Danny Cohen has thrown his full support behind Jeremy Clarkson in the on-going row over Top Gear’s trip to Argentina.
Channel 4 has bolstered its formats commissioning team with the hire of former Pulse Films and ITV Studios exec Danny Carvalho.
Jane Root’s indie Nutopia has hired former Channel 4 commissioner Katie Boyd as it prepares for a push into features and formats.
The majority of BBC staff are now based outside of London, as the broadcaster hit its target of becoming more geographically diverse one year early.
The launch date for Birmingham’s local TV channel has been pushed back as Ofcom assesses the credentials of a new bidder to take over the licence.
Arthur Williams is to explore remote regions which can only be accessed by the air in a Blast! Films documentary for Channel 4.
Breaking Bad broadcaster AMC has boarded BBC mini-series The Night Manager.
Some of the UK’s leading indies have voiced concerns that the plans to transform BBC Production will result in the division walking off with major production contracts.
Alex Polizzi is to front a restaurant rescue series for BBC2 as the channel bids to refresh its 7pm slot.
ITV’s breakfast ratings have tumbled 13% year-on-year as Good Morning Britain struggles to establish itself for the commercial broadcaster.
The BBC is planning to revamp football results show Final Score with live FA Cup action and highlights as the corporation prepares to broadcast the competition for the first time in six years.
BBC3’s Great British Bake Off-style hairdressing competition Hair is set to become the latest brand to move to BBC2.
Channel 4 is to imagine what the country would look like if Ukip was in power in a docu-drama produced by Raw TV.
Secret Life of Cats producer Oxford Scientific Films has lured Alan Titchmarsh from Spun Gold to front a series about Buckingham Palace’s garden.
BT has struck a deal with Netflix that will allow YouView customers to access the VoD service.
Studio Lambert’s hit format Gogglebox has continued its global march with a landmark deal in Australia.
Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers become actively involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1 million YouTube subscribers
A star prepared to leave his vanity at the door and try anything on camera was a real boon
Sky Italia is to increase the amount of big-budget drama it develops with its British and German counterparts, BSkyB and Sky Deutschland, following the creation of Sky Europe.
Youth publisher Dazed & Confused is entering the next phase of its online commissioning drive to unearth emerging talent and help them break through with international broadcasters.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has revealed that its customers still want to consume content in a traditional way, and restated that its doors remain open to pitches from UK indies.
Northern Ireland’s production community believe that BBC charter renewal offers an opportunity to build on successes such as Game Of Thrones and The Fall.
STV has revealed more about its plan to build a local TV empire after bidding for three more licences in Scotland.
GroupM Entertainment is targeting its next stage of growth after turning a significant loss into a profit in its most recent financial year.
Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas is developing a US-based drama about nurses working in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920s.
The BBC has claimed that the Green Party lacks sufficient punch at the ballot box and in opinion polls to be included in next year’s televised leaders’ debates.
Tumble is headed to Romania and China after BBC Worldwide struck the first international format deals for the celebrity gymnastic contest.
Zodiak Rights has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Chris Stewart as head of scripted acquisitions for the Wife Swap producer.
Sky has invested $7m (£4.3m) in a US multichannel sports network as it continues its push to back tech start-up businesses.
Click to view a trailer of some of the BBC’s biggest upcoming dramas, including The Casual Vacancy, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, The Missing, One Child and The Interceptor
Masterchef host Gregg Wallace is to front one of two major orders picked up by RDF Television for the BBC.
House of Lords communications committee member Lady Deech has claimed to be “disappointed” by the BBC’s decision to appoint David Dimbleby to anchor its general election coverage.
BBC3 scheduler Jamie Morris has joined Sky as head of scheduling for Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts.
Red Planet Pictures has revealed the latest winners of its annual prize for aspiring writers.
Maverick TV, Little Dot Studios and talent agency Gleam are planning to create more brand-supported content on Daily Mix after the YouTube channel passed 500,000 subscribers.
BBC2 has ordered a three-part series from BBC Scotland investigating the science behind personalised diets and whether they are the best way to lose weight.
BBC drama chief Ben Stephenson has hailed the commissioning opportunities opened up by BBC3’s proposed move online.
