Tributes have been paid to James Barrie Zafar, set designer of Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off, who has died at age 48 after a battle with cancer.
ITV Studios has disbanded its northern drama hub, making four jobs redundant, as it continues to contribute towards ITV’s £25m of planned Brexit savings.
Radio 2 and 6 Music boss Bob Shennan has been appointed director of BBC Radio following last month’s promotion of James Purnell.
Discovery Networks International executive producer Adam Jacobs is leaving the company after more than 10 years, while VP programming for Nordics and Benelux Paul Edwards is also exiting.
Drama chief Hilary Martin is leaving the BBC and re-joining former colleague Simon Judd to establish a Manchester base for Euston Films.
Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed that she is eager to create a show for the UK and is eyeing the possibility of tapping intoDisney’s increasingly international production presence.
Conservative MP Damian Collins has been elected chair of the culture, media and sport select committee.
Tony Blackburn is to return to the BBC, eight months after he claimed to have been sacked by the corporation.
Nightly show Vice News Tonight is to launch on Vice in the UK as the fledgling broadcaster staffs up its newsroom with eight hires.
Luke W Moody, currently head of film at Britdoc, has been confirmed as the new director of film programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Films of Record managing director Neil Grant is to leave the Bafta-winning indie to become creative director of Welsh production company Avanti Media.
Conservative MPs Damian Collins and Helen Grant will go head-to-head to become chair of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee.
Rich Kids of Instagram indie Popkorn TV has continued its “fight against the super-indies” by bolstering its branded entertainment team.
TV agent Pippa Lambert is to relocate from London to Los Angeles after joining WME.
Canadian media company Blue Ant Media is opening a UK production hub with former Nerd TV co-founder and managing director Jago Lee joining as creative director.
BBC Studios is to make around 300 staff redundant across all of its major genres, with factual bearing the brunt.
Former Discovery commissioner Dan Korn is to join A+E Networks as vice president of programming.
Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Phillips are to leave ITV Studios to establish Label 1 in the indie sector.
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has been appointed shadow culture secretary as part of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle.
Creative Skillset has made additional London places available on a new Production Co-ordinator course due to overwhelming demand.
BBC drama commissioner Matthew Read is to leave the BBC at the end of the year to ‘focus on other projects’.
Twofour founder Charles Wace has been appointed as chairman of Beagle as the creative agency prepares to expand into original content production.
Fishing Impossible indie Alaska TV has hired former Blakeway North and Blast Films exec Georgina Madley as head of development.
StudioCanal chief operating officer Robb Smith joining Audio Network as group chief executive.
ITV Studios entertainment boss Angela Jain has bolstered her senior team, appointing a creative director of development and director of entertainment in the north.
Betty’s director of programmes Duncan Coates is to join 7 Wonder as its first creative director.
James Purnell is to take responsibility for the BBC’s audio division after Helen Boaden revealed she will retire in March.
ITV Studios’ Sumi Connock creative director of entertainment is leaving the company after almost eight years.
The Garden’s director of programmes David Wise is leaving the ITV-owned indie to set up a virtual reality start-up.
BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in War And Peace producer Lookout Point and laid out a path to taking full ownership of the firm.
BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser has left his role after nineteen years to launch SVOD documentary platform Yaddo.
Channel 5 has appointed CBBC’s Sarah Muller as head of children’s programming, replacing Jess Symons who left earlier this year.
ITV has restructured its drama team, making two of its scripted commissioners redundant.
Studio Lambert deputy head of development Natalie McArdle has returned to Electric Ray five months after leaving the indie.
BBC director of radio Helen Boaden is preparing to announce her retirement – a move that would allow the corporation to finalise its management reshuffle.
Gordon Ramsay’s fledgling indie has hired Tinopolis creative director of entertainment Chris Brogden as chief creative officer.
Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc has signed a two series deal with the BBC to return to the motoring show.
Digging for Britain indie 360Production has appointed Renegade Pictures executive producer Belinda Cherrington as its first director of UK factual.
Sky Vision has strengthened its senior team with a number of hires including PBS Distribution boss Gillian Rose, who will lead sales in the US.
Long-serving director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie has been appointed as the corporation’s new director of nations and regions.
Glasgow-based indie Hello Halo has appointed Mentorn development executive Natalie Hill as head of development.
Remarkable has bolstered its senior team by creating head of factual and head of entertainment roles.
Youngest Media, the indie established by former Endemol execs David Flynn and Lucas Church, has hired a former Victory Television executive as its entertainment boss.
Chandana Keerthi Bandara, a BBC journalist working on its Sri Lankan Sinhala service, has been awarded £50,000 compensation by an employment tribunal after his failure to prioritise news of Prince George’s birth contributed to his dismissal in 2015.
All3Media chief operating officer Sara Geater has been appointed chair of the Bafta commercial committee, replacing media lawyer Medwyn Jones.
Objective has hired a chief operating officer from Syco.
5 News editor Cristina Nicolotti Squires has been appointed director of content at Sky News.
Former ITV exec Alison Sharman has joined Thoroughly Modern Media, the fledgling indie that produced Heston’s Dinner In Space.
Plimsoll Productions, the indie set up by former RDF exec Grant Mansfield, has appointed Paddy Sellers as its first chairman.
TV executives have “no idea what they are doing” and should put more trust in talent, according to comedian John Cleese.
Rona Fairhead will not lead the BBC’s forthcoming unitary board after prime minister Theresa May requested that she reapply for the job.
House Productions, the indie established by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell, has hired three executives to its development team.
BBC head of comedy commissioning Shane Allen has highlighted the importance of backing female talent in the wake of the loss of Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne.
