Neighbours, Catfish: The TV Show, Gotham and Celebrity Big Brother are among the high-profile shows set to benefit from Viacom International Media Networks’ purchase of Channel 5.
Ben Gale and Natasha Bondy’s newly established indie Little Gem has signed a first-look deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Women working in TV newsrooms are still being subjected to “staggering” levels of sexual harassment and sexism, according to a National Union of Journalists (NUJ) study.
Outgoing Freesat chief Emma Scott issues warning about over-reliance on technology
A+E Networks UK’s Crime & Investigation (C&I) channel is on the hunt for real-life versions of Sherlock and Broadchurch as part of its 50 hours a year of original commissions.
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme must do more to employ people from diverse backgrounds both on and off air, according to editor Jamie Angus.
Barcroft Media boss Sam Barcroft has claimed that ad-funded long-form video-on-demand has the potential to become a lucrative revenue source for producers after striking distribution deals with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions.
UK producers are eyeing formats from Asia as they bid to find the next Dragons’ Den.
The BBC is planning to replace BBC3 documentaries boss Fiona Campbell after she was named the corporation’s head of current affairs last week.
The crime-fighting vicar in ITV’s forthcoming 1950s drama Grantchester is to get his own Twitter account as part of a social media experiment from producer Lovely Day.
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.
CBBC’s Horrible Histories has been criticised by the BBC Trust for a racist depiction of Florence Nightingale.
Dave Grohl is to front a rock doc on BBC4 after the channel swooped for an eight-part series from the Nirvana and Foo Fighters’ star.
Blinkbox has been put up for sale by Tesco just three years after it acquired the video streaming service.
More 4 has acquired Australian World War I period drama Anzac Girls after striking a deal with All3Media International.
Bristol-based factual indie Drummer Television has landed its first commissions for BBC1 and BBC3.
Red Productions has led the way at the Royal Television Society North West awards – securing a slew of nominations across five categories.
Elisabeth Murdoch is to leave Shine Group after the merger between the super-indie she founded in 2001 and Endemol is complete.
BBC1 has ordered an adaptation of Norman Hunter’s Professor Branestawm books which will star Harry Hill in his first BBC acting role.
Some women in news broadcasting are paid half as much as their male counterparts and continue to suffer “everyday sexism”, according to a National Union of Journalists (NUJ) survey.
Broadcast is set to reveal ten talented young British execs who are making a mark in the global TV business at this year’s Mipcom.
Virgin Media has appealed to Ofcom to investigate the way in which the Premier League sells its live UK rights.
Sky has invested £3m in US advertising technology firm Sharethrough as part of its strategy to back emerging technology businesses.
Comedy Central UK is to pilot a British version of historical comedy format Drunk History – the first time the channel has reversioned a show which airs on its US sister network.
The US version of Broadchurch has been sold by Shine International to broadcasters in Canada and Australia ahead of its TX.
BBC Radio 1 and 2 must do more to educate and inform audiences, providing services not offered by the commercial market, according to trade body RadioCentre.
BBC Radio 4 Extra is to cancel children’s programme The 4 O’Clock Show after being clearance by the BBC Trust.
DCD Media’s revenue fell by almost 20% in the first half of the year, but the production group still managed to cut its losses.
ITV2 has acquired US action drama Scorpion after striking a deal with CBS Studios International.
Rightster has landed a £1.8m fund from The Arts Council to establish a multi-channel network (MCN) dedicated to the arts.
Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television is boosting its UK presence with the hire of former A+E Networks exec Hana Zidek.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions have signed deals with Barcroft Media to feature a raft of long-form programming on its online video channel.
Television Centre (TVC) is to be formally handed over to developers by the BBC this week in what has been described as a “new chapter” for the west London location.
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.
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.
Maverick TV’s former director of programmes Ben Gale and ex-Princess Productions exec Natasha Bondy have teamed up to launch a factual indie.
Channel 4 is preparing a daily Sunday Brunch spin-off backed by online supermarket Ocado.
Sinead Rocks has been named as the permanent controller of BBC Learning.
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.
BBC3 docs boss Fiona Campbell is to become the corporation’s head of current affairs as news chief James Harding reshuffles his top team.
Fight Club director David Fincher has claimed that TV has the edge over films when it comes to developing characters.
CBeebies has extended a deal with Plug-in Media to transform its online animation Tee and Mo into a 50-part TV series.
E4 is to attempt to fix the nation’s worst tattoo disasters in a one-off doc from Studio Lambert.
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.
BBC2 is to open up the kitchens of families across the country in a Gogglebox-style series from the creators of Channel 4’s hit format.
Sky Sports has picked up the rights to NFL Monday Night Football as part of a five-year agreement kicking off in 2015.
New All3Media owners Discovery Communications and Liberty Global want a “marquee signing” to replace chief executive Farah Ramzan Golant, according to super-indie insiders.
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.
Israeli second-screen specialist Screenz has forged a partnership with Maverick Television to help it develop interactive formats.
North One Television’s Fifth Gear has found its third home on British television after A+E Networks UK greenlit two fresh series of the motoring show.
The Edinburgh International Television Festival will be moved forward to start on a Wednesday in 2015, as the event enters its 40th year.
Shadow culture minister Helen Goodman has said the BBC’s forthcoming charter renewal process must be open and transparent to secure the best outcome for the corporation and licence-fee payers.
Netflix has acquired BBC2’s period drama Peaky Blinders in the US after striking a deal with The Weinstein Company and Endemol.
