Danny Cohen


Lygo to replace Fincham at ITV

Kevin Lygo is to become UK broadcaster ITV’s director of televison after current incumbent Peter Fincham decided to step down. Lygo (left) takes on the post after five years at ITV’s production division, ITV Studios, with Fincham (below, right) potentially returning to the indie sector. ITV Studios UK managing director Julian Bellamy (below, left) will […]

Tyler replaces Linsey at BBC Entertainment

Alan Tyler has replaced Mark Linsey as acting controller of BBC Entertainment after the latter became interim director of television. The move was triggered by Danny Cohen’s departure as the BBC’s television chief, with former BBC Entertainment boss Linsey stepping up to replace him while a full-time replacement is sought. Various internal and external names […]

BBC television chief to exit

BBC director of television Danny Cohen is leaving the BBC for a “new leadership challenge”. He will leave the BBC at the end of November, with Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning, taking on his duties in the interim as a successor is sought. Cohen joined the UK’s public broadcaster in 2007 as controller of […]

Confirmed: BBC to foot licence fee bill for over-75s

The UK government has ordered public broadcaster the BBC will foot a £600 million (US$929.4 million ) bill for free TV licences for over-75s. This is to be phased in from 2018/19, with the Corporation taking on the full cost from 2020/21. Estimates of the cost range from between £600 million and more than £650 […]

BBC ‘not throwing away’ BBC Three, says Cohen

BBC director of television Danny Cohen has claimed that after years of building up BBC Three the corporation is “not throwing that away” by taking it online only. In an open letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville, who have staged a public attempt to take over the youth-skewing network through their production companies Avalon and […]

Kavanagh named BBC Three online chief

Damian Kavanagh has named as head of the new-look, online-only BBC Three. Kavanagh, currently controller of BBC Daytime at the UK pubcaster the BBC, as been the proposal lead on the controversial move to switch youth-skewed linear channel BBC Three to an online-only service. This week, the BBC formally outlined its proposal, claiming the move […]

BBC to adapt JK Rowling detective novel

UK pubcaster the BBC is to drum up a TV drama adaptation of detective novels Harry Potter author JK Rowling wrote under the pen-name Robert Galbraith. The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm novels, which follow detective Cormoran Strike, will be the base material for the crime drama, which Bronte Films will produce. The BBC and […]

BBC to save £50m by ‘reinventing’ BBC Three

The BBC’s plan to “reinvent” youth-skewing network BBC Three as an online-only channel will generate savings of £50 million (US$78.3 million) and allow the corporation to experiment with new content, the BBC has said. Outlining its first detailed proposals for taking BBC Three online, the BBC said that with the change it will be able […]

Canal+, ABC visit BBC’s Happy Valley

French pay TV platform Canal+ and Australian pubcaster ABC are among buyers of the BBC’s acclaimed crime drama Happy Valley. Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s NRK, Finland’s YLE and New Zealand’s TVNZ have also acquired the six-part series, which BBC Worldwide distributes internationally. BBC director of television Danny Cohen recently singled the series out as a sign […]

Cohen terms comments ‘disappoint indie TV sector’

The body that represents UK indie prodcos has slammed comments from the BBC’s Danny Cohen (pictured) in which he said the pubcaster was would seek to alter terms of trade for super indie groups. The CEO of Pact, John McVay, said Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, appeared to have “misunderstood” the benefits of the […]