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Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead: licence fee does not need fixing

21-Oct-2014

Newly-installed BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has argued that the licence fee is “not a problem that needs to be fixed” as the government prepares to consider all options for the corporation’s future funding during charter renewal.

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Fox UK opens Freak Show

21-Oct-2014

The stars of a Venice Beach freak show are to feature on Fox UK after the broadcaster acquired a reality series from Endemol.

Isis

Channel 4 develops Isis drama

21-Oct-2014

Channel 4 is developing a drama about a group of British-born Muslims who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) with Liza Marshall’s fledgling indie Archery Pictures.

Meet The Orangutans

Orangutans swing onto Animal Planet

21-Oct-2014

Animal Planet has ordered Meet The Orangutans, an eight-part follow up to its hit series Meet The Sloths.

Caroline Raphael

R4 comedy commissioner to step down

21-Oct-2014

Caroline Raphael, the BBC Radio 4 commissioner behind shows including Little Britain, is to leave the BBC after 31 years.

Viral Tap

Yalli wins C4 gameshow pilot

21-Oct-2014

Yalli Productions is to pilot a gameshow format for Channel 4 in which contestants must agree how to divide up a prize pot into unequal amounts.

The Jonathan Ross Show

Jonathan Ross signs two series ITV deal

20-Oct-2014

Jonathan Ross has signed up for a further two series of his ITV chat show – keeping him on the channel until at least the end of 2015.

Fran Unsworth

Fran Unsworth named BBC World Service chief

20-Oct-2014

BBC deputy director of news Fran Unsworth has been appointed director of BBC World Service group.

Lily Allen at the 2014 Big Weekender

R1’s Big Weekend in 'serious' editorial breach

20-Oct-2014

The BBC Trust has ruled that Radio 1’s Big Weekend seriously breached the corporation’s editorial guidelines after acts including Lily Allen swore during their live sets.

Sean Bean

Frankenstein first order for ITV Encore

20-Oct-2014

ITV has ordered its first original commission for Sky pay-TV channel Encore, a Sean Bean-fronted drama about Frankenstein. 

Victoria Warehouse

C4 and Box TV head to Platform Festival

20-Oct-2014

Channel 4 has teamed up with Box TV and events company Live Nation to broadcast a series of performances from Manchester’s Platform Festival.

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BBC America boards London Spy

20-Oct-2014

US cable network BBC America has boarded Working Title Television’s BBC2 thriller London Spy.

Celebrity Gogglebox

Gogglebox hits record peak for Stand Up to Cancer

20-Oct-2014

FRIDAY: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Noel Gallagher helped Gogglebox to a record high of 4.3m as part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer event.

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Frankel film under starter's orders for C4

20-Oct-2014

Oxford Scientific Films will explore the story of legendary racehorse Frankel in a Channel 4 documentary ahead of Royal Ascot next year.

Ceri Thomas

Ceri Thomas confirmed as Panorama editor

20-Oct-2014

Ceri Thomas, the BBC’s former head of news programmes, has been confirmed as the permanent editor of Panorama.

Mr Sloane

Sky scraps Mr Sloane and Trying Again

17-Oct-2014

Sky has cancelled Sky Atlantic comedy Mr Sloane, starring Nick Frost, and Chris Addison’s Sky Living sitcom Trying Again.

The Undateables

Betty sets up ugly date for TLC

17-Oct-2014

The Undateables producer Betty is to follow singletons with hidden medical conditions including alopecia and hyperhidrosis as they try to find love in a dating format for TLC.

Frank Sinatra

BBC1 plans Frank Sinatra tribute

17-Oct-2014

Bands, choirs and solo artists are to perform a selection of Frank Sinatra songs for a BBC1 entertainment show celebrating the centenary of the singer’s birth.

Richard Bacon

Electric Ray highlights inequality for C4

17-Oct-2014

Sony-backed indie Electric Ray is to make a studio show for Channel 4 in which host Richard Bacon will shine a spotlight on inequality in Britain.

The Good Wife

CBS launches SVoD service

17-Oct-2014

CBS has launched an online video service in the US which will allow subscribers to access live TV and watch series including The Good Wife, Blues Brothers and Survivor on-demand.    

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VIDEO: Grayson Perry: Who Are You? Video

16-Oct-2014

Click to watch the trailer for Grayson Perry’s forthcoming Swan Films show for Channel 4

Thunderbirds

ITV hires Little Dot to run YouTube channels

16-Oct-2014

ITV has agreed a deal with Little Dot Studios to manage its growing network of YouTube channels.

Forever

Sky Go Extra helps profit jump 10%

16-Oct-2014

The number of subscribers to Sky’s premium Sky Go Extra service hit 1.5m as its quarterly profit jumped by more than 10%.  

Paul Farrelly

Pact calls on BBC to ‘open up’ about terms of trade plans

16-Oct-2014

The BBC has come under pressure to open up about its plans to overhaul the terms of trade amid concern that some true indies could lose out as a result of any changes.

Eastenders

Fifth of parents concerned over pre-watershed TV

16-Oct-2014

More than a fifth of parents with children aged between five and 15 “have concerns” about pre-watershed television content, according to an Ofcom study.

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Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead: licence fee does not need fixing

Newly-installed BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has argued that the licence fee is “not a problem that needs to be fixed” as the government prepares to consider all options for the corporation’s future funding during charter renewal.

ITV

The Jonathan Ross Show

Jonathan Ross signs two series ITV deal

Jonathan Ross has signed up for a further two series of his ITV chat show – keeping him on the channel until at least the end of 2015.

C4

Isis

Channel 4 develops Isis drama

Channel 4 is developing a drama about a group of British-born Muslims who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) with Liza Marshall’s fledgling indie Archery Pictures.

C5

C5 nails down Bob the Builder

Mipcom: Channel 5’s Milkshake has picked up the UK rights to the revived kids animation Bob The Builder.

UKTV

Jan-Gooze-Zijl

UKTV’s CFO gets expanded role

UKTV’s chief financial officer Jan Gooze-Zijl has been handed an expanded remit following the departure of Julia Jordan last month.

Sky

Mr Sloane

Sky scraps Mr Sloane and Trying Again

Sky has cancelled Sky Atlantic comedy Mr Sloane, starring Nick Frost, and Chris Addison’s Sky Living sitcom Trying Again.