Scripps Network UK, which operates the Food Network and Travel Channel, has hired former Discovery exec Katharina Feistauer as vice president of programming.
The natural history genre has become “tired” and producers must work harder to convince broadcasters to invest in shows, according to Oxford Scientific Films boss Clare Birks.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has revealed the 20 youngsters to receive funding as part of its inaugural undergraduate bursary scheme.
7 Wonder has stepped up its recruitment drive with the appointment of Oxford Scientific Films’ (OSF) Steve Condie as head of specialist factual.
The founder of youth online broadcaster SBTV, Jamal Edwards, has joined the line-up of speakers at Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum.
Jonathan Ross has signed up for a further two series of his ITV chat show – keeping him on the channel until at least the end of 2015.
BBC deputy director of news Fran Unsworth has been appointed director of BBC World Service group.
Ceri Thomas, the BBC’s former head of news programmes, has been confirmed as the permanent editor of Panorama.
Facebook has hired CNN veteran Nick Wren to forge partnerships with media companies.
The Garden Productions creative director Jonathan Smith is to leave the ITV Studios-owned indie at the end of the year.
Love Productions co-founder Richard McKerrow believes the industry must give good ideas more time to grow after the slowburn success of The Great British Bake Off culminated in 13 million viewers for last week’s final.
The Great British Bake Off commissioner Emma Willis is to leave the BBC after nearly nine years to become creative director of Twenty Twenty Television.
Jonathan Levi, the executive producer responsible for shows including recent BBC3 doc Tulisa: The Price of Fame, has joined Renegade Pictures.
Mipcom: A tearful Simon Cowell received tributes from David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday night as he collected Mipcom’s Personality of the Year award.
Mipcom: Simon Cowell plans to launch Syco Entertainment’s next show on a digital platform rather than with a traditional broadcaster and is developing a High School Musical-style scripted project.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has claimed that the decline in younger audiences for radio is “troubling” and urged the industry to engage with new listeners.
Award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer David Morrissey will take to the stage as the closing keynote of Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum next month.
Sir David Attenborough has questioned the editorial policy of BBC2 and criticised the short runs of current factual series.
Mipcom: 21st Century Fox co-chief operating officer James Murdoch has provided the first glimpse of what a merged Shine and Endemol business will look like in a keynote interview in Cannes.
Mipcom: The 10 execs selected as Broadcast’s first International Rising Stars have been revealed.
The chief executive of the Belgian live slo-mo and playout server company EVS has left the company over a difference of opinion in how the company implements its long-term strategy.
Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media’s coming together will create the world’s biggest production company. Broadcast re-treads the path to the first mega-indie.
Matchlight has completed its management buyout from DCD Media and secured a BBC1 commission starring Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell.
Former Cake boss Genevieve Dexter has set up a kids’ indie in association with animation studio Squint/Opera.
Zig Zag Productions is beefing up its US division with the hire of Big Brother and Banzai producer Ben Paul.
Rona Fairhead has formally begun work as the chairman of the BBC Trust, pledging to ensure that the corporation meets the “changing needs of its audiences”.
RDF founder David Frank’s Dial Square 86 has closed its first deal, acquiring a digital talent agency, and is assembling a potential £25m war chest for future takeovers.
The Hospital Club has revealed its hClub100 list of the most innovative and inspirational people working across the creative industries, including 10 names from the TV sector.
Miranda Hart has committed to hosting a BBC1 entertainment show – but there are doubts over whether it will be a direct revival of The Generation Game.
Bentley Productions head of development Tom Winchester has joined the TV arm of 28 Days Later film producer DNA.
UKTV’s chief financial officer Jan Gooze-Zijl has been handed an expanded remit following the departure of Julia Jordan last month.
Nine film and television professionals facing difficulties in progressing their careers have won grants of up to £5,000 at the John Brabourne Awards.
BBC Academy, Creative Skillset and The TV Collective are teaming up to host an event encouraging 50 black Asian and minority ethnic professionals to get back into the TV business.
