The government is to hand the BBC World Service a surprise £85m boost as part of plans to increase national security and fight global terrorism.
John Whittingdale will respond directly to Armando Iannucci’s MacTaggart lecture by hosting a series of face-to-face talks on the future of the BBC with TV producers and writers.
BBC2 will celebrate the best of the Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear years with a two-part “extravaganza” this Christmas.
Campaigning documentary maker and True Vision Productions co-founder Deborah Shipley has died after a long battle with cancer.
BBC2 is to celebrate the career of Stephen Fry in a documentary produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment and Bafta Productions.
BBC Store has rolled out a social media campaign encouraging consumers to vote for their favourite drama characters to help raise awareness of the download-to-own service.
Sky 1’s 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy was the only British show to win an International Emmy during a ceremony at the New York Hilton last night.
Sky and Discovery have acquired 45 hours of programming from Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights.
Audio platforms Audible and Audioboom are supporting a fledgling narrative productions course set up by Grand Scheme Media.
War and Peace producer Lookout Point has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Damian Keogh as its first commercial director.
The Last Panthers grew its audience by almost 500,000 viewers to become Sky Atlantic’s third most-watched programme of the year – after Game of Thrones and Fortitude.
Gender equality in the news has not improved since 2010, with women accounting for fewer than a quarter of individuals featured.
ITV has confirmed that it has poached the rights to The Voice - striking a three-year deal with Talpa for the BBC entertainment hit.
Somethin’ Else was the big winner at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, taking home three awards including best indie.
Comedy Central is in trouble again with Ofcom over a sexually graphic promotional trailer.
TFI Friday has only been back on air for several weeks and it is already in trouble with media watchdog Ofcom after guest Nicholas Hoult swore live on air.
BBC director general Tony Hall will call for external regulation to be among a range of measures to be introduced during charter renewal to protect the corporation from political interference.
The BBC has appointed former Channel 4 News presenter Sarah Smith as the broadcaster’s first Scotland editor.
Big Talk Productions is to produce an eight-part revival of Cold Feet for ITV, while Mainstreet Pictures has landed a second original drama series for the broadcaster.
Ray Winstone is to play The War of the Worlds author H.G Wells in a drama for Sky Arts.
Drama indie Chrysalis Vision has turned to crowdfunding site Crowdcube to raise up to £350,000 as the final stage in its investment push.
Zodiak-backed indie Bookhouse has landed its first commission, an ob-doc about Shane MacGowan’s teeth for Sky Arts.
Talking TV analyses the latest BBC content cuts and hears from the producer of Channel 4’s The Secret Life Of Four, Five And Six Year Olds.
The BBC Trust has launched a consultation on BBC guidelines for coverage of 2016 elections and the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union.
Sky 1 has ordered a Christmas karaoke special from Mentorn Media, while ultra HD channel Insight TV is to explore the brain with Lambent Productions.
Faith Penhale, the boss of the BBC production hub responsible for Doctor Who and Casualty, is to become the joint chief executive of War & Peace co-producer Lookout Point.
Senior advertising agency bosses have warned the government against privatising Channel 4, claiming it will damage their ability to reach audiences.
Dramatic cuts to BBC sports rights and television output are a taste of things to come as the corporation grapples with its new funding arrangements.
Concern is mounting over the BBC’s ambition to commercialise its production division as a BBC Trust consultation on the plans closes this week.
Sky News has released a virtual reality film designed to show what the migrant crisis is like through the eyes of a refugee.
National Geographic could scale back its London-based commissioning hub after a major corporate restructure.
CBBC and BBC Worldwide have unveiled a development scheme for UK animators, designed to create international childrens’ TV brands.
Sky is no longer forced to wholesale its sports channels at a reduced price to rivals such as Virgin Media after Ofcom scrapped its regulation.
Click to see how well ITV’s scripted programming has performed following the launch of Downton Abbey in 2010.
