The BBC will keep hold of Premier League football until 2019 and launch a mid-week Match of the Day on BBC2 as part of a £204m deal.
Channel 5 is overhauling its commissioning process, introducing a 12-week cycle designed to provide indies with greater clarity and deliver more ambitious ideas.
Former Panorama editor Tom Giles has left BBC News to become a specialist factual producer at BBC Productions, Broadcast understands.
Sky is to enter the mobile sector for the first time after striking a deal with Telefónica UK, which trades as O2.
The BBC has banned commissioners from leaving with an idea they developed at the corporation, following last year’s controversy over Prized Apart.
Sky is hunting for more international drama co-pro partners and has targeted broadcasters in Australia and Canada for its next wave of big-budget commissions.
Sky will continue its spate of San Francisco acquisitions at a steady pace over the next year as the seven businesses it has already backed begin to have a direct impact on its business.
Sweeping changes to the BBC’s factual commissioning team came as a “massive shock” to insiders and are likely to result in the departure of some of the corporation’s highest-profile commissioners.
Click to view Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow’s letter to suppliers informing them of the introduction of a 12 week commissioning cycle.
Click to view the BBC’s newly introduced IP guidelines.
Stephen Lambert has committed his future to All3Media until at least 2020 and plans to launch a drama division at Studio Lambert.
The BBC’s efforts to reach new audiences with digital storytelling were ratcheted up this week with the unveiling of BBC Taster.
The Nordisk Film and TV Fund’s investment in television surged to support 14 drama projects last year as local producers targeted the small screen.
Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of digital platforms and local commissioners if they are to showcase their drama globally, according to industry experts.
US cable network Smithsonian has ordered documentary series My Million Dollar Invention from Jane Root’s Nutopia.
Channel 4 will plough £500,000 into training schemes to ensure that people with disabilities make up at least 10% of its 2016 Paralympics production team.
A row has erupted over the way indies employ freelance runners after four subscription job sites slammed the findings of a survey questioning their effectiveness.
The broadcasters’ proposals for the TV election debates look set to remain unaltered after the BBC and ITV released a joint statement confirming their intentions.
Downton Abbey will reportedly close its doors after its sixth series with creator Julian Fellowes ready to concentrate on other projects.
FremantleMedia UK indie Retort has hired former Channel 4 deputy commissioner Nana Hughes as its head of development.
Channel 4 has strengthened its Shorts commissioning team with the addition of Little Dot Studios’ content exec Isaac Densu.
Industry trade body Pact is to launch a US arm to support the growing number of indies winning business across the Atlantic.
ITV is to air its first live boxing match in five years – covering Carl Frampton’s title defence against Chris Avalos.
Channel 5 drama Suspects is heading to Australia and Channel 4 has opened its Cutting Edge training scheme. Click for more in today’s round-up.
Sky News has partnered with Facebook as part of its Stand Up Be Counted (SUBC) initiative for an online debate in which youngsters will grill the major political leaders.
NBC is to remake Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls later this year.
The Evening Standard’s local television station London Live is to cut 20 jobs and plough the savings into commissioned and acquired content.
Channel 4 has moved quickly to recommission Catastrophe after just two episodes of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s sitcom have aired.
Executives who battled through the super-blizzard which swept America’s east coast this week to reach Realscreen have heard about the death of the derivative docu-soap, the revival of the classic British format and the importance of mega-agents.
ITV has applied for permission from Ofcom to air highlights of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Bear Grylls will lead a band of eight celebrities through an unforgiving rainforest in a new I’m A Celebrity-style entertainment format for ITV.
BBC director general Tony Hall has suggested that the TV watershed will become increasingly irrelevant as viewing habits change.
Channel 4 will offer fans of The Jump the chance to get involved in the action via a mobile game.
Alibi has picked up Crossing Lines, while Channel 4 has greenlit a fifth series of The Undateables. Read on for more of the day’s round-up.
12 Yard Productions’ celebrity parent-and-child format Big Star’s Little Star has been commissioned for a third series by ITV.
Zodiak Rights has promoted Andreas Lemos to lead a renewed push into the US.
The BBC has agreed the sale of its Wales headquarters to Taylor Wimpey.