Freesat managing director Emma Scott is to leave the free-to-air satellite TV platform after seven years.
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.
Tern TV has won its first commission for Sky 1, going behind the scenes with a helicopter medical team as part of a push into aerial filming.
Parade’s End co-producer Lookout Point will beef up its development slate and work more closely with BBC channels around the world after securing a multi-million pound investment from BBC Worldwide.
US public broadcaster PBS is seeking to expand its relationships with UK producers and broadcasters and is searching for a raft of original content, from drama to factual programming.
An investigative report into illegal pirate fishing is to be ‘gamified’ for an ambitious online Al Jazeera English (AJE) initiative.
Endemol is beefing up its multichannel network Endemol Beyond with video game channel Legends Of Gaming.
Twitter activity can increase the number of viewers tuning in to a show by up to 8%, according to a study by audience measurement firm Kantar Media.
BBC Northern Ireland hopes its first comedy pilot event can pave the way for the next Mrs Brown’s Boys, according to the event’s organisers.
A League Of Their Own indie CPL Productions is progressing its plan to break into scripted comedy with an adaptation of Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold’s autobiography.
Viacom has hired former Turner executive Alan Musa as commercial director of Nickelodeon and Comedy Central in the UK.
ITV Be has beefed up its launch schedule with a number of US wedding formats from DCD Rights.
BBC Worldwide boss Tim Davie has lifted the lid on the company’s growth strategy - ruling out plans to divest its stake in UKTV, confirming it is in talks to sell a stake in BBC America and eyeing Chinese expansion.
UKTV has acquired US legal drama Reckless for pay TV channel Alibi.
Channel 4 has signed up Jeremy Paxman to bring “mischief and danger” to its 2015 general election coverage.
Channel 4 is to return to upmarket department store Liberty’s for a second series of the Rize ob-doc.
UKTV executive Julia Jordan has left the multichannel broadcaster after seven years.
ITV is to extend its Original Voices diversity initiative to Coronation Street as it expands the scheme into the north west.
Producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have joined forces to launch new film and TV production company Monumental Pictures.
Tony Hall has urged in-house production staff to remain “strong” following plans to scrap the BBC quota system.
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.
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.
BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.
The BBC Trust has ring-fenced current affairs output on BBC1 for the first time, requiring the main channel to air at least 40 hours a year in peaktime.
Fledgling indies including Lemonade Money and Drummer TV have been handed memberships to business development organisation MeWe360 by Channel 4.
VoD service Hulu is making its first major move into original commissioning with a nine-hour adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams.
Renegade Pictures has secured access to Sussex Police for a three-part series.
Endemol Worldwide Distribution has struck a development and distribution deal with Skellig indie Feel Films.
Fargo producer MGM has acquired a majority stake in Survivor creator Mark Burnett’s production company One Three Media.
Whizz Kid Entertainment is to celebrate Julie Walters’ career in a special BBC2 documentary.
RTÉ Global, the international distribution arm of the Irish broadcaster, has hired former ITV exec Janet Frawley as head of formats.
DCI Banks is to return for a fourth series next year after becoming one of ITV’s most bankable crime dramas.
The Sun has moved into original commissioning with the launch of an online entertainment format produced by Gogglebox Entertainment.
International media champions One World Media has appointed Mentorn chief executive John Willis as chair of its board of trustees.
Ofcom is to investigate whether Channel 5 documentary Blinging Up Baby broke broadcasting rules on protecting the welfare of children.
London Live commissioner Derren Lawford has joined fledgling indie Woodcut Media as creative director.
Penelope Keith is to explore the changing face of rural Britain in a three-part series for More 4.
The BBC has apologised for mistakenly airing footage of Jimmy Savile in a repeat of Top of the Pops 2.
The secret flirting techniques of capuchin monkeys will be highlighted in a two-part documentary series for BBC1.
As the No campaign celebrated victory a little after 6am this morning, the BBC carried images of celebrating activists clutching glasses of wine. It had been a long night.
Endemol is beefing up its multi-channel network Endemol Beyond by launching videogame channel Legends of Gaming.
US network ABC has ordered 500 Questions (working title), an ambitious gameshow from Warner Bros non-scripted chief Mike Darnell and Survivor creator Mark Burnett.
Cuckoo and Man Down comedian Greg Davies is to preside over a Dave adaptation of comedian Alex Horne’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Taskmaster.
Red Production Company has reshuffled its senior creative team as it looks to grow its international output and secure work with online platforms.
A well-known production company has lodged a formal complaint with the BBC following the commission of Electric Ray’s Saturday night gameshow Prized Apart.
BBC Worldwide is planning a renewed push on its UK indie investment strategy, according to chief executive Tim Davie.
ITV is to plunder its entertainment development slate as it looks to fill the hole in its schedule left by the cancellation of Keshet entertainment show Rising Star.
A+E Networks UK bosses including Heather Jones are to reveal their commissioning priorities at the latest Broadcast Business Breakfast next week.
Channel 4 has lifted the lid on its short-form content commissioning strategy as it looks to build its Shorts hub into a destination for young online audiences.
The Voice producer Talpa Media has been put up for sale by its owner John de Mol.
ITV has moved quickly into digital content production after purchasing minority stakes in two burgeoning US multiplatform indies.
Objective Productions’ Michael Vine has stepped down as a director of the company he cofounded to concentrate on a career in movie production.
Sky has kicked off a hunt for two new commissioners as it prepares to ramp up its non-scripted output.
A Got To Dance spin-off series which was distributed on Facebook notched up 17,000 views on the social media site.