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Exclusive: BBC ‘bullying and immoral’ in iPlayer rights demands

The BBC has been employing “bullying and immoral” tactics against production companies as it looks to secure extended rights for its iPlayer service, according to the CEO of UK producer body Pact. John McVay told TBI that Pact, which represents more than 550 production members in the UK, was “still in the trenches” with the […]

BBC Two commissions Dolly Parton doc, boards Lena Dunham’s HBO thriller

The BBC has revealed a slate of new projects, including HBO drama Industry, which it has boarded as a co-production partner. Speaking at this week’s Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC Two controller Patrick Holland revealed that the public broadcaster was a partner on the UK-shot financial thriller from Girls creator Lena Dunham, which is currently filming […]

Exclusive: ITV kickstarts internal trials of BritBox ahead of launch

ITV has begun beta-testing BritBox among staff ahead of its launch later this year. TBI understands that a briefing took place earlier this week around the UK-focused venture with the BBC, where the service was unveiled to select staff. All employees were invited to apply to trial the service, but only a select group of […]

Ofcom confirms BBC’s 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has confirmed its decision to allow the BBC to make shows available on iPlayer for 12 months rather than 30 days at present, adding that the changes could result in growth of up to 33% for the VOD service. Selected shows will also be available beyond the 12-month period, Ofcom said, […]

ITVS drama ‘World On Fire’ finds home in the US

PBS in the US, BBC First in Australia and SVT in Sweden are among companies to have struck deals for upcoming World War Two drama World On Fire. The 7 x 60 minute show was originally commissioned by BBC One in the UK and is sold by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE), with ITV […]

ITV, BBC unveil UK-focused BritBox’s line-up and price point

  ITV and the BBC have revealed the look of their forthcoming UK-focused streaming service BritBox and priced the offering on par with the cheapest Netflix subscription. Iconic British shows such as BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey and ITV drama Broadchurch (pictured) will be offered for a monthly subscription of £5.99 ($7.50), along with reality […]

UK regulator Ofcom admits “transparency issues” over BBC Studios

UK media regulator Ofcom has said the commercial arm of the BBC has “transparency issues” regarding the diversity of those producing its shows and the amount its on-screen talent is paid. BBC Studios merged its production arm into its commercial division last year and now produces programming for both its public broadcaster parent as well […]

UK’s BBC explores dementia as part of science-skewing slate

The BBC has ordered a raft of science-focused programming for linear networks BBC2 and BBC4 as well as online channel BBC3, including a show about dementia. Living With Dementia (2 x 60 minutes, working title) is being filmed over two years and will explore the lives of six people living with dementia and the complexities […]

UK broadcasters “warmly welcome” Ofcom’s prominence measures

UK public service broadcasters have welcomed proposed changes from media regulator Ofcom that would provide their services with more prominence and allow them to compete with streamers. On Thursday, Ofcom announced a raft of measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These included improving the prominence of […]

Japan’s NHK acquires UK kids show ‘The Worst Witch’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) for UK children’s live-action show The Worst Witch. NHK, which will dub the series using a cast of local Japanese actors, has acquired the first two seasons for its educational network E-Tele Channel. The series is based on the eponymous children’s fictional works by […]

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