Mark Freeland’s departure is expected to herald more changes at BBC Studios, with sources suggesting new director Mark Linsey wants its genre heads to be business rather than creative leaders.
T. Rex Autopsy executive producer Paul Wooding is leaving Impossible Factual to set up a Bristol-based production company, backed by indie investment network Bob & Co.
It’s the last day to book tickets at the early bird rate for this year’s Media Summit.
Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach has warned the BBC to “stay away” from whodunnit-style dramas as it strives to find a distinctive voice.
Minnow Films is following up SAS: Who Dares Wins by putting 20 ordinary men and women through the rigorous recruitment processes of Britain’s intelligence services for a new Channel 4 series.
Channel 5 is pushing further into entertainment with a comedy panel show fronted by Eamonn Holmes.
The BBC is to publish new commissioning guidelines for producers by the end of the summer as part of a renewed drive to “hardwire” diversity into its culture.
Comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb are reuniting for a Channel 4 comedy pilot.
A crowd-funded YouTube channel will help aspiring TV professionals break into the industry by offering them advice about how to get ahead.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.
Mark Freeland is to leave the BBC and will not take up the post of head of scripted comedy and drama at BBC Studios when the new division launches tomorrow.
The first shortlist of nominations for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2016 has been unveiled - including the Best Factual Channel, Best Entertainment Channel and Best Content Partnership categories.
BBC Studios will formally launch as an operating division within the BBC on 29 April, paving the way for its next challenge of becoming a fully commercial operation in April next year.
The BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will go head to head with programming about British Muslim communities amid concerns that broadcasters focus too heavily on extremism.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale, who met with the likes of Viacom, Disney, Warner Bros and Sony last year, has claimed there will be “no shortage” of buyers for Channel 4.
The co-creators of horror gameshow Release the Hounds have joined forces to launch a genre-bending indie, backed by FremantleMedia.
Subscription VoD service Amazon is hunting for an original programming chief to run its UK production division.
Blast! Films is opening a Brighton office to be headed up by Boundless executive producer Sarah Spencer.
UKTV has set out the commissioning priorities for its female-skewing channel W for the first time following its rebrand.
The clear majority of the British television industry believe that leaving the European Union will damage the UK’s position on the global content stage.
Big Talk Productions is developing a comedy for ITV starring Friends actress Courtney Cox.
Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.
Hit US prison experiment 60 Days In is set for a British remake after Pulse Films optioned the format rights.
All3Media chief executive Jane Turton has claimed that 2016 is all about talent for the super-indie after it ushered in a new era for Optomen and struck a fresh deal with Gordon Ramsay.
Spun Gold is weighing up either a sale or an acquisition spree after reaching a “fork in the road” in its plans to build on shows including Great Canal Journeys.
Channel 4 data chief Pedro Cosa has provided an insight into how his team helps inform commissioning decisions.
BBC3 will launch a weekly Top Gear spin-off hosted by the main show’s presenter Rory Reid and filmed at the motoring format’s iconic airfield studio.
BBC2 has ordered a fast-turnaround documentary about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster following this week’s inquest verdict, to air early next month.
Sir Tony Robinson is to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a one-off documentary for Discovery.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has said there is no shortage of suitors circling to buy Channel 4 as he gave his clearest indication yet that privatisation is his preferred option for the broadcaster.
Kalel Productions has become the eleventh indie to join the Greenbird Media network.
CPL producer Alex Moody has joined the BBC comedy commissioning team and will take an active role in the broadcaster’s diversity push.
Twofour is bidding to reinvigorate the home renovation format with an ITV daytime makeover show that cuts out ‘the boring building stuff’.
Traditional TV firms have continued to push into digital sports content with FremantleMedia investing in a football-based start-up and Discovery backing a rugby SVoD service.
Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan have started work on a third series of their hit Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.
The BBC is looking to hire candidates from a wider range of universities with a new recruitment process designed to ensure its workforce reflects modern Britain.
