BBC Worldwide is planning a renewed push on its UK indie investment strategy, according to chief executive Tim Davie.
A+E Networks bosses including Heather Jones are to reveal their commissioning priorities at the latest Broadcast Business Breakfast next week.
ITV is to plunder its entertainment development slate as it looks to fill the hole in its schedule left by the cancellation of Keshet entertainment show Rising Star.
Channel 4 has lifted the lid on its short-form content commissioning strategy as it looks to build its Shorts hub into a destination for young online audiences.
The Voice producer Talpa Media has been put up for sale by its owner John de Mol.
ITV has moved quickly into digital content production after purchasing minority stakes in two burgeoning US multiplatform indies.
Objective Productions’ Michael Vine has stepped down as a director of the company he cofounded to concentrate on a career in movie production.
Sky has kicked off a hunt for two new commissioners as it prepares to ramp up its non-scripted output.
A Got To Dance spin-off series which was distributed on Facebook notched up 17,000 views on the social media site.
Films of Record wants to branch out into lighter factual content in an effort to secure longer-running series following Roger Graef ’s decision to step back.
Shine-owned multi-channel network (MCN) ChannelFlip has drawn up ambitious growth plans, including proposals to work with rival networks’ YouTube stars, the launch of a talent agency and a children’s service.
Channel 5’s controversial reality series Blinging Up Baby is set to be remade in the US as part of a Zodiak Rights funding strategy.
Pact chief executive John McVay has claimed that Channel 4 and the BBC are “peddling a myth” about terms of trade needing to be overhauled to protect smaller indies.
Kay Mellor’s indie Rollem Productions is developing a series about the menopause and working with new writers as it looks to build on its slate of female-skewing drama.
Dave has commissioned a Donnie Brasco-style police sitcom from Ant & Dec’s full-time writer Andy Milligan.
Click to view the trailer for 24 Hours In Police Custody, Channel 4’s forthcoming access doc from The Garden Productions
Doctor Who is to be moved to a later slot to make way for Strictly Come Dancing in a BBC scheduling move that will see the sci-fi series finish after 9pm.
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has driven off with another series of Cars That Rock for Discovery.
The BBC has made a formal complaint to Russian authorities following an attack on a group of its Moscow-based journalists this week.
Former Rival Media chief Howard Myers has joined Australian indie December Media to run its non-scripted programming.
A hunt for the world’s largest freshwater fish is to begin on Discovery’s Animal Planet after it greenlit a six-part series from Scottish indie Tern TV.
Viacom International Media Networks is hosting a networking event for young execs that will explore the changes experienced by the TV industry over the past 10 years.
Sky Sports is to start offering personalised VoD clips on its website after signing a deal with video streaming provider Ooyala.
ITV political editor Tom Bradby has condemned some Scottish referendum campaigners for “sinister” behaviour and thrown his support behind the treatment of his BBC counterpart Nick Robinson.
Sky commissioner Chris Wilson has joined 7 Wonder as the fledgling indie’s head of popular factual.
BBC3 has rowed back from its strategy of premiering all scripted comedy online in favour of an ad hoc approach.
Netflix has made its biggest move into comedy after ordering a 20-part sitcom from The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow.
BBC1 has ordered a second run of Rollem Productions’ pregnancy drama In The Club, one week after the conclusion of the first series.
ITV has scrapped highly-anticipated interactive entertainment format Rising Star ahead of its launch.
Former BBC Drama development executive Noemi Spanos has joined FremantleMedia UK indie Euston Films as head of development.
BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News have finalised plans for comprehensive news coverage of the final stages of the Scottish referendum as voting gets underway tomorrow.
Channel 4 has promoted features commissioning editor Alex Menzies to the newly created position of deputy head of features.
ITV has teamed up with advertising agency WPP to invest in a Californian multiplatform start-up founded by filmmakers Jon and Jake Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia.
BBC2 is to head to food markets in New York, Mexico City and Delhi as part of a new series produced by Twofour-owned producer Indus Films.
Modern Times Group (MTG) and investment firm Ingenious have settled their dispute over the price the European media group paid for DRG.
Ofcom has rejected London Live’s widely criticised proposals to radically reduce its commitments to local content.
Bafta-winning TV director Graham Theakston has died of sarcoma.
