21st Century Fox has tabled a takeover bid for Sky, which values the company at £18.5bn and would see the media giant take full control of the pay TV business.
Sky 1 is returning to the world of global espionage with a reboot of Left Bank Pictures’ action series Strike Back.
S4C’s chief executive officer Ian Jones will step down at the end of 2017 after six years at the Welsh broadcaster.
The BBC is to diversify Horizon with hybrid drama-docs and interactive play-along formats, after opening up the science strand to indies.
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Channel 4 is preparing to launch one-off docs about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, as well as Winnie the Pooh, while the BBC head of Scotland has emerged.
UK pay-TV channel Fox has acquired the reboot of US action drama 24.
Bonnie Greer, Tessa Jowell and Joan Bakewell are among the 12 senior female arts figures who have demanded the government explain why it blocked the appointment of Althea Efunshile to Channel 4’s board.
Vice and the Guardian are to team up to develop TV shows as part of a partnership between the businesses.
Channel 5 has commissioned a bumper 32-episode order of The Dog Rescuers and a one-off Jo Brand-fronted kitten spin-off.
American Idol producer Simon Fuller is to produce an English-language remake of Skins-style Norwegian youth drama Shame.
Argonon has launched a diversity scheme, while Robot Wars is heading to Asia and BBC Worldwide struck a Chinese deal for The Collection.
Ofcom has warned the BBC not to expect “special treatment” when it takes over regulation of the broadcaster in April 2017.
UK Animation chief Oli Hyatt has made an impassioned plea for the government to step up its support of the sector at 10 Downing Street.
ITV is to launch a paid-for subscription option for viewers wanting to access its on-demand service without advertising.
Michael Buerk will explore a range of royal recipes made by celebrity chefs in a 15-part BBC daytime commission for Spun Gold.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has promoted Julie Meldal-Johnsen to director of global content.
BBC Trustee Mark Damazer has warned the government not to appoint a chair of the BBC’s new unitary board who may be ‘tempted’ to intervene in editorial decisions.
NME and Wallpaper publisher Time Inc UK has launched a production division and plans to make factual programmes for UK broadcasters.
Pay-TV broadcaster Fox plans to order a small slate of “edgy” dramas from the UK and Europe after commissioning its first local scripted series.
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Lightbox, the Channel 4-backed indie set up by Searching For Sugar Man producer Simon Chinn and his cousin Jonathan Chinn, is planning to leverage its feature documentary pedigree and move into small-screen drama and entertainment formats.
BBC controller of factual commissioning Alison Kirkham has called for ‘big, noisy’ popular factual formats ahead of the arrival of former Channel 4 commissioner David Brindley.
Sky has set its sights on commissioning original high-end virtual reality content, following the launch of its Sky VR app.
Channel 4 has been left frustrated and disappointed by the government’s decision to block the appointment of BAME executive Althea Efunshile to its board, a move that has been labelled a “serious step back for diversity” by campaigners.
Endemol Shine UK chief executive Richard Johnston and Icon Films’ Laura Marshall are among five new members appointed to Pact Council.
Twofour is heading to Spain with Alex Polizzi in a six-part series for Channel 5.
Robot Wars executive producer Andrew Robertson has been promoted to Mentorn Media head of entertainment.
A+E Networks’ relationship format Seven Year Switch is headed to Channel 4 after the international versions aired on All 4.
Two leading kids bodies have urged Channel 5 to invest more in kids’ original content for its Milkshake pre-school strand after the Viacom-owned broadcaster reported record profits.
BBC1 has ordered a six-part series of Johnny Vegas’ Home From Home, following a successful pilot as part of its sitcom season.
ITN has won an online commission from Olympic Channel, while Red Bull has unveiled plans to move into music licensing.
The BBC is seeking six aspiring commissioners from under-represented backgrounds to apply for a 24-month Commissioning Development Programme.
A shake-up at ITV-owned Duck Dynasty indie Gurney Productions has seen founders Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney placed on a temporary leave of absence.
The BBC has introduced a number of changes to its child safety and whistleblowing processes following Dame Janet Smith’s review of the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall scandals.
Barging novices are taking to British waterways with Great Canal Journeys indie Spun Gold in a four-part series for Channel 5.
