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C5 to free production arm to pitch projects to rivals


Channel 5 is planning to turn its in-house production division into an independent unit capable of pitching its brand of tabloid telly to rival broadcasters.


C4’s Gill Wilson overhauls features


North One, Blink Films and Red House are among the indies to have won business as Channel 4 head of features Gill Wilson overhauls her slate.


Broadcast offers ratings via new app


Broadcast has launched a tablet app, available exclusively to subscribers, that will feature extended overnight ratings data each morning.

Pawn Stars

ITVS grows overseas business


ITV Studios generated almost half its revenue overseas in the first six months of 2014 as its international operations grew significantly.

BT Sport

BT TV subscriber growth slows


BT recorded its slowest quarter of growth for its TV business for over a year as the Premier League season drew to a close.

The Honourable Woman

AMC in talks to acquire BBC America stake


Breaking Bad broadcaster AMC is reportedly in talks to acquire a significant stake in US cable channel BBC America.

BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans hits 15 year high


Chris Evans has recorded the largest-ever audience figures recorded by Rajar, after his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show pulled in 9.91m listeners.

ITV2 reorders Freshers for extended run


ITV2 has ordered an extended second run of documentary series Freshers to air later this year.

King of The Nerds

Objective to remake King of The Nerds for Sky 1


Sky 1 is to remake US entertainment format King Of The Nerds after striking a deal with Ben Silverman’s Electus and Objective Productions.


Spirit Media signs up Zoe Ball for YouTube channel


Spirit Digital Media has launched a YouTube channel fronted by TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball.

London Live proposals under major scrutiny


The bidders who lost out to London Live for the capital’s local TV licence are expected to object to Ofcom after the broadcaster asked for permission to cut its hours of local content.


Sky VR firm eyes scripted TV


Scripted shows and wildlife programming could benefit from immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences, according to Jaunt, the US company in which Sky has invested more than £400,000.


CBeebies launches app to help kids learn to read


CBeebies is preparing to launch a Storytime app that is designed to improve the reading ability of young children.

Saturday Night Takeaway

C4 hires De Burgh in commissioning team reshuffle


Channel 4 has rejigged its commissioning team, moving Tom Beck from entertainment to factual entertainment to cover Tina Flintoff ’s maternity leave.


Red Bull pilots gaming series for linear launch


Red Bull will launch its linear TV channel in the UK next autumn, and the first details of its programming line-up are starting to emerge.

The Stuarts

The Stuarts fails to overthrow The Plantagenets for BBC2


WEDNESDAY: BBC2’s three-part history documentary of The Stuarts got underway with 1.3m - down on the channel’s audience for The Plantagenets earlier this year.

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The Stuarts

TV Critics: The Stuarts; Art of China

“Dr Clare is far too serious-minded for scandal or smut”

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Murray Ferguson, Clerkenwell Films

Clerkenwell Films’ chief executive talks about the indie’s eclectic project slate and working with fresh talent


Chris Curtis

Production competition hots up

C5 has entered the fray, but its shows will need broader appeal

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The Great British Bake Off

Talking TV: BBC and Love Productions

The latest edition of Talking TV runs the rule over the BBC Trust’s television services review and Sky’s 70% stake in Love Productions.

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Ofcom must be brave and revoke London Live licence

Local station is not living up to its promise of community-led content, says Jonathan Kaye

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Broadcast 1 August 2014

Broadcast 1 August 2014

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