Sky Vision and Passion Distribution have struck separate factual development deals with Night Will Fall-producer Spring Films and Amanda Rees’ Tifini.
Avalon Entertainment and Hat Trick Productions chief executives Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville have revealed plans to rebrand BBC3 and run it as an ad-funded service if the corporation accepts their £100m offer for the channel.
The BBC has launched an online proving ground to test early-stage digital content and emerging technologies.
BT Sport is in serious discussions with Gary Lineker over signing the presenter to host its Champions League coverage from next season.
BBC1 has axed teatime fantasy drama Atlantis after two series.
Gaynor Holmes has been appointed as the permanent head of drama for BBC Scotland.
Heather Jones lands a promotion and the CDN’s hunt for a training partner are revealed in today’s round-up.
Leopard Films chief creative officer Todd Austin is leaving the Argonon-owned business after four years.
Adrian Chiles is to be replaced as ITV’s main football anchor by BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Pougatch.
House of Fools indie Pett Television, Sharon Horgan’s Merman Films and Comedy Unit are among the indies responsible for a slate of iPlayer shorts.
In today’s news round-up, Carnival Films hires an ABC executive and Really orders two more series of Most Haunted.
Dan Baldwin’s fledgling indie Hungry Bear Media has been commissioned to produce a reality TV panel show for ITV2.
The UK’s major broadcasters have threatened to ‘empty chair’ any party leader that decides not to participate in its latest proposals for the election debate.
ITV staff have moved a step closer to taking possible strike action after rejecting the broadcaster’s 2015 pay increase offer of 2%.
The UK government has published draft legislation which will hand the Scottish government and parliament a formal role in BBC charter renewal.
Left Bank chief executive Andy Harries and Southcliffe writer Tony Grisoni are among leading industry figures set to speak at expanding Nordic TV conference TV Drama Vision.
The BBC has admitted that it must do more to demonstrate its internal recruitment processes are fair and transparent following the results of a staff survey, which also revealed concerns about the corporation’s bullying deterrents.
Four of the BBC’s most senior commissioners will have their roles closed as part of a major overhaul of the factual division.
The Green Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru are to be invited to take part in the general election leader debates, according to reports.
The BBC Trust will welcome views on the corporation’s radical proposals to commercialise BBC Productions as part of a wider consultation on its content supply.
The iPlayer exclusive explores how politicians attempt to bewilder the population.
Channel 4 has restructured its digital team ahead of the launch of its multiplatform hub All 4.
The BBC’s attempt to convince viewers, the industry and the BBC Trust that BBC3 should move online has begun in earnest.
Baby Cow Animation founder Tim Searle has been appointed by Tiger Aspect as its creative director of animation and children’s.
UK indies are looking to supercharge their non-scripted ambitions in the US and get shows away with broadcast networks as a record number attend next week’s Realscreen.
Former Manchester United players including Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are to star in a three-part Electric Ray documentary for BBC1 about their acquisition of non-league Salford City FC.
Ugly Brother Studios is using its investment from Sky Vision to help it emerge from a spell of more conservative commissioning patterns in the US.
Zealot Networks, the digital content firm established by Maker Studios founder Danny Zappin, plans to use its investment from ITV to help it on the acquisitions trail.
Indie bosses have voiced concerns about meeting the “challenging but necessary” industry diversity targets – but are upbeat that they will be supported in their efforts by broadcasters.
Cake Boss producer High Noon Entertainment hopes to get shows commissioned in the UK and around the world 18 months after it was acquired by ITV.
The BBC has submitted a jigsaw of proposals that sit alongside its vision for BBC3, including plans for the next evolution of the iPlayer.
Lion Television’s Julia Bradbury-fronted series The Wonder of Britain has been temporarily shelved by ITV due to a poor ratings.
The battle for Premier League football could be settled in the next fortnight as Sky, BT and Eurosport-owner Discovery submit first-round rights bids by February 6.
Shameless star Tina Malone is returning to TLC for a one-off documentary produced by True North.
Sherlock was the most-watched show in iPlayer in 2014 – as drama Murdered By My Boyfriend racked up almost as many views on the VoD service as it managed on BBC3.