Chinese digital platform BesTV has acquired a package of almost 360 hours of Top Gear after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide.
TCB Media Rights and Studiocanal have sold a raft of programming to Asian broadcasters ahead of this week’s Asia TV Forum (ATF).
Netflix is to launch 20 non-scripted series next year with content chief Ted Sarandos lifting the lid on the company’s format ambitions, reluctance to provide ratings and its in-house production studio.
BBC Earth is to launch in Canada after BBC Worldwide struck a deal with Toronto-headquartered broadcaster-distributor Blue Ant Media.
The “high calibre” BAME candidate blocked by the government from joining the Channel 4 board has been revealed as former deputy chief of Arts Council England Althea Efunshile.
Culture secretary Karen Bradley has hit back at criticism that the BAME woman blocked from joining the board of Channel 4 was treated “unfairly”.
Chinese producer Huace Film & TV is to remake an ITV Studios drama in China – the first scripted deal for the international division of the British broadcaster.
Warner Bros Television Production UK has snared ITV executive Alexia Edwards as group commercial director.
Channel 5 is eyeing bringing back hard-hitting documentary Gangland as it beefs up its 10pm slot with “edgier” programmes.
Monty Halls’ indie Seadog Productions is to expand into the North American market following a distribution and production deal with Cineflix Rights.
French indie Pernel Media has scored its first UK commission after Channel 5 ordered a documentary unpacking the impact of immigration law on family life.
A group of engineers will be challenged to escape from a variety of “catastrophic” crash sites in Channel 4’s latest factual entertainment order.
Former Channel 5 kids boss Jessica Symons has launched an independent production company, Ivy House Productions.
Sky commissioning editor Richard Ackerman is leaving the broadcaster after two years.
More than 50 MPs have written to culture secretary Karen Bradley about the “extremely worrying” decision to block the appointment of a BAME women to Channel 4’s board.
NBCUniversal-owned network CNBC International has ordered business entertainment show Pop Up Start Up from London video agency The Hub.
BBC1 will ‘reinvent’ its approach to drama next year by carving out a new post-watershed slot for the genre on Saturday nights.
Sky Atlantic has acquired a Swedish-French drama from the creators of The Bridge.
Netflix has ordered a feature-length adaptation of young adult novel The Kissing Booth from Komixx Entertainment.
All3Media has appointed a chief executive for its Dutch subsidiary IDTV, while Cake Boss producer High Noon has made a round of promotions.
Channel 4 has launched an app for kids based on its forthcoming picture book adaptation We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.
Not-for-profit indie CTVC has hired the producer of ITV’s Sun Military Awards as its chief executive.
Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has warned staff that the broadcaster is experiencing a “worrying and unprecedented level of government interference”.
Channel 5 is considering a review of its 2017 programming line-up in light of its 90-minute documentary Slum Britain: 50 Years On.
Members of parliament have voted to uphold plans to hand the cost of over-75s licence fees to the BBC.
Holby City and Casualty executive producer Oliver Kent has been appointed to the new role of head of continuing drama in BBC Studios’ scripted division.
Curve Media is to send expert cleaners into the UK’s filthiest homes for an ITV series.
Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa has ordered an 8 x 60-minute spy drama, marking its first scripted commission for the region.
David Lammy has slammed culture secretary Karen Bradley’s decision to block the appointment of a BAME woman to the board of Channel 4 as “shocking” and called on the MP to “explain herself”.
ITV scheduling chief David Bergg is finally in the spotlight as the broadcaster’s “prince of darkness” prepares to leave after 15 years.
Broadcasters have acknowledged their failure to address the subject of climate change and have called for indies to incorporate the topic in different ways.
Planet Earth II executive producer Mike Gunton has described the “magnetic pull” that the BBC exerts on the Natural History Unit, even as BBC Studios prepares for commercialisation.
Online music publisher Resident Advisor plans to push into linear broadcasting after scoring a one-off Channel 4 documentary.
All3Media International is on the lookout for breakthrough Asian formats as British producers and distributors turn their attention east for new opportunities.
Kevin Lygo has placed fun and entertainment at the heart of his new-look ITV schedule and will use US-style entertainment chat show The Nightly Show to “extend the primetime feeling” of the channel.
