Alan Yentob’s Imagine… is to air on BBC2 for what is thought to be the first time as part of plans to make Saturday nights a home for arts on the channel.
Andrea Hamilton, the former executive producer of Strictly Come Dancing, has set up a joint-venture indie with Chinese producer 3C Media.
Channel 4 has promoted arts chief John Hay to head of specialist factual.
Channel 4 commissioners Adam Gee and Jody Smith are to leave the broadcaster after a more than a decade as part of a restructure at digital video service All 4.
All3Media has taken an undisclosed stake in fledgling factual indie Caravan Media.
Peston On Sunday’s series editor has made clear that ITV has backed the show for the long haul after it launched with underwhelming ratings this month.
Maverick Television’s chief creative officer Mark Downie is to leave the All3Media indie after a decade.
Pointless co-creator Nick Mather is to leave Endemol Shine Group after ten years.
Lime Pictures’ head of non-scripted production Joe Mclusky is to become the boss of Channel 5’s in-house production arm.
ITV News is on the verge of appointing academic and author Noreena Hertz as its economics editor.
Danny Cohen is set to front a multimillion-pound media spending spree after becoming president of Access Entertainment, a firm established by Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik.
Kevin Lygo wants to ramp up ITV’s entertainment factor and identify schedule-building hits that can give the channel a clearer identity.
Fresh One has recruited Jack Kennedy as creative director.
ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell is to leave the commercial broadcaster after two years.
BBC Global News editorial and digital director Richard Porter is leaving the corporation after 27 years.
Former Fox TV Studios managing director Susie Dark is to become chief operating officer of Simon Andreae’s Naked Entertainment.
Kim Shillinglaw is in talks with Endemol Shine Group (ESG) about a potential new role that could encompass leading One Born Every Minute-indie Dragonfly.
Ross Kemp’s indie Freshwater Films is looking to boost its features and factual output with the hire of Betty executive Tom Sheahan.
Louis Theroux development exec Dan Louw and Objective’s Debi Roach have joined Vice as the youth media brand beefs up its production team ahead of the launch of its linear channel.
Former BBC director of television Danny Cohen has become president of Access Entertainment, an investment firm set up by Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik.
Vice co-founder and chief executive Shane Smith is to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Radio 4 news and current affairs editor Joanna Carr has been appointed head of current affairs at the BBC following Fiona Campbell’s promotion.
Green Door Pictures, the indie led by Idris Elba, has hired a former FremantleMedia International executive to head up its development.
Channel 4 has overcome “a climate of uncertainty” around privatisation to post the highest revenues and content spend in its 34-year history.
Gareth Gwenlan, the Only Fools and Horses producer and former BBC television comedy boss, has died at the age of 79.
The BBC and the government are reportedly at loggerheads over proposals to force the corporation to reveal the pay of its top stars.
Paul Windle has left Boomerang to head up Smoking Pony’s development slate as the indie returns from a period of hibernation.
Broadcast is kicking off this year’s hunt for the rising stars of TV, to appear in our Hot Shots special.
Mark Linsey has confirmed that “business acumen” will be the key skill required of BBC Studios’ new genre heads, as the director prepares to put in place his preferred top team.
Shine TV’s former managing director Kelly Webb-Lamb has joined Channel 4 as head of factual entertainment.
Tony Hall has poured cold water on speculation that he will reorganise the BBC around its Reithian values and made clear that strong channel brands remain central to his plans.
Tigress managing director Dick Colthurst is to retire from television in the autumn after a 35-year career.
Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear boss Katie Taylor has become the third senior BBC Studios executive to announce their departure in less than a week.
BBC News is recruiting representatives for an under 30s panel from across all areas of the department to help shape strategy.
BBC Studios head of factual Natalie Humphreys has become the latest executive to leave the corporation.
Catastrophe co-producer Merman has hired comedian Katy Brand to beef up its development team.
The BBC could again be frustrated in its efforts to lure a high-profile external executive into a major new content role after an attempt to hire former Channel 4 boss Michael Jackson stalled.