Rod Henwood is to leave Zodiak Media 12 months after it merged with Banijay.
BBC Worldwide has hired former Lion executive Joff Powell as commissioning editor for its portfolio of international channels.
The Island exec Alf Lawrie is leaving Shine to join Blast! Films.
Minster for digital and culture Matt Hancock has flagged “success, access and synthesis” as the three cornerstone principles of his strategy for the creative industries.
Back In Time For Dinner commissioner Alison Kirkham has been confirmed as the BBC’s head of factual commissioning, more than a year after being installed in the role on a temporary basis.
Pulse Films unscripted boss Roy Ackerman has left the indie after just over a year and will be replaced by creative director Emma Cooper.
Former BBC digital chief Ralph Rivera has been appointed as managing director of Eurosport’s digital division.
BBC development executive Lucy Bacon has joined Wall to Wall as head of factual development.
David Mortimer is to leave NBC Universal after three years spent leading its international formats charge.
Former Channel 4 multiplatform commissioner Jody Smith has joined David Flynn and Lucas Church’s fledgling indie.
Diversity chief Amanda Ariss is to leave the Creative Diversity Network after 18 months in the role.
Sony Pictures Television has bolstered its UK distribution team with the hire of Warner Bros exec Dee Robertson.
Avalon has hired former Shine exec Tim Robinson as chief operating officer.
BBC content chiefs Charlotte Moore and Patrick Holland have claimed that the new commissioning structure will “empower” creatives rather than centralise decision-making.
Youth programming producer Latimer has hired former executives from BBC Worldwide and Vice Media after securing investment earlier this year.
BBC Studios has appointed veteran wildlife producer Julian Hector as head of the Natural History Unit.
Twofour has received a letter from solicitors representing a former contestant on ITV’s diving format Splash! who claims he sustained life-changing injuries during the competition.
Natural history producer Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) has poached BBC Studios development executive Michael Philo.
Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan used the Alternative MacTaggart lecture to call for comedy commissioners to be less prescriptive.
Newly appointed BBC2 editor Patrick Holland has called for producers to bring him factual entertainment shows, saying the channel is not pitched enough.
Tim Sparke, the founder of international distribution house Mercury Media, has died at the age of 53.
It is economically “critical” for the TV industry to become more diverse, according to culture minister Matt Hancock, who has lent his support to the Diamond initiative.
The class divisions in the television industry are laid bare in a report that reveals that people in the media are three times more likely to have attended a private or selective grammar school than the national average.
Roughcut TV executive producer Alex Smith has been promoted to head of comedy.
Nicholas Yearwood has left Idris Elba’s indie Green Door Pictures exec to join Bob & Co-backed indies Woodcut Media and Duchess Street Productions as a consultant executive producer.
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has criticised plans to force the BBC to reveal how much it pays its top talent.
Former ITV director of factual Richard Klein is set to join IWC Media as creative director after leaving the commercial broadcaster in February, Broadcast can reveal.
Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund chief executive Richard Wilson has died aged 58, following a short illness.
BBC’s former factual boss Emma Swain is to leave the corporation after 20 years.
BriteSpark Films has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of ITN’s David Tshulak as head of development and Studio Lambert’s Vics Wilson as production executive.
Caitlin Moran has branded the lack of female working class British comedies “shameful” after Channel 4 cancelled her Raised By Wolves sitcom.
Discovery International has promoted Paul Welling to a newly-created role focused on the network’s brands and events.
Access Entertainment, the media investment firm run by former BBC boss Danny Cohen, has joined forces with BBC Worldwide to back Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s new indie House Productions.
Barcroft Media has hired the former managing editor of FHM and Heat following its investment from Channel 4.
The Murder Detectives commissioner Amy Flanagan has been promoted to deputy head of factual at Channel 4.
Former BBC director of television Danny Cohen is to executive produce a forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie.
Gus Beattie, the producer behind long-running BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags & Bags is setting up a production company.
Vic Reeves is developing a sketch show with BBC controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen inspired by early 90s comedy stage show Vic Reeves Big Night Out.
Catastrophe and Pulling co-creator Sharon Horgan is to deliver the Alternative MacTaggart at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Naked Entertainment, the indie established by former Fox and Discovery commissioner Simon Andreae, has hired Text Santa producer Matthew Cox.
Keo Films has made a raft of new appointments: a head of digital and executive producer in the UK, and a managing director in Australia.
UK pay-TV channel Fox is set to kick off a hunt for a British drama to match The Walking Dead after hiring Keshet exec Sara Johnson as its scripted drama chief.
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that it will not be pursuing further action in relation to historical sexual assault claims made against former Top Gear presenter Chris Evans.
War And Peace producer Lookout Point is to ramp up development of “big drama in intimate stories” after installing former BBC Wales drama boss Faith Penhale as joint chief executive.
Pointless producer Remarkable has hired Possessed development executive Paul Brassey and promoted Dom Waugh as it refreshes its creative team.
Former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey is set to join the board of data science firm Pivigo after backing the firm through her angel investment scheme.
ITV is preparing to make redundanies as it looks to make £25m of cuts in the wake of the EU referendum but has stressed that programming budgets will not be affected.
Derek Wax, the Kudos executive producer responsible for shows including BBC1’s Capital and Channel 4’s Humans, has struck out on his own with an Endemol Shine Group-backed indie.
Sky has hired BBC comedy commissioner Tilusha Ghelani as part of its latest push into comedy.
DCD Rights has hired Passion Distribution exec Philippa Chuter as it grows its factual programming ambitions.
Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe Damian Collins has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next chair of the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.