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.
Duncan Gray, whose commissioning credits include Britain’s Got Talent for ITV and A League of Their Own for Sky 1, has launched an indie.
Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, the pair behind The Inbetweeners, have left Bwark to set up a new production company.
Justice secretary Michael Gove has waded into the licence fee decriminalisation debate arguing that prosecutions for non-payment are overburdening the criminal justice system.
Endemol Beyond, the digital arm of Endemol Shine Group, has appointed Georg Ramme as its global managing director.
W. Chump & Sons, the indie set up by Andy Wilman and Jeremy Clarkson, has begun crewing up for its ambitious new motoring series for Amazon Prime Video.
Maverick TV has poached Ricochet creative director Simon Knight to replace Jim Sayer as chief executive.
Channel 4 has appointed 24 Hours in Police Custody director Alisa Pomeroy as commissioning editor for documentaries.
Indus Films co-founder and managing director Steve Robinson is leaving the Hunters of the South Seas indie after a decade.
All3Media has hired top agent Greg Lipstone as chief executive of its US division.
Bafta-winning director Phil Heyes is to leave The X Factor ahead of its 12th series.
The Undateables producer Betty has launched a US production arm headed up by Discovery exec Jon Sechrist as it attempts to crack America.
All3Media has poached Dónall Crehan from rival super-indie Endemol Shine Group to head up its legal operations.
Discovery veteran Marjorie Kaplan is to become president of content for Discovery Networks International (DNI), overseeing the US giant’s international commissioning hub and working closely with its UK indies including All3Media.
Discovery Networks International has boosted its commissioning team by hiring Nat Geo’s Ed Sayer.
Turner has poached MTV exec Vanessa Brookman to oversee content across its general entertainment and kids channels in the UK.
Former LWT head of entertainment Alan Boyd has paid tribute to Cilla Black’s unique “common instinct” with the public and her meticulous planning on Surprise Surprise and Blind Date.
Chris Carlson, executive producer of the US version of Undercover Boss, has launched an indie in partnership with All3Media America.
The BBC has defended its coverage of the Kids Company controversy after a report suggested that Alan Yentob attempted to influence a Newsnight probe into the charity, which he chairs.
Jonathan Shalit’s talent agency Roar Global is to expand into comedy as it bids to break up the dominance of Avalon Entertainment and Off The Kerb Productions.
A+E Networks UK has promoted Heather Jones following the departure of managing director Tom Davidson.
BBC Wales director Rhodri Talfan Davies will warn against reducing the BBC to “creative polyfilla” in a speech to the National Eisteddfo festival today.
TV bosses have paid tribute to Cilla Black following the death of the 72-year old Blind Date and Surprise Surprise star at her home in Spain this weekend.
An Idiot Abroad producer Krishnendu Majumdar has become chair of Bafta’s television committee.
BT director of TV Alex Green is to become the European boss of Amazon Instant Video – the online service that yesterday struck a landmark deal with the former Top Gear team.
John Silver, the creative and managing director of Red House TV, is leaving the company he established seven years ago.
Former BBC journalist Meirion Jones has claimed that he was “squeezed out” of the corporation along with several colleagues for attempting to expose the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Pett Television founder Lisa Clark is to replace Andy Wilman as the executive producer of Top Gear.
Jim Pullin, the Bafta award-winning executive producer of A League Of Their Own, has died at the age of 57.
The BBC has raided two indies to bolster its documentary commissioning team, completing its factual restructure after seven months.
BBC in-house drama executive producer Liz Kilgarriff has been promoted to become the corporation’s indie commissioning boss after Polly Hill replaced Ben Stephenson in May.
Nigel Pickard has joined the board of drama financiers and producer Nevision after stepping down as chief executive of Zodiak UK Kids and chair of The Foundation last year.
BBC Worldwide’s US production chiefs Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner will launch their drama indie Bad Wolf next month with backing from the Welsh government.
Discovery’s Lee Bartlett is to leave the company five years after joining from ITV.
ITV Studios America has hired former Endemol Studios chief executive Philippe Maigret as it continues to boost its scripted arm.
Little Dot Studios has set its sights on a move into linear TV production after hiring three Maverick execs, including creative director of digital Dan Jones.
Discovery-owned Raw TV has promoted Richard Bond to its head of UK factual after picking up a raft of new business.
Colette Foster, the former co-managing director of Remarkable Television, has launched an indie three months after revealing she was leaving Endemol Shine UK.
Arts Council England chair Sir Peter Bazalgette has urged the BBC to partner with more third-party organisations and improve its outreach capabilities to generate more value for licence fee payers.
Ofcom is open to the idea of taking on increased responsibility for regulating the BBC, but would “put a line in the sand” at governing the corporation.
Endemol Shine UK indie Remarkable Television has unveiled its new look management team, promoting James Fox and hiring Twofour’s Kitty Walshe as co-managing directors.
BBC England boss Peter Salmon will be tasked with commercialising the corporation’s in-house production division after being appointed the first director of BBC Studios.
BBC head of development for daytime and features Sean Doyle has joined Channel 5 as factual commissioning editor.
Endemol Shine UK has appointed Remarkable Television co-managing director Nick Mather as creative director of its central creative team.
All3Media has installed former ITV entertainment controller Layla Smith as chief executive of Objective Productions with immediate effect, replacing Andrew Newman after six years in the role.
Boundless creative director Hannah Wyatt has been promoted to managing director after Patrick Holland left to become BBC head of documentaries.
BBC trustee Richard Ayre has revealed he considered resigning after discovering the BBC was to be saddled with the cost of licence fees for the over-75s.
The Scottish culture secretary has slammed the government for making decisions that could “slash and diminish” the BBC without consulting the SNP.
Tony Hall has argued that the future of the BBC should not be decided by “narrow commercial interests” but by the British public.
ITV Studios America president Orly Adelson has stepped down, prompting a restructure at the US business.
BBC director general Tony Hall will stress that entertainment shows should remain at the heart of the BBC and that the public’s voice should be heard during charter renewal negotiations, as he unveils the annual report.
UKTV commercial and business development director Dan Fahy is to join Turner to lead its UK commercial strategy across its kids and entertainment channels.
A row has broken out over the creation of entertainment juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing, with former BBC exec Wayne Garvie rubbishing claims by Fenia Vardanis that she was responsible for the success of the format.
BBC director of policy James Heath has admitted that the BBC’s funding deal will mean that the corporation’s funding falls 10% in real terms.
Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor for the last 10 years, will become a Today presenter from the autumn.
Sassy Films has hired former Fremantle Media and Zodiak Active exec Robert Marsh to set up a dedicated digital division.
Wall to Wall head of international Jonathan Hewes is to become chief executive of Mentorn Media as John Willis steps back in a Tinopolis Group restructure that also involves Pioneer Productions.
Pact head of diversity Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams is to join the BBC as diversity lead for television.
BBC chief creative officer Alan Yentob has defended the funding deal the BBC struck with the government and claimed it “could have been a lot worse”.
Former Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond has slammed the BBC over the licence fee deal and accused it of peddling pornography.
OAPs Behaving Badly indie Barcroft Productions is to ramp up its linear television business with the appointment of Zig Zag Productions head of development Peter Wyles.
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.