The final shortlist for the 2014 Grierson Awards have been revealed with Channel 4 and the BBC leading the way with 16 and 13 nominations apiece.
Click for a snapshot of some of the online videos produced by ITV’s latest multiplatform US acquisitions Believe Entertainment Group and the founders of Indigenous.
Discovery is to mark the centenary of World War One with a 3D series fronted by Tony Robinson.
Zodiak Media has hired NBC Universal exec Natasha Mitchell to lead its global strategy team.
Former Endemol chief commercial officer Tom Toumazis has joined Yahoo! to help the online portal develop media and entertainment partnerships.
Open University’s shows including Bang Goes The Theory are to travel the world after DCD Rights secured a slew of programme sales.
ITN Productions’ Emma Read is to leave the company next year, prompting a search for two new creative executives.
Hugh Bonneville-fronted BBC mockumentary W1A is heading back to BBC2 for a second series in 2015.
Scottish nationalists have called on BBC political editor Nick Robinson to be sacked over his “biased” independence referendum coverage.
Global premium sports rights will be worth £17 billion in 2015, a 12% year-on-year increase, according to research from consultancy Deloitte.
Ofcom has admitted that it is “very unlikely” that all local television stations will survive after the Birmingham operator went bust last month.
Films of Record founder Roger Graef has formally stepped back from the day-to-day running of the company to become an advisor to Ten Alps chairman Peter Bertram.
Ricky Gervais appears to have pulled the plug on Channel 4’s Derek after pledging the cult comedy will bow out with a special one-off episode.
Breaking Bad broadcaster AMC is set to board Kudos Film & Television’s sci-fi drama Humans for Channel 4 after original partner Microsoft closed its Xbox Entertainment Studios division.
BBC Worldwide is preparing to launch a “future-focused” online natural history brand BBC Earth which will be available around the world – including in the UK.
The much-delayed Dame Janet Smith review into the Jimmy Savile scandal at the BBC is “nearing the end of its work”.
The BBC has secured a greater slice of the rights to Electric Ray’s forthcoming Saturday night gameshow Prized Apart to reflect the unusual way the show came about, Broadcast has learned.
Nat Geo has hired Fox executive Mark Francis as a commissioner in its global content hub in London.
The BBC has established two limited companies in order to secure high-end television tax breaks.
Former Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson has called for the BBC licence fee to be scrapped, labelling public service broadcasting a “myth”.
Sky’s plans to create a pan-European pay-TV platform have moved a step closer after receiving approval from the European Union.
Google UK boss Matt Brittin has reassured the industry that the search giant is a “partner not a predator”, and pledged that Android TV will drag big screen TVs into the 21st century.
BBC1 has commissioned a Strictly Come Dancing spin-off series celebrating the work of “everyday heroes”.
BBC3 has secured access to Reeva Steenkamp’s parents for a special documentary that will chart how they coped with Oscar Pistorius’ trial.
Sky has promoted digital exec Morwenna Gordon to become a comedy development executive.
Frank Spotnitz’s indie Big Light Productions has appointed former Holby City and Down To Earth producer Sharon Remmer as its head of drama.
The BBC has quashed the threat of strike action disrupting its Scottish referendum coverage after vowing not to make any compulsory redundancies under plans to cut 415 jobs in its newsroom.
Facility house Soho Square Studios has set up a production company and partnered with Bob The Builder creator Keith Chapman on a pre-school series.
Channel 4 is to scrap the 4oD brand after eight years as it prepares to launch an online destination featuring on-demand video, live streams and digital services.
Shine Group chief executive Alex Mahon has spoken publicly for the first time about the imminent merger with Endemol and Core Media, revealing that increased scale is the key driver for the deal.
Eleven Film is to explore masculinity in the 21st century via a documentary for Channel 4 which will combine fixed-rig and scripted reality elements – and is set in a pub.
Channel 5 is set to ramp up its commissioning plans after Viacom completed its £450m takeover of the free-to-air commercial broadcaster this week.
British filmmakers Ruhi Hamid and Ben Steele are among those nominated for the 2014 Rory Peck Awards.
Monterosa has created a play-along Doctor Who game for BBC America that has launched with around 100,000 players.
