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UK government ‘re-examining’ Channel 4 privatisation & BBC licence fee overhaul

The UK government has confirmed it is “re-examining the business case” around the privatisation of Channel 4, while also exploring proposed plans to scrap the BBC’s licence fee funding model. The reappraisal of the two key major decisions comes a month after Boris Johnson was formally replaced as prime minister by Liz Truss, who then […]

Fifth Season hires BBC’s former acting drama chief as UK creative director

CJ ENM-owned Fifth Season (fka Endeavor Content) has hired the former acting director of drama at the BBC to work across its UK output. Ben Irving takes the new role of creative director of UK television at recently rebranded Fifth Season and will join in November, with a remit to lead its production and development […]

BBC appoints first director of diversity & inclusion

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed Chinny Okolidoh as director of diversity and inclusion. The new role will combine BBC Workforce and Creative Diversity responsibilities to ensure strategic oversight of all the BBC’s diversity commitments. Okolidoh will be responsible for ensuring that the corporation accurately reflects the audiences it serves, both in front of and […]

BBC lands ‘Survivor’ as Banijay format returns to UK after 20 years

The BBC in the UK has confirmed entertainment format Survivor will be returning to the UK after a 20-year hiatus. The format, which last aired in 2002 on UK network ITV, will be produced by Remarkable Entertainment, the UK-based prodco owned by format owners Banijay. The UK reboot will consist of a 16 x 60-minute […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from the Edinburgh TV Festival

From snarky remarks around reboots, to a scripted industry in “corrective” mode and Netflix’s attempts to assert itself as the place to be for UK producers, the Edinburgh TV Festival again threw up plenty to talk about. The Edinburgh TV Festival tends to mark the end of the summer for those operating in the UK content industry, but this year’s event […]

BBC lands Synchronicity’s adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novel ‘Mayflies’

The BBC has ordered a two-part miniseries based on Andrew O’Hagan’s novel Mayflies from The Cry prodco Synchronicity Films. The 2 x 60-minute show, a co-commission with BBC Scotland in association with All3 Media International, will be written by Andrea Gibb (Elizabeth Is Missing) while Peter Mackie Burns (Rialto) has attached to direct and Brian Kaczynski produces. Martin Compston […]

BBC lines up MGM format ‘Gladiator’ for UK, confirms ‘Blue Planet III’

MGM sports entertainment format Gladiators is returning to the UK, after the BBC confirmed an 11-part season for 2023 alongside a swathe of unscripted commissions including Blue Planet III. Gladiators, which is being produced by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Television UK, will follows contestants as they compete against each other in an array of challenges testing […]

BBC tweaks factual commissioning team under Kate Phillips

The BBC has unveiled the latest tweaks to its senior factual team, working under unscripted chief Kate Phillips. The new-look team sees Jack Bootle becoming head of commissioning for specialist factual, leading on science, natural history, history and religion. He was most recently head of commissioning for science & natural history, working on shows such […]

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