George Osborne has all-but confirmed plans to make the BBC pick up the £650m bill for free licence fees for the over-75s in his Budget this week.
With chancellor George Osborne set to ask the BBC to pick up the bill for licence fees for the over-75s, Broadcast assesses how a £650m cut could impact the corporation’s services.
Classic kids character Winnie The Witch is to fly onto TV screens after Channel 5 commissioned a 52-part series for its preschool strand Milkshake.
Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday want the government to preserve BBC3’s TV spectrum for young audiences if the channel is given the full greenlight to move online.
All3Media co-owner Liberty Global has acquired Irish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 for €80m (£57m) from private equity company Doughty Hanson.
Channel 5 lost £12.9m in its final nine months of ownership under Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, after suffering an advertising dispute with Omnicom and the poor performance of US soap Dallas.
BBC director of children’s Alice Webb has warned that CBBC and CBeebies are at risk of going the way of BBC3 and moving online if the corporation takes a funding cut during charter renewal.
Warp Films development producer Jen Kenwood is to leave the indie to join Drama Republic as head of development.
TV viewing among young adults has fallen by 18% over the past five years, according to Ofcom.
Ofcom has suggested that E4 and More 4 programmes are judged as part of Channel 4’s public service remit – with the digital channels handed greater prominence in the EPG.
Sunset + Vine has won a competitive pitch to produce at least 50 hours of sports programming for BBC Scotland over the next 12 months.
FremantleMedia has won picked up two ITV Daytime shows - a quick-fire Sean Fletcher-fronted gameshow and a quiz involving a circular ice table.
Click to read director general Tony Hall’s letter to staff outlining his reasons for cutting 1,000 jobs - and the way in which the target will be achieved.
Tony Hall has announced that the BBC will axe more than 1,000 jobs in a bid to tackle a predicted £150m loss in licence fee revenue in 2016/17.
Tim Hincks has warned that foreign- owned indies such as Endemol Shine Group are being used as a “smokescreen” to overhaul the terms of trade, in a way that could result in the “Ukipification” of the British TV industry.
Spend on UK-originated drama has dropped by 44% over the past six years according to Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting review.
The implementation of retransmission fees may trigger “more regulation, not less”, with no guarantee the extra revenue generated would be ploughed into programming according to Ofcom.
Discovery’s “smash-and-grab” purchase of pan-European rights to the Olympic Games is the biggest sign yet of its desire to become a key international player across free-to-air, pay and OTT.
Disney is ramping up its commissioning strategy, with plans to add two or three scripted series a year to its growing slate of UK originations.
Digital producers have highlighted the positives of BBC3’s expected move online, but concerns remain about taking the youth service off television.
The BBC accounts for nearly 97% of UK kids originations across the PSB channels as spend by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 has dropped to £3m.
Broadcasting unions have united to oppose compulsory redundancies at the BBC after more than 1000 jobs were put at risk under new cost-cutting measures.
The BBC has rejected a plea from MPs and David Cameron to stop using the term Islamic State to refer to the terrorist group.
BBC proposals to open up 60% of its network radio hours to indies could provide a £60m shot in the arm to the production sector.
BBC Worldwide could “disproportionately” benefit from the corporation’s plans to increase BBC1 drama investment by £30m, according to Pact.
Ofcom has ruled that there is no case to reform the terms of trade, arguing that broadcasters continue to hold the balance of power despite increasing indie consolidation.
OTT video service Simplestream has struck deals with broadcasters including A+E Networks, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sony and UKTV to launch a subscription service.
Sky’s new kids’ boss will be expected to work in the space where content and product marketing collide to ensure its investment in the genre reaches viewers.
The BBC is attempting to help bridge the digital skills gap by sparking children’s interest in career opportunities in the space.
BBC1 has commissioned a daytime series on the illegal sub-letting of council housing from Shine TV.
Sue Inglish, the BBC’s head of political programmes, analysis and research, is stepping down after a decade with the broadcaster.
Creative industries funding body Creative England has hired former Fremantle Media executive Solomon Nwabueze as its first director of content.
Channel 5 has supersized the third series of Knickerbockerglory’s fixed-rig format GPs: Behind Closed Doors.
Carl Frampton’s debut US fight is to air on ITV later this month – the broadcaster’s second live boxing event this year.
