How Brexit will impact the TV sector

As a Brexit deal hangs in the balance in the UK, TBI revisits what the TV industry has to consider in a handy breakdown. Andy McDonald reports. As the UK inches ever closer to its European Union departure date, there is still a huge amount of uncertainty over how Brexit will affect the audio-visual sector. While the […]

Ofcom: BBC needs greater transparency

UK public broadcaster the BBC needs to go further in acting transparently, particularly in relation to the potential competitive impact of its activities, according to regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s first annual report on the broadcaster since taking over as independent regulator, the BBC “does not routinely explain planned changes in its public service activities […]

UK director gender gap worsening – report

A new report has revealed a worrying drop in the representation of female directors in the UK TV landscape. According to a new report from Directors UK, Who’s Calling the Shots? A Report on Gender Inequality among Screen Directors working in UK Television, Television episodes directed by women fell by 2.98 percentage points between 2013 […]

Ofcom slams UK PSBs for ignoring older children

Older children are being let down by UK broadcasters, according to Ofcom research showing that major channels aren’t broadcasting programmes specifically made for 13-15 year-olds. In particular, Ofcom noted that ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 must “revitalise” their approach to children’s programming. The BBC was not included in the report because its responsibilities are […]

Ofcom encourages “Kangaroo 2” collaboration with UK PSBs

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

UK seeks broadcast deal but will exit EU’s Digital Single Market

The UK should look for options that will allow for continued ‘transfrontier broadcasting’ following Brexit, but will not remain part of the EU’s Digital Single Market, according to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. In her speech on Friday on the UK’s future economic partnership with the European Union, May addressed the ‘country of origin’ principle […]

Ofcom imposes wide range of quotas on BBC

Ofcom is to force the BBC to air a diet of 90% UK-produced original programming during peak evening hours on its two main channels. Introducing new rules as part of its expanded regulatory remit, the media and telecom watchdog said that from next year at least three quarters of all programming hours on the BBC’s […]

Ofcom: UK now a ‘nation of binge viewers’

The UK has become “a nation of binge viewers” but there are stark differences between how older and younger people watch TV, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s annual Communications Market Report 2017 claims that 79% of UK adults, some 40 million people, now use catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer, or subscription services […]

James Murdoch to give RTS keynote

21st Century Fox boss James Murdoch will give the keynote address at the RTS Cambridge conference this September. The Fox CEO will headline the event with Sky, the pay TV operator the company is in the throes of taking over, the event’s main sponsor this year. Ofcom chief Sharon White will also speak. The UK communications […]

Ofcom to set UK originals quotas for BBC

The BBC’s new regulator, Ofcom, will demand the UK’s pubcaster produces a minimum number of British-created series for its key channels every year. In its ‘draft operating licence’, which sets out new rules for the BBC, Ofcom revealed it is planning to set quotas for BBC One, BBC Two, CBeebies and CBBC. Ofcom claimed spending […]