The BBC and Love Productions are set for crunch talks over The Great British Bake Off in the coming weeks, with ITV and Channel 4 thought to be ready to pounce if a deal cannot be agreed.
The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is to present a two-part travel cookery show for BBC1 tracing her culinary roots.
Former Channel 4 colleagues Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby are to take over at Optomen, as Pat Llewellyn steps down from the All3Media indie after 22 years.
Gordon Ramsay has launched a production company, Studio Ramsay, and immediately struck a joint venture agreement with All3Media to produce unscripted and scripted shows.
Chewing Gum creator Michaela Coel has criticised the exclusivity of the TV industry after being named 2016’s breakthrough talent at the Bafta craft awards.
The Indie Training Fund (ITF) has appointed BBC Comedy talent acquisition executive Carrie Britton as managing director.
UKTV is bringing back Celebrity Storage Hunters after the one-off Christmas special became its highest-rated show of 2015.
The BBC has leapt to the defence of Chris Evans, arguing that a report about the presenter’s aggressive behaviour towards junior production staff is “completely untrue”.
Veteran TV producers Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle have revealed plans for a £3m production network to help establish 10 indies.
BBC2 has ordered a documentary from Minnow Films investigating the conviction of Michael Stone for the brutal murders of Lin and Megan Russell in Kent in 1996.
The government has confirmed that it is exploring plans to hand BBC funding to other organisations to commission public service programming.
BBC3 has commissioned a short-form music show from Greenbird-network indie Rumpus Media and Phil McIntyre Television.
New Pictures’ colonial drama Indian Summers will not return to Channel 4 for a third series.
Women will form 50% of the BBC’s overall staff and leadership team by 2020 as part of a raft of diversity targets which also include its first LGBT target.
Russell T Davies, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan were among the off-screen talent recognised at the Bafta Television Craft Awards last night.
Carbon emissions in the TV industry rocketed by more than 37% last year to 12.9 tonnes of CO2 per hour of broadcast content, according to Bafta-backed sustainability consortium Albert.
Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel: Sabotage has been downloaded almost 600,000 times after the entire series was made available on-demand to binge-watch.
Barcroft Media and Done + Dusted have picked up major MTV US commissions, while the broadcaster is remaking ITV2’s The Almost Impossible Gameshow.
BBC2’s budget has been cut by almost £20m for the next financial year, while BBC1 is in line for a £60m windfall.
Sky is developing an ambitious documentary series that will follow British families over a five-year period.
Barb has kicked off talks with pay-TV platform including Sky and Virgin Media about securing access to their customers’ viewing habits.
ITV has revealed its EU referendum plans with a major peak-time debate forming a key part of its coverage.
Lord Puttnam has backed calls by Lord Lester and other MPs for the BBC charter to be supported by statutory legislation.
The treatment of as many as 40 runners on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent over the past two years has prompted complaints to Thames TV and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Broadcast can reveal.
Superheroes and supernatural sleuths continue to be popular subjects for US network dramas acquired by British broadcasters.
They are the juggernauts of TV entertainment, but when it comes to working conditions, the view of many runners is: “It’s a no from me.”
Over 200 complaints have been made about Channel 4’s controversial documentary What British Muslims Really Think.
The London Marathon will remain on the BBC until 2021 after a three-year extension to the existing contract was agreed.
Sky added 177,000 new subscribers in the three months to end of March, but faced a larger number of customers cancelling their service in the UK and Ireland.
ABC Studios is looking to work with more British writers, directors and stars after striking a landmark deal with former BBC and Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that a “golden age” of online video is dawning and said the company is betting big on live content.
The government has confirmed that diversity will feature “prominently” in the BBC’s new charter amid pressure from campaigners on the issue.
Victorian drama Dickensian will not be returning for a second series on BBC1.
Katie Price is fronting an equestrian format for TLC, while Emma Read’s Emporium Productions has landed a CBS true crime series.
Sky has made a multi-million pound bet on drama after ordering six high-profile series featuring talent including Idris Elba, Christina Hendricks, Dawn French and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley.
