BBC doc ‘The Last Unicorn’ hopes to discover extinct rhinos

The BBC has greenlit The Last Unicorn, a one hour documentary special following the search to discover a previously unknown population of northern white rhinos, a species officially declared extinct in 2018. The Last Unicorn, part of the BBC’s Natural World strand, will see BBC Studios Natural History Unit follow charity Saving the Survivors as […]

Four new writers win debut BBC drama commissions

The BBC has greenlit four new dramas from first time television writers, as part of a move to develop and back new talent, according to drama boss Piers Wenger. The commissions include an adaptation of Kit de Waal’s My Name is Leon from Shola Amoo; Sex Education director Alice Seabright’s debut Chloe; The Responder, a […]

BBC promotes Catton to run popular factual & factual entertainment

The BBC has promoted Catherine Catton to head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment. Catton replaces David Brindley, who left last year to join producer Twofour as chief creative officer. Catton joined the popular factual and factual entertainment commissioning team at the BBC in 2015, and has overseen titles including The Misadventures of Romesh […]

BBC faces mounting pressure as British government looks to downsize broadcaster

The UK’s BBC is facing further doubts over its future after reports emerged that the British government had drafted a ‘blueprint’ to scrap the licence fee and downsize the organisation. According to a report in The Sunday Times yesterday, government officials want to drastically alter the makeup of the broadcaster through the licence fee change […]

BBC buys Australian noir and French supernatural dramas

BBC buys Australian noir and French supernatural dramas The BBC has acquired two scripted series –  Australian noir The Secrets She Keeps and supernatural French drama The Last Wave. Acquired from DCD Rights, The Secrets She Keeps is a 6×60-minute Lingo Pictures series adaptation of author Michael Robotham’s novel of the same name. It is […]

UK government starts consultation on decriminalising licence fee non-payment

The British government has confirmed that it will consult with members of the public over whether licence fee non-payment should stop being a criminal offence. This is the strongest indicator yet that Boris Johnson’s government – one which has repeatedly questioned the pubcaster’s funding model – is serious in its plans to reform the licence […]

BBC licence fee to rise $4, in line with inflation

The UK’s licence fee will increase by £3 ($3.90) per year, as part of a pre-agreed deal struck with the country’s government. In a statement published by the BBC, it was announced that the annual television licence fee will increase from £154.50 to £157.50. The pubcaster noted that the government is responsible for setting the […]

Licence fee reformer appointed for UK government’s media committee

The UK government has appointed a politician in favour of licence fee reform as chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), which oversees broadcasting in the country. Julian Knight, the Conservative MP for Solihull, said that there are “lots of issues for the committee, once properly constituted, to tackle.” Knight has sat […]

TF1 remakes ‘Keeping Faith’ as APC picks up sales rights to third season

Keeping Faith, the hit drama produced for the BBC and Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, is to be remade in France for TF1. The French network has ordered a local version from Quad Drama after securing remake rights with co-producer and distributor About Premium Content (APC). it will go into production later this year. The show, which […]

BBC scores record-breaking year for iPlayer with over 4 billion streams

The BBC on the UK has revealed another record-breaking feat for its iPlayer catch-up service, with the streamer ending 2019 with an “all-time record high” of 4.4 billion requests. December was the service’s best month ever, achieving 447 million requests in total. The debut episode of gangster drama Peaky Blinders’ fifth season was the most […]