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Industry unites behind BBC Three

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

Scripps to ‘meet BBC Trust chair over UKTV’

Scripps Networks Interactive will meet directly with the chair of the BBC Trust in an effort to advance its efforts to take control of channels group UKTV, according to a report in the Guardian. US pay TV operator Scripps bought into UKTV in 2011, when it paid Virgin Media £339 million (US$500 million) for a […]

Public petition to save BBC Three

A petition signed by more than 270,000 people opposing plans to take youth-skewing network BBC Three online only has been delivered to the BBC Trust. Campaigners delivered the petition in person yesterday to the BBC’s governing body on the final day of the public consultation into the plans to move the linear channel online. A […]

BBC Trust seeks views on production plans

The BBC Trust has launched an industry consultation on proposals to scrap current production quotas and bring BBC Production in line with independent prodcos. The Trust, which governs the BBC, is probing how programme supply reaches the UK’s pubcaster. Yesterday it began a review and called for public views on future plans. Currently, a mechanism […]

BBC Three controller: channel not for sale

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (pictured) has stressed that the network is “not for sale”, a day after Avalon and Hat Trick said they had approached the BBC Trust about buying the youth channel. In a blog post to clarify the BBC’s position relating to the channel, which the BBC plans to take online only, […]

BBC Trust to launch BBC Three consultation

The BBC Trust is due to launch a public consultation next month about plans to close youth-skewing network BBC Three as a broadcast channel, turning it into an online-only offering. The BBC’s governing body said it has now received detailed of proposals from the BBC Executive about its plans to shut down the linear BBC […]

BBC extends iPlayer window to 30 days

The BBC has extended the catch-up window for its on-demand iPlayer service from seven to 30 days. The move, which applies to BBC TV and radio programmes, was introduced over the weekend and follows approval from the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, in April. Viewers accessing the iPlayer from computers, tablets and mobile devices […]

Lord Coe won’t run in BBC Trust race

Former athlete, Conservative politician and London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe has taken himself out of the running for the role of chairman of the BBC Trust. The position at the helm of the Trust, the organisation that oversees UK public broadcaster the BBC, is vacant after previous chair Chris Patten vacated the role after three […]

Sebastian Coe frontrunner for vacant BBC Trust chairman role

Sebastian Coe is being strongly tipped to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust, the organisation that oversees the running of UK public broadcaster the BBC. UK broadcaster ITV’s news operation was the first to report that Coe is being lined up for the position with numerous UK news outlets confirming the news, citing […]

BBC and partners to commit £100 million to YouView

YouView’s shareholders, including the BBC, are set to sign a new agreement to secure the future of the UK connected TV service, according to press reports. According to The Guardian newspaper, YouView’s shareholders have committed to continue to back the service and will provide over £100 million (US$165.3 million) between them to finance its development […]