BBC boss told to deliver widespread cuts to cover funding gap

BBC boss Mark Thompson has been told to present options for wide-ranging cost cuts to the Trust that governs the UK public broadcaster’s activities by the summer. The director general has been asked to target savings in specific areas rather than across the BBC’s activities, with particular focus given to the broadcaster’s family of digital […]

Discovery appoints Discovery Channel and TLC boss

Discovery has restructured its US nets. It has looked in-house for a new boss for its flagship channels and put Eileen O’Neill in charge of the Discovery Channel and TLC. The executive’s new role was one of several changes announced yesterday amid a restructuring of the company’s US networks. Other changes included a new overall […]

DRG inks deal with Taggart producer STV

International distributor DRG has struck a deal with Taggart producer STV that will see it sell its programmes internationally. This comes a few months after Target Entertainment, which previously represented the STV catalogue, was sold to film distributor Metrodome. DRG will exclusively represent STV titles including long running detective series Taggart, which just entered its […]

Muse sells The Kennedys globally despite US cancellation

Canadian producer and distributor Muse Entertainment has sold The Kennedys mini-series to over 30 international broadcasters despite its cancellation in the United States by the History channel. The A&E Television-owned cable network announced earlier this week that it would not air the eight-part series, which stars Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes and Jackie […]

UK terrestrial broadcasters sees ratings dip

All five British terrestrial broadcasters saw their audience share drop in 2010 as a result of multichannel fragmentation, with BBC2 the worst hit. The channel, operated by the British public broadcaster, saw its annual average share fall from 7.5% in 2009 to 6.9% in 2010. Channel 4, the ad-supported public broadcaster, also saw its share […]

Ex-ITV boss Cresswell resurfaces at Arqiva

John Cresswell, the ex-COO of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, has taken the CEO position at Arqiva, the UK-based transmissions company, which is also a stakeholder in the YouView connected TV service. The ex-ITV man replaces Tom Bennie, who has been at Arqiva for over 30 years. Cresswell, who also served as interim CEO at ITV […]

Univision says it will be the top US network within five years

Fresh from agreeing a new Program License Agreement with Televisa and a banner 2010, Univision Networks president Cesar Conde tells TBIvision it will be the top US network within five years. The new PLA gives Univision access to Televisa content through to 2025 and sees the Spanish-language giant become a significant shareholder. Buoyed by the […]

Lifetime launches raft of series

US cable network Lifetime has greenlit a raft of new reality series, including a US version of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute, as well as a TV movie based on the Amanda Knox story. The broadcaster, which is owned by A&E Television Networks, is to produce a US version of One Born Every Minute […]

Lorber leaves HBO CE

Marc Lorber has left the position of senior VP, original programming and production, at HBO Central Europe. Lorber left the pay TV broadcaster at the start of January and is currently moving between Los Angeles and London working out future plans. HBO Central Europe is currently in the middle of producing a number of local […]

Haslingden replacing Vinciquerra as Fox boss

Fox Networks Group  chairman and chief executive Tony Vinciquerra is stepping down from the News Corp-owned company and will be replaced by Fox International Channels chief executive David Haslingden. The move will see Haslingden, who has been in charge of the company’s international pay TV services since 2001, become president and chief operating officer of […]