The BBC’s licence fee should be replaced, its royal charter abolished and government intervention curtailed to protect the corporation’s independence, according to Lord Puttnam.
Channel 4 should not be privatised in full or in part, says former deputy chair Lord Puttnam.
Lord Puttnam’s Future of Public Service Television report has called for the creation of a public service content fund that is bankrolled by digital conglomerates and internet providers.
Panorama editor Ceri Thomas is leaving the BBC after 24 years.
The BBC has cut the amount it pays its highest earning on-screen talent by £2.3m, Tony Hall has revealed.
Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger has been appointed BBC director of drama commissioning after four years at the ad-supported broadcaster.
Nickelodeon is establishing an evening programming block to target teen audiences.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Steven Soderbergh’s high-end escort drama The Girlfriend Experience.
Channel 5 has picked up long-running blue light show Traffic Cops after 14 series on the BBC.
Tony Hall is keen to add digital and marketing expertise to the corporation’s new unitary board to help guide the MyBBC project.
Fox has acquired the TV adaptation of Australian horror film Wolf Creek.
Sky 1 has ordered a James Van Der Beek-fronted family comedy from Cuckoo and Trollied indie Roughcut TV.
Sky is continuing its push into virtual reality programming with a behind-the-scenes special following the Team Sky cyclists.
Shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle has become the latest to MP to resign from her position following a mass walkout from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
Simon Cowell is to swap shiny floor talent shows for true-crime documentaries after winning a four-part series for ITV.
Playwright Charlotte Josephine has won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award, run by BBC Writersroom and BBC Films.
X Factor’s ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor is set to be broadcast live in a major shake-up to the show’s format.
World’s Weirdest Weather indie Pioneer Productions has hired Arrow Media exec Thomas Viner as creative director.
Channel 5 is set to post annual pre-tax profits of around £40m after a massive 35% surge in turnover.
The Jump is to be remade in Slovenia after Twofour struck a deal with local broadcaster Planet TV, marking the show’s first international format deal.
The UK broadcasters have torn up their schedules following the vote to leave the European Union.
The British television industry is set for huge changes after the country voted to leave the European Union.
ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has reassured staff after the UK’s vote to leave the EU triggered a 19% fall in ITV’s share price.
YouTube has moved into original big-budget scripted programming for the first time, ordering of an adaptation of Channing Tatum film Step Up.
Channel 4 has ramped up its diversity initiative by joining forces with the National Film and Television School to fund three bursary schemes for diverse applicants.
UK producer body Pact has called the country’s decision to leave the UK “disappointing” but has reassured producers that there is no “immediate cause for concern”.
Channel 4 is prepared for the “complex and unchartered” implications of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, according to chief executive David Abraham.
BBC Worldwide creative director of formats Kate Phillips has been named the BBC’s new controller of entertainment commissioning.
The BBC is on the brink of naming its new controller of entertainment, as the department’s replacement for The Voice UK was thrust into the spotlight this week.
Northern Irish indie 360 Production has won two major commissions in the US.
IWC Media is to document Paralympian Ellie Simmonds’ lifelong dream to swim with dolphins in a one-off doc for ITV.
Vice has struck a tranche of global deals that will see it roll out its linear TV channel to 51 territories.
Former BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) boss Wendy Darke has set up her own production company, with one eye on the growth of multiplatform natural history content.
Kudos is to adapt Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy of Ancient Rome political thrillers as a major international drama series.
The success of an evolved Love Island is helping to transform ITV2 from a “schizophrenic” channel into a more clearly defined youth brand, according to ITV’s digital channels controller.
British producers looking to crack the Chinese market will have to change their approach after the country’s regulator imposed stringent rules on adapting international formats.
British producers and distributors are continuing to strike major programming deals across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), despite a number of economic and political challenges.
British wildlife documentaries, formats and action dramas are starting to make waves across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) – a market that has been reasonably challenging for UK titles in the recent past.
German broadcaster RTL is remaking C5’s The Big Benefits Handout, while Sky boards a Das Boot adaptation and The Weinstein Company backs BBC1 drama SS-GB
The BBC has stood by its decision to broadcast the raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s house - but apologised if the coverage upset the performer.
