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Danny Cohen

Cohen: BBC in-house will hold on to hit shows

Long-running BBC in-house shows, such as EastEnders and Top Gear, will not be put out for tender as part of plans to scrap quotas and free-up internal producers to pitch to all broadcasters.

Danny Cohen

BBC to relaunch e-commissioning system

Danny Cohen has revealed that the BBC will relaunch its e-commissioning system this autumn as he bemoaned the corporation’s commissioning performance.


Darlow Smithson travels to Victorian workhouse for BBC1

BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore is keen to introduce new angles to the channel’s factual programming, kicking off with a series focusing on the poorest members of Victorian society. 

Ben Frow

C5 set to renew Big Brother

Channel 5 has fought off interest from rival broadcasters to renew its deal to air Big Brother and its celebrity spin-off. 

Peter Fincham

Peter Fincham predicts US-style pitching

ITV director of television Peter Fincham believes the consolidation of the British indie sector could lead to the introduction of US-style beauty parade pitching.

Katie Hopkins to gain four stone for TLC doc

The Apprentice star Katie Hopkins is to gain four stone for a new-two part TLC UK documentary.

Zai Bennet

Zai Bennett: obliterating BBC3 budget a huge mistake

Former BBC3 controller Zai Bennett has roundly criticised the decision to close down its linear channel.

David Abraham

David Abraham hints at terms of trade vision

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham used his Post MacTaggart Interview to hint at his vision to update the terms of trade via a “stepped approach”.

John McVay

Pact ‘shocked’ by Abraham’s MacTaggart

Pact chief executive John McVay has reacted angrily to David Abraham’s MacTaggart message on terms of trade, claiming that Channel 4 is attempting to “top-slice the independent sector”.

Adam Macdonald

Sky 1 orders cosplay gameshow

Sky has ordered a cosplay gameshow and a Christmas drama alongside a trio of acquisitions, including The Flash.


UKTV plans VoD pilots

UKTV is planning to pilot TV shows via its online portal and allow visitors to vote on which secure commissions.


Pact calls for radical BBC production overhaul

The BBC should become a fully fledged publisher broadcaster to save £35m a year and free-up £575m of commissioning spend, according to a Pact report.

David Abraham

David Abraham takes aim at Sky and US studios

MacTaggart: Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has demanded that Sky pay to carry its services and argued that it should be handed the chance to strike “more flexible deals” with the rapidly consolidating indie sector.

David Abraham

David Abraham's MacTaggart: rights in his sights

Industry issues, policy debates and producer relations were at the heart of David Abraham’s MacTaggart lecture.

David Abraham

C4 boss on John Malone, super-indies and big data

The Channel 4 chief executive used his speech to tackle issues including the influx of the US studios, the rise of the super-indies and the importance of data.  

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