Richard Klein has claimed that attracting large audiences to factual programming is one of the biggest challenges facing television, as ITV confirmed his departure.
Channel 5 has launched a new logo and on-screen treatments as part of a strategy to attract younger and more affluent viewers.
Unforgotten producer Mainstreet Pictures has partnered with classic horror firm Hammer to develop a period drama.
Kudos co-chief executive Dan Isaacs is to hook up with his former colleague Jane Featherstone again with Diederick Santer taking sole charge at the Endemol Shine-owned drama indie.
Channel 4 has commissioned Princess Productions to make magazine series The Superhumans Show as part of its Paralympics coverage.
Channel 5 has ordered a raft of new commissions, including its first improvised comedy and a major new wildlife series, as part of an overall channel rebrand.
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US cable network Starz has commissioned a follow-up to The White Queen from Company Pictures three years after the fantasy drama launched.
The BBC Trust has backed the commercialisation of BBC Studios in principle but said a detailed business case about the proposals must now be subject to regulatory tests.
TLC has acquired forthcoming US medical drama Heartbeat, fronted by Home and Away’s Melissa George.
ITV has parted company with director of factual Richard Klein after two-and-a-half years.
Broadcast has recently transferred its subscriber service to a new supplier – which has resulted in some readers experiencing difficulties logging in to broadcastnow.co.uk and receiving newsletters.
Documentary film-making is in danger of becoming “selective and self-serving” after an independent survey laid bare the genre’s financial difficulties.
Channel 4 is to inject an additional £10m into Film 4 over the next 12 months – taking its funding to a record £25m.
Channel 4 has asked The Jump producers Twofour to review the show’s safety procedures after the rising number of injured celebrities.
Staff at Vice UK have sent a letter to their colleagues to drum up support to “get everyone involved” in forming a union.
Diversity charity Creative Access, which helps ethnic minority talent break into the industry, has placed its 500th intern.
A new darts tournament will be broadcast live on BBC2 following a deal with the Professional Darts Corporation.
All3Media has hired former Lifetime exec Nina Lederman to drive its scripted division in the US.
The Commercial Broadcasters Association (Coba) has pledged to prioritise the protection of children around catch-up content.
The BBC is reported to be planning to cut magazine-style content from its website after the chancellor accused the broadcaster of building an “imperial” web presence last year.
ITV is to investigate the relationship between big cats in the wild and domestic pussycats in a three-part doc series from Plimsoll Productions.
Sally Miles is to leave Passion Distribution, the international TV sales firm that she founded eight years ago, Broadcast has learned.
National Geographic’s international acquisitions and co-production chief Maggie Rhodes has left the broadcaster.
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Independent producers Charlie Parsons and Waheed Alli have gathered actors including Dame Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and David Oyelowo to defend the BBC against further cuts in a video made by My Week with Marilyn director Simon Curtis.
The growth in online viewing has helped Writers Digital Payments (WDP) pay out £960,000 in royalties to screenwriters whose shows have featured on BBC iPlayer.
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Shine TV has strengthened its features and popular factual teams by promoting two executive producers.
Walking The Himalayas indie October Films has picked up a six-part survival series for Discovery - its third major US commission in the last two months.
BBC1 drama War and Peace is to be translated into Russian after commercial broadcaster Channel One acquired the six-part drama.
Lookout Point is preparing to open talks with the BBC over Andrew Davies’ follow-up to War and Peace - an adaption of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.
Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling is to front an ITV quiz inspired by 1990s BBC format The Alphabet Game as part of a trio of daytime commissions.
In-house development chief Damon Pattison has been appointed to the “business critical” role of BBC Studios head of development.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment managing director Maria Kyriacou has been promoted to international president of ITV Studios.
Kudos co-founder Stephen Garrett has launched scripted production business, Character Seven, and begun developing a supernatural series for Hulu.
Electric Ray has landed its first ITV commission – a primetime factual series following Britain’s army of council enforcement officers.
