BBC calls for second screen standards

The BBC has called for technology standardisation for second screen services in order to help move the the broadcast sector forwards. Speaking at TV Connect yesterday, BBC senior technologist for mobile and dual screen, Jeremy Kramskoy, said that common standards were important in terms of bringing down development and technology licensing costs. He also said […]

Trust criticises Worldwide over £79 million loss on Lonely Planet sale

The BBC Trust has asked senior management at the BBC to order a review into lessons learnt from the loss-making sale of Lonely Planet, which was announced this morning. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, said it will sell travel guides business Lonely Planet to NC2 Media for an initial consideration of £41.2 […]

Content and Co. launching on-demand programming service Cirkus

Content and Co., the UK-based consultancy run by TV industry veterans Mark Bradford and Hugh Williams, is launching a new on-demand service for pay TV operators called Cirkus, TBI has learned. The subscription video-on-demand service will aggregate content from UK producers and distributors including BBC Worldwide and All3Media International and will launch with a partner […]

WoCC: Indies securing more BBC tender hours

UK independent producers are securing more BBC drama, entertainment and children’s commissions than in previous years, according to the latest review into the pubcaster’s indie commissioning process. The third BBC Trust review of the BBC’s Window of Creative Comptition showed 43% of all BBC network hours came from the indie sector in 2010/11 and 46% in […]

BBC Trust starts review of kids’ TV services

The BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, has announced a review of its children’s TV services including CBBC and CBeebies. The review will look at how the two dedicated kids services are performing across TV and online, and will also assess the BBC Executive’s progress on creating radio services for children, including children’s […]

CBeebies buys Tilly and Friends for international nets

The BBC has acquired animated series Tilly and Friends for its international CBeebies channels. The animated show, which is produced by Walker Productions and Jam Media will go out on the Asian, Polish and African feeds of preschool channel CBeebies. It is on CBeebies in the UK and debuted last autumn. The Aardman-distributed series has […]

iPlayer records record January

Continued strong increases in mobile and tablet use, as well as improved measurement of radio plays helped drive BBC iPlayer to a record-breaking January, according to the latest statistics on the catch-up service to be released by UK public broadcaster the BBC. There were 272 million iPlayer requests in January, up 26% on the previous […]

Lord Sugar steps down from YouView

IT magnate and The Apprentice star Lord Sugar has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at UK connected TV platform YouView. Sugar, founder of pioneering electronics brand Amstrad, will step down from his position at the broadcaster-backed IPTV service over the next few weeks, with a replacement chairman announced in due course. He […]

Bulford swaps C4 role for BBC

UK commercial network Channel 4 has lost its COO, Anne Bulford, who is joining the BBC to take on a new board-level role. Bulford will be the new-look BBC’s as managing director, finance and operations – a role that combines COO and CFO duties – under the new structure incoming director general Tony Hall is […]

AB Group names date for SVOD launch

French channel provider AB Group is to launch subscription video-on-demand offering Jook Video, on March 21, somewhat later than originally planned. Jean-Michel Fava, president of the group’s pay TV service ABSat, said at the end of last year that the service would launch on January 10, a date that was itself later than initially envisaged. […]

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