Steven D Wright has become the first producer to join Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle’s fledgling production network.
Initial’s development chief Catherine Lynch has been promoted to creative director following the departure of Nick Samwell-Smith.
A crowd-funded YouTube channel will help aspiring TV professionals break into the industry by offering them advice about how to get ahead.
T. Rex Autopsy executive producer Paul Wooding is leaving Impossible Factual to set up a Bristol-based production company, backed by indie investment network Bob & Co.
Mark Freeland’s departure is expected to herald more changes at BBC Studios, with sources suggesting new director Mark Linsey wants its genre heads to be business rather than creative leaders.
Peaky Blinders producer Caryn Mandabach has warned the BBC to “stay away” from whodunnit-style dramas as it strives to find a distinctive voice.
The co-creators of horror gameshow Release the Hounds have joined forces to launch a genre-bending indie, backed by FremantleMedia.
Mark Freeland is to leave the BBC and will not take up the post of head of scripted comedy and drama at BBC Studios when the new division launches tomorrow.
Blast! Films is opening a Brighton office to be headed up by Boundless executive producer Sarah Spencer.
Subscription VoD service Amazon is hunting for an original programming chief to run its UK production division.
All3Media chief executive Jane Turton has claimed that 2016 is all about talent for the super-indie after it ushered in a new era for Optomen and struck a fresh deal with Gordon Ramsay.
CPL producer Alex Moody has joined the BBC comedy commissioning team and will take an active role in the broadcaster’s diversity push.
Former Channel 4 colleagues Tina Flintoff and Nick Hornby are to take over at Optomen, as Pat Llewellyn steps down from the All3Media indie after 22 years.
The BBC has leapt to the defence of Chris Evans, arguing that a report about the presenter’s aggressive behaviour towards junior production staff is “completely untrue”.
The Indie Training Fund (ITF) has appointed BBC Comedy talent acquisition executive Carrie Britton as managing director.
Chewing Gum creator Michaela Coel has criticised the exclusivity of the TV industry after being named 2016’s breakthrough talent at the Bafta craft awards.
Veteran TV producers Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle have revealed plans for a £3m production network to help establish 10 indies.
Russell T Davies, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan were among the off-screen talent recognised at the Bafta Television Craft Awards last night.
Comedian and Bafta award winning writer Victoria Wood has died at the age of 62 following a short battle with cancer.
The BBC’s independent drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer is to step up as acting controller of drama following Polly Hill’s departure.
Former Fox TV Studios exec Bea Hegedus has launched a London-based consultancy to broker international format deals and offer programme support for fledgling OTT services.
The unprecedented number of senior management departures is an inevitable consequence of restructuring the BBC, according to programming boss Charlotte Moore.
Toast of London producer Kate Daughton has joined Shane Allen’s BBC comedy commissioning team after Gregor Sharp went on sabbatical.
Ofcom has appointed MT (Mary Teresa) Rainey as deputy chairman of Channel 4.
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have teamed up with a co-founder of Zeebox to launch a “bold digital venture” to sit alongside their new series for Amazon Prime Video.
Sixteen indies have been selected to receive business development training to help unlock up to £2m each in angel investment through the Indielab scheme.
Sony Pictures exec Wayne Garvie, The Foundry’s Alex Mahon and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris are among the top-level speakers at this year’s Media Summit.
Kevin Lygo has taken just two months to rip up ITV’s settled commissioning structure as he looks to breathe fresh life into entertainment, factual and drama.
Siobhan Greene is to become ITV’s Saturday night supremo as the dust begins to settle on director of television Kevin Lygo’s major commissioning overhaul.
Ralph Rivera’s role as the BBC’s digital director has been made redundant and the online boss will take on a six-month education project for the corporation.
NBC Universal content chief James Newton is joining Nickelodeon UK & Ireland as vice president of programming.
Culture secretary John Whittingdale has admitted that he unknowingly had a relationship with a sex worker.
