UK Broadcast News
Updated: 19 hours 14 min ago
Some of the UK’s leading indies have voiced concerns that the plans to transform BBC Production will result in the division walking off with major production contracts.
BBC3 scheduler Jamie Morris has joined Sky as head of scheduling for Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts.
John Whittingdale, chair of the Culture, Media & Sport select committee, has labelled the licence fee as “worse than a poll tax” and claimed the system requires significant revision.
Tim Hincks has been named as president of the newly merged Endemol and Shine Group company.
Amazon has opted to schedule Ripper Street, its first UK commission, in a regular weekly slot rather than follow the Netflix model of releasing the entire series all at once.
Miranda Hart has revealed that her eponymous sitcom will draw to a close later this year after three series.
The natural history genre has become “tired” and producers must work harder to convince broadcasters to invest in shows, according to Oxford Scientific Films boss Clare Birks.
BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has indicated that she supports the proposal to move BBC3 online to help the channel keep pace with the viewing habits of its audience.
ITV has ordered its first original commission for Sky pay-TV channel Encore, a Sean Bean-fronted drama about Frankenstein.
Sony-backed indie Electric Ray is to make a studio show for Channel 4 in which host Richard Bacon will shine a spotlight on inequality in Britain.