Brian Wesley, producer of shows including Game For A Laugh and Surprise Surprise, has died aged 67.
Shine America boss Rich Ross is the latest high-profile executive to leave the company following the mega-merger between Endemol and Shine Group.
Former Fremantle Media distribution chief David Ellender has struck his first UK deal, teaming up with fledgling drama financiers Nevision on a big-budget oil drama.
NBC has ordered a US version of Saturday Night Takeaway from ITV Studios America.
Pact has published a set of anti-bribery guidelines and warned producers who fail to comply could land unlimited fines or custodial sentences.
US network CBS has handed full series to four dramas which have been acquired in the UK.
John Whittingdale, chair of the Culture, Media & Sport select committee, has labelled the licence fee as “worse than a poll tax” and claimed the system requires significant revision.
The MTV European Music Awards 2014 are to be broadcast on Channel 5 as the channels strengthen their ties following Viacom’s acquisition of the free-to-air broadcaster.
Big Brother is headed to China after Endemol struck a deal with an online streaming service for the reality series.
Jimmy McGovern is developing a BBC2 dramatisation based on the story of a father who lost his son in the second Iraq War and went on to challenge former prime minister Tony Blair in the 2005 general election.
Freesat has extended its portfolio of VoD services with kids service Hopster.
Russia Today (RT) is launching a UK news channel and has kicked off a hunt for documentaries produced by British factual indies.
Amazon has acquired DC Comics’ Constantine adaptation in one of its most significant UK deals for first-run Hollywood content.
This unique two-day event at Bafta will host industry talent behind some of the UK’s major shows as they debate TV’s burning issues and reveal the secrets of their production success.
Midsomer Murders has become the first TV show inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame as BBC1’s Happy Valley picked up two awards.
UKTV channel Dave has teamed up with music producer Alex Ross to create charity single Storage Hunters (The Auction Remix) ahead of the launch of the UK version of the show tomorrow.
Tim Hincks has been named as president of the newly merged Endemol and Shine Group company.
Classic ITV psychological crime drama Wire In The Blood is being adapted in the US by Endemol Studios for ABC.
Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Twofour’s fixed-rig classroom format Educating…
BBC drama Sherlock and noir crime drama Y Gwyll/Hinterland were the biggest winners at last night’s 23rd annual Bafta Cymru awards in Cardiff.
Click for a clip of this week’s BBC1 natural history show Life Story featuring slow-motion, 4k footage of fighting hummingbirds.
The nominees for the Creative Diversity Awards have been revealed with nods for a host of on and off-screen talent, commissioners and ground-breaking programmes.
AMC Networks, the US broadcaster behind Mad Men and Breaking Bad, has acquired a 49.9% stake in BBC America for $200m (£125m).
Amazon has opted to schedule Ripper Street, its first UK commission, in a regular weekly slot rather than follow the Netflix model of releasing the entire series all at once.
Pact has updated its data protection and security guidelines for indies and broadcasters to include website cookies, location-based data and anonymisation.
Content discovery service Outbrain has claimed that sitcom Modern Family is the global show which is of most interest to UK consumers.
Homeland producer Keshet has bolstered its fledgling UK division with the hire of two comedy and formats executives.
The Home Affairs Committee (HAC) has fully exonerated a controversial BBC report about a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home in August.
YouView has rolled out BBC connected red button services and an updated version of BBC iPlayer to its 1m homes.
BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has stressed that the efficiency of the organisation is “fundamentally important” in her first media interview.
STV is bidding to increase its portfolio of local TV stations after submitting applications to Ofcom for the Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee licences.
Click to watch the trailer for the Tiger Aspect and Fifty Fathoms produced drama
Will Smith, director of programmes at RDF Television, is to leave the Zodiak Media-owned production company.
The BBC has opened talks with producers about BBC3’s online content plans as the corporation prepares to publish a formal blueprint for the channel’s future next month.
ITV is taking legal advice after discovering a charity that received £700,000 from the broadcaster’s Text Santa appeal plans to use the donation to pay off its debts.
Whizz Kid Entertainment is in talks with potential investors after Ingenious wound up the media investment fund that owns nearly half of the indie.
