Channel 4

UK’s Channel 4 extends ‘The Circle’, orders celebrity edition

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a third season of Studio Lambert’s reality format The Circle, alongside a celebrity edition of the show, to air next year. The Celebrity Circle will be aired as part of the channel’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign. The UK version of The Circle is hosted by Emma Willis and […]

C4 alum Gill Wilson joins Avalon as factual director

Gill Wilson has been appointed as UK and US-based prodco Avalon’s creative director of factual. Wilson who will be based at Avalon’s London HQ, previously spent six years as head of features and daytime at UK broadcaster Channel 4, where she oversaw a slate that included George Clarke’s Old House New Home, Amazing Spaces and […]

UK’s Channel 4 makes commitment to anti-racism and BAME representation

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has set out a six-part anti-racism strategy and a commitment to improve on-screen black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation, following the death of George Floyd. The plans include a pledge to use its influence in the creative industries “and society at large” to do more to drive anti-racism and to double the […]

Canada’s ‘Coroner’ picked up by UK’s Channel 4, greenlit for third season

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has picked up the first two seasons of the CBC original series Coroner for its FTA channel More4, while Canada’s CBC has greenlit a 10-episode third season of the drama. Originally commissioned for Canadian broadcaster CBC, the 16 x 60-minute series was produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix […]

UK takes ‘significant step’ as Covid-19 production blueprint unveiled

The UK’s major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky have unveiled new industry-wide guidelines for producing TV, as the business attempts to work around Covid-19 restrictions. Channel 4, Channel 5, Scotland’s STV, news and factual producer ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and producer body Pact have also joined the […]

TBI Special Report Part Three: AVOD, SVOD & FTA: What’s Next?

Covid-19 has blindsided most of the TV business but the severity of the repercussions on SVOD, AVOD and broadcast sectors look likely to be felt across the long-term, writes Richard Middleton. There is a school of thought that the current pandemic we’re living through will provide the impetus for a wholesale shift in the way […]

Channel 4’s Ian Katz eyes brand-funded shows to deal with ‘very tight budgets’

The UK’s Channel 4 is looking to expand its brand-funded programming output as it attempts to deal with the devastating effect of Covid-19 on its finances. Earlier this month, the broadcaster revealed almost £250m ($310m) of cost-cutting measures to deal with the advertising slump brought about by Covid-19, with £150m slashed from its programming budget. […]

Sky reveals streaming surge & ‘box-set effect’ of Covid-19 lockdown

European pay TV operator Sky has published a raft of data revealing how viewing habits have changed since the Covid-19 enforced lockdown came into effect in the UK and unveiled its most popular show during that time – Save Me Too. The Comcast-owned company said box-set consumption had increased by 26% between 17 March and […]

Exclusive: AVOD decline likely as Covid-19 hits once-surging sector

The Covid-19-induced slump in advertising spending is set to have deep repercussions on the until recently booming AVOD market, leading analysts tell TBI. AVOD had been touted as a major growth area for producers and rights owners but the Coronavirus pandemic has brought advertising spending to a screeching halt, leaving broadcasters such as ITV and […]

UK’s C4 slashes $300m from budget as advertising plummets

Channel 4 in the UK has unveiled almost £250m ($310m) of cost-cutting measures to deal with the advertising slump brought about by Covid-19, with £150m slashed from its programming budget. The public broadcaster relies heavily on ads and admitted today that it expected revenues to be down by 50% over April and May, resulting in […]

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