BBC Worldwide has confirmed US production chief Jane Tranter is to leave the company and set up her own indie.
The government forced the BBC into agreeing a back room funding deal after making clear to the corporation that it would be asked to pick up the bill for pensioner licence fees in this week’s Budget, according to Danny Cohen.
Pact chief executive John McVay has urged the BBC to defend content budgets as the government has asked it to shoulder the £650m bill for paying the licence fee for over-75s.
Former BBC Online controller Seetha Kumar has been appointed as chief executive of Creative Skillset.
Channel 4 has strengthened its diversity team with the appointment of two executives to implement its 360° Diversity Charter.
Warp Films development producer Jen Kenwood is to leave the indie to join Drama Republic as head of development.
Sony Pictures Television’s international chief creative officer Wayne Garvie has turned down the chance to run BBC Studios – but the corporation is edging closer to making an appointment.
Creative industries funding body Creative England has hired former Fremantle Media executive Solomon Nwabueze as its first director of content.
Tim Hincks has labelled the TV industry “hideously middle class” and called for more detailed measurements of social backgrounds in diversity monitoring initiatives.
Sue Inglish, the BBC’s head of political programmes, analysis and research, is stepping down after a decade with the broadcaster.
Seven television executives from diverse backgrounds will gain commissioning experience with five major broadcasters after being selected for the Creative Diversity Network commissioner development scheme.
ITV News is to switch to a single-presenter format with political editor Tom Bradby stepping up to anchor the News at Ten this autumn.
BBC music and arts commissioner Greg Sanderson is to join Ten Alps indie Brook Lapping as managing director in October.
Sam Bickley, BBC3’s former head of features and documentaries, is to join Samantha Anstiss’ creative label at BBC Productions.
Endemol Shine UK chairman Lucas Church is to leave the super-indie, more than twenty years after he joined Initial.
Now magazine’s Sally Eyden has been appointed as editor of ITV’s long-running daytime panel show Loose Women.
Discovery executive Dan Korn has been hired as STV Productions’ creative director to focus on specialist factual and returnable programming.
Pineapple Dance Studios indie Pulse is ramping up its television business with the hire of former Fresh One Productions boss Roy Ackerman and Channel 4 factual commissioner Emma Cooper.
Lion TV director of factual Donna Clark is to exit the All3Media indie after six years to join the BBC as acting head of formats and features.
BBC social media manager Rajiv Nathwani is leaving the broadcaster to join Netflix.
Former BBC editorial director Roger Mosey has claimed the corporation’s news reporting suffers from liberal “groupthink” and criticised the BBC Trust as a “shadowy force”.
Former Silver River boss Daisy Goodwin has set up a new production company six months after leaving her Sony-owned indie.
Lion TV executive producer David Upshal is leaving the All3Media-owned indie after 13 years.
Comedy Central UK boss Jill Offman is to take control of Viacom sister channel MTV UK.
Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he turned down an offer to return to his old job on Top Gear last week, days before Chris Evans was appointed to the role.
Chris Evans has urged listeners of his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show to apply to work on the next series of Top Gear - but warned there was “no guarantee” that a member of the public would land a job.
Jesse Norman, the Tory MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, will replace John Whittingdale as the chair of the influential Culture, Media and Sport Committee (CMSC).
The BBC has handed Shell diversity boss Tunde Ogungbesan and former Channel 4 disability executive Alison Walsh lead roles in its diversity and inclusion team.
Former Mammoth Screen joint managing director Michele Buck has been appointed to revitalise Company Pictures.
ITV has beefed up its drama commissioning team by handing Sarah Conroy a permanent position.
Chris Evans has signed a three-year deal to lead a new line-up of Top Gear presenters.
Shane Allen set out his ambitions for the future of BBC3 comedy at an indie briefing today where tensions over the channel’s future came to the fore.
John Whittingdale, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, is to appear at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival to face questions about the future of the BBC and Channel 4.
Endemol Shine International has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Simon Cox as its head of acquisitions.