Miranda Hart has revealed that her eponymous sitcom will draw to a close later this year after three series.
Long-running BBC3 series Snog Marry Avoid? is to be remade in the US for Discovery-owned broadcaster TLC.
Breakout entertainment hits were thin on the ground at Mipcom this year, but there was no shortage of eccentric ideas to get producers and broadcasters talking.
The UK’s major broadcasters have revealed the number of women they employ in their newsrooms – with the data showing that Channel 4 and Sky News are lagging behind their rivals.
Shine Soho, the indie label behind all UK MasterChef series, has lured Mary Berry away from Love Productions for her latest BBC2 format.
Rajar: Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show climbed by over 300,000 listeners year-on-year to reach an audience of 5.8m as Chris Evans’ rival show on Radio 2 dipped slightly.
The BBC risks creating a “significant market distortion” when BBC Productions is hived off into a commercial entity if it is not transparent about in-house costs.
Comedy Central is preparing an online video gaming and endurance series featuring YouTube star KSI and is hunting more ideas that will appeal to digital “tribes”.
Jeremy Darroch has underlined Sky’s healthy relationship with HBO after the US premium broadcaster revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer VoD service.
BBC science commissioning chief Tom McDonald has defended the broadcaster’s decision not to feature explicit conservation messages in its natural history programming.
Sky Living has acquired US political drama Madam Secretary after striking a deal with CBS Studios International.
Jana Bennett has set out her strategy for US cable network FYI, revealing plans to work with UK producers as it looks for youth-skewing programming.
ITV comedy commissioner Saskia Schuster wants to work with new writers as she bids to fill slots across the commercial broadcaster’s main channel and ITV2.
Rajar: DAB radios accounted for 250m listening hours in the last three months as BBC 6Music grew to attract 2m listeners.
James Harding’s overhaul of BBC News’ management team is taking shape, with the confirmation of two more appointments this week
All3Media digital company Little Dot Studios is to create a pilot a month for Channel 4’s online short-form video platform Shorts.
Drama producers Rainmark Films and Archery Pictures have secured separate deals to produce series for ITV and Channel 4
Wind In The Willows is poised to be the next classic children’s brand brought back to life following a glut of British kids’ TV revivals.
Louise Pedersen is leaving All3Media International to set up the UK division of Playground Entertainment, the high-end drama producer set up by former HBO Films boss Colin Callender.
Channel 5 has pledged to increase the volume of original productions and news programming in primetime following its acquisition by Viacom.
Channel 5 is to explore poverty through the eyes of children in a one-off documentary from Spun Gold.
Irish broadcaster TV3 is hoping to launch unscripted hits as successful as Made In Chelsea and The Real Housewives franchise after striking a formats deal with NBC Universal.
Channel 4 and Sky acquisitions Jane The Virgin and The Flash have been picked up for full series by The CW in the US.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has revealed the 20 youngsters to receive funding as part of its inaugural undergraduate bursary scheme.
7 Wonder has stepped up its recruitment drive with the appointment of Oxford Scientific Films’ (OSF) Steve Condie as head of specialist factual.
Scripps Network UK, which operates the Food Network and Travel Channel, has hired former Discovery exec Katharina Feistauer as vice president of programming.
The natural history genre has become “tired” and producers must work harder to convince broadcasters to invest in shows, according to Oxford Scientific Films boss Clare Birks.
Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers actively become involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1m YouTube subscribers.
Channel 4 is developing a drama exploring the reasons some British-born Muslims are joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) with Liza Marshall’s fledgling indie Archery Pictures.
The stars of a Venice Beach freak show are to feature on Fox UK after the broadcaster acquired a reality series from Endemol.
Caroline Raphael, the BBC Radio 4 commissioner behind shows including Little Britain, is to leave the BBC after 31 years.
The founder of youth online broadcaster SBTV, Jamal Edwards, has joined the line-up of speakers at Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum.
Factual umbrella firm Rare Television has struck its second indie deal, agreeing a partnership with fledgling indie Babygrand Productions.
Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures has formalised his long-standing relationship with BBC Worldwide, striking a first-look deal with the international distributor.
Animal Planet has ordered Meet The Orangutans, an eight-part follow up to its hit series Meet The Sloths.