A row has broken out over Channel 4 documentary Muslim Drag Queens, after the creator of a Guardian film with a similar title and subject area claimed to have been sidelined from the project.
BT director of TV Alex Green is to become the European boss of Amazon Instant Video – the online service that yesterday struck a landmark deal with the former Top Gear team.
Endemol Shine UK’s games developer Bossa Studios has completed a management buyout from the mega-indie.
Andy Wilman has lifted the bonnet on the former Top Gear team’s landmark deal with Amazon Prime Video, explaining that they will be “left alone” to take the best of their old show and update it for a “new world” audience.
Amazon Prime Video has emerged as the surprise home of the new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson and his former Top Gear team.
Broadcast rounds up the key facts from the former Top Gear team’s landmark deal with Amazon Prime Video.
Sky is preparing to roll-out Now TV across Europe, aggressively taking on Netflix in the online video space.
Audience research organisation Barb will publish figures on the level of on-demand and live-streamed viewing for the first time in September.
The BBC is to invest £100,000 in immersive virtual reality ideas to trial via BBC Taster - its online testing ground for innovative projects.
Maker Studios has commissioned its first pilot from a UK indie – a GamesMaster-style video game show produced by Somethin’ Else.
Little Dot Studios has set its sights on a move into linear TV production after hiring three Maverick execs, including creative director of digital Dan Jones.
Broadcaster catch-up services are generating increased levels of traffic, with connected consumers more likely to use services such as iPlayer than to watch recorded TV, according to a Mediatel report.
A report on the viewing demographics of iPlayer has found that almost 65m people are bypassing geo-restrictions to access the platform from outside of the UK.
Multiplatform producer Atomized is to follow the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rowing race after winning a competitive pitch from ad-funded programming business Precious.
Sky Sports has won the rights to offer near live Premier League digital clips, which will also feature on The Times and The Sun website.
BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie is determined not to suffer the same fate as the music industry by ensuring his distribution business remains profitable as it makes the transition to digital.
Somethin’ Else is to turbocharge the online profile of shows including Geordie Shore, Ex On The Beach and Judge Geordie after picking up a social media contract from MTV.
The rise of the online platforms has muddied the commissioning waters for indies, but there are opportunities if producers can find the right strategy to work with them, says Kate Bulkley
CNN has ambitions for McLaren’s ‘Thought Leadership’ hub beyond its election debates. Alex Farber paid a visit
Louise Blyth of the BBC Academy asks industry leaders how broadcasters can use online content to drive audience growth
BBC Academy’s Paul Buller talks to three microvideo producers.
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Veteran comedy producer Charlie Hanson has claimed that BBC3 is no longer his first port of call for pitching new comedy ideas and urged talent to produce and distribute work themselves.
Sassy Films has hired former Fremantle Media and Zodiak Active exec Robert Marsh to set up a dedicated digital division.
Ballista Media is to livestream the unearthing of a rare MRK II Spitfire via its History Hit YouTube channel.
Sky has guaranteed that all of its most popular on-demand programming will be supported by subtitles by next summer.
Social media management agency Gleam Futures has kicked off talks with broadcasters and platforms about securing long-form commissions featuring its portfolio of YouTube talent.
Hunderby’s Kevin Eldon and Outnumbered’s Hugh Dennis are among the stars to have signed up to appear in a slew of comedy pilots from Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible.
TV viewing among young adults has fallen by 18% over the past five years, according to Ofcom.
OTT video service Simplestream has struck deals with broadcasters including A+E Networks, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sony and UKTV to launch a subscription service.
The BBC is attempting to help bridge the digital skills gap by sparking children’s interest in career opportunities in the space.
iPlayer is set to be transformed from its catch-up roots to a digital service that debuts shows ahead of linear TX and features an array of third-party content, after the BBC Trust approved executive plans.
Sky is to launch a dedicated app for children and is hunting for a head of kids’ content after beefing up its library of shows for youngsters.
Vice News’ double win at last week’s Broadcast Digital Awards has added weight to the proposals to move BBC3 online, according to channel controller Damian Kavanagh.
All 4 has ordered a raft of shorts including its latest ad-funded series in partnership with Foster’s.
Good timing, a strong wi-fi connection and a selfie stick are some of the secrets to getting the best out of Periscope, according to Twitter’s UK head of news and government partnerships.
ITV-owned producer Talpa Media has been commissioned to produce a reality format for Chinese digital service Tencent.
BBC Newsbeat has launched its first mobile app, featuring trending tweets, Instagram posts and YouTube clips, to serve younger audiences with relevant news.
Migrant community brand Lebara has launched a set-top box and multiplatform service offering access to a raft of foreign-language channels.
BBC social media manager Rajiv Nathwani is leaving the broadcaster to join Netflix.
BBC current affairs has partnered with ABC News to launch a YouTube channel featuring videos about topical issues, including illegal immigrants and fast fashion.
The BBC has developed an internal iPlayer prototype which can be controlled by viewers’ brainwaves.
Dial Square 86 has put its investment strategy on hold to focus on the launch of an online trading platform designed to shake up the distribution market.
Believe Entertainment Group, ITV’s first digital investment, has revealed plans to co-produce content with other ITV-owned businesses and launch a UK division.
Goal Hanger Films, the indie established last year by Gary Lineker and former ITV Sport controller Tony Pastor, has begun producing live shows for digital sport service Breathe Sport.
Cartoon Network is launching a website to encourage kids to create their own characters and stories.
Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 is hunting for “grabby” factual series with a budget of around £18000.
YouTube and its rivals are set to grow their share of UK viewing to 10% in the next five years – potentially sparking significant investment in original content by broadcasters and indies.
BT is preparing to offer Netflix in ultra high definition and Sky Sports channels in high definition as it prepares to launch its latest Youview set top box.
Discovery is launching a general entertainment and live sports subscription VoD service across Europe.
The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures is in talks with Amazon about a “Downton Abbey meets Deadwood” drama.
The BBC is planning to turbocharge its Instagram profile after an executive claimed that it has learned more about social media from brands, including Burberry, Nike and Netflix, than rival broadcasters.
Increasing opportunity exists for online talent to cross over into TV and film following the success of stars such as Zoella.
BBC3 is to open up its production processes as it bids to reach audiences online, according to the channel’s digital controller.
Britain’s Got Talent is preparing to use live video streaming service Periscope to offer viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of this weekend’s final.
BBC iPlayer requests dropped for the third consecutive month in April prompting platform boss Dan Taylor-Watt to write a blog putting the figures in context.
Vlogging will become a more mainstream form of video content as young fans grow up with the format, according to StyleHaul director of UK talent Jody Flanagan.
More than half of UK homes own a tablet just five years after the devices launched.
Netflix must sign up a further 9m UK subscribers before it is able to compete with Sky for content rights.
Jools Oliver is to feature alongside her husband Jamie in a family-themed YouTube channel produced by Fresh One.
BBC3 digital controller Damian Kavanagh has outlined his ambition for BBC3 to act as a ‘pathfinder’ for the future of digital TV.
Sky is to beef up its VoD library of kids content by 600% - offering subscribers access to around 4000 episodes of shows including Spongebob Squarepants and Horrible Histories.
Digital music service Spotify has agreed deals with rights holders including BBC Worldwide, Comedy Central, Maker Studios, Turner Broadcasting and Vice Media as it prepares to feature a raft of audio and video content.
