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BBC confirms plans to move thousands of staff out of London

The BBC has confirmed plans to move at least two thirds of its staff outside of London by 2027. Director general Tony Hall spoke to staff on Wednesday, and confirmed the plans he alluded to in a Financial Times column from the previous weekend. Currently, 48% of the BBC’s 19,000 workforce is based in London. […]

BBC expands Claire Sillery’s role as part of specialist factual restructure

The BBC in the UK has rejigged its specialist factual division following the departure of Tom McDonald to international commercial arm BBC Studios. Clare Sillery, currently head of documentaries commissioning, will take on an expanded role that includes ordering history and religion-themed shows. Sillery has headed up documentaries commissioning for three years and has had […]

BBC could move 3,000 jobs out of London by 2027

The BBC has pledged to make two-thirds of its roles based outside of London by 2027. BBC director general Tony Hall said that the BBC “can do more for Britain than ever” and argued that the broadcaster should be better representative of the country as a whole. Writing in the Financial Times, he said: “A […]

BBC reveals New Year’s Day was busiest day ever for streamer iPlayer

New Year’s Day was the busiest day for the BBC iPlayer since its launch in 2007, the broadcaster has revealed. In total, the service saw 17.9 million requests, surpassing the same day in 2019 by more than a third. The BBC said that Dracula and Doctor Who were the most popular titles to be streamed […]

BBC unveils $1.3m indie development fund

UK public broadcaster the BBC has unveiled a new package of support for small and emerging indies, including the ring fencing of £1m (US$1.3m) of development spend for prodcos with turnovers of less than £10m per year. The scheme is designed to help boost the strength of UK production against growing global competition and producer […]

Parade Media appoints former Keo Films CEO

UK-based Parade Media has appointed former Keo Films CEO Debbie Manners to its board of directors. Manners spent almost two decades at the BBC working across commercial and business divisions, and was also chief operating officer at BBC Studios. She also headed up factual specialist Keo and was chief operating officer at Hat Trick Productions, […]

BBC America orders more ‘Killing Eve’ ahead of third season debut

BBC America has renewed hit drama Killing Eve for a fourth season before its third run has started airing. The cat-and-mouse thriller is from BBC Studios-backed Sid Gentle Films and revolves around Eve (Sandra Oh), an MI6 operative, and psychopath assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), who are bound by a mutual obsession. The show’s fourth run […]

‘Gavin & Stacey’ becomes UK’s most viewed Christmas Day broadcast of 2010s

The BBC’s revival of sitcom Gavin & Stacey proved to be the UK’s most popular Christmas Day TV show of the decade. In total, 11.6 million people tuned in to see the iconic sitcom return to screens following its cliffhanger ending in 2010. According to the broadcaster, the show captured 49.2% of all TV viewers […]

UK government launches review into licence fee decriminalisation

Newly re-elected British prime minister Boris Johnson has reiterated his government’s plans to review sanctions for non-payment of the TV licence fee. The treasury’s chief secretary Rishi Sunak confirmed that the PM has ordered a review to the process, which can see non-payment end in a court appearance and potential fines of up to £1,000 […]

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