UKTV is to increase its programming budget to around £150m next year, with Dave set to benefit from a 70% rise in spending by the end of 2015.
Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey will strike out with their own indie after sealing a management buyout deal for the UK operations of Cineflix Productions.
Incoming BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead believes the BBC’s plan to effectively privatise its in-house production arm presents some “very large commercial issues”.
HBO has acquired US rights to Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, which was commissioned by Sky Atlantic.
Pulling creator Sharon Horgan has set up an indie with A Young Doctor’s Notebook producer Clelia Mountford.
Online radio station aggregator Radioplayer has developed a proto type car radio adaptor that will enable drivers to convert an analogue stereo into a digital set.
Multiplatform production company Telegraph Hill has hired its first head of analytics as it bids to create content rooted in data.
Sky Atlantic’s big-budget drama Fortitude is set to travel the world after BSkyB’s distribution arm Sky Vision closed a slew of sales.
ITV is lining up a new celebrity entertainment format to replace the outgoing Dancing On Ice in 2015.
ITV has acquired a minority stake in US digital producer Believe Entertainment Group.
Sajid Javid has hinted that the government may launch a review of terms of trade and confirmed that Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC Trust chair has been “unanimously approved” by the culture select committee.
The boss of Comux has resigned less than two years after creating the company which is responsible for getting local TV on air.
Comic Strip star Rik Mayall paid tribute to comic heroes including Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Kenneth Williams in a video for UKTV channel Dave recorded shortly before his death last month.
Sir David Attenborough is heading back to the Great Barrier Reef for an Atlantic Productions documentary for BBC1.
Discovery has acquired a documentary that tells the untold story of the aftermath of the tsunami in Thailand in 2004.
Viacom has closed its £450m acquisition of free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 and confirmed that programming chief Ben Frow and chief operating officer Paul Dunthorne will stay with the business.
Bwark Productions’ sitcom Siblings has been commissioned for a second series by BBC3 before the conclusion of the debut run.
International TV executives from Nordic World and National Geographic are among those headed to the Welsh town of Portmeirion to help local indies sell their shows globally.
Sky Living has ordered Desi Rascals (working title), a British Asian take on The Only Way Is Essex from Buccaneer Media, created by Bend It Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha.
The X Factor is to air three times a week after ITV added the talent show to its Friday evening schedule – setting it on a collision course with BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Legendary Television Distribution, the global TV sales arm of The Hangover and The Dark Knight producer, has hired former Sony exec John McMahon to run its European business.
Zodiak Rights has renewed its first-look deal with Portrait Artist of the Year indie Storyvault Films.
Former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey has urged British broadcasters to support the emergence of US-style beauty parade pitching.
Luther and Peaky Blinders producer Katie Swinden has been appointed as creative director of Tiger Aspect umbrella indie Fifty Fathoms Productions.
Liberty Global is eyeing the acquisition of more UK indies but has ruled out increasing its stake in ITV.
Incoming BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead has suggested that changes to the corporation’s governance structures will be inevitable during charter renewal and pledged her support for the licence fee.
BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell has claimed that there is a “Sword of Damocles” hanging over the corporation’s independence.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid has hinted that the government could step back from the retransmission fees dispute between Sky and ITV and Channel 4, clearing the way for negotiations between the companies.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid has signalled the start of a process aimed at decriminalising licence fee evasion.
Click for a look back at incoming BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead’s session with the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in which she addressed her £1m payoff from Pearson, the future of the Trust - and revealed her viewing habits.
Rona Fairhead, the government’s preferred candidate to lead the BBC Trust, will face MPs today for the final hurdle of her appointment process.
BBC News is under investigation by Ofcom for broadcasting the passport picture of an MH17 crash victim.
Apple and Android tablet viewing is to be measured by Barb for the first time as it bolsters its multiplatform ratings data.
21st Century Fox boss Chase Carey has indicated that the mega-merger between Shine, Endemol and Core Media is due to be finalised shortly.
How To Get Away With Murder, the forthcoming US drama produced by Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes, has been acquired by Universal Channel.
BBC Worldwide has sealed a deal with Singaporean education firm Popular Holdings to launch a chain of CBeebies-branded English-language schools in China.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has been filming in Australia for more than ten years - but a local version will now air in the country for the first time with Aussie celebrities travelling to Africa.