Global pubcasters prep online distribution platform

A group of public broadcasters from Europe, Asia and North America are joining forces to launch, a new online distribution platform. The group includes Canada’s CBC and National Film Board, Australia’s ABC, Portugal’s RTP, Switzerland’s RTS, YLE from Finland and RTVE from Spain. Each will contribute programming from their territory to create a local […]

Watchdog, industry call on C4 to programme for kids

Calls for Channel 4 to do more to cater for kids are getting louder, as the British public broadcaster is asked to provide regulator Ofcom with an updated plan in this respect. The ad-funded PSB is required by the terms of its licence to provide content for different demos, but has largely moved out of […]

UK kids industry calls for extra BBC funding

A group of kids producers has written to the government, urging it to up its spend on UK-originated kids programming as the debate around funding kids TV continues. In their letter, sent last week to UK culture secretary John Whittingdale, minister for the digital economy, BBC director general Tony Hall and the BBC Trust, the […]

Kids group welcomes BBC iPlay

The Children Media Foundation has welcomed the BBC’s proposed content and catch-up service for kids, but cautioned it must be launched in addition to the UK pubcaster’s current kids output. BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured) yesterday unveiled plans for an “open BBC for the internet age”. These included the roll out of a new […]

Industry reacts to BBC review

Industry groups, analysts, media specialists and advocacy groups have been quick to react to yesterday’s UK government Green Paper, which outlined options for the future of the BBC. The government and senior BBC managers have just thrashed out a deal for the licence fee, agreeing to peg it to inflation. The Green Paper, however, suggested […]

Industry groups react to BBC report

Industry groups have reacted to yesterday’s report from a committee of MPs into the future of UK public broadcaster the BBC. The Commercial Broadcasters Association said it welcomed the recommendation from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that the BBC should consult more openly. Coba gave evidence to the Committee arguing that the BBC’s […]