BBC appoints presenter Suzy Klein to lead arts & classical music programming

UK presenter Suzy Klein has been appointed head of arts & classical music programming for the BBC, following an overhaul of the broadcaster’s operations earlier this year. Klein will focus on shows for the BBC’s linear channels, its streaming service iPlayer and other digital offerings, but she will also work with the broadcaster’s radio and […]

BBC appoints editors for BBC One, Two & Four following commissioning overhaul

The BBC in the UK has promoted two execs as portfolio editors for its flagship channels, following the “radical” overhaul of the public broadcaster’s commissioning team that was revealed late last year. The revamp, which handed more commissioning power to streamer iPlayer, saw channel controller roles being replaced with genre-focused execs able to order programming without the need […]

BBC unveils “radical” restructure as channel controller roles axed

The UK’s BBC has unveiled a wholesale restructuring of its senior commissioning team as part of a “radical change” to focus its efforts on streaming service iPlayer. The widely expected revamp includes the scrapping of the channel controller roles for BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Four editor post. They will be replaced by ‘director’ […]

BBC iPlayer views up 33% in 2020 as ‘Normal People’ hits 62 million requests

The BBC’s streamer iPlayer has revealed that total viewing over the past 12 months is up by a third on the same period last year, with Element Pictures’ adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People attracting more than 60 million views. The 12 x 30-minute show, which was adapted by Rooney alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, […]

BBC reveals almost five billion iPlayer requests during 2019/2020

The BBC in the UK has said its on demand service iPlayer received almost five billion viewing requests during 2019/20, with a 60% rise during the country’s lockdown earlier this year. In its delayed annual report released today, the public broadcaster said 4.8 billion requests to stream programmes had been made between April 2019 to […]

Lockdown drives BBC iPlayer to new highs, helped by ‘Killing Eve’

The UK’s BBC has revealed that Sunday, May 10 was the busiest day ever for its in demand service iPlayer. In total, the streamer received 22.5 million requests to stream or download programmes, with spy thriller Killing Eve and the BBC/Hulu coproduction Normal People proving to be the most popular shows. while prime minister Boris […]

BBC scores record-breaking year for iPlayer with over 4 billion streams

The BBC on the UK has revealed another record-breaking feat for its iPlayer catch-up service, with the streamer ending 2019 with an “all-time record high” of 4.4 billion requests. December was the service’s best month ever, achieving 447 million requests in total. The debut episode of gangster drama Peaky Blinders’ fifth season was the most […]

BBC reveals New Year’s Day was busiest day ever for streamer iPlayer

New Year’s Day was the busiest day for the BBC iPlayer since its launch in 2007, the broadcaster has revealed. In total, the service saw 17.9 million requests, surpassing the same day in 2019 by more than a third. The BBC said that Dracula and Doctor Who were the most popular titles to be streamed […]

BBC’s iPlayer heads to Sky as part of content, tech deal

The BBC in the UK has struck a deal that covers content and technology with domestic competitor Sky, with the public broadcaster’s on demand service iPlayer becoming available via the pay TV platform as a result. The main feature of the deal is the availability of the BBC iPlayer app and connected red-button service on […]

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