The role the BBC plays as a catalyst for the creative industries must be explicitly outlined in its charter, according to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead.
Presenter Tim Wonnacott has left long-running BBC1 daytime series Bargain Hunt after clashing with producers earlier this year.
The executive producer of BBC4’s Detectorists is to join Talkback as its first head of comedy.
Audio Network has hired a former Last.fm executive as head of product and customer experience to help it meet growing demand for its services.
US network ABC has stepped up its search for British formats and writers with the hire of its first managing director of international content and talent.
John Whittingdale will respond directly to Armando Iannucci’s MacTaggart lecture by hosting a series of face-to-face talks on the future of the BBC with TV producers and writers.
Campaigning documentary maker and True Vision Productions co-founder Deborah Shipley has died after a long battle with cancer.
War and Peace producer Lookout Point has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Damian Keogh as its first commercial director.
BBC director general Tony Hall will call for external regulation to be among a range of measures to be introduced during charter renewal to protect the corporation from political interference.
The BBC has appointed former Channel 4 News presenter Sarah Smith as the broadcaster’s first Scotland editor.
Faith Penhale, the boss of the BBC production hub responsible for Doctor Who and Casualty, is to become the joint chief executive of War & Peace co-producer Lookout Point.
Tom Hollander and his Rev collaborator Hannah Pescod have launched a drama production company to take advantage of the “huge appetite” for the genre.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has admitted that the rushed funding deal between the BBC and the government in July was not what he would have “chosen” and will not be repeated.
BBC Three Counties Radio breakfast presenter Iain Lee has left his job after having to apologise for labelling the anti-gay views of a Christian group as “homophobic” and “bigoted”.
The Irish Top Gear producer assaulted by Jeremy Clarkson in March is suing the presenter and the BBC for racial discrimination and personal injury.
Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has launched a vigorous defence of foreign ownership, arguing it has had little bearing on the broadcaster’s duty to innovate.
Sky has appointed Jon Mountague as head of comedy and promoted Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald in a wide-ranging executive shake-up by new content boss Gary Davey.
Alex Mahon has been named chief executive of The Foundry, the creative software company behind VFX product Nuke.
Voltage TV has hired the executive producers behind The Undateables and Millenium Children to take responsibility for its factual output.
Jimmy Carr will become the first UK comedian to record an original stand-up show for Netflix.
Channel 4 chairman Terry Burns has claimed that there is “little financial benefit” in government plans to privatise the broadcaster and revealed concerns over the impact on the industry.
Objective Group has hired two development executives as it starts to build its newly-established comedy label.
A row has erupted on Twitter over the performance of the BBC and ITV’s 10pm news bulletins.
BBC drama controller Polly Hill has labelled ITV’s attack last week on the corporation’s distinctiveness as “extraordinary”.
Liberty Global executive Angela McMullen has joined All3Media as chief financial officer.
Former Channel 4 arts commissioner Emma Cahusac is joining the BBC as executive producer in the arts and music commissioning team.
Under-pressure BBC creative director Alan Yentob ran up a taxi bill of nearly £1,500, according to expenses claimed in the first three months of the year.
Brent Montgomery, chief executive of Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Entertainment, is set to become head of ITV’s US division.
Clare Balding will return to front Channel 4’s coverage of the Grand National in 2016 after expanding her racing commitments with the broadcaster.
The future of public service television will be examined by a wide-ranging inquiry overseen by former Channel 4 deputy chair Lord Puttnam.
BBC entertainment commissioning editor Alan Tyler has been appointed acting controller of entertainment commissioning following Mark Linsey’s move to cover the director of television role.
Tony Hall has argued that Danny Cohen’s forthcoming departure from the BBC is unrelated to the controversial ‘luvvies letter’ the director of television orchestrated in July.
Stuart Murphy is handing over Sky’s programming “train set” to the increasingly influential Gary Davey as he looks to indulge passions away from TV, including theme parks and classical music.
The BBC’s plans to make radical changes to its commissioning structures are set to gather pace following the departure of director of television Danny Cohen next month.
Shine TV managing director Kelly Webb-Lamb is to leave the indie at the end of the year.
Betty has hired two executive producers to ramp up its male-skewing adventure output and features programming.
