BBC, ITV, C4 & C5 prep ‘UK streamer app’ to combat global SVODs

UK broadcasters are reportedly looking to create a single streaming app that would act as a gateway to their catch-up and on-demand services. UK public service broadcasters – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – began talking in earnest about the proposal early this year, but are now hopeful of reaching an agreement […]

BBC Studios strikes international deals for Brook Lapping’s 9/11 feature doc

Factual producer Brook Lapping’s 9/11: Life Under Attack, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, has secured a raft of international sales through distributor BBC Studios. The 90-minute feature length doc was commissioned by ITV, France Televisions (French title 9/11: From the Ground Up), the History Channel (US title 9/11: I Was There) and […]

ITV’s Asif Zubairy steps down as entertainment commissioner

ITV entertainment commissioner Asif Zubairy has left the UK commercial broadcaster. Zubairy joined ITV in 2014 following a spell as a contractor and was behind shows including Take Me Out. Before that, he had been head of entertainment at Nine Network in Australia and also had spells at Paramount and Disney. Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s head […]

Ed TV Festival: BBC talks linear; ITV defends ‘Love Island’ & Amazon on risk-taking

The BBC talked up linear reach, ITV defended Love Island and Amazon spoke about the importance of taking risks, on day three of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the festival yesterday, the BBC CCO, Charlotte Moore, defended the British pubcaster’s decision to return BBC Three as a linear channel in January 2022. The […]

ITVS sales to streamers surge by 84% in six months

ITV Studios, the production and distribution arm of UK comcaster ITV, increased its sales to streamers by 84% over the first half of 2021, according to ITV’s H1 report, published today. The company said it was on track to double its revenue from streaming platforms this year, as compared to 2020, with the studio working […]

ITV reboots ‘Undercover Boss’ seven years after show’s last UK airing

Commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned its own version of Undercover Boss, the Studio Lambert format that first aired on UK rival Channel 4. The show follows a group of chief execs and company bosses swap their power suits for overalls and go in disguise to work on their own shop floors, to see what really […]

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