The BBC has called a temporary halt to its hunt for a digital content director after it struggled to find the right candidate and to allow incoming executive Emma Swain to clarify the remit of the role.
Versailles, the English-language Canal+ drama written by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft, has been pre-sold in Germany and Spain by Zodiak Rights.
Endemol Shine UK is to continue to operate its multichannel networks ChannelFlip and Endemol Beyond as separate businesses and handed responsibility for both to commercial director Laurence Jones.
Disney-owned multichannel network (MCN) Maker Studios has hired Dubplate Drama creator Luke Hyams as head of international content.
More details have emerged of Netflix’s non-scripted commissioning push, with the SVoD giant hunting up to six shows a year.
Radio 1 DJ Greg James has co-written a sitcom about a luckless DJ as part of the fourth wave of Comedy Feeds pilots, which will launch on BBC iPlayer later this year.
Netflix has opened its doors to the wider UK indie community for the first time, as it hunts for ambitious entertainment and fact ent formats.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has continued its push into originations by commissioning a further two series of period crime drama Ripper Street.
The average UK household spends £30-35 a year on digital television and movies, with 30% expecting to “significantly increase” their spending over the next two years, according to a study by OC&C Strategy Consultants.
The European Commission (EC) has unveiled plans to create a Digital Single Market in a move that could have a significant impact on the way that TV series are sold across Europe and how online giants like Netflix and Amazon operate on the continent.
Ever wondered what would happen if Danny Dyer and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson teamed up to play video games? Well wonder no more.
BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie has confirmed that download-to-own service BBC Store is to enter a major beta trial in June ahead of a full autumn launch.
Bristol-based indie Icon Films has launched a dedicated YouTube channel for River Monsters, managed by All3Media digital arm Little Dot Studios.
Peter Kay’s debut BBC1 sitcom, Car Share, has become iPlayer’s most successful box-set launch after it generated 2.8m requests.
Channel 4 has promoted Charlie Palmer to head of viewer relationship management following the departure of Steve Forde last month.
Sky is closing its 3D linear channel and making all the programmed available to view on-demand.
Simon Cowell has teamed up with Done + Dusted to produce a DJ competition format for online portal Yahoo.
Vice Media’s fashion magazine i-D has landed its first TV series, weeks after hiring Ravi Amaratungara as its head of video.
Channel 4 has launched a news site that features short stories supported by shareable animated GIFs.
Channel 4’s freshly launched games publishing arm is to take around a 15% share of revenue from developers’ apps to engineer a “win-win” situation in which it drives more traffic to its own titles.
The producer of Netflix’s first major natural history series has lifted the lid on how his company secured a slice of the subscription VoD service’s £2.15bn content budget.
Local newspaper publishers will be able to submit their best stories for inclusion on the local BBC News sites following a trial in West Yorkshire and the North East.
Channel 4 is to promote mobile games from third-party developers across its All 4 platform as part of plans for a games publishing arm.
Netflix has ordered an eight-part series from the makers of Planet Earth as it expands its original content push into factual programming.
The first shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2015 has been revealed – featuring nominations in categories including best app, game, original web channel and entertainment channel.
Wall to Wall Television is drawing up plans to evolve its HomeCoach app after more than 10 million virtual cards were traded over the course of The Voice UK series.
The BBC’s top presenters could be depicted online via a series of bespoke emojis after the corporation commissioned a report into the graphics ahead of BBC3’s proposed move online.
MipTV: Amazon is to open its doors to international producers as it ramps up the amount of original comedy that it commissions.
Fremantle Media UK has relaunched its digital arm as Shotglass Media, which will produce an array of innovative digital content.
Endemol Shine Group is sizing up how to integrate its separate standalone digital divisions as it emerged Channelflip boss Claire Tavernier has stepped down and the multichannel network is to relocate to west London.
The upcoming general election helped boost TV-related political conversation on Twitter, as The Battle For Number 10, Question Time and coverage of the budget all performed well.
BBC iPlayer generated its highest-ever number of average daily TV requests in February, fuelled by a renewed interest in Top Gear following the controversy surrounding the show.
Endemol Shine Group has partnered with YouTube star Michelle Phan to launch an online channel featuring an array of lifestyle content.
Channel 4 has bolstered its short-form video offering with five new series ahead of the launch of its digital platform All 4.
BBC Worldwide has appointed Lucy Fredericks to head up its Labs initiative as it prepares to roll-out the fourth iteration of its digital media start-up initiative.
Channel 4 has previewed All 4, the digital service which will replace 4oD, ahead of its launch on 30 March.
Industry trade body Pact has described EU plans to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK’s television industry.
BBC iPlayer is planning a weekly show to direct viewers to its exclusive programming as part of a raft of commissions for the VoD service featuring Matt Berry, Frankie Boyle and Jo Brand.
ITV has estimated that viewing via PVRs cost the business £100m in ad revenue in 2014.
ITV has recruited Channel 4’s head of viewer relationship management, Steve Forde, to become its director of marketing and experience for online and on demand.
Social media talent management company Gleam Futures is eyeing a move into television for its roster of YouTube stars after hiring Maverick TV digital producer Claire McArdle.
Sky has ploughed an additional £3.4m into 1Mainstream, taking its total investment in the US video delivery platform to £4.8m.
Director of radio Helen Boaden has warned the BBC risks damaging “our family silver” if it fails to innovate around its audio content and outlined plans to develop a “smart” digital radio service.
Social media management firm Gleam Futures has hired Maverick digital producer Claire McArdle to develop a range of ideas for its YouTube talent roster.
The BBC has partnered with Google, Microsoft and Samsung to deliver its Make It Digital education initiative.
Microsoft has begun talks with a range of UK broadcasters about integrating its real-time audience sentiment tracking service into live events.
Maker Studios has begun pitching original show ideas to broadcasters as TV begins to take advantage of the YouTube talent revolution.
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Netflix is to offer its subscribers the US version of The Returned after striking a global rights deal with Fremantle Media International for the zombie remake.
Beamly, the service previously called Zeebox, has set its sights on deals with UK broadcasters after overhauling its offering and finding success in the US.
ITV has reported its online and interactive divisions have become “very profitable” after VoD requests jumped by over 25% year-on-year.
The 30th anniversary of EastEnders dominated the conversation on Twitter in February while The Brit Awards, Baftas and Academy Awards also sparked debate.
The BBC will launch a personalised app this autumn that can notify users about new series launches, live sport scores, breaking news and traffic updates.
Tony Hall will today set out plans for the BBC to harness the power of data to offer audiences Amazon-style recommendations as it bids to become a “pioneer” in the internet age.
BBC iPlayer had a record-breaking January as requests for shows including EastEnders and Top Gear boosted the video on demand service.
Ben Cavey’s fledgling label, Cave Bear Productions, has won its first piece of business - a short-form mini-series for Channel 4’s online platform Comedy Blaps.
Overall TV viewing fell slightly in 2014 as the number of people tuning in for more than four hours per day dipped by 7%.
Sky 1 has produced a ‘choose your own adventure’-style Twitter game to support its medical drama Critical.
Channel 4 is to highlight the slots available in its schedule for ad-funded programming (AFP) as part of an overview of its strategy at an event tomorrow.
Dazed & Confused head of video Ravi Amaratunga is leaving the publisher to head up Vice Media-owned magazine i-D’s international video output.
Eye/Present, the fledgling indie set up by former Cake boss Genevieve Dexter, is developing an animated series based on YouTube channel Yogscast.
