Martin Davidson has been named as the BBC’s head of specialist factual as the changes to the corporation’s factual commissioning team begin to shape up.
All3Media indie Lion TV has created three new head of department positions as part of a 50% increase in development spend designed to broaden its slate.
Chrysalis Vision, the drama indie resurrected by Mick Pilsworth and Chris Wright, has hired Marchlands assistant producer Sue Gibbs as creative director.
Chris Evans has established a vehicle to produce the upcoming live 20th anniversary episode of TFI Friday alongside Monkey Kingdom and Olga TV.
BBC factual commissioner James Hayes will leave the corporation at the end of March.
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.
Nick Thorogood is to leave Food Network owner Scripps Network after five years.
Broadchurch producer Kudos will enter a new era by promoting Lovely Day founder Diederick Santer to become joint chief executive alongside Dan Isaacs.
Jane Turton has landed the top job at All3Media after a five-month global search by its new owners Liberty Global and Discovery Communications.
Danny Cohen will attempt to wean staff off their “addiction” to the overnight ratings by introducing sophisticated internal data, which will also how reveal how the BBC is reaching underserved viewers.
Endemol Shine Group has promoted Dragonfly boss Lucinda Hicks to chief operating officer of its UK division.
Dazed & Confused head of video Ravi Amaratunga is leaving the publisher to head up Vice Media-owned magazine i-D’s international video output.
Fremantle Media International has hired Shine International senior vice president of acquisitions Georgia Brown as it looks to increase its scripted output.
ITV has appointed temporary factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell on a permanent basis to replace the outgoing Katy Thorogood.
Electric Ray has hired Endemol exec Shaun Parry as its creative director of entertainment.
Fresh One managing director Roy Ackerman is to leave the company after six years.
Minnow Films has beefed up its development team with the hire of Ten Alps’ deputy head of development Ben Samuel.
Shine TV’s senior development executive Claire Morrison is to join ITV Studios label Potato as its first head of development.
ITV chairman Archie Norman has been approached to head up Tesco’s board of directors.
Jenny Baxter has been named as the new chief operating officer of BBC England.
Channel 4 has handed Ed Havard its head of sport role and promoted Ian MacKenzie to nations and regions manager following the departure of Stuart Cosgrove.
Susan Hogg, the senior BBC producer behind Lark Rise To Candleford, is leaving the corporation to establish Studio Lambert’s drama division.
Music licencing firm Audio Network has hired Skype executive Kim Clarke as its chief financial officer.
Maverick Television chief executive Jim Sayer is stepping down from the All3Media indie after a decade.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is in talks over a high-profile move to the US, Broadcast can reveal.
True North co-founder Glyn Middleton has set up his own indie six months after leaving the Leeds-based business.
Former Chatty Man exec producer Richard Ackerman has joined Sky as a non-scripted commissioner.
BBC America has appointed Sundance exec Nena Rodrigue in the newly created role of executive vice president of original programming.
Tiger Aspect head of comedy and entertainment Ben Cavey has launched his own label, which will specialise in developing sitcoms for up-and-coming comedy talent.
The BBC has hired six diverse, industry-facing assistant commissioners as part of the corporation’s mission to represent every family and community in the UK.
Jeff Ford is to return to the UK to take up the role of managing director of Fox International Channels UK.
Zodiak Americas chief executive Jonny Slow is leaving the super-indie after more than ten years.
The Undateables producer Sarah Spencer has become Boundless’ second hire in less than a month.
ITV controller of current affairs and news operations Ian Squires will step down after the 2015 general election, ending a 20-year career at the broadcaster.
Rona Fairhead will today warn that the job of renewing the BBC’s charter for the next decade should not be handled by a “small elite” if it is to deliver value for licence fee payers.
The Call Centre executive producer Jon Connerty has joined Avalon Factual indie Liberty Bell as an executive producer.
Meirion Jones, one half of the investigation team behind Newsnight’s dropped Jimmy Savile story, is to leave the BBC.
Lisa Hazlehurst has been promoted to the newly created role of managing director of Lion Scotland.
Tern TV has hired Andrew Snowball, the creative director of Lion Scotland, to the newly created role of director of features and popular factual.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! co-creator Will Smith has been appointed as ITN Productions’ head of factual.
Former Panorama editor Tom Giles has left BBC News to become a specialist factual producer at BBC Productions, Broadcast understands.
Channel 4 has strengthened its Shorts commissioning team with the addition of Little Dot Studios’ content exec Isaac Densu.
FremantleMedia UK indie Retort has hired former Channel 4 deputy commissioner Nana Hughes as its head of development.
Channel 4 broadcast and distribution chief technology officer Kevin Burrows is to leave the broadcaster.
Zodiak Rights has promoted Andreas Lemos to lead a renewed push into the US.
BBC director general Tony Hall has suggested that the TV watershed will become increasingly irrelevant as viewing habits change.
BT Sport is in serious discussions with Gary Lineker over signing the presenter to host its Champions League coverage from next season.
Gaynor Holmes has been appointed as the permanent head of drama for BBC Scotland.
Adrian Chiles is to be replaced as ITV’s main football anchor by BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Pougatch.
Leopard Films chief creative officer Todd Austin is leaving the Argonon-owned business after four years.
Four of the BBC’s most senior commissioners will have their roles closed as part of a major overhaul of the factual division.
The BBC has admitted that it must do more to demonstrate its internal recruitment processes are fair and transparent following the results of a staff survey, which also revealed concerns about the corporation’s bullying deterrents.
Baby Cow Animation founder Tim Searle has been appointed by Tiger Aspect as its creative director of animation and children’s.
