Former BBC director general George Entwistle has been drafted in to exec produce Channel 4’s election night coverage.
Fiona Bruce is closing her production company as the BBC continues to overhaul the way it contracts some of its biggest stars.
BBC Learning executive producer, drama documentary maker and award-winning journalist Katy Jones has died suddenly at the age of 51.
US execs will be out in force in Edinburgh this year, with senior figures from HBO, Showtime, FX and Discovery flying the flag for cable and Amazon Studios representing the new breed of online commissioners.
Channel 4 has promoted Charlie Palmer to head of viewer relationship management following the departure of Steve Forde last month.
Former Channel 4 chief executive Michael Jackson has called for the licence fee to be increased and warned against the potential “dismemberment” of the BBC.
Channel 5 has ordered a full series of Crackit’s list show 20 Moments That Rocked Britain before the one-off special it originally commissioned has aired.
Sky is closing its 3D linear channel and making all the programmed available to view on-demand.
Diverse talent development company TriForce Creative Network has launched an indie backed by Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures.
The Jump is to return for a third outing on Channel 4, while ITVBe is heading back to The Real Housewives of Cheshire. Click for more in today’s news round-up.
Simon Cowell has teamed up with Done + Dusted to produce a DJ competition format for online portal Yahoo.
The BBC Trust has launched an eight-week consultation into BBC content distribution across TV, radio and online.
ITV is piloting a cookery panel show fronted by talk show host Jonathan Ross.
David Hasselhoff is to return to Dave sooner than expected after the channel ordered a second run of his comedy show before the debut run has aired.
BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw has called on producers to pitch more stand-out single documentaries and current affairs investigations.
Michel Roux Jr will invite schools to turn their canteens into pop-up restaurants in a nine-part Fresh One cooking competition for the Disney Channel.
Discovery-owned US network American Heroes Channel has ordered a three-part World War II series from UK indie World Media Rights.
Davina McCall will explore how animals live in some of the Earth’s harshest conditions in a four-part series for ITV.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will renew acquaintances with ITV by adapting 19th century novel Doctor Thorne.
ITV has improved its minimum pay for writers by 5% as part of the broadcaster’s first rates increase in four years.
An indie founded by former Culture Show editor Eddie Morgan has secured a three-year deal with Bloomberg TV to make a 75-part art series.
The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Deborah Williams to the new role of diversity manager.
Mentorn Media has hired former Betty head of features David Emerson as head of formats and features, as well as making three other appointments.
BBC News has agreed voluntary redundancy deals with 176 staff following consultation with the broadcasting unions, while a further 41 senior managers and overseas staff will also leave.
ITV remains committed to celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music amid suggestions that it was originally eyeing an Easter TX date for the live extravaganza.
The British bazooka and the limpet mine are among Winston Churchill’s secret military inventions to be explored in a documentary from Discovery and Sky Vision.
Remarkable Television joint managing director Colette Foster is to step down after eight years with the company.
Female-skewing channel takes viewers away from ITV2, but helps grow ITV’s overall audience.
Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has resigned from the BBC a month after Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed.
Plans to move BBC3 online have been pushed back until 2016 as the corporation waits for a decision on its proposals from the BBC Trust.
Jay Hunt has reassured the entertainment community that Channel 4 will not marginalise the genre after rolling the department into its factual entertainment team.
The launch of ITVBe has helped the ITV family grow its share of audience – but has put a sizeable dent in the ratings of sister channel ITV2.
The BBC has been warned by some of the UK’s biggest production companies that it will face fierce opposition to plans to commercialise its in-house production division unless it puts its biggest shows up for tender.
Vice Media’s fashion magazine i-D has landed its first TV series, weeks after hiring Ravi Amaratungara as its head of video.
John Bishop is to a host a BBC1 Saturday night variety show from Hackney Empire.
The producer of Netflix’s first major natural history series has lifted the lid on how his company secured a slice of the subscription VoD service’s £2.15bn content budget.
Channel 4 has launched a news site that features short stories supported by shareable animated GIFs.
