Africa


BBC announces BBC Two/BBC Four controller

UK public broadcaster the BBC has appointed Kim Shillinglaw controller of its BBC Two and BBC Four channels. She will replace Janice Hadlow who stood down from the role earlier this year. Adam Barker has been acting controller, BBC Two and BBC Four, since Hadlow’s departure. Hadlow announced her decision to step down in February […]

Three Korean content deals for BBC Worldwide

A trio of South Korean broadcast platforms have acquired programming packages from the BBC’s commercial arm. The deals with pay TV firms Hyundai Media and YTN and free-to-air TV operator KBS will see BBC Worldwide programming heading into a combined 40 million households in South Korea. BBCWW will provide content for Hyundai Media’s new factual […]

BBC iPlayer demand up by third

Requests on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service grew by a third in 2013, with 2.2 billion requests for TV shows and 800 million radio requests across all platforms, according to the latest statistics from the UK public broadcaster. Requests from tablet devices grew by 104% in the course of the year, with a total of […]

BBC Worldwide and CCTV agree copro deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV have signed an agreement for new factual programming. A memorandum of understanding between Worldwide and CCTV factual channel CCTV-9 paves the way for at least two new major factual projects and sees the pair set up a new development hub […]

NPO preps premium Dutch VOD service with US movies

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO is set to launch a subscription video-on-demand service early next year, which will carry major US movies. NPO Plus is designed to have less advertising and more content than the NPO’s existing free NPO Uitzending Gemist catch-up service. The service will roll out on a one-year trial and will offer […]

BBC and CCTV cut another coproduction deal

UK and Chinese public broadcasters the BBC and CCTV have agreed a coproduction deal for an upcoming blue-chip factual project. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and CCTV9, the Chinese broadcaster’s factual channel, will join forces on Hidden Kingdoms. The deal follows previous copro agreements between the pair for Wonders of Life and […]

iPlayer records record January

Continued strong increases in mobile and tablet use, as well as improved measurement of radio plays helped drive BBC iPlayer to a record-breaking January, according to the latest statistics on the catch-up service to be released by UK public broadcaster the BBC. There were 272 million iPlayer requests in January, up 26% on the previous […]

BBC Worldwide says 10% uptick in buyers attending Showcase

BBC Worldwide says that 700 international buyers will attend the 2013 version of its annual Showcase event, a 10% year-on-year increase. Showcase has relocated from Brighton to Liverpool and starts on February 24. The event generates about 20% of Worldwide’s programme sales revenue. Key series that Worldwide will be pushing to the buyers in attendance […]

Comment: African film is changing the view of the continent

Mandy Roger, head of African acquisitions, sales and business development, group content services, M-Net The African film industry is one of the most rapidly evolving in the world today. Previous African democracies, questionable media freedoms and shaky economies are some of the factors that have hampered sustained infrastructure and skills development in the African film […]

Miami Five-O: NATPE 2013

Miami Beach-based programme market NATPE celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And all the indications are that it is in rude health. A record numbers of buyers, a sold out sign over the exhibition floor and a big-name conference programme are just a few of the headlines that should make Miami Five-0 a very happy […]