Viacom has promoted Comedy Central UK boss Louise Holmes to oversee programming for the comedy channel and MTV UK as part of a management team shake-up.
The BBC is giving serious consideration to installing a director of content who would oversee TV, radio and online, rather than replacing director of television Danny Cohen directly.
Channel 4’s deputy chairman Mark Price has stepped down as Waitrose managing director amid speculation that he will take over from Lord Burns.
The BBC Trust is investigating whether Alan Yentob broke editorial guidelines over his involvement in the corporation’s reporting on failed charity Kids Company.
Jeremy Dear has joined Wall to Wall as director of international factual after only establishing his factual indie The Ideas Room last year.
Phil Craig will not be replaced as the chief creative officer of Discovery Networks International (DNI), as new boss Marjorie Kaplan bids to build relationships with the UK indie sector.
MTV commissioner Steve Regan is to move to Channel 5 for a six-month secondment to boost the free-to-air broadcaster’s move into entertainment.
Stuart Murphy is hunting a role outside of the TV industry when he leaves Sky and has ruled out replacing Danny Cohen at the BBC.
Sky director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy is to stand down after six years, and the broadcaster’s commissioning structure will be rejigged so he will not be replaced.
Cecilia Beacon, director of broadcasting and marketing at Fox UK, is leaving the pay-TV broadcaster after 12 years.
Danny Cohen could be the last “all-powerful” BBC director of television, as the corporation begins the task of replacing him.
Sharon Horgan’s indie Merman has launched a joint venture with Pulse Films to create branded content.
Derren Brown has unveiled a production company to take creative control of his future TV projects.
The Grierson Trust has named filmmaker Kim Longinotto as the recipient of the BBC Trustees’ Award.
Director of television Danny Cohen has told Broadcast his decision to leave the BBC is about his personal need for a fresh challenge rather than any “climactic situation” facing the corporation.
Danny Cohen has acknowledged that he is leaving the BBC as it prepares for “challenges the like of which [it] and the television industry have never faced before”.
Click to read the note sent to BBC staff by outgoing director of televison Danny Cohen.
Danny Cohen is to leave the BBC to “pursue a new leadership challenge”.
Colette Foster, the former Remarkable Television co-managing director, hopes to spark a renaissance in TV production in Birmingham with the launch of hew new indie, Full Fat Television.
Raw TV has hired former Firecracker Films executive producer Tom Barry as it looks to boost its opportunities in factual entertainment.
TWC executive Robert Walak, who was involved in high profile projects such as BBC1’s forthcoming War And Peace, is to leave the business this week
Jeremy Clarkson and his former Top Gear colleagues have begun filming their new series for Amazon, kicking off with a race between three of the world’s fastest supercars in Portugal.
ITV has confirmed that Robert Peston has made the switch from the BBC to become its political editor and host of his own Sunday morning political talkshow.
Buccaneer Media, the indie set up by The Only Way Is Essex creator Tony Wood, has hired Big Brother creative director Denis O’Connor.
Phil Craig has left Discovery Networks International after eight months to return to the production sector.
ITV has swooped to hire BBC journalist Robert Peston as political editor and the host of a new political talk show.
Fox has handed Jeff Ford a promotion, while Remy Blumenfeld has hired an ITV Studios exec at Thinking Violets. Read on for more.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon is planning a focus on factual projects to grow his production company.
Tiger Aspect executives Will Gould and Frith Tiplady have been promoted to joint managing directors of the producer’s drama division.
Twofour’s David Clews, BBC iPlayer head of content Victoria Jaye and children’s producer Collin Williams are among the figures recognised by The Hospital Club for innovation and inspiration in broadcasting.
The key drama commissioners for ITV, Channel 4 and Sky will share the stage for the first time at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum next month.
Sky entertainment commissioner Deborah Sargeant has been appointed as the first creative head for Objective Productions following a company restructure.
Industry Media founder Simon Vyvyan has partnered with law firm Harbottle & Lewis to establish a consultancy to provide commercial and business affairs advice to independent producers.
Partners In Crime co-producer RLJ Entertainment has hired former Fremantle Media exec Shane Murphy as managing director of its UK production business.
