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07 December 2007

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  • 12 Yard’s Young predicts more broadcaster deals

    12 Yard founder David Young expects broadcasters buying producers to fuel the next round of indie consolidation, after selling his business to ITV for£35m.
  • Autodesk launches Combustion 2008

    Autodesk has launched its Combustion 2008 software, the latest version of its desktop compositing and VFX solution featuring the Colour Warper tool (from the Flame visual effects system) as well as improvements to the schematic view.
  • Bate returns as Talent chairman

    Terry Bate, the former chairman of TV Corporation, is returning to the TV industry as chairman of the Test the Nation producer Talent Group.
  • Bauer buys Emap radio and consumer divisions

    German publisher H Bauer is to buy Emap’s radio and consumer magazine businesses for£1.14bn in cash.
  • BBC cleared of blasphemy

    The BBC and indie Avalon have escaped prosecution for blasphemy over the screening of controversial musical Jerry Springer - The Opera in 2005.
  • BBC confirms Keelan start date

    The BBC has confirmed that Liam Keelan will start as the new controller of daytime on 1 February, ending more than six months of gardening leave from ITV.
  • BBC doc to follow Olympic hopefuls

    The BBC will transfer its A Child of Our Time format to a group of young athletes preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, revisiting them in a series of documentaries each year until the games.
  • BBC fills factual commissioning teams

    BBC Vision has named the factual commissioning editors who will sit in two separate teams dealing exclusively with in-house or outsourced production.
  • BBC hunts new breed of doc makers

    BBC New Talent has launched a competition to find three emerging documentary film makers for its BBC3 new talent strand, Fresh.
  • BBC rejects union talks after ballot

    The BBC has responded to the National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Unite’s decision to ballot for strike action by refusing to meet them at a national level.
  • BBC retires in-house horse-racing coverage

    The BBC will no longer have an in-house team for horse-racing coverage, following a decision to outsource coverage of the Grand National to indie Sunset + Vine.
  • BBC storms Comedy Awards

    BBC3 comedy Gavin and Stacey stormed the British Comedy Awards last night collecting three accolades in a bumper night for the corporation.
  • BBC to resist sharing licence fee

    BBC chiefs have told Parliament they will resist demands for it to give some of its£3.2bn licence fee to other broadcasters.
  • BBC to serialise Jesus' final days

    BBC1 has unveiled an ambitious retelling of the crucifiction and resurrection of Jesus Christ that will air next Easter.
  • BBC's Silverton gets wider remit

    Kate Silverton is to expand her brief across the BBC TV News, with a number of new presenting and reporting roles.
  • Bleak duo to reunite for R4

    Bleak House stars Gillian Anderson and Denis Lawson are to reunite in BBC Radio 4’s Christmas drama Charing Cross Road.
  • Boutique approach pays off

    Market leading broadcast operators Nicky Sargent and Vikki Dunn regrouped their Farm holdings to accommodate the closure of Metro Broadcast by owner and Farm stakeholder WPP.
  • Broadcast Letters - December 7

    Letters to the editor from issue dated December 7 2007
  • C4 hires Bringing Up Baby producer

    The executive producer of Channel 4’s controversial child-rearing series Bringing Up Baby has joined the broadcaster’s specialist factual commissioning team.
  • C4 in the clear over baby show

    Channel 4 did not put children at risk or offer misleading advice to parents in its factual entertainment series Bringing Up Baby, Ofcom has ruled.
  • C4 Radio consortium backs Shennan move

    The Channel 4 Radio multiplex has been given a shot in the arm after members of the consortium backed the appointment of BBC Radio 5 Live controller Bob Shennan in the top C4 Radio role.
  • Capital axes Bam Bam

    Capital 95.8’s new managing director Paul Jackson has axed DJs Bam Bam and Dave Berry from the station’s 2008 schedule as part of a wider reshuffle.
  • Celebrity catch-up brings 5.2m to ITV1

    ITV1’s follow up to its reality series I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! was top of the ratings pile last night at 9pm with 5.2m viewers (22%).
  • Celebrity Predictions returns to C4

    Channel 4 is to rate the winners and losers of the showbusiness world in a third installment of tongue-in-cheek almanac show Celebrity Predictions.
  • Channel 4 gets Carter

    Channel 4 has confirmed that acting viewers’ editor Paula Carter will take on the role full-time.
  • City positive over Darroch appointment

