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Mark Linsey lifts lid on BBC Studios vision

5-May-2016

Mark Linsey has confirmed that “business acumen” will be the key skill required of BBC Studios’ new genre heads, as the director prepares to put in place his preferred top team.

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The Island and Hunted producer joins Channel 4

5-May-2016

Shine TV’s former managing director Kelly Webb-Lamb has joined Channel 4 as head of factual entertainment.

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Redundancies loom at Discovery

5-May-2016

Discovery Networks International (DNI) could be asked to make redundancies in the UK and around the world after the global factual broadcaster revealed a major cost cutting plan.

Tony Hall

Tony Hall pours cold water on Reithian restructure

5-May-2016

Tony Hall has poured cold water on speculation that he will reorganise the BBC around its Reithian values and made clear that strong channel brands remain central to his plans.

Tim Key

TNT boards E4 comedy Foreign Bodies

5-May-2016

E4 comedy drama Foreign Bodies is to launch in the US after TNT came on board as a co-producer. 

One Day In

A+E plans UK first-look push

5-May-2016

A+E Networks is planning a major push on first-look deals with UK producers as it aims to establish its international distribution business globally.

Tracey Metro

C5 resurrects House Doctor for daytime push

5-May-2016

Channel 5 is resurrecting makeover format House Doctor as part of a multi-million pound move back into original daytime commissioning.

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Dancer Akram Khan part of C4 arts slate

4-May-2016

Dancer Akram Khan is to create and stage a work in British factories in a one-off Channel 4 documentary from Grayson Perry’s producers.

Katie Taylor

Strictly boss joins BBC Studios exodus

4-May-2016

Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear boss Katie Taylor has become the third senior BBC Studios executive to announce their departure in less than a week.

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BBC Studios factual chief departs

4-May-2016

BBC Studios head of factual Natalie Humphreys has become the latest executive to leave the corporation.

Channel 4

Report: C4 sale 'overwhelming negative'

4-May-2016

A report analysing the consequences of privatising Channel 4 has claimed a sale would be “overwhelmingly negative” for producers, advertisers and the overall economy – and mooted BT as the most likely UK buyer.

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Whittingdale: BBC 'drives me mad'

4-May-2016

John Whittingdale has revealed that the BBC sometimes drives him “insane” in unguarded comments at an event at Cambridge University.

ITN News

ITN Productions drives record growth

4-May-2016

ITN has reported its sixth consecutive year of growth after increasing its operating profit by £1m over the past year.

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BBC bid to hire Michael Jackson stalls

4-May-2016

The BBC could again be frustrated in its efforts to lure a high-profile external executive into a major new content role after an attempt to hire former Channel 4 boss Michael Jackson stalled.

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Carol Vorderman flies off with C5 series

4-May-2016

Arrow Media is to track Carol Vorderman’s attempt to become the ninth woman to fly solo around the world for a Channel 5 documentary.

Line Of Duty

Line Of Duty set for BBC1 switch

3-May-2016

The BBC is in advanced talks to move Line Of Duty from BBC2 to BBC1 after the hit police corruption drama delivered record ratings.

The Night Manager

In brief: Leicester City; iPlayer results; C5 HD; RTS Student Awards

3-May-2016

Leicester City’s Premier League victory helped BBC Sport to record numbers, as The Night Manager and Thirteen generated 308m BBC iPlayer requests in March.

Strictly

Anger over reports of BBC scheduling crackdown

3-May-2016

A row has erupted over reports that the government plans to intervene in BBC scheduling decisions to protect commercial rivals.

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VIDEO: Brands on the box - Cannes Lions roundtable Video

29-Apr-2016

Ahead of Cannes Lion’s new creative strand, Lion Entertainment, Broadcast brought together four industry experts to explore the future of brand-funded programming.

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Mitchell and Webb reunite for C4 comedy pilot

29-Apr-2016

Comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb are reuniting for a Channel 4 comedy pilot.

GCHQ

Minnow seeks spies for C4 series

29-Apr-2016

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.

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BBC Studios plans divisive restructure

29-Apr-2016

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.

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BBC preps diversity guidelines for indies Video

29-Apr-2016

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.

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Caryn Mandabach: BBC should stay away from whodunnits

29-Apr-2016

Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach has warned the BBC to “stay away” from whodunnit-style dramas as it strives to find a distinctive voice.

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Courtney Cox developing ITV comedy

28-Apr-2016

Big Talk Productions is developing a comedy for ITV starring Friends actress Courtney Cox.

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Top Gear

Mark Linsey lifts lid on BBC Studios vision

Mark Linsey has confirmed that “business acumen” will be the key skill required of BBC Studios’ new genre heads, as the director prepares to put in place his preferred top team.

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ITV

ITN News

ITN Productions drives record growth

ITN has reported its sixth consecutive year of growth after increasing its operating profit by £1m over the past year.

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C4

The Island and Hunted producer joins Channel 4

Shine TV’s former managing director Kelly Webb-Lamb has joined Channel 4 as head of factual entertainment.

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C5

Tracey Metro

C5 resurrects House Doctor for daytime push

Channel 5 is resurrecting makeover format House Doctor as part of a multi-million pound move back into original daytime commissioning.

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UKTV

UKTV

UKTV sets out strategy for W

UKTV has set out the commissioning priorities for its female-skewing channel W for the first time following its rebrand.

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Sky

Sky plots ambitious family doc series

Sky is developing an ambitious documentary series that will follow British families over a five-year period.

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