The BBC is poised to axe hundreds of jobs in a bid to become a leaner operation going into charter renewal.
Tim Hincks has labelled the TV industry “hideously middle class” and called for more detailed measurements of social backgrounds in diversity monitoring initiatives.
ITV Choice is to launch in Singapore as the latest Dispatches investigates the treatment of women living under ISIS rule.
Sony Pictures Television’s international chief creative officer Wayne Garvie has turned down the chance to run BBC Studios – but the corporation is edging closer to making an appointment.
An at-a-glance guide to the BBC Trust’s provisional decision to allow BBC3 to move online.
Rona Fairhead has claimed the BBC has “always been a leader in innovation” and compared the decision to move BBC3 online with the corporation’s previous gambles on colour TV, the internet and iPlayer.
Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant has condemned the move to make BBC3 an online-only channel, branding it “disappointing” and “premature”.
The BBC Trust has provisionally greenlit plans to move BBC3 online following a six-month public value test (PVT).
The BBC Trust’s provisional decision to reject plans for BBC1+1 is likely to be greeted with relief among commercial rivals which lobbied against the launch of the service.
CBBC must commission “edgier” content for children over the age of 10 if it is to appeal to older viewers, according to The Children’s Media Foundation.
iPlayer is set to be transformed from its catch-up roots to a digital service that debuts shows ahead of linear TX and features an array of third-party content, after the BBC Trust approved executive plans.
A comprehensive timeline of BBC3’s journey to becoming an online-only channel
Channel 4 has commissioned an undercover documentary on money laundering from Terror in the Mall filmmaker Dan Reed.
STV Productions has gained access to several Scottish prisons to witness inmates’ first and final days in jail for Sky 1.
BBC1 has commissioned Sundog Pictures to produce a documentary about alcohol for its The Truth About… science strand.
Sky 1 has acquired Zoo, the US drama based on the James Patterson novel.
The BBC will lose control over the TV rights to the Olympic Games from 2022 after Discovery struck a €1.3bn (£920m) deal to broadcast the event across 50 European territories.
The BBC Trust is poised to reach a “provisional conclusion” on the future of BBC3 this week, but the decision on whether to move the youth channel online may be far from a simple Yes or No.
Sky is to launch a dedicated app for children and is hunting for a head of kids’ content after beefing up its library of shows for youngsters.
Seven television executives from diverse backgrounds will gain commissioning experience with five major broadcasters after being selected for the Creative Diversity Network commissioner development scheme.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport has “no plans” to relocate Channel 4 out of London after reports emerged that a move to Birmingham was under consideration.
Vice News’ double win at last week’s Broadcast Digital Awards has added weight to the proposals to move BBC3 online, according to channel controller Damian Kavanagh.
ITV’s Off Their Rockers spin-off show is to be probed by Ofcom after its trailer featured a person emerging from a tumble dryer.
London Live lost £11.6m in its first six months of trading according to its first set of financial results, although the local TV channel’s viewing figures increased throughout 2015.
A green paper setting out the government’s position on the BBC ahead of charter renewal negotiations is to sound a death knell for the BBC Trust, according to reports.
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BBC viewers and listeners have been asked to go cold turkey on the corporation’s services as part of a research project for charter renewal.
Lambent Productions has landed a development deal with Banijay International and revealed a slate of commissions including a US pilot with LA-based Bodega Pictures.
The BBC is preparing to triple the volume of eligible radio produced by independent companies to 27,000 hours following negotiations with radio indie group RIG.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has vowed to reflect criticism over the level of BBC spend in the Midlands during charter renewal negotiations following concern from local MPs.
The House of Lords Communications Committee has opened an inquiry into the public purposes of the BBC.
MTV has kicked off a re-brand in which viewers’ Instagram and Vine videos will feature on air.
The BBC’s children’s boss has warned that a cut to funding during charter renewal will damage its ability to deliver public service content to kids in the digital age.
Sam Bickley, BBC3’s former head of features and documentaries, is to join Samantha Anstiss’ creative label at BBC Productions.
ITV has challenged producers to create younger-skewing factual entertainment series as it aims to grab a larger share of the 16-44 market.
Television has been warned it must urgently address its environmental impact after new data revealed that the carbon footprint of an hour’s programming is equivalent to eight flights to New York.