    City analysts have welcomed the appointment of Jeremy Darroch to succeed James Murdoch as chief executive of BSkyB, saying he is well placed to fight the company’s corner on regulation issues.
  • College killings film for BBC

    ORTV has been commissioned by BBC2 to make a 60-minute film to air in April 2008 to mark the one-year anniversary of the shootings this year at Virginia Tech in the US.
  • Content focus: Star Trek fan site

    Virgin 1 is using the obsessive nature of Star Trek fans to build an online community.
  • Creative Review - 7 December 2007

    Check out recently completed creative work including content graphics for Earth: the Power of the Planet.
  • Crompton joins Steadfast

    Steadfast Television has appointed former Sky One commissioning editor, factual Paul Crompton to oversee its factual development and pitching activities.
  • Daily Cooks to return for fourth series

    ITV has commissioned a fourth series of Daily Cooks fronted by Antony Worrall Thompson to air next spring.
  • Darroch replaces Murdoch as BSkyB boss

    James Murdoch has stepped down from his role as chief executive of BSkyB to take on the role of running News Corp’s European and Asian media operations.
  • Delivering content that suits viewers exactly

    Allen McCaskill believes that finding ways of delivering content aimed exactly at individual viewers will be essential to profiting from IPTV.
  • Diamond licence returned

    Macquarie, the Australian investment company that owns Radio UK Holdings, has handed back the licence for Diamond FM in Plymouth just months ahead of the station’s launch.
  • Disney to invest in UK production

    Disney’s search for European talent has won UK producers new commissions. But, the presence of the US giant is not enough to make up the kids TV shortfall
  • Doctors leads RTS Craft

    The Doctors BBC Birmingham production team led the winners at the Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London on 29 November, picking up the Judges’ Award.
  • Doctors prescribed RTS Awards

    The Doctors BBC Birmingham production team led the winners at the Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London on 29 November, picking up the Judges’ Award.
  • Downturn in post claims Resolution

    Post house Resolution has become the sector’s latest casualty, going into administration following a period of making a loss.
  • Drama leads BBC1 winter schedule

    Richard Curtis and Anthony Minghella have teamed up to adapt Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency for BBC1.
  • Echo Beach shorts signal next phase for will host a 12-part series of online shorts linked to Kudos’ ITV1 dramas Echo Beach and Moving Wallpaper next month as part of plans to establish the site as the home of added value web-only content.
  • Elderly viewers 'confused' over digital switchover

    The Ofcom Consumer Panel has called for Digital UK to better target the elderly and people without technical confidence with information about the digital switchover.
  • Elf works its magic for C4

    Family film Elf proved to be a ratings smash for Channel 4 yesterday with an audience of 5m (22.7%) in a teatime slot of 5.45pm.
  • Escape joins Sohonet

    Sohonet has connected Escape Studios to its network. Escape is a CGI training and consultation facility that will use the Sohonet system for its Escape Pods graduate programme.
  • Eureka! QI

    QI creator John Lloyd on the game where points are won for being interesting, not correct.
  • Eyeworks opens in Brazil

    Dutch based super-indie Eyeworks is to launch a production office in Brazil on the back of its purchase of Argentinian indie Cautro Cabezas earlier this year.
  • Fifi to blossom in US

    Pre-school show Fifi and the Flowertots is on its way to the US after a deal secured by Hit Entertainment.
  • Five orders holiday horrors super-series

    Five is overhauling its Banged Up Abroad franchise, turning it into a big-budget 13 x 60-minute series that is senior programme controller Chris Shaw’s largest ever commission for the channel.
  • Format Focus: Family Nation

    A new format from Germany is being billed as the world’s first true reality show.
  • Freeview plans 'best of the week'

    Freeview has revealed plans to take its offering to the next stage by adding a new “best of the week” edited catch-up service.
  • FTSE rally fails to spark media sector

    The FTSE 100 rallied this week, including a 2.7% jump on a single day, the index’s biggest single percentage gain since September.
  • Giant leap for VoD project

    Broadcasters have taken a significant step to secure their online future. But how much will Project Kangaroo benefit content producers?
  • Girl power helps boost Victoria’s Secret show sales

    The Spice Girls’ first public performance since their high profile reunion has helped British indie Done and Dusted secure a raft of sales for The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
  • Green light for Chart Show

    C4 has ordered a fourth run of music series The Album Chart Show and a fifth summer live special of T4 on the Beach.
  • Harris acquires Zandar

