epix.
ITV’s plans to bolster scripted comedy across its schedules have been lauded by leading comedy producers, but the broadcaster must adapt to ensure it doesn’t fall into another “cycle of failure”, they warned.
Vice is to produce around 60 hours of original content for its linear channel by the end of the year after unveiling its initial slate of UK shows.
The boom in scripted television in the US is to continue, with more than 500 original dramas and comedies expected to air this year, according to the executive who coined the phrase ‘peak TV’.
The BBC and Channel 4 have stepped up their efforts to find a broader range of voices among the next generation of TV directors through two new schemes.
BBC Worldwide’s indie investment push has gathered pace with the acquisition of a stake in 72 Films, the indie established by Gogglebox commissioner David Glover and ex-Dragonfly managing director Mark Raphael.
Discovery International has promoted Paul Welling to a newly-created role focused on the network’s brands and events.
Channel 4 will celebrate the work of Roald Dahl in a 90-minute film marking the centenary of the writer’s birth.
The BBC has pledged to improve its reporting of statistics after an “unflinching” year-long review found inconsistencies in reaching the standard expected by audiences.
The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One has rejected a £1bn takeover bid from ITV.
All3Media has launched a BAME drama scholarship in conjunction with the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Plum Pictures’ Channel 4 property commission Britain’s Best Beach Huts has collapsed following local opposition to the project.
Fulwell 73 Productions, the UK-based producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, is to further expand in the US after striking a development deal with CBS Television Studios.
Raised By Wolves creator Caitlin Moran has launched a campaign to save her sitcom after it was cancelled by Channel 4.
Music discovery app Shazam is being turned into a television series by Survivor creator Mark Burnett and Don’t Forget The Lyrics creator Jeff Apploff.
ITV will not renew its contract to broadcast fledgling motorsport Formula E, according to reports.
ITN Productions’ documentary Escape From Isis has been nominated for an International Emmy Award, alongside Sky News coverage of the refugee crisis.
Plans for an ITV2 spin-off show for The Voice UK have been scrapped after entertainment bosses decided to concentrate on the format’s main series and The Voice Kids.
Vice is to explore hedonism on the frontline of the Greek refugee crisis and tackle racist extremists through the lens of comedy as part of the debut slate of shows for its linear channel.
Great British Bake Off contestant Dr Tamal Ray is to front a health pilot from Love Productions as Channel 4 expands its populist investigative slate.
Touchpaper TV is to tell the story of a teenage girl struggling to take control of her life in a 90-minute drama for Channel 4 which includes a host of new female talent on production duties.
The Premier League is to increase the number of matches that broadcasters can screen live – drawing a line under a two-year Ofcom investigation.