UK Broadcast News
Updated: 7 hours 35 min ago
Channel 4’s all hours share of viewing has tumbled to 5.8% as it endured by far the toughest year in ratings terms of all the UK’s major channels.
BBC News chief James Harding has outlined a series of measures, including the creation of a news editor role and a focus on technology and collaboration designed to address a belief the division fails to “punch our weight” in some areas.
BBC1 has axed Ripper Street before the second series has finished airing.
Dame Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom’s deputy chair, has been chosen as the preferred candidate for the top job following the departure of Colette Bowe.
Channel 5 director of progammes Ben Frow has hit out at the volume of ob-docs on British TV, comparing the commissioning trend to “going back to the docusoap days”.
Shine International has snapped up the global rights to a documentary following The Voice UK star Will.i.am.
US broadcaster NBC has renewed The Blacklist, which airs on Sky Living in the UK, for a full 22-episode second series.
Sky Vision has poached Fremantle Media executive Niki Page while former Sky exec Angela Neillis has joined the RTL-owned producer and distributor.
International news broadcaster CNN is to expand the number of series it commissions and is gearing up to work with more producers.
Danny Dyer’s EastEnders debut will tough it out against Downton Abbey in the big Christmas Day television battle.
Sky is opening up its online film rental service Sky Store to allow access for non-subscribers for the first time.
The BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) has been rapped for potentially undermining trust in the corporation’s “world class” wildlife output by faking part of a scene in The Great Bear Stakeout.
Channel 4 has promoted David Glover and Nick Mirsky to the newly created positions of head of specialist factual and head of documentaries respectively.
BBC3 is to pilot a dating show exploring whether love can blossom based solely on people’s characters.
British indies looking to expand in China have received a boost after the UK government struck an agreement with Chinese authorities to boost cooperation in the TV business.
The volume of traffic to BBC iPlayer from mobile and tablet devices is almost on a par with computers, according to the latest data released by the BBC.
The BBC is to open a news bureau in Burma next year.
US cable network History is developing Hannibal, a miniseries produced by Red Arrow Entertainment and Monster’s Ball star Halle Berry.
Just 7% of UK films make a profit, according to figures revealed at the Screen Film Summit from the BFI Southbank.
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has apologised to BBC HR director Lucy Adams for suggesting she was involved in a “dirty tricks campaign” to undermine its members.