Mark Thompson


Confirmed: BBC to foot licence fee bill for over-75s

The UK government has ordered public broadcaster the BBC will foot a £600 million (US$929.4 million ) bill for free TV licences for over-75s. This is to be phased in from 2018/19, with the Corporation taking on the full cost from 2020/21. Estimates of the cost range from between £600 million and more than £650 […]

Analysis: Will ITV get its way on UK retransmission fees?

ITV says the wider industry will back its aggressive to push to get the UK’s pay TV platforms to adopt a system similar to the US and pay to carry the territory’s terrestrial broadcasters, but analysts have suggested the fight will not be an easy one, reports Jesse Whittock. ITV CEO Adam Crozier was bullish […]

News brief: Tessa Jowell among new RTS vice presidents

Former UK culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell is among six new vice presidents at the Royal Television Society, the UK industry group for TV professionals. The other new RTS vice presidents are News International chief executive Mike Darcey, Ofcom chair Colette Bowe, broadcaster Stewart Purvis, Arqiva chief executive John Cresswell and TV presenter Baroness Floella […]