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TBI Weekly: Virgin Media’s potential channel wipeout

This week, Virgin Media’s carriage disputes with content providers dominated the conversation in the TV industry. A small spat between UKTV and the service provider has gained momentum after the two companies failed to reach an agreement on how much Virgin should be paying for UKTV’s portfolio of ten channels. As a result, channels such […]

ITV mulls SVOD plans as it aims to be ‘more than TV’

ITV has said that growing its direct-to-consumer business will be a “key focus” of its new strategy as the UK broadcaster aims to the “more than TV”. In its half year report, ITV indicated that it plans to make a bigger push into the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) space, claiming that UK consumers are “willing to […]

SVOD subs overtake pay TV in the UK, Ofcom reports

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

ITV, Masterpiece & Red Planet work on Jane Austen drama

ITV, Masterpiece and Red Planet Pictures are set to work on a new Jane Austen drama based on her final novel Sandition. Austen’s original 11-chapter series has been extended into a 8×60 minute drama series by War & Peace writer Andrew Davies. Filming is expected to commence in spring 2019. The title is a Red […]

ITV set to reintroduce pre-school block

ITV is set to introduce a pre-school block on ITVBe after abandoning the concept five years ago, it was explained at The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield today.   ITV’s Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions, said the move was a “soft launch” and will be placed on the channel on Mondays from […]

ITV finance director & COO to step down after 10 years

ITV’s chief operating officer and group finance director, Ian Griffiths, has announced he will retire from the UK broadcaster in the next 12 months. Griffiths joined ITV as finance director in September 2008 and took on additional COO duties in April 2017. He will stay on until a successor is appointed, with the search for his […]

Endemol Shine hires banks for possible $4bn sale

Endemol Shine Group, the production company co-owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, has hired Deutsche Bank and Liontree to seek a sale that may be worth $4 billion, according to reports. Both Fox and Apollo have agreed to sell their stakes if a buyer is found, according to CNBC which first reported […]

FremantleMedia secures global rights to Manson documentary

FremantleMedia International is to handle global distribution for a new ITV documentary series that uses previously unseen archive to go behind the scenes of the Manson Family, the murderous cult led by Charles Manson that terrorised California in the 1960s. A 2 x 60 minute special, The Manson Family: The Lost Tapes (WT) has exclusive access to more than 100 […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and catch-up services […]

TBI Weekly: UK broadcasters band together

As major global entertainment companies increasingly pursue M&A activity to fend off the threat of tech organisations, we’ve recently seen signals from UK broadcasters that collaboration is high priority for them too. Just this week, it was revealed that the BBC is considering a joint venture with ITV to take over UKTV – part owned […]

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