UK Broadcast News
Updated: 16 hours 46 min ago
BBC science and natural history commissioner Kim Shillinglaw has emerged as the frontrunner to become the next controller of BBC2.
Netflix has acquired the UK rights to Robert Rodriguez’s TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn.
Sky Living has recommissioned Tiger Aspect-comedy Mount Pleasant for a fourth series.
BBC director of television Danny Cohen took to Twitter to discuss the decision to shift BBC3 online with viewers.
US pay-TV broadcaster Starz has boarded BBC drama The Missing.
ITV has ordered a third series of its in-house department store drama Mr Selfridge.
Discovery has ordered a Siberian reality series from Raw TV, the first commission to emerge after the indie was acquired by the factual broadcaster earlier this week.
US cable network E! has commissioned a Liz Hurley-fronted royal family drama that will be set and shot in the UK.
Directors UK and the BBC are piloting a workshop for women TV directors who are keen to return to work after a career break or reposition their career.
Discovery International has commissioned UK indie Objective Productions to make 10-part series The Mind Control Freaks.
London Live has commissioned SoundClash, a 12-part live music show from music indie 3DD.
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to continue to back high-end film and TV tax credit breaks, claiming that they are “working so well”.
Danny Cohen has said BBC4 will remain a TV channel in the short term – but warned that a tough licence fee settlement would put the factual channel next in the firing line.
The BBC faces making unilateral programming budget cuts of up to 25% if BBC3 is not taken off air, according to Danny Cohen.
Click for an interview with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Ian Fletcher in new BBC comedy W1A.
BBC3’s projected 2015/6 budget was £75m – which will now be radically reallocated.
Danny Cohen has begun briefing BBC3’s key suppliers and talent about plans to take the service online, amid fears that the axe is hanging over many of the channel’s big brands.
BBC director of television Danny Cohen has admitted that moving BBC3 online is a major risk and that cost savings have forced the corporation to make the move ahead of schedule.
Click to read the director general’s email to staff about BBC3’s online move.
BBC3’s programme budget will be cut in half, and £30m of it will be redirected into BBC1 drama, when the youth channel moves online in autumn 2015.