BBC1 will ‘reinvent’ its approach to drama next year by carving out a new post-watershed slot for the genre on Saturday nights.
All3Media has appointed a chief executive for its Dutch subsidiary IDTV, while Cake Boss producer High Noon has made a round of promotions.
Not-for-profit indie CTVC has hired the producer of ITV’s Sun Military Awards as its chief executive.
Holby City and Casualty executive producer Oliver Kent has been appointed to the new role of head of continuing drama in BBC Studios’ scripted division.
David Lammy has slammed culture secretary Karen Bradley’s decision to block the appointment of a BAME woman to the board of Channel 4 as “shocking” and called on the MP to “explain herself”.
ITV scheduling chief David Bergg is finally in the spotlight as the broadcaster’s “prince of darkness” prepares to leave after 15 years.
Planet Earth II executive producer Mike Gunton has described the “magnetic pull” that the BBC exerts on the Natural History Unit, even as BBC Studios prepares for commercialisation.
Kevin Lygo has placed fun and entertainment at the heart of his new-look ITV schedule and will use US-style entertainment chat show The Nightly Show to “extend the primetime feeling” of the channel.
TVF International is restructuring its executive ranks as director of programming Alice Hamlett steps down after eight years with the distributor.
Ofcom has appointed four non-executive directors including former BBC2 controller Roly Keating to the board of Channel 4.
BBC Wales head of development Nick Andrews has been appointed head of commissioning across the regional division’s television, iPlayer and interactive platforms.
ITV director of programme strategy David Bergg is to leave the broadcaster after 15 years, to be replaced by Rosemary Newell.
Darryl Noad, award-winning lighting director, passed away on Friday 18th November after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 57.
ITV is restructuring kids channel CITV in a move that could see the departure of kids chief Jamila Metran.
Commissioners across factual and comedy are set to lose their jobs as part of the latest stage of the BBC’s cost-cutting drive.
Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright will develop stories exploring science and health
The DCMS is holding up the appointment of five Channel 4 non-executive directors recommended by Ofcom in what has been labelled an “unprecedented” move.
Channel 5 is rebranding its in-house production arm 5Production and is searching for a factual boss as it broadens its remit across Viacom channels and international broadcasters.
Creative Skillset is hunting for the next generation of series producers after launching its scheme for aspiring executives for the second year running.
Conquest of the Skies indie Atlantic Productions has made a number of key promotions within its UK team.
New Tricks producer Wall to Wall has made two new hires to boost its drama division.
Discovery Communications has tapped former virtual reality advisor Rebecca Howard as senior vice-president, emerging platforms and partnerships, with oversight of the company’s virtual reality offerings.
BBC Worldwide has appointed former ITV Studios Global Entertainment sales director Andre Renaud as vice-president of sales for Italy and Iberia.
Claudia Rosencrantz is leaving Jamie Oliver Media Group after four years at the business.
The series producer of Planet Earth II is to join Grant Mansfield’s Plimsoll Productions as the business expands its highend wildlife output.
BBC4 controller Cassian Harrison has revealed a corporation-wide drive to move away from the ‘Reithian mode’ of storytelling in favour of greater emotional engagement.
Sky has overhauled its content team, with Zai Bennett effectively taking over Stuart Murphy’s old role days after Phil Edgar-Jones replaced Celia Taylor as non-scripted boss.
Mentorn Scotland has appointed Liam Hanley as Question Time editor following Nicolai Gentchev’s promotion.
QI indie Talkback has appointed Laura Gibson to the role of head of development.
Kim Shillinglaw has made her first hire as director of factual of Endemol Shine UK – bringing in Raw TV’s head of factual Richard Bond.
A decision about the future of Channel 4 is top of David Abraham’s “Christmas wish list”, as he claimed clarity was long overdue.
Channel 4-backed indie Whisper Films is expanding beyond sports after appointing former Top Gear director Jim Wiseman to launch a factual entertainment division.
Foreign Bodies producer Eleven has bolstered its executive ranks with the appointments of NBC Universal’s Dan Cheesbrough and Sherlock Holmes producer Kate Murrell.
Tinopolis Group-owned producer A. Smith & Co. has tapped FremantleMedia North America’s Toby Gorman to lead its entertainment division.
Four Rooms producer Claudia Lewis has returned to the BBC to boost its in-house science division.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings indie Firecracker Films has set up a regional base in Glasgow.
Sky comedy commissioner Ben Boyer has left the commercial broadcaster to return to the US.
BBC Studios head of religion and ethics Aaqil Ahmed is to leave the corporation after a 20-year career as his department becomes part of the newly-formed Factual Scotland division.
Sky head of non-scripted Celia Taylor is leaving the broadcaster after seven years.
BBC Studios has appointed Optomen TV development director Jon Swain to lead its newly-formed popular factual unit.
All3Media chief operating officer Sara Geater has been appointed chair of Pact in an uncontested election.
Former ITV director of television Peter Fincham and ex-Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks have jointly established a production business, following months of speculation that they will work together.
Reef Television managing director Paul Hanrahan is leaving the business after more than a decade, sparking a senior management restructure.
ITV entertainment commissioning editor Kate Maddigan has left the broadcaster after her role was made redundant as part of Brexit-related cost savings.
BBC News director James Harding wants to introduce “slow news” to balance what he sees as an “unrelenting” modern news cycle.
Andrew Marr, Jarvis Cocker and Kirsty Lang are among the BBC Radio talent to have urged the government to reconsider plans to put 60% of output out to tender.
BT Sport exec Chris Neilson has been hired as channel lead of Channel 5’s newly-launched My5 TV, a free-to-air channel based on its on-demand service.
The BBC has hired Channel 4 factual commissioner David Brindley to head its renamed popular factual and factual entertainment department.
Former ITV drama chief Steve November has resurfaced at Mad Men producer Lionsgate’s UK TV division.
Steve Morrison, David Liddiment and the other All3Media co-founders have joined forces with Wall to Wall founder Alex Graham to become angel investors, backing the next generation of true indies.
ITV News’ deputy editor and director of newsgathering Tim Singleton is to leave the broadcaster after 24 years.
Kudos’ head of development Joanna Strevens is to join Downton Abbey indie Carnival Films in the same role.
Channel 4 TV events and sport commissioning executive Andy Stevenson has joined sports indie Whisper Films as a development producer.
Scott Free London, the UK film and television division of Ridley Scott’s company, has poached Origin Pictures boss Ed Rubin to become managing director.
MTV and Channel 5 owner Viacom has merged its international division with its US channel group and appointed Bob Bakish as acting president and chief executive.
International distributor Fox Networks Group has promoted Prentiss Fraser to managing director of content distribution.
British Film Institute diversity manager Deborah Williams has been appointed as executive director of Creative Diversity Network.
Viacom International Media Networks boss Bob Bakish is tipped to become interim chief executive of parent company Viacom as the company inches closer to a merger with CBS.
TV has become saturated with cooking and gardening shows, according to former BBC2 controller David Attenborough.
Zinc Media-owned indie Blakeway has appointed producer Lucy van Beek as managing director.
Humans producer Chris Fry has joined his old boss Jane Featherstone as an executive producer at Sister Pictures.
Studio Lambert is moving into shiny floor entertainment for the first time with the launch of a label run by a former series producer of The X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother.
ITV is to make 120 jobs redundant across its business to “futureproof” following Brexit.
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.