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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.

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.

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.


Sky trials Twitter recording tool

Sky is to begin trialing a mobile Twitter tool that allows its customers to watch or record TV shows by clicking on icons which appear in tweets.

S4C preps multiplatform kids’ series

S4C has greenlit an interactive multiplatform children’s series that will launch on TV before concluding as a four-part digital comic book.

Champions League (Credit Getty Images)

ITV to fill Champions League void with in-house formats

ITV plans to use the funding and space in the schedule freed up by its loss of the Champions League to test in-house formats.

The Call Centre

BBC3 and iPlayer roles likely to merge

The BBC3 controller post will likely be merged with the yet-to-be-filled role of iPlayer content boss following Zai Bennett’s decision to join Sky Atlantic.

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.

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.


Sundance Channel set for UK

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

Denise O'Donoghue

Denise O'Donoghue to leave ITVS

Denise O’Donoghue is to step down as the UK managing director of ITV Studios after four years.

HMS Ark Royal

Discovery on brink of Channel 5 deal

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, Broadcast understands.

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth

BBC appoints HR director

The BBC has appointed Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth as its director of human resources.

Latest Ratings

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 Broke

Obituary: Richard Broke

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

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The Broadcast Interview

Richard Watsham, UKTV

Richard Watsham, UKTV

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

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The Editor

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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Digital Edition

Broadcast 18 April 2014

Broadcast 18 April 2014

Click for the digital version of this week’s magazine.

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