Netflix is on course to become the world’s second largest buyer of content as it continues to disrupt traditional television.
Video analytics firm Vidiro has inked deals with Fremantle Media and Syco Entertainment to help the producers unearth emerging talent on YouTube.
New Form Digital, the digital studio backed by Discovery, has invested in an online short from BBC Radio 1 presenters Jack and Dean as part of a scripted pilots initiative.
CITV’s revamped version of Thunderbirds is to be supported by an interactive app designed to “gamify” reading for younger users.
Netflix could spend as much as £3.3bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
UKTV has identified three distinct groups that use its VoD service as it trials a recommendation engine to increase usage.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Left Bank Pictures’ sci-fi period drama Outlander.
Vice Media, one of the pioneers of original digital content, is to shake up the US cable landscape by agreeing a deal for a programming block with A+E Networks.
Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother steamrolled the competition on Twitter in January – accounting for eight of the top ten most tweeted about shows.
The BBC has kicked off a trial of messaging app SnapChat to support BBC3 reality show South Side Story.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the exclusive US rights to Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.
Idris Elba is fronting a 20-part interactive series exploring the history of the world for BBC Taster, the corporation’s innovation website.
Sky will continue its spate of San Francisco acquisitions at a steady pace over the next year as the seven businesses it has already backed begin to have a direct impact on its business.
The BBC’s efforts to reach new audiences with digital storytelling were ratcheted up this week with the unveiling of BBC Taster.
Sky News has partnered with Facebook as part of its Stand Up Be Counted (SUBC) initiative for an online debate in which youngsters will grill the major political leaders.
Channel 4 will offer fans of The Jump the chance to get involved in the action via a mobile game.
The BBC has launched an online proving ground to test early-stage digital content and emerging technologies.
House of Fools indie Pett Television, Sharon Horgan’s Merman Films and Comedy Unit are among the indies responsible for a slate of iPlayer shorts.
Sherlock was the most-watched show in iPlayer in 2014 – as drama Murdered By My Boyfriend racked up almost as many views on the VoD service as it managed on BBC3.
Channel 4 has restructured its digital team ahead of the launch of its multiplatform hub All 4.
The proposed online-only BBC3 will offer visitors more than 100 pieces of new-form content a month via a new Daily Stream service.
Hat Trick Productions and Avalon Entertainment are to make an audacious bid for BBC3 in an attempt to save it as a TV channel.
Victoria Derbyshire’s daytime business programme is to air simultaneously on BBC2, BBC News and online with a host of “digital-first” content.
BBC R&D has produced a virtual reality pilot of a BBC Philharmonic performance as part of ongoing tests into the format.
Reuters is planning to launch a mobile video app that will offer users a personalised news bulletin.
ITV outperformed BBC1 on Twitter in December as The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! dominated TV-related chat online.
The rushes from Sky Living structured reality show Desi Rascals are to be ‘leaked’ on Instagram and Twitter as the broadcaster hopes to spark reaction from viewers that will help shape the show.
Prime minister David Cameron has been accused by youth voting organisation Bite the Ballot of pulling out of a series of online leaders’ debates hosted by ITV News.
ITV outperformed BBC1 on Twitter in December as The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! dominated TV-related chat online.
TalkTalk has revealed plans to scrap the Blinkbox brand after acquiring the pay-per-view VoD service from Tesco earlier today.
TalkTalk has acquired pay-per-view VoD service Blinkbox from Tesco for an estimated £5m.
Social media firm That Lot has expanded its team of writers as cofounder David Levin aims to capitalise on his belief that Twitter activity can boost a TV show’s ratings.
A week-on-week growth in tablet viewing of almost a third helped BBC iPlayer to a record-breaking Christmas week with 54.5m requests.
The BBC has kicked off a £5m hunt to find more digital producers and developers to work across its online services.
ITV has made the entire series of Big Talk Productions’ comedy Cockroaches available via ITV Player ahead of its linear broadcast.
Amazon has acquired a raft of high-profile US cable dramas including 1980s period thriller Halt and Catch Fire.
ITV has taken a $5m (£3.2m) stake in Zealot Networks, the digital content business set up by Maker Studios founder Danny Zappin earlier this year.
Sky has invested £2.6m in multiscreen delivery company Elemental Technologies – the latest move in its strategy to partner with digital start-ups.
CBBC has launched its first channel-wide app Go CBBC.
Nearly two thirds of the most popular and critically acclaimed TV shows are now available to view through legal online video services like Netflix and Now TV, according to a report published by audit and consultancy firm KPMG.
Channel 4 is releasing a third version of The Snowman and Snowdog game which will require users to pay to download it for the first time.
Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible is searching for original drama and comedy projects from traditional TV producers and writers.
Sky plans to conduct immersive virtual reality (VR) trials on up to 15 shows in early 2015 to discover more about the technology’s potential.
The BBC has launched Make It: Technobabble, a spin-off online platform from the CBBC series that allows children to develop their own games.
Vodafone is eyeing the acquisition of Tesco’s VoD service Blinkbox, according to reports.
More than $1.65bn (£1bn) has been invested in multi-channel networks (MCNs) this year, three times the previous total spend, according to an Enders Analysis report.
Dragonfly is to deliver an online spin-off of One Born Every Minute for Channel 4’s Shorts platform next spring.
Hollyoaks has become the first UK soap to launch an app-based game as it attempts to build on its online interaction with its audience.
The BBC is launching a Somethin’ Else-produced interactive football drama as part of its World War One season.
BBC Radio 1 is to improve the quality of its video content following its launch on iPlayer.
Footballers Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are among the sports stars to have invested $2m (£1.3m) in clip-sharing service Grabyo.
A study of youngster’s media habits by Ofcom has revealed that older children watch half as much live TV as adults – but six times as much short-form content via services such as YouTube.
Netflix has ordered 26 episodes of a comedy produced by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey to launch in the UK next year.
Bear Grylls is to front a YouTube channel featuring a host of adventurous thrill-seekers produced by Barcroft Media.
Multiplatform indie LoveLive has hired former Babelgum and BT Vision executive Mark Cranwell as chief commercial officer.
Keo Films has launched a division that will inherit the Keo Digital slate and produce content aimed at a young demographic for TV and other platforms.
StyleHaul is to accelerate its growth plans, including the development of 10 online pilots with Fremantle Media, after RTL Group invested nearly £80m in the multichannel network (MCN).
ITV News is to host five online debates with the leaders of the main political parties to encourage young people to engage with politics.
Miles Bullough’s digital content company Wildseed Studios has launched its first scripted series since rolling out a dedicated comedy channel on YouTube.
Hat Trick Productions is trialling transforming Have I Got News For You’s Twitter account into an ongoing satirical profile.
Formula E has struck a deal with content network Rightster to promote the electric racing series online.
Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.
Online network Diagonal View is planning a shift into longer-form content after revealing its revenues will pass £3m this year.
YouTube and Spotify could be among the next wave of services to follow Netflix on to Youview, as it prepares to launch a dedicated app section.
YouTube and Spotify could be among the next wave of services to follow Netflix onto Youview, as it prepares to launch a dedicated apps section.
Whistle Sports is to work closely with Sky Sports to help online talent make the jump to TV after the pay-TV broadcaster invested £4.3m in the multiplatform network (MPN).
BBC Worldwide has revealed its launch and commercial plans for BBC Store after hiring a former Virgin Media and BT executive to lead the download-to-own service.