Lord Burns will step down from his position as chairman of Channel 4 next year after the government rejected Ofcom’s recommendation to extend his tenure.
Zig Zag has hired ITV Studios producer Andy Scott as head of entertainment as part of a senior management overhaul.
Days before Coronation Street is to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a live special, it has emerged the soap’s producer will leave his role at the end of the year.
Dawn Airey is to move to New York to join Getty Images as its chief executive officer.
Former BBC chief Jana Bennett has been promoted to run US cable network History following the departure of Dirk Hoogstra.
Simon Andreae has launched a London-based indie with a 25% investment from the increasingly acquisitive Fremantle Media.
Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott has been suspended after clashing with producers on the in-house show.
BBC current affairs head Fiona Campbell has been appointed as advisory chair for the 2016 Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Sky head of comedy Lucy Lumsden is stepping down after nearly six years to return to the “coalface” of television production.
Renegade Pictures creative director Jon Rowlands is leaving the indie after nearly 10 years to take on a newly created brief at Warner Bros. Television Production UK.
Kudos joint chief executives Diederick Santer and Daniel Isaacs have reshuffled the company’s production team.
Recently appointed BBC genre chiefs Patrick Holland and Polly Hill are among the big names speaking at Broadcast’s Commissioning Forum in November.
BBC Children’s has shaken up its senior management team, appointing Sarah Muller as its first in-house creative director of scripted, animation and co-productions.
Gregor Cameron, a former producer on The Word, has launched a TV and film production company and is developing a spin-off of dark music business comedy Kill Your Friends for the small screen.
Robert Lindsay has revealed that 1970s sitcom Citizen Smith could to return to television – although it is yet to be formally pitched to a broadcaster.
Dawn Airey has stepped down as Yahoo!’s European boss after just over two years.
Pact has hired Anjani Patel as diversity lead for television to replace the BBC-bound Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams.
Love Productions’ Anna Beattie, director Peter Kosminsky and BBC iPlayer chief Victoria Jaye are among the TV executives shortlisted for the 2015 H.Club 100 awards.
Former ITV head of business affairs Andrew Baker has joined co-production firm Drive as a non-executive director.
All3Media co-founder David Liddiment has joined FremantleMedia UK as non-executive chairman.
Sundog Pictures has beefed up its production team with the appointment of The Island With Bear Grylls series editor Dov Freedman.
BBC head of TV current affairs commissioning Clive Edwards is leaving the role after 22 years at the corporation to take up a 12-month position with BBC Academy.
Former Holby City producer Polly Williams is to lead drama development for distributor Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England’s new joint venture.
Neal Street Productions co-founder Pippa Harris has been made a Dame for her services to television.
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon is to issue a warning that the BBC is losing sight of the pace of devolution and urged it to hand more powers to the nations.
Armando Iannucci has said uncertainty about the BBC’s future has been allowed to “fester and grow” by the government, despite John Whittingdale’s claim that there is no agenda against the corporation.
Disney-owned broadcaster ABC is “aggressively” hunting UK talent and writers but is not looking to acquire British production companies.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has denied that the government green paper on the future of the BBC formed part of a pre-meditated Conservative assault on the corporation.
Welsh indie Boomerang is bulking up its development team with a senior hire from Outline Productions - as it picks up the contract to produce around 30 hours of para-sport coverage for Channel 4.
BBC director of television Danny Cohen has claimed that there is no public desire for the corporation to become a “market failure” broadcaster.
ITV Studios’ comedy label Second Act Productions has inked a first-look deal with the creator of Balls of Steel and The Friday Night Project.
John Silver’s Pi Productions has become the second indie to win investment from production network Greenbird Media in a week.
ITV has renewed Ninja Warrior, Amazon has taken SVoD rights to Fear The Walking Dead and A+E Networks has promoted brand exec Anna Priest.
Infinity Creative Media, the indie set up by James Grant co-founder Russ Lindsay and chaired by Lord Michael Grade, is targeting the Chinese TV market after Chinese-focused investment firm Gate Ventures acquired a 20% stake in the business.
BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has pledged to continue to front her current affairs show on BBC2 and the BBC News Channel after being diagnosed with breast cancer.