ITV Studios indie Shiver has strengthened its executive team after hiring the BBC’s Richard Hastings as its third creative director.
Channel 4 has hired CPL’s Game of Thrones – Thronecast exec Sarah Lazenby as entertainment editor.
Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox, according to numerous reports in the US.
New culture secretary John Whittingdale has appointed a former Sky director of public affairs as his senior policy advisor.
Tessa Ross is returning to television, while Dave has acquired high-profile US comedy Parks and Recreation and Channel 4 has recommissioned two comedies.
Blinging Up Baby producer Alaska has hired former Channel 4 editor of formats Tammy Hoyle as an executive producer.
Incoming BBC head of documentaries Patrick Holland has pledged to “find, nurture and progress” emerging filmmakers after he takes up his role next month.
Darlow Smithson Productions director of programmes Rachel Morgan and UKTV commissioner Catherine Catton have joined the BBC as part of a number of factual appointments.
Neil Grant has been made permanent managing director of Ten Alps indie Films of Record after holding the post on an interim basis since September.
Gary Lineker has signed a non-exclusive five-year deal with the BBC - paving the way for the presenter to host BT Sport’s Champions League coverage.
Gary Lineker is poised to be unveiled as BT Sport’s Champions League host at an event next week, at which the broadcaster is also expected to announce the first Ultra High Definition service in the UK.
The X Factor producer Mark Sidaway has revealed that “big changes” will be made to the show’s format this year as it bids to overhaul Strictly Come Dancing.
Peter Fincham has batted away suggestions that he is under pressure due to ITV’s poor ratings performance at the start of 2015.
Sir Peter Bazalgette has urged the next regulator of the BBC to do the “definitive” piece of work on the way in which the corporation should be funded in the future.
ITV Studios indie The Garden is to boost its formatted factual output with the appointment of former Shine TV producer Chloe Solomon.
All3Media is eyeing further acquisitions after bolstering its stable with Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street two months ago.
BBC3 is to open up its production processes as it bids to reach audiences online, according to the channel’s digital controller.
Distributor TCB Media Rights has poached a top Cineflix International executive to become managing director.
Danny Cohen has outlined ambitions for BBC Studios to make programmes for broadcasters all over the world.
Dan Korn is to leave Discovery after more than ten years at the broadcaster.
Former Panorama editor Tom Giles has been appointed as ITV’s controller of current affairs.
Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has expressed fears of a “sustained attack” on the BBC by the Conservative government and said the industry should be ready to protect the corporation.
BBC entertainment boss Mark Linsey travelled to Heathrow airport to personally welcome the crew of Top Gear after they flew back to the UK having filmed the controversial Patagonia Christmas special.
Glyndebourne general director David Pickard is to take over from Edward Blakeman as director of BBC Proms at the end of this year’s festival season.
Caroline Raphael, former BBC Radio 4 commissioning editor responsible for ordering comedies including Little Britain and The League of Gentlemen, has joined Penguin Random House Audio.
James Patterson is priming his crime thriller The Postcard Killers for development as a Scandinavian TV show as the author aims to secure more adaptations.
Crackit Productions, the indie behind Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story, has hired former Channel 5 factual and fact ent commissioner Jason Wells as an executive producer.
Hat Trick’s Paul Cohen lands Pact role, while Keith Lemon’s Kardashians are set to return
Factual commissioning editor Simon Raikes is leaving Channel 5 to launch a non-scripted division at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures.
Disney-owned multichannel network (MCN) Maker Studios has hired Dubplate Drama creator Luke Hyams as head of international content.
Working Title Television UK’s Juliette Howell is leaving the NBC Universal joint venture once she has overseen it existing slate.
The pay dispute between ITV and the joint unions rumbled on at the company’s AGM yesterday, with its senior execs standing their ground on the issue.
Objective Productions head of comedy Ben Caudell is to become Channel 4 head of entertainment as the commercial broadcaster finalises the team’s new structure.
Comedy Central looks to ramp up online plans, Channel 4 maintains its interest in cars, and Al Jazeera English gets a new boss.