PPF: SBTV founder Jamal Edwards is keen to transfer his brand of online content to TV - both through VoD services and linear programming.
Netflix has hired Vuguru boss Larry Tanz to join its nascent European content acquisition team.
Avalon Television is to launch an international YouTube channel for Russell Howard’s Good News that will make the BBC2 show available in countries including the US after it has aired in the UK.
BBC Radio 1 is to be handed a dedicated channel on iPlayer after the BBC Trust green-lit proposals made by the radio station 12 months ago.
Animators Smallfilms has resurrected much-loved children’s character Bagpuss for a mobile game which includes a voiceover from Dan Postgate, the son of the show’s creator.
RTL Group has spent more than $107m (£67m) to take control of a fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi-channel network that features talent such as Zoella and Pixiwoo.
Strictly Come Dancing has generated a record number of Vine video views and plans to adopt Twitter’s live content editing tool for the show’s final.
BT has struck a deal with Netflix that will allow YouView customers to access the VoD service.
Youth publisher Dazed & Confused is entering the next phase of its online commissioning drive to unearth emerging talent and help them break through with international broadcasters.
Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers become actively involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1 million YouTube subscribers
Amazon Prime Instant Video has revealed that its customers still want to consume content in a traditional way, and restated that its doors remain open to pitches from UK indies.
Maverick TV, Little Dot Studios and talent agency Gleam are planning to create more brand-supported content on Daily Mix after the YouTube channel passed 500,000 subscribers.
Sky has invested $7m (£4.3m) in a US multichannel sports network as it continues its push to back tech start-up businesses.
Freesat has extended its portfolio of VoD services with kids service Hopster.
Amazon has acquired DC Comics’ Constantine adaptation in one of its most significant UK deals for first-run Hollywood content.
Amazon has opted to schedule Ripper Street, its first UK commission, in a regular weekly slot rather than follow the Netflix model of releasing the entire series all at once.
YouView has rolled out BBC connected red button services and an updated version of BBC iPlayer to its 1m homes.
Comedy Central is preparing an online video gaming and endurance series featuring YouTube star KSI and is hunting more ideas that will appeal to digital “tribes”.
Jeremy Darroch has underlined Sky’s healthy relationship with HBO after the US premium broadcaster revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer VoD service.
Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers actively become involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1m YouTube subscribers.
The founder of youth online broadcaster SBTV, Jamal Edwards, has joined the line-up of speakers at Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum.
Vice News is capitalising on its rapid growth with the launch of seven local newsrooms and local language channels.
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.
Facebook has hired CNN veteran Nick Wren to forge partnerships with media companies.
AOL UK has moved into commissioning for the first time, ordering online series fronted by Richard Bacon, Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes.
Measurement firm Kantar Media has acquired the audio watermarking arm of Civolution to bolster its second screen presence.
ITV has agreed a deal with Little Dot Studios to manage its growing network of YouTube channels.
Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.
EE is targeting its 10 million mobile customers that do not subscribe to a pay-TV provider with an EE TV set-top box.
BBC news boss Peter Horrocks has condemned the Chinese authorities for “deliberate censorship” after they blocked access to the BBC News website earlier today.
Sky has invested $500,000 (£310,000) in Los Angeles-based video aggregator Pluto.TV as it continues to back innovative emerging businesses.
Click to watch a preview of Gogglebox Entertainment’s format for The Sun’s website - Man vs Fly.
Mipcom: Netflix has stepped up its competition with traditional broadcasters, agreeing a first-look European deal with CBS Studios International for a host of series including Penny Dreadful.
UK indies Raw Cut and True North have both launched YouTube channels in the past week as they look to diversify their revenue streams.
ITV plans to supercharge ITV Player as a live-streaming proposition after a number of high-profile outages during major events, according to its online boss.
Mobile operator EE has launched a set-top box, offering access to the range of Freeview channels and a host of on-demand services.
True North has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to China as the indie strengthens its ties to the country.
BBC iPlayer has extended its catch-up window for TV and radio shows to 30 days after scrapping its ‘series stacking’ feature.
Real-time data about the number of people tweeting about television shows is to be made available for the first time as part of a Kantar Media Twitter TV Ratings tool.
Barcroft Media boss Sam Barcroft has claimed that ad-funded long-form video-on-demand has the potential to become a lucrative revenue source for producers after striking distribution deals with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions.
The crime-fighting vicar in ITV’s forthcoming 1950s drama Grantchester is to get his own Twitter account as part of a social media experiment from producer Lovely Day.
Blinkbox has been put up for sale by Tesco just three years after it acquired the video streaming service.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions have signed deals with Barcroft Media to feature a raft of long-form programming on its online video channel.
Rightster has landed a £1.8m fund from The Arts Council to establish a multi-channel network (MCN) dedicated to the arts.
Netflix has acquired BBC2’s period drama Peaky Blinders in the US after striking a deal with The Weinstein Company and Endemol.
An investigative report into illegal pirate fishing is to be ‘gamified’ for an ambitious online Al Jazeera English (AJE) initiative.
Endemol is beefing up its multichannel network Endemol Beyond with video game channel Legends Of Gaming.
Twitter activity can increase the number of viewers tuning in to a show by up to 8%, according to a study by audience measurement firm Kantar Media.
Israeli second-screen specialist Screenz has forged a partnership with Maverick Television to help it develop interactive formats.
VoD service Hulu is making its first major move into original commissioning with a nine-hour adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams.
Endemol is beefing up its multi-channel network Endemol Beyond by launching videogame channel Legends of Gaming.
A Got To Dance spin-off series which was distributed on Facebook notched up 17,000 views on the social media site.
ITV has moved quickly into digital content production after purchasing minority stakes in two burgeoning US multiplatform indies.
Shine-owned multi-channel network (MCN) ChannelFlip has drawn up ambitious growth plans, including proposals to work with rival networks’ YouTube stars, the launch of a talent agency and a children’s service.
Channel 4 has lifted the lid on its short-form content commissioning strategy as it looks to build its Shorts hub into a destination for young online audiences.
Sky Sports is to start offering personalised VoD clips on its website after signing a deal with video streaming provider Ooyala.
Netflix has made its biggest move into comedy after ordering a 20-part sitcom from The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow.
Click for a snapshot of some of the online videos produced by ITV’s latest multiplatform US acquisitions Believe Entertainment Group and the founders of Indigenous.
Former Endemol chief commercial officer Tom Toumazis has joined Yahoo! to help the online portal develop media and entertainment partnerships.
ITV has teamed up with advertising agency WPP to invest in a Californian multiplatform start-up founded by filmmakers Jon and Jake Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia.
BBC Worldwide is preparing to launch a “future-focused” online natural history brand BBC Earth which will be available around the world – including in the UK.
Google UK boss Matt Brittin has reassured the industry that the search giant is a “partner not a predator”, and pledged that Android TV will drag big screen TVs into the 21st century.
Monterosa has created a play-along Doctor Who game for BBC America that has launched with around 100,000 players.
Multiplatform production company Telegraph Hill has hired its first head of analytics as it bids to create content rooted in data.
Online radio station aggregator Radioplayer has developed a proto type car radio adaptor that will enable drivers to convert an analogue stereo into a digital set.
Channel 4 is to scrap the 4oD brand after eight years as it prepares to launch an online destination featuring on-demand video, live streams and digital services.
Apple and Android tablet viewing is to be measured by Barb for the first time as it bolsters its multiplatform ratings data.