Leftfield Entertainment has established a production company which will produce “smart and authentic” digital programming.
Initial is to follow the transformation of boxing promoter Kellie Maloney as she physically becomes a woman in a one-off film for Channel 5.
Broadcast is launching a hunt for the best companies to work for in television.
Channel 4 will shut down its youth-skewing digital channel E4 on the day of the general election to encourage young people to go out and vote.
Channel 5 and Comedy Central have outlined plans to co-commission comedy content, laying out a two-year strategy that includes prank shows, sketch shows and other scripted series.
Channel 4’s freshly launched games publishing arm is to take around a 15% share of revenue from developers’ apps to engineer a “win-win” situation in which it drives more traffic to its own titles.
Jana Bennett, Wayne Garvie, Stephen Lambert and Andy Harries are some of the executives that will speak at Broadcast’s Global TV Summit on 3 June.
The Conservative Party has “no plans” to privatise Channel 4 according to Ed Vaizey, former minister for culture, communication and the creative industries.
Kim Shillinglaw has promised to salvage unused footage from Top Gear series 22 in a move that will return Jeremy Clarkson to BBC2’s airwaves.
Initial has appointed Denis O’Connor to the newly-created role of creative director for flagship format Big Brother.
Happy Valley indie Red Production Company is set to become part of an enlarged global content group after its parent company Vivendi prepares to join the acquisitions trail.
Click to view the consolidated ratings data for the first episode of the fantasy drama
Turner UK general manager Anthony Lukom has left the broadcaster, handing his responsibilities to Northern Europe managing director Ian McDonough.
Sky’s UK and Ireland subscribers surged by 127,000 in its third quarter, its best performance during the period in 11 years.
Discovery commissioner Liz McIntyre is leaving the broadcaster to head up Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Znak & Jones, the indie co-founded by former Syco Television USA chief Simon Jones, has struck a deal with a judge on the Danish version of The X Factor to produce non-scripted formats in Denmark.
Channel 4 is merging its entertainment and factual entertainment teams and will hand control of the super-division to Liam Humphreys.
Local newspaper publishers will be able to submit their best stories for inclusion on the local BBC News sites following a trial in West Yorkshire and the North East.
Sir Peter Bazalgette is to deliver a keynote address exploring ways in which a newly elected government should support the UK creative industries as part of Broadcast’s annual Creative Week event held on 1-3 June 2015.
BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw has unveiled a raft of commissions, including fresh comedy from the writer of BBC3’s Him & Her, a new Hugo Blick drama and a Great British Bake Off-style pottery format.
The Scottish National Party wants an additional £100m of the licence fee and a greater say in BBC charter renewal.
The BBC has launched a hunt for a “world-class” executive to oversee the commercialisation of its in-house production division.
Sky Atlantic has encouraged Game of Thrones fans to watch the latest episode on-demand or tune in to the linear repeat this evening after suffering technical problems during last night’s broadcast.
Sky Arts has ordered four silent dramas from four indies including King Bert Productions and Channel 4 Growth Fund indie Eleven Film.
Raise the Roof Productions will invite celebrities to take a nostalgic look at television in a 20-part format for BBC1 daytime.
The BBC has admitted to making ‘an honest mistake’ after Andrew Marr quizzed David Cameron about fox-hunting in his interview with the prime minister on Sunday.
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Channel 4 head of entertainment Justin Gorman is leaving the broadcaster after five years.
The BBC has performed a U-turn on its decision to combine its head of documentaries and current affairs commissioning roles as part of its major factual overhaul.
Nat Geo has hired Richard III: The King In The Car Park exec producer Simon Young as a commissioner in its London production hub.
Sky Atlantic has postponed controversial Scientology documentary, Going Clear, due to British libel laws.
Channel 4 disability executive Alison Walsh has left the broadcaster after two decades, following a restructure of its diversity team.
Jeremy Clarkson has promised to create another motoring show after losing his job as the presenter Top Gear for physically assaulting producer Oisin Tymon.