Tony Hall has prepared BBC staff for “lively and robust debate” ahead of charter renewal, and asked them to be “bold and inventive” about the corporation’s future.
The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci is to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Ten Downing Street has confirmed that Ed Vaizey will continue as a culture minister.
Pact has hired former Fox executive David Lyle as the first president of its US division.
Newly-appointed shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has argued that he faces a “big job” in fighting for the future of the BBC.
Outgoing BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson has made the case for an increase in the licence fee as he prepares to leave the corporation this week.
BBC head of independent drama Polly Hill will succeed Ben Stephenson as controller of drama at the corporation.
BT Sport has dropped the biggest hint yet that Gary Lineker is being lined up to front its Champions League coverage later this year.
Patrick Holland, the managing director at Fremantle Media UK label Boundless, has been named head of documentaries at the BBC.
Polly Hill and Faith Penhale are the frontrunners in the race to replace Ben Stephenson as the controller of BBC drama.
Sky has hired three non-scripted commissioners from the independent production sector as it looks to grow its factual and entertainment output.
The former chief executive of All3Media pocketed a bonus of around £4m after the super-indie was sold to Discovery Communications and Liberty Global last year.
Emma Swain is to take a year out from her role as controller of factual to help shape BBC television’s approach to commissioning in the run-up to charter renewal.
The BBC is beginning to pick up the pieces of £50m mega-brand Top Gear after executive producer Andy Wilman resigned and Richard Hammond and James May pledged loyalty to their co-host Jeremy Clarkson.
Former Fremantle Media UK boss Sara Geater has joined All3Media as chief operating officer, forcing her to relinquish her duties as the chair of Pact after only four months.
Serious contenders have emerged to lead BBC Studios as the recruitment process begins in earnest.
Factual drama writer and producer Jeff Pope is to be presented with the Alan Clarke Special award at the Bafta Awards.
Kim Shillinglaw has claimed BBC2 has the opportunity to reassess Top Gear before it returns to the channel.
Peter Kay’s debut BBC1 sitcom, Car Share, has become iPlayer’s most successful box-set launch after it generated 2.8m requests.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has lashed out at the BBC, blasting its left-wing bias and “arrogant, lackadaisical attitude” in a column for The Independent.
Sky commissioner Chris Brogden is to join Tinopolis as the super-indie’s first creative director for entertainment in June.
Channel 4 has promoted Charlie Palmer to head of viewer relationship management following the departure of Steve Forde last month.
Former BBC director general George Entwistle has been drafted in to exec produce Channel 4’s election night coverage.
US execs will be out in force in Edinburgh this year, with senior figures from HBO, Showtime, FX and Discovery flying the flag for cable and Amazon Studios representing the new breed of online commissioners.
Former Channel 4 chief executive Michael Jackson has called for the licence fee to be increased and warned against the potential “dismemberment” of the BBC.
Fiona Bruce is closing her production company as the BBC continues to overhaul the way it contracts some of its biggest stars.
BBC Learning executive producer, drama documentary maker and award-winning journalist Katy Jones has died suddenly at the age of 51.
BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw has called on producers to pitch more stand-out single documentaries and current affairs investigations.
The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Deborah Williams to the new role of diversity manager.
An indie founded by former Culture Show editor Eddie Morgan has secured a three-year deal with Bloomberg TV to make a 75-part art series.
Mentorn Media has hired former Betty head of features David Emerson as head of formats and features, as well as making three other appointments.
Remarkable Television joint managing director Colette Foster is to step down after eight years with the company.
Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has resigned from the BBC a month after Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed.
Turner UK general manager Anthony Lukom has left the broadcaster, handing his responsibilities to Northern Europe managing director Ian McDonough.
Initial has appointed Denis O’Connor to the newly-created role of creative director for flagship format Big Brother.
Kim Shillinglaw has promised to salvage unused footage from Top Gear series 22 in a move that will return Jeremy Clarkson to BBC2’s airwaves.