Sheffield Doc/Fest deputy director Charlie Phillips is to step down after seven years to take up a newly created position as head of documentaries at The Guardian.
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Twofour has merged its Arabia, Digital and Rocket Science divisions into a single business that will create branded content for a variety of platforms.
Silicon Valley investment firm Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and A+E Networks have invested more than £300m in youth publisher Vice.
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Netflix and Warner Bros have struck a landmark global rights deal for Batman prequel Gotham.
ITV Encore, the broadcaster’s dedicated drama channel, has expanded its reach after launching on Sky’s IPTV service Now TV.
The BBC initiative to teach the nation how to write computer code has booted up with an ambitious partnership between its Children’s and Learning divisions.
BBC iPlayer is preparing to launch three fast-turnaround films from London Fashion Week.
History owner A+E Networks is to acquire a 10% stake in youth media business Vice Media for $250m (£150m).
The BBC’s global online news audience has grown by 30% since 2012 to reach over 73m unique monthly browsers.
Israeli media group Keshet is planning to develop dual screenfocused dramas and comedies to replicate the success of interactive talent format Rising Star.
A live cocktail week event, produced by Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions to support its Drinks Tube online channel, helped push the volume of weekly subscribers up by almost 50%.
UKTV is planning to pilot TV shows via its online portal and allow visitors to vote on which secure commissions.
Vice has called out for fresh food ideas from traditional TV producers as its online channel Munchies moves out of beta.
Netflix is in talks to come on board for a new Channel 4 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities, which will be produced by Parade’s End indie Mammoth Screen.
BBC iPlayer is to head behind the scenes of Notting Hill Carnival with a four-part documentary series produced by Acme Films.
ITV News has beefed up its digital strategy with the launch of its first mobile and tablet app which features a strong focus on local content.
Endemol has expanded its online premium content network Endemol Beyond with the launch of an international sports-themed channel fronted by YouTube star KSI.
4Music has launched a classic arcade style mobile game featuring music from electronic producers including Savant, Chipzel and Rymdreglage.
Sunset + Vine has been appointed to relaunch Tottenham Hotspur’s YouTube channel ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League season.
Sky News is ramping up its presence on connected-TV devices as it targets an increasingly international audience.
Australian telecoms company Telstra has acquired video streaming business Ooyala for £161m.
Social TV developer Tellybug has produced an interactive app for this year’s Edinburgh International TV Festival.
Online film and TV service Netflix has hit the 3m subscriber mark in the UK, according to new research carried out by Enders Analysis based on figures from Barb.
Sky is expanding its pay-as-you-go Now TV sports offering with the launch of a new weekly access pass.
The increasing popularity of Netflix and Amazon have stimulated a 76% revenue boost for the subscription video-on-demand platforms in the UK.
Breaking Bad is the most watched OTT series in the UK, according to new research from GfK.
Sunset + Vine has secured a deal to manage Lord’s YouTube channel, which has involved stunts including attaching a GoPro camera to the helmet of West Indian batsman Brian Lara as he faced Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan.
European social TV broadcaster Joiz is eyeing a launch in the UK following its debut in Germany and Switzerland.
YouTube producer Little Dot Studios has hired former Channel 4 chief technology officer Bob Harris as a technology advisor.
S4C is developing an augmented reality app which will allow users to hold their device up to specific images to access bonus content.
ITV has extended its growing digital footprint with the launch of a new ITV Player app for Android which allows viewers to watch live television on the move.
Former BBC multiplatform boss Simon Nelson has secured the support of the corporation for his online social learning initiative, FutureLearn.
Spirit Digital Media has launched a YouTube channel fronted by TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball.
CBeebies is preparing to launch a Storytime app that is designed to improve the reading ability of young children.
Broadcast has launched a tablet app, available exclusively to subscribers, that will feature extended overnight ratings data each morning.
BSkyB has increased its investment in Jaunt, a Silicon Valley business that enables virtual reality technology to be applied to live-action programming.
Amazon is piloting an adaptation of Philip K Dick’s novel The Man In The High Castle from Greenbird-backed UK indie Big Light Productions.
MTV UK is trialling fledgling mobile social network Tunepics for the current series of Geordie Shore.
Barcroft Media will invest hundreds of thousands of pounds into developing a premium multichannel network (MCN) after commissioning its first presenter-led YouTube series.
Netflix is to increase its focus on local producer relationships as it continues with its international expansion plans.
Factual indie Barcroft Media is to preparing to launch its first presenter-led show on YouTube as its channel passes the 500m views milestone.
Microsoft is to close its TV production arm Xbox Entertainment Studios responsible for its Halo series and forthcoming Kudos-coproduced Channel 4 drama Humans.
Former Zodiak Active and Fremantle Media exec Robert Marsh has been hired as global chairman for the Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA).
Left Bank Pictures is to remake Sky 1 drama Mad Dogs for video-on-demand service Amazon.
Channel 4 has launched the playalong app for its forthcoming entertainment format The Singer Takes It All ahead of the show’s August debut.
Amazon is ramping up its strategy to acquire exclusive, first-run content for the UK market after picking up Halle Berry sci-fi drama Extant.
Former ITV comedy and entertainment boss Paul Jackson has commissioned a series of comedy shorts from the producers of rugby mockumentary Don’t Drop The Egg for emerging multichannel network (MCN) Videojug.
Blurrt, the Twitter analysis business backed by S4C, is to integrate its technology into the broadcaster’s sport magazine strand S4/ChwaraeON.
The BBC is ready to discuss sharing with Channel 4 its resources and expertise around developing video-on-demand technology in the UK.
BBC Worldwide is hunting for a general manager of BBC Store ahead of the departure of Simon Danker this autumn.
Base79 and Rightster clients including IMG, ITN, Hat Trick Productions and Syco Entertainment are set to benefit from the combined expertise of the two businesses following their £50m tie-up earlier this week.
Lime Pictures is to reveal the climax of a crucial Hollyoaks storyline on SnapChat after building up an audience of 100,000 followers on the photo-messaging app.
Online video network Rightster is to acquire Ashley MacKenzie’s rival operator Base79 for £50m.
Wall to Wall Television has partnered with genealogy service Findmypast to launch a Who Do You Think You Are? website.
Life on Mars and Hustle creator Tony Jordan has rallied against the growth of data-led drama commissioning decisions amid the rise of digital players, such as Netflix.
The BBC is looking to significantly increase its interactive news output online as it bids to enable users to explore stories in more detail.
Google has signed deals with TV manufacturers including Samsung and Sony, and French pay-TV operator Bouygues Telecom, to support Android TV as it bids to crack the connected-TV space.
UKTV plans to mine audience data in the same way as Channel 4 via its soon-to-launch VoD service, introducing personalisation and, ultimately, using it to help inform commissioning decisions.
Monkey Kingdom, The Connected Set and Lemonade Money are among the first indies to win business from Channel 4’s short-form content platform.
UKTV is overhauling its video-on-demand services by launching a one-stop shop for content online.
Ashley Walters, Kayvan Novak and Tom Rosenthal are to star in the latest round of Comedy Feeds pilots for BBC iPlayer.
Netflix has signed a landmark deal with US comedian Chelsea Handler to launch a late-night talk show.
Content producers must distribute video across Android devices and connected TVs or risk losing out on a substantial volume of viewing, according to a study from Ooyala.
Vice is opening its doors to external film-makers for the first time to deal with its growing demand for content.