The Only Way Is Essex commissioner Claire Zolkwer is to leave ITV after Peter Davey was named head of comedy entertainment during the broadcaster’s major restructure.
Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s drama indie Bad Wolf has appointed Wiggin LLP partner Miles Ketley as chief operating officer and poached three senior BBC Worldwide Productions staff.
Former ITV exec Alison Sharman is returning to the UK after three years at Australian public broadcaster SBS.
The key quotes from the commercial broadcaster’s newly-formed commissioning team.
BBC drama controller Polly Hill, Optomen managing director Sue Murphy and ITV Studios’ Siobhan Greene have been confirmed as the star signings in ITV director of television Kevin Lygo’s new commissioning team.
Cohen Media Group president Daniel Battsek has been appointed director of Film 4.
Henry Normal is to leave Baby Cow Productions nearly two decades after launching the Alan Partridge indie with Steve Coogan.
Director Tilda Swinton, sportsman Ronnie O’Sullivan and Lord David Puttnam are to feature as part of the Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up.
Television industry heavyweights including James Purnell, Sophie Turner Laing and Delia Bushell will be among the keynote speakers at this year’s Media Summit.
ITV director of television Kevin Lygo is closing in on naming his top team, with speculation growing that ITV Studios entertainment boss Siobhan Greene is poised for a move upstairs.
A spate of senior departures from the BBC has fuelled growing unease about the cuts and organisational change facing the corporation under its new charter.
Comedy Central has hired the head of Detectorists-producer Channel X North as its development chief.
Somethin’ Else chief creative officer Paul Bennun has left the multiplatform content business after more than 20 years.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has called the state of diversity in the creative industries “completely unacceptable”.
Tony Hall has defended the role of public service broadcasting and admitted that he feels under attack from the media and Westminster.
Studio Lambert has hired Natalie McArdle as its deputy head of development.
eOne senior vice president Charlotte Thorp has joined Lionsgate UK as senior vice president and head of European television sales.
BBC drama controller Polly Hill is on the brink of a shock move to ITV, Broadcast can reveal.
The BBC’s first female Natural History Unit (NHU) boss Wendy Darke has become the latest BBC Studios board member to leave the corporation.
Discovery’s European boss Dee Forbes has been appointed as director general of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.
Film 4 head David Kosse is to step down from his position after 18 months to join US studio STX Entertainment.
ITV drama boss Steve November is to leave the broadcaster after sixteen years.
US production company Megalomedia has hired the series producer of Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic as its head of development as it looks to grow its UK ouput.
Welsh indie Rondo Media has appointed Sion Clwyd Roberts as its commercial director.
Dermot O’Leary will be back at the helm of The X Factor when the long-running format returns to ITV in the autumn.
BBC head of current affairs Fiona Campbell has moved into the newly-created role of controller of BBC News mobile and online.
Gogglebox commissioner David Glover and Dragonfly TV managing director Mark Raphael are joining forces to establish a production company.
Sky has taken a minority stake in Pat Younge’s production company Sugar Films, continuing its UK indie investment strategy.
Some of entertainment’s biggest names have paid tribute to Jon Beazley, the former BBC in-house entertainment boss who died at the weekend.
Love Productions creative director Richard McKerrow has admitted that The Great British Bake Off indie is too reliant on the BBC and Channel 4.
Clare Pizey has been named as the ‘editorial lead’ in charge of Top Gear following mounting speculation about the show’s leadership in the fall-out from the controversial cenotaph stunt.
Acting BBC director of television Mark Linsey has been appointed director of BBC Studios with immediate effect after Peter Salmon decided to join Endemol Shine Group.
Former BBC in-house entertainment boss and Strictly Come Dancing showrunner Jon Beazley has died after a short illness.
David Ellender has left Slingshot Global Media, the international drama firm that he established in 2014, according to reports.
Adam Crozier’s pay packet fell by 18% in 2015 but the ITV chief executive still took home nearly £4m including bonuses and benefits.