HBO has commissioned a full series of Sharon Horgan-penned sitcom Divorce after a successful pilot in December last year.
Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell will host Channel 4’s election night coverage which will include special episodes of Gogglebox and The Last Leg.
Channel 4 News has been found to have broken Ofcom’s broadcasting code, while the regulator has requested a meeting with local TV operator Made Television after a series of breaches.
BBC2 will mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death next year by celebrating his work as part of a live event hosted by David Tennant.
Poldark indie Mammoth Screen is courting potential buyers as the gold rush for UK drama production companies continues.
Channel 4 is to promote mobile games from third-party developers across its All 4 platform as part of plans for a games publishing arm.
The former head of Film4 has resigned from her post as National Theatre chief executive after less than six months in the job.
Maverick Television is to turn Britain into a dinosaur-inhabited island using CGI techniques for an ITV series about the prehistoric creatures.
The BBC Trust received 23,000 responses to its consultation on moving BBC3 online and is expected to publish its provisional findings in June.
BBC3 has commissioned a one-hour special to portray FA Cup Final day through the eyes of the football fans.
Harry Hill’s Stars in Their Eyes has been axed by ITV after a single series.
Survival formats and physical gameshows flexed their muscles at MipTV this week, with broadcasters increasingly prepared to look beyond the safety of talent formats and studio shows.
The decision to row back from original commissions on Sky Living is a result of the channel struggling to find its identity under Sky ownership, according to executives close to the channel.
The BBC has hired six diverse professionals to its leadership development programme to encourage greater breadth of representation at a senior level across the industry.
ITV Be is to head to the Costa del Sol for reality series Life on Marbs from Lime Pictures.
Netflix has ordered an eight-part series from the makers of Planet Earth as it expands its original content push into factual programming.
Endemol UK’s chief creative officer David Flynn is to leave the company after 16 years to seek out a fresh challenge.
Financial journalist Martin Lewis will front BBC1 hour-long special The Day The Cash Came, in which a working family is given a £27,000 hand-out.
BBC3 lost nearly a quarter of its audience in the first three months of 2015 amid ongoing uncertainty over its future as a linear TV channel.
Jon Zeff has stepped down as director of the BBC Trust after just nine months.
Wall to Wall Television is drawing up plans to evolve its HomeCoach app after more than 10 million virtual cards were traded over the course of The Voice UK series.
The first shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2015 has been revealed – featuring nominations in categories including best app, game, original web channel and entertainment channel.
Click to see the buzz which took place online around the launch of the fifth series.
Al Murray’s South Thanet campaign trail is to be documented in an election night special on Dave.
Broadcast reveals its second group of up-and-coming execs making their mark in global TV
Irish indie Vision Independent Productions is developing a format for Channel 4 in which individuals will be tasked with tracking down their doppelgangers using social media and word of mouth.
Red Bull is aiming to shake up the UK television market by bringing virtual reality elements to its linear channel after it launches next year.
BBC Worldwide could launch its first co-production with Chinese media giant Shanghai Media Group (SMG) at Mipcom in October.
Broadcast unpicks the major political parties’ plans for broadcasting ahead of the election
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Fledgling indie Renowned Films has hired former London Live commissioner Jonathan Boseley following its Growth Fund investment from Channel 4.
The BBC’s top presenters could be depicted online via a series of bespoke emojis after the corporation commissioned a report into the graphics ahead of BBC3’s proposed move online.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings indie Firecracker Films is to explore the issue of gender confusion over the course of three documentaries for Channel 4.
BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead is set to relinquish her responsibilities as a non-executive director at HSBC, according to reports.
BBC2 Scotland has ordered a factual series about the country from Mentorn and STV is preparing a celebrity food format. Click for more.
The Liberal Democrat party has promised that the BBC licence fee will not rise faster than inflation as part of its general election manifesto.
ITV has beefed up its daytime slate with the commission of two formats borne out of an internal creative event last year.
ITV is looking into the reasons it aired the wrong episode of Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones on Friday.