Channel 4’s former multiplatform boss Louise Brown is to head up an NFTS course which will give graduates skills to help build audiences and drive engagement around online video.
ITV has apologised after its online coverage of the opening World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia was affected by problems.
Freeview’s planned internet-connected TV service is bidding to take advantage of the growing perception that YouView is a broadband-bundled service.
Sony Playstation has ordered a TV adaptation of graphic novel Powers, its first move into commissioning big-budget drama to rival the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Xbox.
A series of polls, quizzes and voting opportunities helped Britain’s Got Talent to record an 80% active engagement rate with its app for Saturday’s final.
50 Cent’s drug drama Power is to be made available in the UK after US cable network Starz struck a series of download deals.
Freeview and Digital UK have confirmed that they are developing an internet connected TV service that will rival YouView.
ITV’s forthcoming talent format Rising Star could help boost its digital advertising revenues as it begins talks with producer Keshet over the show’s second screen app.
The BBC and ITV are gearing up for “the first social World Cup” as they look to take advantage of the rapid growth in internet-connected mobile devices since 2010.
Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has lifted the lid on the broadcaster’s 10,000-strong online panel being used to test programme ideas and titles.
Sky has struck a deal with ITV to add the free-to-air broadcaster’s channels to its multiplatform service Sky Go.
The Thick of It creator and writer Armando Iannucci has urged the BBC to launch an international subscription service to help bolster its revenues.
Getting talent to tweet about their programming can help significantly boost VoD views but does not provide a silver bullet for ratings success, according to Maverick Television digital boss Dan Jones.
YouView is working towards delivering a more personalised service that will recommend TV shows and offer viewers the ability to create VoD playlists.
Shine Group wants to give more international consumers direct access to its content on a variety of digital platforms after launching VoD service Shine Now.
Senior drama figures have branded Left Bank Pictures’ £100m Netflix commission a landmark moment for British scripted content.
S4C has launched a Facebook app that will allow users to watch its programming without leaving the social networking site.
Amazon has acquired exclusive UK first run rights to Halle Berry’s sci-fi drama Extant after reaching an agreement with CBS Studios International.
The growth of online platforms including Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video will be considered as part of Ofcom’s third major public service broadcasting review.
Shine has launched a VoD channel on streaming service Roku that offers access to shows including Educating Essex and Got To Dance.
The BBC’s head of iPlayer has joined the line-up for next week’s Media Summit, taking part in a panel called Online and Television: Best of Frenemies?
The BBC Trust has backed the corporation’s involvement with YouView but warned it must improve its accessibility functions and reduce its dependence on its ISP partners.
Netflix has fought off competition from the BBC and ITV and is on the brink of ordering its first original show from the UK – a £100m biopic of the Queen.
The UK has become a nation of binge-viewers, with almost a quarter of people watching several episodes of their favourite shows back-to-back, according to Deloitte research.
Facebook strategic media partnerships exec Karla Geci has claimed that BBC3 could benefit from its move online by being freed from traditional TV distribution models.
ITV is planning to ramp up its publishing strategy with the release of its first e-book, which will support a documentary on the D-Day landings.
Multimedia production company UBC Media has agreed to buy digital download provider 7digital for £16.5m.
Shed Media is hunting for a digital executive producer for BBC1’s The Voice UK following the online success of the previous series.
The complete shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2014 has been revealed ahead of next month’s ceremony.
The UK has become a nation of binge-viewers, with almost a quarter of people watching several episodes of their favourite shows back-to-back, according to Deloitte research.
C4 is on the hunt for a new multiplatform commissioner after Kate Quilton stepped down from the position to pursue a full-time career in presenting.
Newspaper publishers Guardian Media Group and Telegraph Media Group have joined forces with YouTube in a bid to host an online leaders’ debate in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.
Goodness Gracious Me star Sanjeev Bhaskar is to voice the lead character in Spin Kick Bros’ online animation Rajesh Finesse, backed by Wildseed Studios.
ITV News’ director of news gathering Tim Singleton has argued that traditional broadcasters are more vital than ever in the face of a rising swell of content from citizen journalists.
A collection of BBC iPlayer comedy shorts will help pave the way for BBC3’s move online next year, according to the VoD platform’s head of TV content.
Keo Digital has created a short series for luxury British supermarket Waitrose’s online TV channel.
ITN Productions has extended its sports production partnership with News UK to provide clips of England international cricket matches.
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Channel 4 is preparing a single-digit million pound overhaul of 4oD.
Vice News European chief Kevin Sutcliffe has claimed that the emerging channel is more “fleet of foot” than traditional news broadcasters.
Vice is to launch an online sports channel ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
Fresh One Productions is eyeing the launch of a YouTube channel dedicated to nurturing new talent.
BBC iPlayer viewing from tablets has equalled PC-based access for the first time – with both platforms generating over 70m monthly requests.
Hewitt appointed UK managing director of the Californian-based multichannel network Maker .
Sky is reportedly developing a set-top box which will allow subscribers to record programmes in the cloud enabling them to be accessed from any device.
Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst has been lined up to direct Amazon’s latest multi-million dollar pilot Hysteria.
Industry leaders from businesses including ITV, Channel 4, Twitter and YouTube are to outline their digital strategies at Broadcast’s Media Summit.
The BBC has promised to make a record amount of Proms content available online this year, including the launch of a special iPlayer feature.
Fresh One Productions has launched an drinks-themed spin-off of Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel Food Tube.
Somethin’ Else is to develop CBBC’s first 3D multiplatform game and has picked up the social media content contract for BBC Radio 4 and 6 Music.
Netflix is to increase the price of its subscription streaming service around the world to help with its push to acquire more content.
The number of Netflix subscribers has grown to 14% of the UK’s online population - bolstered by the launch of the service on Virgin Media’s Tivo platform, according to a survey from Decipher Media.
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 has greenlit an interactive multiplatform children’s series that will launch on TV before concluding as a four-part digital comic book.
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.
ITV shows such as I’m A Celebrity, This Morning and Coronation Street are in line to get dedicated YouTube channels following an extension of the broadcaster’s deal with the Google-owned video-sharing site.
Netflix has picked up Welsh crime drama Hinterland to stream in the US after striking a deal with All3Media International.
Zeebox, the second screen TV service headed up by former iPlayer chief Anthony Rose, has rebranded as Beamly.
CBBC is launching a Mario Kart-style racing game featuring characters including Hacker and Dodge and Wolfblood’s Rydian.
Video-sharing site DailyMotion has commissioned a ‘sci-fi hipster’ drama as its first piece of original scripted content.
MipTV: Vice Media chief executive Shane Smith has claimed it is “almost impossible” to build an international media brand without investment from a large media conglomerate.
Digital production company Pure Grass Films has inked a deal with GFM Films for its female-skewing web drama Making It.
MipTV: Fremantle Media digital chief Keith Hindle has revealed that the super-indie’s online food channel with Vice will offer an antidote to the “mounds of tired, anachronistic celebrity chef and cook-off shows”.
MipTV: Channel 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios have agreed a co-production deal for Humans, a scripted series based on Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, to be produced by Kudos Film & Television.
The BBC Trust has approved plans to extend iPlayer’s seven-day catch-up window to 30 days.
ITV is to pull the plug on its online video rental service after failing to attract enough demand from viewers for archive shows, including Downton Abbey.
Comedy Central has appointed former Heat editor Sam Delaney as editor in chief of digital.
A company that uses webcams to analyse viewers’ expressions and a social media video editing app are among the six companies selected for BBC Worldwide Labs 2014.