BBC staff have issued a vote of no confidence in the management of BBC Studios following the departure of Peter Salmon, according to a Bectu survey.
Comedian and Bafta award winning writer Victoria Wood has died at the age of 62 following a short battle with cancer.
The BBC’s independent drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer is to step up as acting controller of drama following Polly Hill’s departure.
Culture minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has stated that the BBC’s new charter will be debated in both the Lords and the Commons before the end of the year.
Former Fox TV Studios exec Bea Hegedus has launched a London-based consultancy to broker international format deals and offer programme support for fledgling OTT services.
Former BBC and Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden has set up an indie and closed a landmark first-look deal with Hollywood studio ABC Studios.
Paddy McGuinness is to front a celebrity car format for The Travel Channel.
Pact chief executive John McVay has called on Channel 4’s remit to be sharpened to better cater to young children.
Slade frontman Noddy Holder is to front a mega 19-part rock doc series for Sky Arts.
Channel 4-backed indie Lightbox Media has won a landmark factual series from Netflix, Broadcast has learned.
The unprecedented number of senior management departures is an inevitable consequence of restructuring the BBC, according to programming boss Charlotte Moore.
David Abraham has hit out at Channel 5 for “carpet-bombing” its schedule with benefits-related programming following the success of Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street.
Netflix is to expand its in-house production division to compete with the likes of Amazon and HBO.
Toast of London producer Kate Daughton has joined Shane Allen’s BBC comedy commissioning team after Gregor Sharp went on sabbatical.
The nominees in the inaugural documentary-makers awards have been unveiled, while Sky’s Pick has acquired a scripted horror.
The BBC has opened the door for the government to introduce more rigorous targets on distinctiveness as it looks to sharpen the breadth of content it offers audiences.
Scottish indie Friel Kean Films is developing its BBC daytime format Money For Nothing for America.
Ofcom has appointed MT (Mary Teresa) Rainey as deputy chairman of Channel 4.
Sarah Beeny is to replace Anita Rani as host of the fifth series of Channel 4’s factual format Four Rooms.
The Extraordinary People strand is to return to Channel 5 with three films from Dragonfly, Transparent Television and Markthree Media.
The BBC faces an anxious wait for the white paper on charter renewal amid conflicting reports over the weekend about government plans to raid the corporation’s finances.
Sky has struck a European movie deal with Sony Pictures Television – its first pan-regional agreement since the creation of Sky Europe.
BBC iPlayer will host content from third-party institutions including the British Film Institute, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House for the first time as part of its Shakespeare celebrations.
ITV has recommissioned The Durrells, just two episodes after the launch of the family drama.
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have teamed up with a co-founder of Zeebox to launch a “bold digital venture” to sit alongside their new series for Amazon Prime Video.
ITV detective series Scott and Bailey will not return after its current three-part special.
Peep Show and Spaced are among a number of programmes included in a raft of Channel 4 distribution deals.
UKTV’s Gold has renewed supernatural comedy Marley’s Ghosts for a supersized second series.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has hammered ITV over its record on diversity, highlighting its “complete absence” from the issue.
The government’s white paper on BBC charter renewal will be published in May, culture minister Ed Vaizey has confirmed for the first time.
Sixteen indies have been selected to receive business development training to help unlock up to £2m each in angel investment through the Indielab scheme.
The nominees for the RTS Scotland Awards have been revealed - and Discovery has expanded Quest’s online presence.
Sony Pictures exec Wayne Garvie, The Foundry’s Alex Mahon and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris are among the top-level speakers at this year’s Media Summit.
The BBC will come under pressure today to improve its record on diversity, with campaigners claiming that the corporation has made little progress in tackling the issue.
BBC Worldwide has bought a stake in the parent company of talent agency Curtis Brown and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell producer Cuba Pictures.
Siobhan Greene is to become ITV’s Saturday night supremo as the dust begins to settle on director of television Kevin Lygo’s major commissioning overhaul.
The race to replace BBC drama chief Polly Hill has begun, as the vacuum in permanent creative leadership at BBC Television causes growing concern.