    Harris Corporation has acquired display processor specialist Zandar Technologies.
  • Heroes closes with 3.3m

    BBC2’s high profile US drama series Heroes ended its first run strongly with a sizeable 3.3m (15.3%) at 9.40pm.
  • Hit founder Peter Orton dies

    Hit Entertainment founder Peter Orton has died after an 11-year battle with cancer.
  • Hot topic: the crisis in children’s TV

    A boy in my second year English class was once belted for ending an essay “and then I woke up” on the basis of lack of originality. Working in children’s television in 2007 has felt like being in the middle of a horrible nightmare.
  • Hunt is new boss of BBC1

    Jay Hunt has been named the new controller of BBC1, just three months after becoming director of programmes at Five.
  • Hunt to join BBC in May

    Five will compromise on Jay Hunt’s nine-month gardening leave, with the new BBC1 controller likely to take up the post in May next year.
  • Hunt's road to the top of BBC1

    Cookery, quiz shows and accessible news are the ingredients that have paved Jay Hunt’s way to the top job at BBC1.
  • I’m a Celebrity final draws 8.2m

    The finale of ITV1’s reality show I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! pulled 8.2m viewers (35.4%), crushing the competition but ranking as the show's lowest rating final.
  • Indie profile: Bite Yer Legs

    Indie fact file
  • Indies fear result of Root’s departure

    UK indies fear the departure of Jane Root from Discovery Channel US will mean a dramatic reduction in commissioning opportunities across the Atlantic.
  • Industry hails ‘popular’ Hunt as BBC1 controller

    BBC staff and indie producers hailed Jay Hunt’s popular tastes and decisive commissioning style after the Five director of programmes was named BBC1 controller.
  • Industry reaction to Hunt hiring

    Jay Hunt’s appointment as controller of BBC1 has generated a widely positive response from across the industry, which is now questioning what will happen at Five.
  • Internationalisation

    Visual effects are a prime focus at the former VTR Group acquired 18 months ago by giant Indian operation Prime Focus Ltd and now reorganised under the Prime Focus London umbrella.
  • Italian soccer on Babelgum

    Babelgum has launched a Serie A Italian Football channel, offering highlights of Italy’s premier division.
  • ITV buys 12 Yard for£35m

    ITV has confirmed it will acquire indie 12 Yard for£35m, and indicated that more acquisitions are on the way.
  • ITV confirms£35m 12 Yard deal

    ITV has confirmed its£35m acquisition of indie 12 Yard.
  • ITV lands controversial US drama series Dexter

    ITV has snapped up the terrestrial rights for controversial US drama series Dexter after a successful first run on cable channel FX.
  • ITV pays£35m for 12 Yard

    ITV Productions has kicked off its acquisitions spree with the£35m purchase of indie 12 Yard Productions.
  • ITV to pay£35m for 12 Yard

    ITV Productions is set to kick off its acquisitions spree with the£35m purchase of indie 12 Yard Productions.
  • ITV1 drama murders Monarchy

    The return of ITV1 detective drama Blue Murder claimed a ratings victory last night at 9pm with 6.6m viewers (27.9%), a million more than BBC1’s Monarchy series.
  • Kate Modern airs in-flight

    Virgin Atlantic is to show Bebo’s online drama Kate Modern as part of its in-flight entertainment.
  • Kids HD first for Disney

    Disney is to launch its first HD channel in France.
  • Kylie joins GMG Radio for Xmas

    Pop princess Kylie Minogue is to present her own network show on Real Radio and Century FM this Christmas.
  • Leader: Same faces, new places

    Hunt’s hiring was a canny move - but it is yet another job swap between a select few.
  • Lifestyle Survey 2007

    This year’s survey shows a drop in the number of freelancers, while, less surprisingly, there has been a sharp fall in morale across TV and radio.
  • Measuring the impact of the C4I sale

    The long running saga of the C4I sale might finally be over but rival distributors are still scratching their heads over the deal.
  • Media Money: behind the numbers

    Is the US now looking more attractive to British indies?
  • Merton lands new R2 run

    Celador Productions has lined up Paul Merton and Ed Byrne to front comedy shows for BBC Radio 2.
  • Mixed fortunes at BBC1 as Hunt takes top job

    The BBC1 ship looks to be in generally good shape at the moment but new captain Jay Hunt will have to stay alert to avoid turbulent tides next year.
  • Mobile entertainment guide unveiled