Blast! Films and Century Films are among the indies producing literary films to support the BBC’s Get Reading campaign next year.
NBCU has struck a deal with the producer of Harry Potter, Kudos has hired a Carnival development exec and Creative Skillset is hunting aspiring series producers. Click for more
Derren Brown is teaming up with ITV to conjure up a search for the world’s next top magician.
The UK’s biggest broadcasters have rejected Sir Lenny Henry’s repeated demand for ring-fenced cash for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) productions, as the industry attempts to plot a path to improving diversity.
ITN Productions has established a branded video content service, dubbed Real Time Studios, to create an ‘always-on’ production presence for brands.
Katie Hopkins is to return to TLC for a follow-up documentary about obesity.
Three scripted powerhouses will battle three factual flag-bearers to be named Indie of the Year at the Broadcast Awards 2016.
Sir Lenny Henry has branded the TV industry’s poor record on BAME representation as a “market failure” and urged Ofcom, the BBC Trust and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to force broadcasters to ringfence funds to address the issue.
Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas and Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas are among the former sports stars that will compete in a set of gruelling global challenges as part of a new BBC2 series.
Channel 4 is to investigate the most bizarre properties on the planet in a 90-minute special from Voltage TV.
Tom Hollander and his Rev collaborator Hannah Pescod have launched a drama production company to take advantage of the “huge appetite” for the genre.
Welsh indie Rondo Media has struck a documentary co-production deal with South Korean broadcaster JTV.
The BBC will be forced to relinquish sports rights and cut factual, entertainment and comedy budgets under proposals to save £150m by 2017.
A new £40m fund, backed by the government and private sector, has been unveiled to support the growth of creative companies.
Downton Abbey reeled in a consolidated audience of almost 11m viewers for the climax of its final series – its biggest audience since the penultimate episode of last year’s run.
Marks & Spencer is to throw open its doors to Channel 4 as part of a slate of shows which includes a drama from the producers of Line of Duty and the return of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
George Osborne failed to warn Tony Hall about a £725m raid on the BBC’s finances at a meeting just three weeks before the chancellor’s plans were announced in parliament.
ITV has decided to increase its pay offer for staff next year following the company’s “good performance”.
German distributor ZDF Enterprises has struck a development deal with Impossible Pictures’ co-founder for a two-part science series.
ITV has ordered a second series of Hungry Bear Media’s sports panel show Play To The Whistle.
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Culture secretary John Whittingdale has admitted that the rushed funding deal between the BBC and the government in July was not what he would have “chosen” and will not be repeated.
Netflix has come on board Discovery Canada’s period drama Frontier while Avalon has scored a commission from Disney’s forthcoming VoD service.
Broadcasting union Bectu has begun campaigning for the BBC Trust to reject plans to inject more competition into radio production by offering up to 60% of the BBC’s output to indies.
RDF is lining up Dutch game show format The Runner Up with two broadcasters and Objective has landed a Channel 4 gadget series. Click for more
The breakdown of merger talks between Channel 4 and Channel 5 in 2009 point to the incompatibility of the C4 remit with privatisation, chief executive David Abraham has warned.
Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee (CMSC) chair Jesse Norman has written to Tony Hall requesting greater clarity on the BBC’s plans to commercialise its in-house production arm.
Nordic subscription VoD service Viaplay is moving into original programming with its first commission, comedy Swedish Dicks.
The BBC has increased all minimum pay rates for BBC TV drama and scripted comedy writers by 2%.
Channel 4-backed digital service Walter Presents has acquired a new wave of foreign-language films including controversial French comedy Kaboul Kitchen.
Discovery Latin America has acquired a slew of series from UK distributor TVF International ahead of Mip Cancun.
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Car Share drove off with four RTS North West awards as Sunset + Vine scored rights to five England Women’s matches.
BBC Three Counties Radio breakfast presenter Iain Lee has left his job after having to apologise for labelling the anti-gay views of a Christian group as “homophobic” and “bigoted”.
