Exclusive: BBC delivers ‘holy grail moment’ to Tern TV with 35-hour order

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned 35 hours of programming from Zinc Media Group’s factual label Tern Television, for both original and returning shows, including a new Christmas-themed series for BBC One ahead of the festive season. Presented by farmer and naturalist, Ellie Harrison, and country lover Angellica Bell, the 3 x 60-minute A Very Country […]

Bridging the gap: Solving viewer fatigue with scripted series

Serialised drama has soared in popularity over recent years, but as the number of shows on offer continues to multiply, Nick Edwards asks whether audiences are getting tired of long-term commitment Long-running, immersive TV series have come to define our drama consumption over recent history. First, there were the early pioneering shows such as Hill […]

BBC Children’s chief Cheryl Taylor to depart after 15 years with pubcaster

Cheryl Taylor, head of content at BBC Children’s, is to leave the UK pubcaster next year after 15 years with the corporation. The exec, who has held what is arguably the top job in UK kids programming since 2017, emailed staff yesterday to reveal that she has applied for voluntary redundancy and will depart in […]

BBC & Prince William unveil landmark environment show ‘Earthshot’

The UK’s BBC has ordered a major five-part factual series exploring how the world’s natural resources can be protected, after partnering up with Prince William on a new £50m ($65m) scheme to improve the environment. Earthshot: How To Save Our Planet (working title) is being developed and produced by A Perfect Planet’s Silverback Films. The […]

How Tuesday’s Child kept the music playing through Covid

In the first of a two-part series, Karen Smith, MD at Tuesday’s Child, tells TBI how her prodco worked around the pandemic to keep BBC primetime show The Hit List on air. Tomorrow, we hear how producers in the Netherlands delivered their version of the show. The Hit List season three started production at the end […]

BBC’s scripted acquisition spree continues with return of ‘The Bridge’

The BBC in the UK has struck a new deal for hit Nordic drama The Bridge (aka Bron), which last aired on the broadcaster in 2018. The new deal for the show’s four seasons was struck with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) and will see it airing on BBC Four and become available via the iPlayer streaming […]

BBC reveals almost five billion iPlayer requests during 2019/2020

The BBC in the UK has said its on demand service iPlayer received almost five billion viewing requests during 2019/20, with a 60% rise during the country’s lockdown earlier this year. In its delayed annual report released today, the public broadcaster said 4.8 billion requests to stream programmes had been made between April 2019 to […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering diversity in children’s programming

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton takes a deep dive to explore how the global TV industry is working to improve inclusivity and representation in children’s programming, and asks what needs to happen both in front of and behind the camera in order to bring about real change. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in […]

Digital UK’s Jonathan Thompson on the challenges facing new BBC chief Tim Davie

Jonathan Thompson, who leads the development of the UK’s digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview, reflects on the immense challenges facing new BBC chief Tim Davie and explores how he might tackle them. Tim Davie will today be contemplating the end of his first full week as the 17th Director General of the BBC. General consensus […]

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