UK Broadcast News
Updated: 14 hours 37 min ago
Channel 5 is to launch a free-air-channel inspired by its on-demand catch up service My5.
ITV is to search for more disabled actors for Emmerdale and Coronation Street, while the BBC is to ring fence 10% of apprentice opportunities for people with disabilities as part of a dual diversity drive.
Channel 4 and National Geographic have partnered for the first time on Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky’s upcoming ISIS-inspired drama.
Channel 4 has commissioned a second First Dates spin-off from Twenty Twenty Productions.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has left the government in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, and has been replaced by former paymaster general Matthew Hancock, one of the key figures working on the potential privatisation of Channel 4.
Sue Murphy’s first hires spell “a big sense of adventure” for ITV’s factual entertainment department, according to senior figures of the TV industry.
Endemol Shine UK has made Kim Shillinglaw its first director of factual and handed her responsibility for its three UK indies that specialise in the genre.
Lionsgate has acquired a stake in Primal Media, the new UK indie established by Gogglebox Entertainment co-founders Mat Steiner and Adam Wood.
The BBC’s spend on TV content fell by over 5%, while it increased spending on digital services.
The BBC is “on track” to deliver £700m in savings by next year, having made £621m in savings in 2015/16 - the penultimate year of the savings programme.
ITV factual entertainment chief Sue Murphy has made her first hires – recruiting the commissioner of Channel 4’s Grand Designs and Embarrassing Bodies and the First Dates executive producer.
A Lords report has urged the government not to privatise Channel 4, arguing that culture secretary John Whittingdale has left important questions about the impact of a sale unanswered.