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The most-tweeted BBC shows of 2018

Question Time, The Andrew Marr Show and Doctor Who were the first, second and third most-tweeted about BBC TV shows of 2018, TV Licensing has revealed. According to the TV Licensing’s stats, BBC news and current affairs programmes regularly sparked opinion and debate on social media, with nine of the twenty most-tweeted about shows falling into these categories. The […]

In the spotlight: Simon & Stephen Cornwell

The Ink Factory founders, and sons of author John le Carré, discuss the changing face of television and bringing their father’s stories to new audiences. Andy McDonald reports Stephen and Simon Cornwell set up production company The Ink Factory in 2010, with a core part of their strategy to adapt the work of their father. LA-based […]

BBC hands commissions to Bandicoot, Naked Entertainment

BBC Scotland has commissioned two seasons of eight-part quiz show format Test Drive from Argonon-backed Bandicoot. Scottish pro wrestler and actor Grado will front the car-based gameshow (8 x 30 minutes), where three teams of family members and friends go on a road trip through Scotland en route to a mystery destination. The group uses […]

BBC launches first VR comedy experience for People Just Do Nothing

The BBC has unveiled its first ever virtual reality comedy film – a VR spin-off of BBC Three series People Just Do Nothing. The five-minute VR film puts the viewer at the centre of a scene featuring the characters of the comedy series, which focuses on fictitious pirate radio station Kurupt FM. In the VR […]

Netflix goes up against BBC with Attenborough-narrated series

Sir David Attenborough is embarking on his first Netflix original. The British presenter, who has historically worked with the BBC, is to narrate forthcoming Netflix doc series Our Planet, the long-simmering series from Planet Earth and Blue Planet director Alastair Fothergill’s Silverback Films, in collaboration with the WWF. The project was first announced in 2015 […]

UKTV: “No drop-off” in commissioning amidst ownership shake-up

UKTV director of commissioning Richard Watsham has said that an increased investment in original content has “generated more value” for the business in the event of a break-up of channels. The ownership of the Taskmaster broadcaster – which is jointly owned by the BBC and Discovery Communications – has been in question for several months, and […]

Ofcom: BBC needs greater transparency

UK public broadcaster the BBC needs to go further in acting transparently, particularly in relation to the potential competitive impact of its activities, according to regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s first annual report on the broadcaster since taking over as independent regulator, the BBC “does not routinely explain planned changes in its public service activities […]

BBC warns its £800m cost-cutting target could impact services

The BBC said it has completed nearly a third of its current £800 million cost saving target, but warned that making further reductions has “become increasingly difficult” without cutting services. In an efficiency report titled ‘A Simpler BBC’, the public broadcaster said that it will have to make to “difficult choices” and push even harder […]

BBC Studios strikes European pre-sales for Dynasties

BBC has pre-sold five-part natural history series Dynasties into 13 territories, including Germany, Spain and Canada. BBC Studios Distribution has placed the Sir David Attenborough-narrated programme with Germany (WDR), New Zealand (TVNZ), Canada (Blue Ant Media), Latin America (Discovery), Spain (Telefonica), Belgium (VRT), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT) and Denmark (DR). The show – which is […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

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