Tiger Aspect has resurrected legendary comedy character Mr Bean for the BBC’s Red Nose Day coverage this March.
Mythbusters producer and distributor Beyond has poached DRG’s Caitlin Meek-O’Connor to become head of acquisitions.
Auctioneer Sean Kelly is to remain in the UK after Dave ordered two more series of Storage Hunters UK.
Get a sneak peek at The Garden Productions and GroupM Entertainment’s reality format.
Wolf Hall producer Company Pictures has snapped up the rights to Jessie Burton’s bestselling book The Miniaturist.
In today’s round-up a BBC exec joins Kantar and BBC News prepares to personalise its app
E4 will take to the slopes with a companion series for Channel 4 celebrity winter sports format The Jump.
BBC3’s plans for an online-only future have taken a step forward with the commission of a drama from emerging writer Marnie Dickens.
24 Hours in A&E indie The Garden has won two commissions from ITV: a four-part series about ordinary heroes and a one-off film exploring household pests.
The Crown, Netflix’s £100m biopic of Queen Elizabeth II, is due to start filming in the UK this July according to director Stephen Daldry.
The £89m cost of running the BBC’s London headquarters has been labelled “staggering” by the chair of the Public Accounts Committee following an audit on the corporation’s estate.
ITV News has promoted its director of newsgathering Tim Singleton to deputy editor to replace Richard Zackheim.
The proposed online-only BBC3 will offer visitors more than 100 pieces of new-form content a month via a new Daily Stream service.
Click to discover how BBC3’s “make me think and make me laugh” programming strategy will impact each genre.
The BBC Trust could make a “provisional conclusion” on the future of BBC3 in April and has insisted that there will be no “back door deal” when deciding the channel’s fate.
There is “very little appetite” among audiences to close BBC3 as a television channel, according to a study by the corporation.
The BBC has revealed plans to premiere around 25 shows from its linear channels and third party organisations on iPlayer.
Kay Mellor, writer of hit BBC dramas The Syndicate and In the Club was awarded the outstanding contribution to writing award at last night’s annual Writers’ Guild Awards.
Hat Trick Productions and Avalon Entertainment are to make an audacious bid for BBC3 in an attempt to save it as a TV channel.
ITV News’ deputy editor Richard Zackheim has stepped down after only a year in the job.
Click to view the BBC Trust’s public value assessment for the reinvention of BBC3.
Miranda Hart and David Walliam’s fledgling indie King Bert Productions is to pilot a sitcom set in a porn shop for Channel 4.
Simon Cowell’s indie Over The Top Productions has partnered with Objective Productions for a 30-part daytime gameshow for BBC2.
The BBC has ruled that BBC3 is “not for sale” after Hat Trick Productions and Avalon Entertainment revealed plans to buy the channel.
Read about Tru TV’s latest hire and the success of Horizon’s diet calculator
Fox’s reality chief Simon Andreae has left the US network after just over a year and been replaced by a former Electus executive.
Stephen Mangan is to star as a heavily pregnant man in a new one-off drama for Sky Arts.
Former ITV comedy controller Sioned Wiliam is to become BBC Radio 4’s comedy commissioner.
Victoria Derbyshire’s daytime business programme is to air simultaneously on BBC2, BBC News and online with a host of “digital-first” content.
Pointless commissioner Pam Cavanagh has been promoted to acting channel executive for BBC1 and BBC3 on a temporary basis.
BBC R&D has produced a virtual reality pilot of a BBC Philharmonic performance as part of ongoing tests into the format.
Undercover Boss executive producer Cal Turner has joined FremantleMedia UK indie Boundless to oversee the new series of The Apprentice.
Hear about Simon Cowell’s latest Fox deal and Jo Frost’s trip to Holland in today’s round-up.
Click to watch a preview of the opening episode of the Avalon TV / Merman Films sitcom for Channel 4.
The BBC has struck an ambitious partnership with PBS to develop and commission blue-chip natural history and factual programming.
The number of women in news and current affairs broadcasting is “simply not good enough” and “urgent” improvements in monitoring are needed to address the gender gap, according to an influential committee of peers.