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AMC returns to Le Carre for new series

Following the worldwide success of its 2017 adaptation of The Night Manager, AMC is bringing another John le Carre novel to the small screen. The US network this weekend announced that its latest espionage drama will be The Little Drummer Girl, and will star Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon and Florence Pugh. The six part miniseries […]

TBI Weekly: Virgin Media’s potential channel wipeout

This week, Virgin Media’s carriage disputes with content providers dominated the conversation in the TV industry. A small spat between UKTV and the service provider has gained momentum after the two companies failed to reach an agreement on how much Virgin should be paying for UKTV’s portfolio of ten channels. As a result, channels such […]

SVOD subs overtake pay TV in the UK, Ofcom reports

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

BBC unveils drama slate built on int’l partnerships

The BBC has unveiled a slate of new scripted content which underlines how reliant the UK’s public broadcaster has become on international co-productions, partnerships with SVOD platforms and deals with third party distribution outfits to achieve its ambitions. High-profile commissions include Black Earth Rising, a new eight-part series for BBC2, written and directed by Hugo […]

BBC announces two new VR projects

The BBC has announced two new virtual reality projects for the BBC VR Hub that will shine a light on the past by focusing on the suffragette movement and the Berlin Blitz. Make Noise is a VR experience inspired by the suffragettes that lets viewers follow Emmeline Pankhurst’s advice and ‘make more noise’ via a […]

BBC & C4 plan £500m to bid for UKTV

The BBC is in talks with Channel 4 (C4) to make a £500 million ($657 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, according to reports. BBC Studios is already the owner of 50% of UKTV, but it wants a majority stake in the company as it is a major source of profit for the […]

BBC must ‘change faster’ to compete with global players, says Purnell

The BBC needs to “change faster” in order to reach more young people and compete against powerful online video and audio providers like Netflix and Spotify, according to James Purnell. Speaking at the EBU’s ‘Truth and Power’ conference this week, the BBC’s director of radio and education said that the BBC’s goal is not to […]

Commercial broadcasters challenge BBC & C4 prominence plea

In response to calls by the BBC and Channel 4 for greater prominence for their digital services, the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) has fired back – warning that intervention should not include changes to traditional linear TV, as doing so could damage much-needed investment in UK children’s programming. According to COBA, its multichannel members invested £23m in first-run, UK-made […]

BBC and Channel 4 urge action over PSB prominence

The heads of the BBC and Channel 4 have come together to call for new legislation that will protect the prominence of UK public service output in today’s changing and increasingly digital media landscape. Speaking at a parliamentary event yesterday, BBC director general Tony Hall and Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said action was needed […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and catch-up services […]

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