UK government launches inquiry into reality TV’s duty of care

Reality TV is facing unprecedented scrutiny in the UK this week following the death of a man who appeared on ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle Show. ITV cancelled its long-running daytime show on Wednesday (15 May) after the suspected suicide of Steve Dymond, who had appeared on an edition of the programme. Now MPs have announced an […]

BBC under pressure over staff levels, cost-cuts

A UK culture ministry official has said that the BBC is not implementing cost savings at the same rate as other private and public sector enterprises, and added the government thinks the public broadcaster should play a part in reducing the UK deficit. Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum Future of the BBC event in […]

UK government orders independent BBC review

The UK government has appointed former Virgin Money and Prudential chairman and former Bank of England deputy governor Sir David Clementi to head up an independent review into how the BBC is governed and regulated. The review will form part of the ongoing BBC Charter renewal process. Clementi has been tasked with coming up with […]

ITV angry over licence fee catch-up plans

Broadcaster ITV is challenging plans to widen the scope of the UK license fee to cover the pubcaster’s catch-up services. The government plans to introduce the changes so that the license fee covers catch up services such as the BBC iPlayer, and agreed to the change as part of a wider recent deal on the […]

Airey, Highfield, Mahon join BBC review panel

UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has appointed an eight-strong panel to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed. The Charter outlines the scope of the BBC’s activities and the licence fee it can command the new panel will meet about six times a year to advise Whittingdale ahead of […]