Rona Fairhead has sought reassurance from culture secretary John Whittingdale that the BBC Trust’s public consultation will be taken into account as part of charter review.
Shine TV is to head to Essex for the second series of Sky 1 blue-light documentary The Force.
Talpa UK has hired former Channel 4 commissioning editor Madeleine Knight as its director of development and formats.
Indie Training Fund (ITF) managing director Janey Walker has stood down from her role for family reasons.
Radio 4’s Today programme business and economics correspondent Simon Jack has been appointed BBC business editor.
More 4 has picked up an Australian vet doc while the RTS is to invest £75,000 in TV technology bursaries.
Kevin Lygo is expected to rip up ITV’s traditional commissioning structure and blur the boundaries between genres as he aims to breathe new life into factual and entertainment.
Outgoing Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks has claimed that an “inherent snobbery” lies behind criticism of the BBC importing entertainment formats.
Syco has denied reports that The X Factor will be rested and is quietly confident that the singing contest will be recommissioned by ITV.
Netflix and Amazon are ramping up their non-scripted plans and both online giants were seeking out new projects at Realscreen this week.
The BBC and Discovery are eyeing future sports partnerships after striking an Olympics rights deal this week that was hugely important for both parties.
StyleHaul president and chief executive Stephanie Horbaczewski has highlighted the shift in her network of 6,000 creators towards social storytelling across platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat.
Micky Flanagan’s Detour De France indie 7 Wonder has unveiled the second stage of its growth plans: opening a Birmingham office and making two senior appointments.
Chris Moyles helped fledgling station Radio X grow its breakfast audience by almost a quarter compared with its predecessor XFM.
Wildgaze Films is developing a TV spin-off to Oscar and Bafta-nominated Brooklyn, the company’s producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have confirmed to Broadcast sister-magazine Screen.
Sky is increasingly moving into the free-to-air world, with chief executive Jeremy Darroch opening up about the broadcaster’s non-pay strategy.
The National Audit Office (NAO) is to test whether the BBC offers value for money in two separate reviews before the end of the current charter.
Matt LeBlanc will join Chris Evans as a co-host on the upcoming reboot of Top Gear.
Channel 4’s new chairman Charles Gurassa has extolled the virtues of the broadcaster’s unique public service remit in his first message to staff.
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Endomol Shine Group’s fledgling label Bandit Television is to co-produce a dramatisation of the notorious Rillington Place murders for BBC1.
Former Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns has criticised the government’s handling of BBC charter renewal, branding it an “erratic process”.
E4 has ordered two Tattoo Fixers spin-off series following the success of the Studio Lambert format.
The Valleys producer True North is working with MTV on a second attempt to bring Catfish: The TV Show to British audiences.
Drama indie Vox Pictures has appointed development consultant and former script editor Joe Williams as head of development.
A “significant increase” in the number of teenagers concerned by on-demand and online content has been recorded by Ofcom.
Parenthood and wealth are among the topics to be investigated by Anne Robinson in a factual series being developed by The Garden Productions for BBC1.
Sky has invested £300,000 in sports marketing company InCrowd to help maximise its sports output.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has reinstated £400,000 it planned to cut from S4C’s budget - freezing the broadcaster’s funding until after a comprehensive review.
The BBC will hold onto rights to the Olympics until 2024 after it struck a landmark licensing deal with Discovery Communications.
Greenbird network indie Rumpus Media is to produce a light-hearted format examining British immigration etiquette for Channel 4.
Grayson Perry is to explore the concept of masculinity in modern Britain for his third series for Channel 4.
A report examining the collapse of children’s charity Kids Company has said that the BBC’s handling of Alan Yentob’s role in the scandal reflected poorly on its leadership.
Content Television has appointed a former Koch Media director as its UK sales chief.
Hillbilly Films, the indie responsible for Channel 4’s Bafta-award single Random, has scored its first ITV commission.
The BBC is to share the online rights to all major International Cricket Council (ICC) events for the next four years with ESPN.
