BBC Scotland

BBC Scotland names new commissioning head

BBC Scotland has appointed Steve Carson as head of multi-platform commissioning. Carson will become responsible for BBC Scotland’s programme output across TV, radio and online, leaving his current post as head of content production at BBC Northern Ireland. He will be responsible for leading the team who will launch BBC Scotland’s new TV channel while […]

BBC reveals new £20m Scottish channel

The BBC is to invest £19 million (US$23.6 million) in creating a new TV channel for Scotland, and will up its spending on Scottish programming by about £20 million a year as part of a new programme of investment in the UK’s devolved nations. Following a review of programming and services in the nations that […]

BBC hires Scottish chief

Donalda MacKinnon has been appointed boss of the BBC’s Scottish operations. She is being upped from head of programmes at the UK pubcaster’s BBC Scotland division and takes over from Ken MacQuarrie, who was recently named director, nations and regions, at the BBC. MacKinnon’s appointment marks the first time a female exec has run BBC […]

Discovery poaches Nat Geo’s Sayer

Discovery Networks International has poached factual production veteran Ed Sayer to join Phil Craig’s new look content team. Sayer will be VP, production and development, factual, reporting to DNI executive VP and chief creative officer Craig, who has been looking to define a new style of high-end factual programming dubbed ‘new chip’ since joining from […]

CBeebies goes to The Farm

UK preschool channel CBeebies has commissioned a five-part series about farming featuring former boyband star JB Gill. Down on the Farm will look at where food comes from and it’s grown, with Gill and Storm Huntley presenting. BBC Scotland is attached to produce, with Yvonne Jennings executive producing. The presenters will visits various farms, with […]

BBC in Israeli drama remake first

UK pubcaster BBC One is working on an adaptation of Israeli scripted format The A Word. The series is thought to represent the first time a British broadcaster has acquired and remade an Israeli scripted format, though US channel Showtime’s UK remake of Prisoners of War is popular on Channel 4. Endemol-owned Fifty fathoms, which […]

BBC names London drama boss, poaches ITV exec

Christopher Aird has been named as head of drama, London for the UK pubcaster the BBC, which has also hired an ITV Studios executive as creative director. Aird is currently head of drama for BBC Scotland will sit alongside Hilary Salmon and Hilary Martin, who were named as head of drama, London and North, BBC […]

Eddie Izzard to star in BBC science drama

Actor and stand-up Eddie Izzard will star in a science-themed, fact-based drama for UK terrestrial BBC Two as one of a raft of new commissions. Izzard (Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen) will play British scientist Robert Watson Watt, the inventor of the radar, in Castles in the Sky (pictured). It will sell the story of the […]

DCD targets Scottish drive with Objective exec hire

UK indie DCD Media has hired Location, Location, Location creator Paul Murray from Objective Scotland. Murray will become creative director, new markets of DCD-owned Matchlight Productions as part of a drive that described as “a major investment in the company’s Glasgow-based team”. Starting his newly created role on September 2, he will work closely with […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Islands on the Edge

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has identified blue chip natural history as an area it wants to be active in. So it comes to MIPTV with Islands on the Edge, a Maramedia production for BBC Scotland that explores Scottish islands The Hebrides. Filmed over the course of a year, and shot using ground-breaking techniques, Islands on the […]