China’s crackdown on foreign format adaptations could lead to an explosion of local entertainment hits co-developed with British super-indies such as Endemol Shine Group (ESG), Fremantle Media and ITV Studios.
Ninja Warrior UK indie Potato has struck a deal to remake Chinese physical gameshow Super Combat Teams – a move that could land a Chinese format on British TV for the first time.
The British children’s television sector suffered another blow this week after ITV retreated further away from original kids’ commissioning.
Reed Midem is to hold direct talks with British indie producers and distributors after it emerged that Pact would no longer operate its UK Indies pavilion at Mip and Mipcom.
TVF International is restructuring its executive ranks as director of programming Alice Hamlett steps down after eight years with the distributor.
Channel 4-backed foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has made its first investment in an original production.
ITV America has added Real Housewives of Atlanta indie Kingdom Reign Entertainment to its roster of production labels.
HBO’s Cinemax picks up BBC1 crime drama Rellik, while Sky Arts orders a walking series and the Community Channel restarts after hitting its crowdfunding goal.
Trigger Happy TV is set for a return to Channel 4 after the broadcaster ordered a one-off Christmas Eve special.
Virgin Media has launched a new connected entertainment line-up including a refreshed settop box and a revamped Virgin TV Anywhere app as it looks to take on Sky Q.
Sky has entered the mobile sector for the first time with the launch of its own mobile virtual network Sky Mobile.
Refugees and migrants will once again film their own journeys across Europe for a second series of Keo Films-produced BBC2 Exodus.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has blocked the appointment of a BAME woman to the board of Channel 4 as part of the process that included appointing four white men.
Deutschland 83 creator Anna Winger has teamed up with Carnival Films to develop her first UK series.
Ofcom has appointed four non-executive directors including former BBC2 controller Roly Keating to the board of Channel 4.
The British Film Institute (BFI) is to increase support for diversity, regional and grass-roots film-making, and television as part of its next five-year strategic plan.
Kids body The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF) has urged ITV to rethink restructuring CITV labelling the move “detrimental to the quality of children’s content” on the channel.
ITN Productions is ramping up its business in the US with the hire of a veteran National Geographic exec and formulating plans for a new Stateside base.
BBC1 dramas The Night Manager and War and Peace and C4’s Flowers were top winners at the RTS Craft & Design Awards.
Sky has struck a two-year deal with Russell Howard that will see the comedian star in his own Sky 1 comedy show.
US true crime documentary series The Case Of: Jon Benét Ramsey is to air on More 4 in the UK after the broadcaster struck a deal with distributor Electus International.
US network CBS has set a prime post-NFL slot for the premiere of its Hunted remake.
Channel 4’s foreign-language drama service Walter Presents is set to launch in the US, marking its first moves into the international market.
BBC Wales head of development Nick Andrews has been appointed head of commissioning across the regional division’s television, iPlayer and interactive platforms.
The BBC could be in for a multi-million pound windfall after putting the spectrum capacity previously used to broadcast BBC3 up for sale.
Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon is to search for Britain’s best tree for a one-off Channel 4 documentary.
ITV director of programme strategy David Bergg is to leave the broadcaster after 15 years, to be replaced by Rosemary Newell.
The government faces pressure from a cross-party group of MPs to reverse the decision to burden the BBC with the full cost of licence fees for over-75s.
German broadcasters including ProSieben and ZDF have picked up 150 hours of programming from Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights.
Darryl Noad, award-winning lighting director, passed away on Friday 18th November after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 57.
Sky has boosted its support of women’s sport with a four-year netball deal.
ITV is restructuring kids channel CITV in a move that could see the departure of kids chief Jamila Metran.
Pact is to scrap its UK Indies pavilion at Mip and Mipcom – a move that could hit a number of small producers and distributors.
Forces TV’s The Military Tech Show is heading to Latin America after A+E Networks acquired the series from distributor TVF International.
Judges from the BBC, Sky and HBO are hunting for break-out writers as part of the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards.
Commissioners across factual and comedy are set to lose their jobs as part of the latest stage of the BBC’s cost-cutting drive.