Maverick TV is preparing to launch an Angry Birds-inspired game and live mental health checker to support the fourth series of Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic.
Sky is to send customers DVD copies of films they purchase digitally via Sky Store.
Twitter has acquired social TV analytics firm SecondSync and has revealed plans to launch a research program called Data of Now with Kantar Media.
ITV has signed up to the Twitter Amplify service to help brands extend TV advertising campaigns across social media.
The future of YouView has been secured after all seven partners, including the terrestrial broadcasters, committed to the connected-TV platform for a further five years.
The current level of investment in acquisitions from VoD providers such as Netflix is unsustainable, Shine Group chief operating officer Tim Robinson has warned.
The BBC is poised to launch a Birmingham digital content innovation unit dubbed Guerilla Group.
Vice Media is eyeing the acquisition of an international cable network and considering plans to float an initial public offering as it enters its latest stage of growth.
Multichannel network Maker Studios has been snapped up by Hollywood studio Disney for $500m (£303m).
Clips from Channel 4 News, Embarrassing Bodies and Supernanny will feature across AOL’s network of UK sites as the web giant beefs up its video presence.
ITV has acquired a minority stake in Nordic video-on-demand operator Cirkus, which offers a raft of British content to international audiences.
Virgin Media has entered talks with Amazon over adding streaming video service Amazon Prime Instant Video to the TiVo platform.
Facebook VoD firm Screenburn has secured £500,000 of investment and hired Zodiak Rights boss Steve Macallister to its board.
Music TV business Box TV is repositioning itself as a multiplatform brand as it battles to address declining audience figures.
ITV News is preparing to launch its first live web show to coincide with Budget Day.
Google’s media-streaming device Chromecast has gone on sale in the UK today, allowing users to send programmes from a mobile device or laptop to view on their TV.
The opinions of Londoners will be compared live on-screen following a deal between London Live and second screen specialists Monterosa.
Sky has rolled out the most significant revamp of its EPG in over 15 years to put more emphasis on VoD content.
Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio show is set for wider US syndication after the DJ established a content creation business.
Kat Hebden is returning to FremantleMedia UK to become head of interactive following the departure of Peter Cassidy.
Fremantle Media is preparing for the future by attempting to create a wave of major online formats.
BBC3 is battling with Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox Television to bring prized US acquisition Family Guy to its new online home and is preparing to change the role acquisitions will play on the channel.
The BBC is to redouble its efforts to resolve a long-running dispute with Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox Television to feature Family Guy on iPlayer following the decision to shift BBC3 online.
Adam Curtis, Bob Mortimer and Frankie Boyle are among a slew of stars commissioned to create original content for the revamped BBC iPlayer.
The BBC has overhauled the design of the iPlayer online with an emphasis on images to make it easier for users to discover shows they are interested in.
Condé Nast has hired documentary-maker Hannah Berryman as creative director of TV and video to boost its TV aspirations.
Netflix has acquired the UK rights to Robert Rodriguez’s TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn.
BBC director of television Danny Cohen took to Twitter to discuss the decision to shift BBC3 online with viewers.
Danny Cohen has said BBC4 will remain a TV channel in the short term – but warned that a tough licence fee settlement would put the factual channel next in the firing line.
The BBC faces making unilateral programming budget cuts of up to 25% if BBC3 is not taken off air, according to Danny Cohen.
BBC3’s projected 2015/6 budget was £75m – which will now be radically reallocated.
Danny Cohen has begun briefing BBC3’s key suppliers and talent about plans to take the service online, amid fears that the axe is hanging over many of the channel’s big brands.
BBC director of television Danny Cohen has admitted that moving BBC3 online is a major risk and that cost savings have forced the corporation to make the move ahead of schedule.
Click to read the director general’s email to staff about BBC3’s online move.
BBC3’s programme budget will be cut in half, and £30m of it will be redirected into BBC1 drama, when the youth channel moves online in autumn 2015.
Spirit Digital Media is developing a “boutique multichannel network” (MCN) based around a diverse crop of talent, including reality TV star Michelle Heaton and Britain’s Got Talent dog Pudsey.
The BBC wants to change BBC3 from a traditional TV channel to an online-only brand that will super-charge the iPlayer.
Absolute Radio’s technology director Paul Brown has been appointed as Bauer Media’s digital development director.
Youth-skewing brand Vice has launched an online news channel that will have 35 foreign bureaus and over 4,000 contributors.
Ofcom has been warned about a “potential loophole” in its regulation of second-screen content as part of a report it commissioned into the burgeoning sector.
BBC Radio 1 digital execs Alistair Parrington and Laura-May Coope are leaving the station to launch social media agency, Social Life.
The BBC’s plans to launch a download-to-own portal for archive programming have taken a step forward after being approved by the BBC Trust.
Yahoo! head of video Dan Watt-Smith has left the web giant to join social media firm Primary Opinion.
BBC director general Tony Hall’s vision of making iPlayer the “front door of the BBC” will move a step closer next month with the release of three web-only dramas.
Amazon is to ramp up the amount of UK content it commissions and has called for producers to bring it original ideas.
BBC director general Tony Hall has admitted that the licence fee must be brought up to date to account for the increase in iPlayer viewing.
BBC1 drama Ripper Street is to be resurrected on Amazon’s new subscription service Prime Instant Video.
ITV’s pre-tax profits rocketed 30% to £435m in 2013 as the company’s production acquisition drive and digital improvements delivered substantial returns.
BBC titles including Ripper Street, Silk and Frozen Planet are headed to China after BBC Worldwide struck a deal with VoD provider Sohu.
Amazon is to launch hit US shows including Arrow and The Following on its newly rebranded UK streaming service after striking a deal with Warner Bros.
Amazon is launching its Prime Instant Video service in the UK after merging VoD play Lovefilm Instant with its overnight delivery option.
The gap between TV series launching in the US and their UK debut is 95 days, according to new data from analysts IHS.
One of the key executives behind the successful relaunch of ITV Player, James Micklethwaite, is to leave the broadcaster.
Fremantle Media UK Interactive has lost two high-profile executives: managing director Peter Cassidy and digital producer Jonathan Almond.
Multichannel network Maker Studios has set up its international HQ in London and plans to build relationships with UK broadcasters and production companies.
Netflix has acquired the UK and US rights to Australian drama Rake after closing a deal with distributor DCD Rights.
Youth publisher Vice has partnered with FremantleMedia to launch an online food channel, with content distributed online and sold to international broadcasters.
Near-live video clips from The Brit Awards are to made available via Twitter after the social media platform closed its first Amplify deal in the UK.
Fledgling production company Gravity Road has picked up a Bafta award in the short film category for its work with Bombay Sapphire.
Around 5m people in the US are estimated to have watched the second series of Netflix’s House of Cards, according to broadband firm Procera Networks.
Viewers watched an average of 98.5% of TV via a television set in 2013, down 0.3% from the previous year, according to research from commercial TV body Thinkbox.
Five of the biggest stars of the British team taking part in the Paralympic Winter Games 2014 are to be profiled in a series of online films hosted on Channel 4’s website.
Virgin Media has passed the 2m subscriber mark for its connected TV service TiVo - but lost nearly 50,000 TV subs over the previous 12 months.
All3Media’s YouTube-focused production arm Little Dot Studios is plotting growth in the US as it approaches its first anniversary.
The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are investigating the opportunity to launch industry-standard IPTV technology that would ensure their catch-up services work across all connected TVs.