Police Interceptors producer Raw Cut has appointed Fiona Scott as creative director.
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards is to step down after eight years at the helm.
BBC Studios and Post Production chief operating officer David Conway has been appointed to the role of Managing Director of BBC Studios and Post Production.
Outgoing Freesat managing director Emma Scott has warned that the TV industry must not become dependent on automated programming recommendations and should retain a human heart.
The BBC is planning to replace BBC3 documentaries boss Fiona Campbell after she was named the corporation’s head of current affairs last week.
Outgoing Shine Group chief exec Alex Mahon has written to staff to say she is confident they will continue to produce “spectacularly compelling” shows following the mega-merger with Endemol.
Elisabeth Murdoch is to leave Shine Group after the merger between the super-indie she founded in 2001 and Endemol is complete.
Sinead Rocks has been named as the permanent controller of BBC Learning.
Former Scott Free London head Liza Marshall has joined forces with movie producer Kris Thykier to establish a film and TV production business, Archery Pictures.
Maverick TV’s former director of programmes Ben Gale and ex-Princess Productions exec Natasha Bondy have teamed up to launch a factual indie.
Popkorn Television, one of the indies Channel 4 invested in as part of its Growth Fund, has hired Rare Day’s development chief and a former Love Productions’ commercial executive.
Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television is boosting its UK presence with the hire of former A+E Networks exec Hana Zidek.
BSkyB’s former managing director of content Sophie Turner Laing is set to get the top job at the merged Shine, Endemol and Core Media group, Broadcast can reveal.
Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has been named controller of BBC Radio 3.
Vera and Shetland producer Elaine Collins has left ITV Studios to join the BBC as part of a new team created by BBC Scotland’s head of drama Christopher Aird.
Fight Club director David Fincher has claimed that TV has the edge over films when it comes to developing characters.
BBC3 docs boss Fiona Campbell is to become the corporation’s head of current affairs as news chief James Harding reshuffles his top team.
Radio 4’s Today programme is to appoint its first full-time chief reporter in a bid to give its domestic news a more consistent voice.
Warner Bros-owned producer Headstrong Pictures has hired Myar Craig-Brown as head of drama after Eleanor Moran left to join management firm-turned indie 42.
Viacom has hired former Turner executive Alan Musa as commercial director of Nickelodeon and Comedy Central in the UK.
Freesat managing director Emma Scott is to leave the free-to-air satellite TV platform after seven years.
Film-maker Ken Burns has spent 35 years directing documentaries about American history, charting events from the Civil War and Prohibition, but has never explored international stories.
UKTV executive Julia Jordan has left the multichannel broadcaster after seven years.
Channel 4 has signed up Jeremy Paxman to bring “mischief and danger” to its 2015 general election coverage.
Producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have joined forces to launch new film and TV production company Monumental Pictures.
Discovery and Liberty Global have completed their acquisition of All3Media in a move that will result in the departure of chief executive Farah Ramzan Golant.
The BBC has apologised for mistakenly airing footage of Jimmy Savile in a repeat of Top of the Pops 2.
International media champions One World Media has appointed Mentorn chief executive John Willis as chair of its board of trustees.
London Live commissioner Derren Lawford has joined fledgling indie Woodcut Media as creative director.
Red Production Company has reshuffled its senior creative team as it looks to grow its international output and secure work with online platforms.
Doctor Who is to be moved to a later slot to make way for Strictly Come Dancing in a BBC scheduling move that will see the sci-fi series finish after 9pm.
Sky has kicked off a hunt for two new commissioners as it prepares to ramp up its non-scripted output.
Objective Productions’ Michael Vine has stepped down as a director of the company he cofounded to concentrate on a career in movie production.
Former BBC Drama development executive Noemi Spanos has joined FremantleMedia UK indie Euston Films as head of development.
Channel 4 has promoted features commissioning editor Alex Menzies to the newly created position of deputy head of features.
ITV political editor Tom Bradby has condemned some Scottish referendum campaigners for “sinister” behaviour and thrown his support behind the treatment of his BBC counterpart Nick Robinson.
