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ITN’s Hardie to quit CEO role at the end of 2018

ITN CEO John Hardie is quitting his role at the end of 2018 following nine years at the helm of the UK-based news organisation and content producer. Since joining in 2009, Hardie has overseen a successful period for the company, returning ITN to profitability and diversifying the business to achieve record revenues and profits. Commenting, […]

Virgin Media boss Mockridge to chair RTS

Pay TV veteran Tom Mockridge will chair the Royal Television Society board of trustees, replacing the outgoing John Hardie. The RTS said it is also looking for a new president to replace former Endemol exec Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the helm. Mockridge currently runs Liberty Global’s UK cabler Virgin […]

ITN rejigs in shift from news to production

UK news producer ITN Productions is restructuring to focus on production, with Mark Browning leading a new division that will target new US business. ITN, which supplies news to three UK commercial broadcasters, will divide its business along two lines, Broadcast News and indie arm ITN Productions. The restructure sees managing director Mark Browning leading […]

Discovery’s Phil Craig unveils first slate

Discovery Networks International’s new executive vice president and chief creative officer Phil Craig has announced a five-strong slate of shows for its international nets. Two of the new shows hail from prodcos in the Discovery co-owned All3Media stable. The slate is also notable for including DNI’s first big natural history commission, Life of Dogs. The […]

Channel Five to increase originals and news spend

UK broadcaster Channel 5 will increase its news and original programming output, according to new licensing rules set out by Ofcom that follow Viacom’s buyout of the station. According to the UK broadcast regulator’s Channel 5  ‘change of control’ review, which was published today, the network must increase its minimum quota of news programmes in […]

Premium VOD platform AOL On launching in UK

US-based digital company AOL is launching its premium web vide platform AOL On Network in the UK and has signed up a batch of content providers for its debut. The premium syndication platform included curated and original content and already operates in North America. In the UK, it will sit alongside branded content distribution business […]

Discovery preps Spanish rail disaster doc

Discovery has ordered a documentary special Spain’s Worst Rail Disaster. The factual one-off is made by UK news and current affairs producer ITN and investigates events surrrounding the recent catastrophic rail crash in Santiago de Compostella. It looks at events in the run up to crash, the disaster itself and the subsequent effortsof the rescue […]

The vision for Sky Vision

Carl Hall and Sophie Turner Laing tell TBI about how the freshly minted Sky Vision will be adding Sky’s upcoming original dramas to its slate as well as working with Sky News and Sky Sports to bring new programming to market. Distribution guarantees mean Sky can fully fund Plans to package and sell Sky News […]