BBC1 is in talks to revive at least five classic sitcoms, including The Good Life, Are You Being Served? and Porridge, as part of a celebration of the genre next year.
BBC1 is hunting Who Do You Think You Are? style formats while BBC2 is looking for social experiments following the broadcaster’s factual restructure earlier this year.
Broadcasting union Bectu has challenged the BBC over £700,000 of bonuses paid to staff after the corporation withdrew discretionary payments in 2009.
The sports broadcaster has heralded an ‘exciting new chapter’ with its biggest image overhaul in 26 years.
The Irish Top Gear producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson in March is suing the presenter and the BBC for racial discrimination and personal injury.
ITV has ordered a second series of Mainstreet Pictures crime drama Unforgotten.
The BBC is poised for a showdown with the broadcasting unions over the changes it is planning to its expenses policy.
The high-profile wrangle over The Voice UK is set to herald a major rethink in the entertainment strategies of BBC1 and ITV.
The TV industry is at least a decade away from achieving a fair representation of diversity among directors, according to Directors UK chief executive Andrew Chowns.
Entertainment bosses have shared their secrets on giving new formats and talent the best shot of landing with audiences.
C4 and BBC commissioners highlight merging of genres and seek ideas that push boundaries
The BBC has confirmed that BBC3 will not be moving to Salford as originally intended under former director general Mark Thompson.
Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has launched a vigorous defence of foreign ownership, arguing it has had little bearing on the broadcaster’s duty to innovate.
Ben Frow appeared to signal the end of new benefits programming on Channel 5 at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum, as it evolves to keep pace with its viewers.
Windfall Films is to produce a slow TV-style train event for US cable network Destination America, while ITV Studios America is remaking feature film Snowpiercer and Endemol Shine Group has promoted its global formats execs.
Sky has extended its long-running deal with HBO to cover all five of its European territories and increase the volume of associated digital rights.
Agatha Christie short story The Mysterious Mr Quin is to be transformed into an immersive app adventure, as the novelist’s rightsholder refreshes the brand for a younger generation.
Tinopolis has pulled the plug on its sale process because none of its potential suitors could “give us what we needed”.
BBC3 will showcase fresh stand-up comedians in a series from Dynamo: Magician Impossible indie Phil McIntyre Television, as it continues to gear up for life online next year.
Director general Tony Hall has indicated that ITV is to acquire The Voice after BBC1 airs its fifth and final series next year.
Lovely Day and Shine Pictures are to become absorbed into Kudos following Diederick Santer’s appointment as joint chief executive officer of the Broadchurch producer.
Sky has appointed Jon Mountague as head of comedy and promoted Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald in a wide-ranging executive shake-up by new content boss Gary Davey.
The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is to front a ten-part Reef Television-produced series for Food Network.
Drunk History and Planet’s Got Talent are to return, while ITV has launched its first I’m A Celebrity…app
Lionsgate is keen to forge stronger ties with All3Media in the UK after the super-indie’s owners invested in the Orange Is The New Black producer.
Voltage TV has hired the executive producers behind The Undateables and Millenium Children to take responsibility for its factual output.
Channel 5 has ordered an innovative fixed-rig format from Plimsoll Productions focusing on the lives of six British families.
The BBC has already set the wheels in motion to find a new primetime Saturday night entertainment show that could fill the void left by The Voice UK in 2017.
The superhero series added 1m consolidated viewers to become Sky 1’s highest-rated series launch in three years.
The BBC Trust is to look into BBC services in the devolved nations as the final consultation of the current charter period.
Discovery and Liberty Global plan to pay $195m (£128m) for separate stakes in the indie studio.
ITV weathered continued audience declines to post revenue growth of 13% in the first nine months of the year.
Alex Mahon has been named chief executive of The Foundry, the creative software company behind VFX product Nuke.
Channel 4 Education has commissioned a one-off documentary inspired by the Tumblr blog Rich Kids of Instagram.
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