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has unveiled the winners of the John Brabourne Awards – a financial scheme to support those who have faced difficulties in advancing their career in entertainment.
Stephen Fry will revisit his 2006 documentary The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive for a BBC1 mental health season.
National Geographic Channels boss Courteney Monroe has lifted the lid on plans to eschew local commissions in favour of a global programming strategy.
ITV is to pilot a daytime entertainment show inspired by the iconic board game Scrabble.
Studio Lambert and The Garden bosses Stephen Lambert and Nick Curwin, along with BBC factual chief Alison Kirkham, are among the big names who will appear at Broadcast’s inaugural Indie Summit on 17 March.
Twofour is to head inside one of the UK’s largest children’s talent agencies for a Channel 4 ob-doc.
Early news from the Washington DC event includes a Wheeler Dealers remake and move from Barcroft Media into VR.
Tributes have been paid to Sir Terry Wogan, with Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan calling him “one of the greatest radio hosts this country has ever heard,” and ITV director of television Kevin Lygo praising his sense of family.
Greenbird network indie Handsome Productions is to make a reality format for MTV starring eight twenty-somethings - and their grandparents.
ITV has lined up a two-hour film from Oxford Film and Television and a live broadcast from the Royal Windsor Horse Show to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone will pull together an ensemble of members and veterans of the Armed Forces ahead of Orlando’s The Invictus Games for his latest musical endeavour for BBC1.
Kevin Cahill is to step down after 19 years as chief executive of Comic Relief later this year.
Channel 4-backed indie, Whisper Films, has hired the BBC’s Match of the Day chief as its head of television.
The government is exploring proposals to hand BBC funding and commissioning power to other organisations to boost public service genres such as arts and children’s.
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Sky added 146,000 subscribers in final three months of 2015 but reported a £12m fall in pre-tax profits.
Blink Films has received financial backing from Tin Roof Media, an investment group of which Twofour founder Charles Wace is a non-exec director.
James Murdoch is to return to Sky as chairman four years after he stepped down from the role.
The BBC is leading the way in the RTS Television Journalism awards after picking up 20 nominations.
Patrick Kielty is to dig into the internet histories of celebrity guests in a chatshow format for BBC1 Northern Ireland.
Sky and October Films have invested in a US production company established by former History exec Julian Hobbs and ex-MTV chief Elli Hakami.
Director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell is to leave ITV after seven years.
The BBC appears to be increasingly ruthless as it confronts the challenge of saving £550m under its new funding deal.
Fears over the future of BBC2 and radical future-proofing proposals across BBC television have emerged in the wake of last week’s seismic commissioning restructure.
BBC3 will be far from the finished product when it launches online next month and controller Damian Kavanagh has called on the industry to rally around the channel to make it a success.
New Channel 4 chairman Charles Gurassa is neither an axeman drafted in to sell off the broadcaster, nor a white knight appointed to stave off privatisation. But he will play a key role in determining the broadcaster’s future.
The National Union of Journalists has warned that the BBC must learn lessons from Jimmy Savile’s “tragic and shameful” reign of abuse and do more to protect whistleblowers.
The future of television continues to divide opinion, with two studies published this week painting very different pictures of the industry in the UK.
Sky Vision has struck a first-look distribution and development deal with Welsh indie Avanti Media.
Channel 4 has commissioned Northern Irish indie Big Mountain Productions to produce a film exploring the world of make-up masters.
Talent agency Triple A Media has partnered with event promoters Summer in the City and Kilimanjaro Live to launch a YouTube management business.
Channel 4 is to fund six bursaries for an MBA launched by Ashridge Executive Education and supported by Lord Puttnam.
Less than half the BBC’s staff have confidence in the broadcaster’s bullying and harassment procedures, according to the latest staff survey.
Sky 1 is developing a feature-length fantasy drama based on Jasper Fforde’s novel The Last Dragonslayer as it hunts its own Game of Thrones.
The X Factor producer Syco Entertainment has poached Tim van Rongen, executive producer of The Voice UK.