Sky commissioner Chris Wilson has joined 7 Wonder as the fledgling indie’s head of popular factual.
Former Rival Media chief Howard Myers has joined Australian indie December Media to run its non-scripted programming.
Viacom International Media Networks is hosting a networking event for young execs that will explore the changes experienced by the TV industry over the past 10 years.
Bafta-winning TV director Graham Theakston has died of sarcoma.
Former Endemol chief commercial officer Tom Toumazis has joined Yahoo! to help the online portal develop media and entertainment partnerships.
The final shortlist for the 2014 Grierson Awards have been revealed with Channel 4 and the BBC leading the way with 16 and 13 nominations apiece.
Zodiak Media has hired NBC Universal exec Natasha Mitchell to lead its global strategy team.
The much-delayed Dame Janet Smith review into the Jimmy Savile scandal at the BBC is “nearing the end of its work”.
ITN Productions’ Emma Read is to leave the company next year, prompting a search for two new creative executives.
Ricky Gervais appears to have pulled the plug on Channel 4’s Derek after pledging the cult comedy will bow out with a special one-off episode.
Films of Record founder Roger Graef has formally stepped back from the day-to-day running of the company to become an advisor to Ten Alps chairman Peter Bertram.
Google UK boss Matt Brittin has reassured the industry that the search giant is a “partner not a predator”, and pledged that Android TV will drag big screen TVs into the 21st century.
Frank Spotnitz’s indie Big Light Productions has appointed former Holby City and Down To Earth producer Sharon Remmer as its head of drama.
Sky has promoted digital exec Morwenna Gordon to become a comedy development executive.
Former Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson has called for the BBC licence fee to be scrapped, labelling public service broadcasting a “myth”.
BBC3 has secured access to Reeva Steenkamp’s parents for a special documentary that will chart how they coped with Oscar Pistorius’ trial.
The shortlist for the Broadcast TECH Young Talent awards has been revealed ahead of the 6 November ceremony at Bafta.
British filmmakers Ruhi Hamid and Ben Steele are among those nominated for the 2014 Rory Peck Awards.
Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey will strike out with their own indie after sealing a management buyout deal for the UK operations of Cineflix Productions.
Incoming BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead believes the BBC’s plan to effectively privatise its in-house production arm presents some “very large commercial issues”.
Pulling creator Sharon Horgan has set up an indie with A Young Doctor’s Notebook producer Clelia Mountford.
The boss of Comux has resigned less than two years after creating the company which is responsible for getting local TV on air.
Legendary Television Distribution, the global TV sales arm of The Hangover and The Dark Knight producer, has hired former Sony exec John McMahon to run its European business.
Sajid Javid has hinted that the government may launch a review of terms of trade and confirmed that Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC Trust chair has been “unanimously approved” by the culture select committee.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid has hinted that the government could step back from the retransmission fees dispute between Sky and ITV and Channel 4, clearing the way for negotiations between the companies.
BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell has claimed that there is a “Sword of Damocles” hanging over the corporation’s independence.
Incoming BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead has suggested that changes to the corporation’s governance structures will be inevitable during charter renewal and pledged her support for the licence fee.
Luther and Peaky Blinders producer Katie Swinden has been appointed as creative director of Tiger Aspect umbrella indie Fifty Fathoms Productions.
Former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey has urged British broadcasters to support the emergence of US-style beauty parade pitching.
21st Century Fox boss Chase Carey has indicated that the mega-merger between Shine, Endemol and Core Media is due to be finalised shortly.
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Rona Fairhead, the government’s preferred candidate to lead the BBC Trust, will face MPs today for the final hurdle of her appointment process.
Culture secretary Sajid Javid has signalled the start of a process aimed at decriminalising licence fee evasion.
Sheffield Doc/Fest deputy director Charlie Phillips is to step down after seven years to take up a newly created position as head of documentaries at The Guardian.
Ofcom has cleared Channel 4’s controversial Penny Woolcock documentary Going To The Dogs despite it being the most complained about show of the year to date.