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Richard Desmond

Discovery and Sky drop C5 bid


Discovery Communications and BSkyB’s £350m bid for Channel 5 appears to have been insufficient to land the broadcaster from Northern & Shell.

China Summit

Chinese TV delegation heads to UK


A delegation of Chinese TV industry executives is heading to London in September to forge ties with UK indies and broadcasters as part of the Screen China event.

Doctor Who

Major TV dramas face disruption in pay dispute


Bectu has threatened to derail production on dramas including Call the Midwife and Doctor Who if a long-running pay dispute is not resolved.

Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose

Waitrose & C4 partner for cookery AFP


Channel 4 has teamed up with Waitrose to create an ad-funded programming (AFP) Saturday morning live cookery show fronted by Steve Jones and Lisa Snowdon.

Shed of the Year 2013

C4 orders Shed of the Year show


Channel 4 is to go behind the scenes at Britain’s “prestigious” Shed of the Year competition for a three-part series.

Shetland to return to BBC1


BBC1 has commissioned a second series of crime drama Shetland from ITV Studios.

I Wanna Marry Harry

VIDEO: I Wanna Marry Harry, Fox


Click to view the trailer for Zig Zag Production’s reality-romance format I Wanna Marry Harry for Fox.

House Of Cards

Tivo boosts Netflix UK subscribers


The number of Netflix subscribers has grown to 14% of the UK’s online population - bolstered by the launch of the service on Virgin Media’s Tivo platform, according to a survey from Decipher Media.

The Challenger

Kim Shillinglaw set to woo indies


Incoming BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw is set to launch an indie charm offensive as she bids to get to grips with unfamiliar genres and make her mark on the channel’s schedule.

ITV News

ITN posts pre-tax profits of £6.6m


ITN weathered a 3% decline in revenues to post a pre-tax profit of £6.6m last year, according to the news specialist’s annual report.

Bad Education

UK shows primed for the US


Next month, the likes of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW will decide which of the US studios’ 100 pilots, including 15 foreign adaptations, will be taken to series.

UKTV makes indie pledge in commissioning rethink


UKTV is pledging to provide a full response to indies’ pitches within two weeks of submission as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of commissioning.


Youngers plans diversity boost


Big Talk Productions hopes to play a part in boosting industry diversity after completing an “old-fashioned apprenticeship scheme” on the second series of Youngers.


Sundance Channel set for UK


The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.

Educating Yorkshire

MipTV boosts Educating’s appeal


Channel 4 and Twofour’s Educating… franchise is set to be remade in several new territories after Shine International held a producers’ workshop at last week’s MipTV.

Mad Men

Mad Men fails to sell Sky Atlantic


Mad Men returned for a seventh series on Wednesday with a meagre audience of 28,500 - as Channel 4’s How to Get a Council House was back with record ratings.

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How To Get A Council House

TV Critics: How To Get A Council House; Mad Men; Ian Hislop's Olden Days; Party House

“He undermined his argument with soundbites from the usual Socialist Worker types”

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Richard Watsham, UKTV

Richard Watsham, UKTV

UKTV is looking to shift its focus to entertainment and improving its indie relationships


Chris Curtis

BBC3 chief: what’s the criteria?

Candidates will have to prove their online ambitions to land job says Chris Curtis

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Amazing Greys

Talking TV: BBC quotas & John Kaye Cooper

Broadcast’s Talking TV podcast returns with a John Kaye Cooper interview and more on BBC commissioning quotas.

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Richard Broke

Obituary: Richard Broke

Producer Richard Broke, whose credits included Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, has died

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Digital Edition

Broadcast 18 April 2014

Broadcast 18 April 2014

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