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Almost half of UK consumers haven’t heard of YouView

New research from connected home specialists Twonky reveals that 49% of UK consumers have heard of connected TV service YouView. The service, which is a joint venture between UK broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five as well as Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk,  launched last July, having originally been slated to roll out in […]

BBC Worldwide poaches FremantleMedia boss

BBC worldwide has hired Jon Penn as managing director of its Australasian operation. Penn is currently CEO, Asia Pacific at FremantleMedia Enterprises. He will join Worldwide in April. As MD, BBC Worldwide Australasia, Penn will take over from Tony Iffland, who left lasy year to join public broadcaster SBS, and interim boss Blair McQuade. Under […]

Twofour making Angela Rippon holiday series for BBC One

UK indie producer and distributor Twofour is making a four-part series for BBC One, Holiday Hit Squad. Fronted by newsreader and presenter Angela Rippon, the show will, with the help of hotel inspectors, explore how best to make sure holidays across the globe live up to their promise. Rippon will join the professionals who devote […]

BBC and Endemol bosses confirmed for MIP TV keynotes

BBC controller of drama Ben Stephenson and Tim Hincks, president of global entertainment producer Endemol, will give keynote addresses at MIP TV in April. Hincks will give a Media Mastermind keynote touching on the major changes affecting the TV industry and how these impact on creativity. Ahead of speaking he said: “The pace of change […]

MTG launching new free-to-air channel in Czech Republic

Modern Times Group will launch Prima Zoom, its fourth free-to-air channel in the Czech Republic, at the beginning of February. Prima Zoom will be focused on a male-skewing audience aged over 35, broadcasting daily from 08:00-02:00, and will air on the Czech digital-terrestrial network as well as the basic packages of satellite, cable and IPTV […]

Hulu unveils original series for 2013

US streaming and catch-up and service Hulu has unveiled three new original properties that it will launch this year including a coproduction with the BBC and its first original animated series. Six-part series The Wrong Mans will be a Hulu-BBC Worldwide coproduction. It will star James Corden (Gavin & Stacey) in a story of lowly […]

iPlayer boss Daniel Danker joins BBC Studios board

Daniel Danker, general manager of programmes and on demand at the BBC’s Future Media division, has joined BBC Studios and Post Production (BBCS&PP) as a non-executive board member. Danker oversees strategy and delivery of the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service as well as its interactive Red Button offering. Speaking about his board appointment, Danker said: “With […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]

Broadcasters jump at Felix Baumgartner doc

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired Space Dive, the one-off documentary about Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive. The documentary is distributed by BBC Worldwide. It has shopped it to Belgium (VRT), Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE), Germany (RTL), Holland (VPRO), France (France 4), Russia (Russia 2), Norway (NRK), Singapore (Channel News Asia), Korea (Chosun), Poland (TVP), […]

International factual execs confirmed for Tokyo TV Forum

International documentary channel buyers and programme managers will convene in Tokyo next month after the Japanese producers’ association has confirmed it will host another edition of the Tokyo TV Forum. The TV pitching event was launched last year to highlight factual projects from the country. The second edition of the event will take place this […]