ChannelFlip founders Justin Gayner and Wil Harris are leaving the multichannel network (MCN) two years after selling it to Shine Group.
Twitter has compiled best practice guidelines for Vine following a four-fold increase in interest from TV broadcasters and producers.
Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is to launch a YouTube channel that will join Jamie Oliver’s emerging Food Tube network.
The BBC has committed to being more transparent about the cost of transmitting its television, radio and online services after its distribution bill hit £233m last year.
Multiplatform content producer Vice has appointed Fried Chicken Shop developer Max Gogarty, and Channel 4 docs commissioning editor Lina Prestwood to bolster its growing production team.
Channel 4 has signed up 10m people to its online viewer database, including half of the UK’s 16-24 year olds, as it prepares to use the data to inform its commissioning process.
Production company Somethin’ Else has handed equity stakes to two advertising agency execs as it tightens its focus on branded content.
BBC Worldwide has kicked off its third annual Labs initiative, designed to forge ties with emerging digital start-ups.
BBC iPlayer enjoyed a record breaking year in 2013 as favourites such as Top Gear and its online-first strategy drove 3bn views.
Online entertainment series The Fox Problem is to return for a second 10-part series after producer Telegraph Hill struck a sponsorship deal with computer giant HP.
Immersive games tied to TV dramas are gaining traction following the launch of Hartswood Films’ Sherlock app and the creation of The Secret Experiment studio by Tern Digital exec Simon Meek.
CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor has claimed that the television has become the second screen for children as she prepares to launch a wide range of digital projects.
UKTV has rolled out VoD players for free-to-air channels Really and Yesterday on YouView.
Tiger Aspect is reviving comedy character Mr. Bean for a new animated series.
The second run of ITV period drama Mr Selfridge will be available to download on iTunes three days ahead of its TV debut.
Sky News is planning a multiplatform initiative to engage young people with politics ahead of next year’s general election.
Freesat is launching an app that allows users to browse the previous seven days’ listings before ‘flicking’ a show to watch it on their television.
Netflix has finalised its order for The Weinstein Company’s epic drama Marco Polo.
The BBC is preparing its most comprehensive digital coverage of the Winter Olympics to date, as it gears up to offer 650 hours of content online.
BBC iPlayer enjoyed a record-breaking start to 2014 - as Doctor Who came out on top in the online Christmas viewing battle.
Channel 4 has removed its entire catalogue of long-form programming from YouTube as it focusses on its own VoD service 4oD.
VoD service Lovefilm has acquired the second series of US period drama Vikings and will air it 24 hours after its US broadcast.
The BBC is to spend as much as £500,000 bringing in help to boost the number of links to external websites across its online platforms.
Doctor Who and Sherlock were the most tweeted about shows over the festive period as BBC1 led the TV-related chat on the social network site.
Fans of The Voice will be able to compete against each other via a mobile app that will award them points for correctly guessing the opinion of its on-screen judges.
Netflix is testing a new pricing model which allows multiple users to login simultaneously to a single account from a variety of devices.
Man on Wire producer Simon Chinn is excavating a landfill site containing millions of unsold Atari videogames in a documentary for Xbox.
BBC iPlayer requests in November were up by over a quarter year-on-year - as CBBC revealed plans to debut comedy drama series 4 O’Clock Club via the VoD service.
Fans of Sherlock will given the chance to help the detective solve a series of cases via a mobile game due to launch after the BBC1 series has aired.
VIDEO: Click to view the trailer for the forthcomnig Netflix series.
ITV was 2013’s most tweeted about channel, with a total of 25 million messages posted about its shows, while digital channel E4 generated 1 million more tweets than terrestrial sister Channel 4.
The X Factor digital chief Peter Cassidy has predicted that apps will play an increasingly important role in paid-for voting for TV shows after a bumper series.
Radio production company Wise Buddah has begun approaching broadcasters with an interactive TV show based on a format currently being trialled by Magic FM.
Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown are to be made available via Netflix in the UK and Ireland for the first time after Turner agreed a deal with the VoD provider.
Viewers will be able to submit their own questions to Channel 4 News guests as part of an online spin-off pilot.
Welsh public broadcaster S4C has taken a stake in Wildseed Studios, becoming the digital content studio’s biggest single investor.
Channel 4 has introduced a freemium model for a follow-up game to last year’s Broadcast Digital Award-winning The Snowman and The Snowdog.
Sky is opening up its online film rental service Sky Store to allow access for non-subscribers for the first time.
The volume of traffic to BBC iPlayer from mobile and tablet devices is almost on a par with computers, according to the latest data released by the BBC.
Sky Movies boss Ian Lewis has told the Screen International Film Summit that Sky does not consider VoD services Netflix and LoveFilm as competitors.
Doctor Who’s 50th anniverary special has passed Downton Abbey to become the most watched TV drama of the year after adding 2.6m in the week after broadcast.
Channel 4 has commissioned a slew of short-form content to support its forthcoming celebrity skiing show The Jump.
Sundog Pictures is to produce a series of online shorts about energy poverty as part of a wider branded documentary commission from global wind-energy firm Vestas.
Sky has agreed a deal with Channel 4 to add 4oD to its Now TV set-top box.
Twitter has launched a service that allows advertisers to reach people who are discussing TV shows.
ITV Sport has forged a partnership with Twitter for a repeat of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory.
Next-generation console Xbox One will allow users to watch live TV via a personalised EPG that will also offer access to video-ondemand (VoD) apps such as Netflix, Lovefilm and Machinima.
Digital start-up Wildseed Studios has invested in six pilots including a comedy featuring Green Wing star Michelle Gomez as a right wing agony aunt.
Channel 4 is to track adventurer Levison Wood as he takes part in a year-long challenge to walk the length of the River Nile.
Sky has added 14 new channels including Comedy Central, Dave and Discovery to its multiplatform TV service Sky Go.
Netflix has commissioned The Killing for a fourth and final series.
Radio 4 has kicked off a social media campaign which taps into Twitter to try to expand its audience.
Sky is hunting for Silicon Valley start-ups to buy into as part of an $8m (£5m) investment with US venture capital fund Luminari Capital.
Publisher Dazed & Confused is kicking off a year-long online video strand, Visionaries, featuring content from the likes of actor and director James Franco, photographer Rankin and Warp Records.
BBC2 has commissioned a canine gameshow for next year’s Sport Relief.
Virgin Media chief executive Tom Mockridge has restated that high-speed broadband is at the heart of the business and revealed plans to ramp up VoD services.
ITV is to launch a companion site featuring real-time polls to support the 13th I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! series.
Endemol is to invest £25m in multi-channel network (MCN) Endemol Beyond as it ramps up its international online video operations.
ITV is to launch a monthly subscription service to allow expats and holidaymakers to catch-up on Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
Online video network Rightster plans to expand its global footprint and beef up its second generation technology platform after raising £20m via its flotation on Aim.
ITV’s director of online Julian March is leaving the broadcaster to join NBC News.
Chunk has launched a multiplatform game to support Topsy and Tim as CBeebies beefs up its Playtime app after reaching 1.3m downloads.
4oD, Demand 5 and Now TV will be among the first wave of video apps to be made available on the Xbox One games console – with BBC iPlayer not initially included.
Netflix has commissioned five series, including an adaptation of Daredevil from Marvel Television.
The BBC is planning to relaunch its e-commissioning system next year in a bid to improve the way indies submit programming ideas.