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe is set to undergo a French-language re-make in Canada.
Objective has bolstered its comedy and drama division with the appointment of former Peep Show producer Hannah Mackay as head of scripted.
BT Sport has secured the rights to the Henley Royal Regatta, meaning the rowing event will be televised for the first time in more than 50 years.
Facebook has signed $50m (£34m) worth of deals with content creators including BuzzFeed and Gordon Ramsay to help grow its fledgling live streaming service.
ITV Encore has commissioned a special two-hour contemporary crime drama following a series of vigilante paedophile killings.
Keo Films creative director Colleen Flynn has launched a production company with backing from indie network Greenbird Media.
Heavyweight figures in the TV and film business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.
Wildlife expert Chris Packham, musician Nitin Sawhney and Instagram artist Kaws are fronting the latest commissions to emerge from Sky Arts’ £1m Amplify initiative.
ITV Encore has commissioned a second series of The Frankenstein Chronicles from Rainmark Films.
Sky Atlantic was forced to delay an episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver after the British comedian performed a 15-minute anti-Brexit sketch.
Kudos development producer Naomi de Pear has left the Endemol Shine Group company to be reunited with former chief executive Jane Featherstone at her indie Sister Pictures.
Journalist Maggie Brown is to write a second volume of her history of Channel 4, which will kick off with the decision to drop Big Brother.
Studio Canal is set to develop an animated Paddington Bear television series after acquiring the rights to the iconic children’s character in a multi-million-pound deal.
BBC1 has confirmed that The Witness For The Protection will be its latest Agatha Christie adaptation following the success of And Then There Were None.
Penny Dreadful creator John Logan has called time on the Sky and Showtime supernatural drama after three series.
Ofcom has launched an investigation into Big Brother after sexually explicit scenes on the reality show sparked more than 600 complaints.
China is set to crack down on local adaptations of international formats - a move that could significantly impact British firms looking to make inroads into the country.
Dave’s drive into live sport continues after it picked up the rights to a Caribbean cricket tournament.
The BBC’s science and comedy production units have teamed up to produce a Horizon special fronted by Jimmy Carr.
Argonon has become the first major UK production group to come out in favour of Britain remaining in the European Union.
BBC2 has commissioned a second series of Big Talk Productions’ comedy Mum.
ITV has ordered two more Maigret dramas based on the novels of Georges Simenon following the success of first Rowan Atkinson film.
UKTV has reached a “landmark” deal to make more than 10,000 hours of entertainment programming available on Virgin Media.
SUNDAY: Top Gear lost another handful of viewers to slump to an audience that was lower than anything from the Jeremy Clarkson era.
The latest edition of Talking TV analyses the headlines from Sheffield Doc/Fest and hears from the producer of BBC2’s first fixed-rig show.
BBC1 has found its replacement for The Voice UK next year – an eight-week talent hunt for the stars of a new Take That stage musical.
ITN Productions has appointed former IMG executive vice president Alastair Waddington as its first director of sport.
Wall to Wall is to produce an ambitious canine competition format inspired by Canicross – a man and dog cross country sport - for BBC2 after being brought an idea by Hastings-based indie Ten66.
Netflix has ordered a children’s animation series from Silvergate Media, the creators of CBeebies’ Octonauts.
Channel 4 will only accept individuals who are disabled or from a BAME or socially-disadvantaged background onto its production training scheme next year to improve industry diversity.
More than 2m fans watched England’s Euro 2016 clash with Wales via the BBC Sport website yesterday, smashing the site’s previous record.
The Trust has urged the BBC to give women’s tennis greater emphasis after it discovered as much as 90% of Wimbledon coverage was dedicated to the men’s game.
CBeebies has ordered a 44-part series from FremantleMedia Kids and Comedy Central has picked up a social media-themed pilot from Avalon.
Liliane Landor, BBC World Service head of languages and one of the corporation’s strongest diversity advocates, is leaving the organisation after 26 years.
BBC Studios will look to mirror the operating structures of super-indies including All3Media and Endemol Shine Group after director Mark Linsey finalised his top management team.
