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BBC facing licence fee pressure as UK government explores decriminalising non-payment

The future of UK public broadcaster the BBC has again come into question after the British government admitted it was considering whether to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee that supports the organisation. Speaking to BBC Radio, justice secretary Robert Buckland said that his ruling Conservative party had discussed the “decriminalisation of failing to pay […]

BBC expands BAME representation with senior adviser strategy

The BBC is expanding its commitment to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) representation, with plans to appoint a pair of advisers to senior levels of the corporation.   Key leadership groups at the BBC will each receive two internal advisers, with at least one of the appointments knowledgeable of BAME issues. They will serve […]

BBC unveils three-prong strategy to improve disability representation

The BBC has unveiled a three-prong strategy to improve disability representation on and off screen in 2020. The initiatives are to create more opportunities, ensure more disabled people are working on the public broadcaster’s top programmes and improve how those with disabilities navigate the corporation. The BBC previously committed to increasing the number of disabled […]

TV critic and broadcaster Clive James dies, aged 80

Australian writer and broadcaster Clive James has died aged 80. James died on Sunday following a decade long battle with cancer, during which he wrote about the illness and his final years. He was known for a dry wit and hosted an array of TV series including Clive James On Television and docs such as […]

‘McMafia’, ‘Real Full Monty’ among International Emmy winners

UK series McMafia has picked up the International Emmy Award for drama at the 47th edition of the annual ceremony in New York. The BBC and AMC drama, produced by Cuba Pictures, follows the English-raised son of Russian exiles who is drawn into a life of crime when his family’s murderous past returns to threaten […]

MGM hires Channel 4 alum to head new UK-based unscripted arm

MGM Television is setting up an unscripted arm in the UK and has appointed former Channel 4 and BBC exec Dom Bird to run it. MGM International Unscripted Content will be based out of London and will develop existing formats locally, as well as creating original UK-based ideas. Bird, who reports into MGM’s president of […]

Former BBC exec Sohail Shah targets northern talent with new prodco

Former BBC entertainment commissioner Sohail Shah has set up a Manchester-based prodco that will target broadcasters and streamers while championing new talent from the northwest.  King Of Sunshine Productions, which will eventually be based out of MediaCity in Salford, is to focus on fact ent, formats, access docs and children’s programming. The exec tells TBI […]

Sky Sports edges out BBC for Masters golf coverage

Sky Sports has won the exclusive UK rights to the Masters, the first major golf tournament of the season.  From 2020, pay TV channel Sky Sports Golf will be the only place that UK viewers will be able to see the premier golf tournament. The deal extends a relationship between Sky and the Masters that […]

UK commissions: Channel 5 reveals 2020 slate; BBC Three, Showtime renews ‘Back to Life’

Channel 5 reveals slate of 2020 programmes  Access-driven documentaries, history programming, natural history and heartland factual highlight a new slate of programmes heading to Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 in 2020. Keo Films’ Inside Extinction Rebellion (w/t; 1 x 60 minutes) has secured access to the environmental activists, who use creativity and people power to raise awareness of […]

BBC Newsnight interview with Prince Andrew draws record ratings

An episode of BBC Two investigative strand Newsnight that featured Prince Andrew discussing his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has gripped the UK and drawn record ratings. In the episode, the prince is interviewed by Newsnight journalist Emily Maitlis about his relationship with US financier Epstein, who committed suicide this summer while awaiting […]

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