TLC is aiming to improve the gender parity of its audience with original UK commissions fronted by “relatable” British talent.
BBC music and arts commissioner Greg Sanderson is to join Ten Alps indie Brook Lapping as managing director in October.
ITV News is to switch to a single-presenter format with political editor Tom Bradby stepping up to anchor the News at Ten this autumn.
All 4 has ordered a raft of shorts including its latest ad-funded series in partnership with Foster’s.
Twofour bagged two pieces of business from ITV ahead of being acquired by the commercial broadcaster this week.
Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.
Channel 4 is launching an indie roadshow to help producers strike deals to commercialise their productions and generate new revenues.
More than a quarter of the animated projects launching at this year’s Cartoon Forum are produced by UK and Irish indies, as the introduction of animation tax credits fuels a British cartoon boom.
UKTV has ordered a stand-up comedy clip show hosted by John Thomson in the guise of ‘PC Northern club comic’ character Bernard Righton.
Elbow’s Guy Garvey is to front a BBC Music series for iPlayer.
Channel 4 was the big winner at this year’s Broadcast Digital Awards, walking away with eight prizes including Channel of the Year for E4.
ITV has agreed a deal to acquire The Jump producer Twofour Group for an initial £55m for 75% of the business.
Ben Fogle will lead a band of eight amateur anglers across four continents to compete in a fishing challenge for BBC2.
Aurora Media, the sports media company headed up by former IMG and Endemol executive Lawrence Duffy, has won a bulk motor-racing order from ITV as it bids to shake up the sports production market.
Discovery is eyeing local commissions for true crime channel Investigation Discovery as it prepares a renewed UK push.
Discovery executive Dan Korn has been hired as STV Productions’ creative director to focus on specialist factual and returnable programming.
Good timing, a strong wi-fi connection and a selfie stick are some of the secrets to getting the best out of Periscope, according to Twitter’s UK head of news and government partnerships.
BBC2 will follow people with neurological conditions as they attempt to find work as part of a “groundbreaking” series from Optomen.
Director of BBC Birmingham and BBC Academy Joe Godwin has renewed his commitment to the Midlands, pledging to invest £125m in the region by the end of the financial year.
Now magazine’s Sally Eyden has been appointed as editor of ITV’s long-running daytime panel show Loose Women.
ITV is to air Big Talk Productions’ 10-part series about the complex relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on ITV Encore.
Endemol Shine UK chairman Lucas Church is to leave the super-indie, more than twenty years after he joined Initial.
Channel 4 has confirmed that TFI Friday will return for a full eight-part series following the success of the anniversary show earlier this month.
Pineapple Dance Studios indie Pulse is ramping up its television business with the hire of former Fresh One Productions boss Roy Ackerman and Channel 4 factual commissioner Emma Cooper.
Lion TV director of factual Donna Clark is to exit the All3Media indie after six years to join the BBC as acting head of formats and features.
The Kudos drama has become Channel 4’s most-watched drama since 1992.
ITV-owned producer Talpa Media has been commissioned to produce a reality format for Chinese digital service Tencent.
Classic gameshow Bullseye is the subject of a new Sky Vision Productions documentary for free-to-air channel Challenge.
The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) and funding body Creative England have agreed a partnership to develop and finance a drama slate from regional producers.
Channel 4 has ordered a second run of Paul Abbott’s cop drama No Offence ahead of its first series finale tonight.
BBC Newsbeat has launched its first mobile app, featuring trending tweets, Instagram posts and YouTube clips, to serve younger audiences with relevant news.
The success of the broadcasters’ fledgling diversity initiatives were examined by an RTS panel last night as concerns remain over the level of diversity among production crews.
BBC social media manager Rajiv Nathwani is leaving the broadcaster to join Netflix.
The BBC has made clear that it will push ahead with plans to commercialise its in-house production division during charter renewal, amid growing industry concern and speculation that the corporation wants to kick the proposals into the long grass.
Migrant community brand Lebara has launched a set-top box and multiplatform service offering access to a raft of foreign-language channels.
BBC current affairs has partnered with ABC News to launch a YouTube channel featuring videos about topical issues, including illegal immigrants and fast fashion.
ITV has moved a step closer to concluding its dispute with broadcasting unions after offering staff an improved pay deal and concessions for 2016.