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Newsnight deputy joins Vice News


BBC Newsnight deputy editor Neil Breakwell is to join Vice News as London bureau chief ahead of the launch of the youth brand’s linear channel.

Senior digital commissioners depart in C4 shake-up


Channel 4 commissioners Adam Gee and Jody Smith are to leave the broadcaster after a more than a decade as part of a restructure at digital video service All 4.

X Factor

X Factor to hold Facebook Live auditions


The X Factor will become the latest TV brand to embrace Facebook Live after offering contestants the chance to audition via the social media platform.


Amazon & Netflix in line for EU levies Video


Global digital streaming services including Netflix and Amazon could be hit with multi-million pound charges to fund European TV shows under new regulation.


Fox debuts Outcast on Facebook Live Video


Fox is to debut horror thriller Outcast on Facebook Live – making it the first broadcaster in the UK to launch a show on the platform ahead of its linear TX.


BBC to trial subscription in major digital shake-up


The BBC has committed to trialling subscription services as part of a far-reaching digital shake-up, which includes plans to launch an industry wide streaming service, reportedly dubbed ‘Britflix’.


BBC in recipe u-turn


The BBC has rowed back on its decision to mothball 11,000 recipes as part of the closure of its BBC Food site – with the content to be transferred to its Good Food sister.


Amazon acquires AMC thriller Preacher Video


Amazon has acquired the UK rights to high-profile AMC drama Preacher – its latest first-run US acquisition.

BBC Food

BBC Food to be axed under wide-reaching online cull


The BBC Food website is to be axed, while development spending on iPlayer will be put at risk, as the corporation aims to save £15m per year.

ITV ups stake in Nordic VoD service


ITV has upped its investment in the Nordic VoD service Cirkus, which offers a raft of British content to international audiences.

BBC confirms £15m online savings plan


The BBC has confirmed plans to save £15m from its online budget by cutting duplication and retreating from “better-resourced services in the market”.


Vice hires Louis Theroux development exec in recruitment spree


Louis Theroux development exec Dan Louw and Objective’s Debi Roach have joined Vice as the youth media brand beefs up its production team ahead of the launch of its linear channel.

Driven to Distraction

All 4 gears up prank driving series


The Chuckle Brothers and Tinchy Stryder are some of the celebrities set to prank members of the public with dodgy driving in an ad-funded shorts series for All 4. 


Amazon to co-produce BBC3's Fleabag


US online streaming service Amazon has boarded forthcoming BBC3 comedy Fleabag.


iPlayer set to go Europe-wide


The government has directed the BBC to make iPlayer ‘portable’, meaning UK licence fee payers will be able to access the service when they travel across Europe.

Sky Go

BBC 'has a duty' to offer iPlayer content to Sky Go


The BBC ‘has a duty’ to offer on-demand and live programming to a wider range of third party apps, most likely including Sky Go, according to the white paper.


Discovery cuts costs to focus on digital growth


Discovery Communications is hoping that a major cost-cutting drive will save it up to £83m over the next 18 months as it refocuses on growing its digital services.

Lord Montagu

How did a Texan come to make a feature-length doc about an aristocrat he had never heard of? Luke Korem explains


Digital Video: adjusting to a digital future

As video-on-demand and catch-up become destinations in their own right, five leading digital experts debate how this development will affect broadcasters. Ann-Marie Corvin reports

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, BBC3

Eddie Izzard’s Sport Relief challenge was an endurance test for the production team too, says executive producer Nick Catliff


Thirteen, BBC3 Video

Commissioned before BBC3’s online move was set in stone, Thirteen had to shift from a traditional production road map to one that embraced all things digital.

Broadcast Digital

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Broadcast Digital - September 2014

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