Channel 4 has restructured its digital team ahead of the launch of its multiplatform hub All 4.
ITV News has promoted its director of newsgathering Tim Singleton to deputy editor to replace Richard Zackheim.
Mythbusters producer and distributor Beyond has poached DRG’s Caitlin Meek-O’Connor to become head of acquisitions.
Kay Mellor, writer of hit BBC dramas The Syndicate and In the Club was awarded the outstanding contribution to writing award at last night’s annual Writers’ Guild Awards.
ITV News’ deputy editor Richard Zackheim has stepped down after only a year in the job.
Victoria Derbyshire’s daytime business programme is to air simultaneously on BBC2, BBC News and online with a host of “digital-first” content.
Former ITV comedy controller Sioned Wiliam is to become BBC Radio 4’s comedy commissioner.
Undercover Boss executive producer Cal Turner has joined FremantleMedia UK indie Boundless to oversee the new series of The Apprentice.
Fox’s reality chief Simon Andreae has left the US network after just over a year and been replaced by a former Electus executive.
Pointless commissioner Pam Cavanagh has been promoted to acting channel executive for BBC1 and BBC3 on a temporary basis.
Rising Star producer Keshet is bolstering its non-scripted division in the UK with the appointment of ITV Studios exec Simon Shalgosky.
The number of women in news and current affairs broadcasting is “simply not good enough” and “urgent” improvements in monitoring are needed to address the gender gap, according to an influential committee of peers.
Former agent Michael Foster is to draw on the skills he learnt from decades in the film and media industries as he bids to become a Labour MP.
Gary Davey will be tasked with shaping Sky’s pan-European content strategy after quietly rising to become one of the pay-TV operator’s most senior figures.
Former Dragonfly managing director Simon Dickson will create his own label within Shiver as ITV Studios’ factual arm attempts to boost its documentary output.
Endemol Shine Group has assembled its senior management team in the UK – the first change to directly impact the company’s 17 UK indies since its mega-merger last year.
Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone will seek a fresh drama challenge when she returns to work in 2016 following her departure from the Endemol Shine Group-owned indie.
Channel 4 has hired a Vice Media senior creative producer as editor of Random Acts to supercharge the arts strand.
Director general Tony Hall has called on all BBC staff to become “ambassadors” for the corporation as it faces a “high risk” year which includes the general election and charter renewal.
Acorn Productions, the indie behind Foyle’s War and the Agatha Christie adaptations, has struck an umbrella deal with the founders of former drama powerhouse Red Rooster.
Channel 4 head of nations and regions Stuart Cosgrove is leaving the broadcaster after 20 years to focus on other projects.
Sky has hired Sky Deutschland programming boss Gary Davey as Sophie Turner Laing’s replacement.
Pact chief executive John McVay has been appointed as chair of the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) board for the next two years.
Kate Beal’s fledging indie Woodcut Media has hired Jenni Day as head of production.
Twofour has poached Remarkable Television’s Kitty Walshe to run its features and daytime division.
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.
Kudos boss Jane Featherstone and Princess founder Henrietta Conrad are leaving Endemol Shine Group, two of the most high-profile programming departures since the mega-merger.
Jane Featherstone will leave Kudos in rude health after a 15-year spell that has included some of the UK’s most successful and influential drama.
Prime minister David Cameron has threatened to not take part in the televised general election leader debates unless the Green Party is included.
Discovery has continued its push into drama with the hire of Dexter producer John Goldwyn.
Former Xbox and Channel 5 exec Kate Barnes has been appointed head of drama acquisitions and co-productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).
Alice Webb’s appointment as director of BBC Children’s has been welcomed by kids’ producers, despite several admitting they had not previously heard of her.
All3Media has appointed former BBC Worldwide and Zodiak Rights boss Steve Macallister as chief executive of its international distribution arm.
Steve Hewlett abdicated from his usual duties presenting the Radio 4 Media Show on Wednesday to allow the programme to discuss his postponed BBC2 documentary Reinventing the Royals.
Universal Networks International has appointed Nicoletta Gelli to fill the newly created role of senior vice president of marketing.
Sony has appointed Mark Young to head up its TV distribution business in the UK following Kylie Munnich’s move to Sky Vision.
BBC England chief operating officer Alice Webb has been appointed director of BBC Children’s.
BBC Trust vice chairman Diane Coyle is to step down at the end of April, sparking a recruitment process to find Rona Fairhead’s new deputy.
Heather Croall, the chief executive and festival director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, is to step down after nine years in the role.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is-indie Reef Television has restructured its senior management team to help it strike creative partnerships and grow its international business.
The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) is on the hunt for an executive director as it bids to establish a permanent presence next year.
Rona Fairhead has blocked the publication of some BBC correspondence with the Dame Janet Smith Review amid concerns the corporation has attempted to delay the investigation.
Television accountant Jonathan Lunn has been handed a four and a half-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of tax fraud.
BBC director of news and current affairs James Harding has argued that it is unlikely that the corporation will hive off Panorama into a commercial entity under plans to transform in-house production.
NBC head of comedy and Lucky Giant founder Mario Stylianides has left the business and been replaced by BBC executive Justin Davies.
Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) has hired Watershed TV’s creative director Emma Morgan as it bids to broaden its programming slate.
Scripps Networks has appointed Discovery veteran Phillip Luff as managing director of UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Former Future and ITN chief executive Mark Wood has been named chief executive of Ten Alps.
Jo Street has become the acting controller of BBC daytime following Damian Kavanagh’s appointment as BBC3 digital controller.
HM Treasury executive Sharon White has been named as chief executive of media regulator Ofcom.
Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.