    The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has launched a ‘practical guide’ on the audiovisual media service (AMS) directive that will directly affect the business of over 50% of the European mobile entertainment industry.
  • Model format takes global stage

    Minotaur International has sold Whizz Kid Entertainment’s glossy reality series Abbey and Janice: Beauty and the Best into more than 10 territories, including the US.
  • MPs call for tax credits for kids TV

    Political pressure is mounting on ministers to throw a lifeline to stricken independent producers and save UK children’s TV.
  • MPs debate future of kids TV

    MPs will debate the future of children’s public service television for the first time today.
  • MTV auditions online

    MTV UK is hosting auditions for its next news presenter on MySpace.
  • New work placement scheme for Northerners

    Three regional screen agencies have pooled their resources to launch a new work placement scheme for prospective television workers based in the North of England.
  • Nick commissions Retractorhead shorts

    Nickelodeon has commissioned Cosgrove Hall to make a series of interstitials featuring their latest animation property Eddie Retractorhead.
  • Ofcom moves to secure BBC kids

    Ofcom is in discussions with the BBC Trust over guaranteeing the volume of the corporation’s children’s output.
  • Off cuts - 7 December

    Funny stories, gossip and general off-the-record, wicked whispers from the broadcast industry.
  • On location: Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel

    Producer Ben Devlin reveals how he struggled to keep the late motorcycle stuntman sweet
  • One in four BBC staff have taken 'trust' course

    Some 4,500 BBC staff have already taken the Safeguarding Trust workshop set up in the wake of the trust scandal that erupted this summer.
  • Opie: Hunt’s exit will not halt commissions

    Five director of strategy Lisa Opie is already looking for Jay Hunt’s replacement and has vowed to act quickly in filling the director of programmes role.
  • Pact elects new council

    Twofour chief executive Charles Wace has been elected as council chair at indie trade body Pact.
  • PFG buys US studios

    The Prime Focus Group has acquired Post Logic Studios and Frantic Films VFX in the US.
  • Pilot shows travel

    Pilot Productions has completed a number of sales for its travel-based documentaries.
  • Post round-up

    JANUARYGolden Square becomes the first UK post firm to set up in China. Ben Leyland is tasked with kick-starting business at the Shanghai base of digital communications group Profero.The Station relocates from Soho to larger premises in Bloomsbury.Evolutions wins Broadcast’s post-production house of the year award.FEBRUARYThe Farm Group launches Corner, an Avid-based offline shop servicing Britain’s Got Talent and Monarchy: The
  • Questions over BBC risk management

    The BBC is facing renewed pressure to expose itself to full Parliamentary scrutiny after managerial failings were blamed for the Blue Peter phone-in fiasco.
  • RDF victory in Clements non-compete court case

    RDF has claimed a “landmark” victory for super-indies after the High Court ruled against a bid by former employee Alan Clements to join rival SMG.
  • RDF wins court battle against Clements

    RDF has won its high court battle against Alan Clements to prevent the former employee from joining a rival until December 2008.
  • Rival Emap Radio bidders 'disappointed'

    Bidders who lost out on the sale of Emap’s radio assets have said they are “disappointed”.
  • Selly heads Ent Right sales

    Rupert Bear producer Entertainment Rights has hired Adam Selly in the newly created position of head of sales.
  • Setanta hits 1m subscribers

    Irish pay-TV broadcaster Setanta Sports has hit the 1 million subscriber mark, just months after it started screening live English Premier League matches for the first time.
  • Setanta nets 1m subscribers

    Irish pay-TV broadcaster Setanta Sports has hit the 1m subscriber mark, just months after it started screening live English Premier League matches for the first time.
  • Setanta Sports appoints Bucks

    Setanta Sports has appointed former CSI head of business affairs Michael Bucks as its first group chief financial officer.
  • Setanta Sports signs content deal with ITN Source

    ITN Source is extending its international sports catalogue following an exclusive content deal with Setanta Sports News.
  • Shed lands double BBC order

    Shed Media and its newly acquired subsidiary Wall to Wall have received a double commissioning boost, getting major orders from the BBC for Waterloo Road and Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Shed to push Wall to Wall titles in US

    Shed Media is to focus on growing brands such as Who Do You Think You Are? in the US, following the purchase of Wall to Wall.
  • Shennan defects from BBC to C4 Radio

    BBC Radio 5 Live controller Bob Shennan has quit the corporation to join Channel 4 Radio.
  • Shine close to Reveille deal