ITV factual entertainment boss Sue Murphy is beginning to exert her influence as the department bids to find a hit on the scale of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
Newen, the French super-indie behind BBC2 period drama Versailles, is set to expand into the UK after it was acquired by commercial broadcaster TF1 earlier this year.
Naked Entertainment, the indie established by former Fox and Discovery commissioner Simon Andreae, is to branch out into digital series, specialist factual and general entertainment after winning its first two factual entertainment commissions.
Pact chief executive John McVay has argued that a vote to leave the European Union next week will mean Britain loses a seat at the table when critical legislation on TV distribution is being negotiated.
Live From Space indie Arrow Media is heading back into the stratosphere with the NASA Juno Mission after securing its first SVoD commission.
Sky and ITV have partnered to launch a 24-hour eSports channel, Ginx eSports TV.
ITV has commissioned a documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.
Broadcasters are divided on the merits of original online content commissions, but agree that experimentation is key to reaching audiences in new ways, according to a future-gazing panel at Broadcast’s Media Summit.
UKTV’s Richard Watsham has warned of the industry’s tendency to second-guess ideas and shoehorn talent into preconceived formats.
Love Productions’ forthcoming BBC2 constructed documentary series is to place 10 Muslims from a variety of backgrounds into a single house.
Cameraperson, a documentary about the career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, has won the grand jury award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Media misrepresentation of Muslims, and fear of reproach from within their communities, are hindering TV depictions of the less “extreme” aspects of Islam, according to leading programme-makers.
Channel 4 is to host a 50s-themed live entertainment evening in which Alan Carr will present a screening of classic musical Grease and a live Rydell High-styled dance event.
US cable network Smithsonian and German public broadcaster ZDF have boarded a big-budget drama documentary from Manchester-based indie Urban Canyons.
The BBC has begun lobbying the government to make sure its linear channels remain prominent on Sky Q and other services as platforms shift their focus to on-demand programing.
Pictures of the exhibition and seminars at the Media Production Show, which took place in London last week
Brooklyn producer Wildgaze Films has appointed former Pathé UK creative executive Len Rowles to the role of head of development, film and TV.
Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled a bespoke training and mentoring programme to help grow emerging talent in the UK.
The BBC is to premiere the entire series of a drama on iPlayer for the first time to capitalise on the trend for binge viewing.
Palaeobiologist Tori Herridge is to front two Channel 4 natural history formats from different producers.
ITV should dramatically increase its commitment to current affairs to strengthen its contribution to the PSB ecology, an influential review has concluded.
Knickerbockerglory is to apply the ‘down-the-lens’ technique of its Channel 5 documentary I’m An Alcoholic: My Name Is… to five further subject areas.
BBC arts chief Mark Bell has earmarked Radio 1 as a way to broaden the reach of his content and help tap into a younger audience.
ITV is planning a 60 Days In-style prison show as part of a raft of factual crime commissions.
Sky is set to bring back paranormal drama The Enfield Haunting as a series of standalone supernatural specials.
ITV has commissioned Line of Duty indie World Productions and Finlaggan Films to produce a factual crime drama based on a Lanarkshire detective’s quest to bring a notorious serial killer to justice.
Channel 4 is locking up seven strangers in a room for the chance to win £10,000 in a new Monkey-produced daytime quiz, while E4 has tasked DJ Charlie Sloth to find the perfect housemate.
Ben Elton’s Shakespearian comedy Upstart Crow will return for a second series on BBC2.
BBC Parliament’s coverage of Prime Minister’s Questions could be hit tomorrow after producers at the channel voted unanimously in favour of a 24-hour walkout.
The producers of Cate Blanchett-fronted feature film Carol are moving into television and have partnered with Red to adapt Henry James’ Portrait of A Lady.
Vice has ordered a documentary set in beleaguered steel town Port Talbot from the winners of its Rule Britannia pitch competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Broadcast’s inaugural Media Production Show took place last week in Islington’s Business Design Centre. Click for the show highlights.
Rona Fairlead has said it will be an “enormous privilege” to chair the BBC’s new unitary board and argued that she wants “fresh thinking” to protect the interests of audiences.