    Shine is poised to snap up US indie Reveille for around£97m ($200m) in a deal which will see the value of Elisabeth Murdoch's indie catapult to over£250m.
  • Shine signals intent with US acquisition

    Shine’s planned£97m ($200m) acquisition of US indie Reveille is set to catapult it into the same league as Endemol, All3Media and Fremantle Media and signals the latest move by a UK producer into the globalmarketplace.
  • Sky One and RDF to remake US karaoke hit

    Sky One has teamed up with RDF Television to make a UK version of hit US karaoke-style gameshow Don’t Forget the Lyrics.
  • Sony to reveal HDV models

    Sony has revealed further details of the HDV cameras it will launch at Broadcast Live and VideoForum ahead of shipping in February.
  • Suggs quits Virgin Radio

    Virgin Radio’s afternoon presenter Suggs has quit the national station to tour with his band Madness.
  • Suggs quits Virgin Radio

    Virgin Radio’s afternoon presenter Suggs, has quit the national station to tour with his band Madness during 2008.
  • Tern scores doc hat-trick

    Tern Television has won three single documentary commissions from BBC Northern Ireland.
  • The battleground for BBC1 now its hunt has ended

    A week’s a long time in a television career. Last week, this column praised Jay Hunt for an excellent speech outlining her vision for Five, which as I said was surprisingly frank for a controller talking in public. Not frank enough, as it turned out. We should have known better, but what fantastic fun.
  • The year in post

    With a number of high-profile closures over 2007, post facilities are having to use their creativity to the utmost to keep margins at profitable levels, especially those which rely on broadcast clients.
  • TLRC on acquisition trail

    The Local Radio Company (TLRC) is planning to launch an acquisition drive after reporting its first full year operating profit for the year ended 30 September 2007.
  • Torchwood censored for young viewers

    BBC2 is to specially edit repeats of the new series of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood to make it suitable for younger viewers.
  • TV Critics 3 December 2007

    TV critics' verdict on programmes - including the return of ITV1’s crime drama Blue Murder - broadcast on 3 December 2007
  • TV Critics 4 December 2007

    TV critics' verdict on programmes - including last night’s edition of Heston Blumenthal: in search of perfection - broadcast on 4 December 2007
  • TV Critics 5 December 2007

    TV critics' verdict on programmes - including the final episode of Heroes on BBC2 - broadcast on 5 December 2007
  • TV Critics 6 December 2007

    TV critics' verdict on programmes - including C4’s documentary Hitler’s Favourite Royal - broadcast on 6 December 2007
  • TV scandals see morale in industry plummet

    This year’s spate of TV industry scandals has sent morale in the sector plunging, according to Broadcast’s Lifestyle Survey of more than 500 readers.
  • TX: Foyle’s War

    ITV’s meticulously recreated wartime drama reaches its finale on VE Day.
  • UBC launches music download service

    UBC Media has launched an instant music download service on 21 radio stations across the UK and plans to double this number within the next six months.
  • UBC plans ad deals for Cliq downloads

    UBC will seek advertising partnerships for its one-click music download service Cliq in the new year following its launch on 85% of the UK’s mobile phones this week.
  • Viewers desert ITV's Sold

    The situation for ITV1’s drama Sold went from bad to worse last night with the series only attracting 2.2m viewers (9.7%) at 9pm as it struggled against all the other terrestrial channels at the time.
  • Virgin 1 to air new lottery

    Virgin 1 and Challenge will become the broadcast partners for the launch of a major UK lottery next year.
  • VoD strategist quits C4

    Channel 4's chief strategist on the joint video-on-demand service Kangaroo, Rod Henwood, is to leave the broadcaster in April next year to pursue a new digital venture.
  • Weekend's TV Critics

    TV critics' verdict on programmes, including the one-off ITV drama Who Gets the Dog, broadcast between the 30th November and the 2nd December 2007.
  • Woolfson Pinewood move

    Pinewood Studio Group has hired former Molinare technical director Darren Woolfson to the new position of group director of technology.
  • Write-hand turn

    After the fuss over my writers’ strike column, even I don’t agree with myself.
  • Xfm founder lines up NME Radio

    Xfm co-founder Sammy Jacob is to spearhead a digital radio station spin-off of music magazine NME, set for launch next summer.
  • You the jury: Alexandra Lewis and Ri Chakraborty

    Alexandra Lewis and Ri Chakraborty look at the latest TV shows.