Royal Television Society

BBC chief Tony Hall eyes opportunity with Disney, Apple launches

BBC director-general Tony Hall believes an imminent “second wave of disruption” caused by streamers from companies such as Disney and Apple will provide the UK public broadcaster with an opportunity to attract more viewers. Hall has been a frequent commentator on the growing dominance of Netflix within the UK industry. But he will use his […]

Netflix’s Hastings to keynote at RTS

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is to deliver a keynote address at this year’s Royal Television Society (RTS) convention, which takes place this September in Cambridge, UK.   Hastings will appear as an international keynote for the RTS Cambridge Convention alongside fellow speakers including ABC Studios’ exec VP of business operations Howard Davine; Tim Hincks, co-CEO of […]

The Royal Television Society reveals nominees for its Programme Awards 2019

The list of nominees for the 2019 Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards has been revealed with Killing Eve, Blue Planet II and Grenfell up for top honours. The RTS Programme Awards seek to recognise programmes which, in the year in question, have made a material and positive contribution to their genre: either because their originality in […]

Amazon “desperate” to support broadcasting landscape

Amazon Europe boss Georgia Brown has said it is “mad” to think that the streaming service is going to “warehouse rights” and snatch shows away from domestic broadcasters. The director of European Originals for Amazon assuaged fears long held by traditional channels that the platform would reduce the number of co-productions it invests in – […]

Viacom CEO: We are “not looking to create another Netflix”

Viacom boss Bob Bakish has swatted away plans for a Netflix-style platform, while highlighting the business’ production strategy and calling for stronger regulation of SVOD platforms. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) London conference on Tuesday (18 September), Bakish, who took the reins at Viacom in 2016, highlighted that he is “not looking to […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK execs outline Brexit priorities

Ensuring continued freedom of movement within the European Union is the main Brexit priority for UK TV execs polled at the Royal Television Society’s London conference yesterday. The organisers of the RTS event surveyed the execs in attendance during a ‘Brexit: Bring it On’ session. Overwhelmingly, the key issue was freedom of movement, with 45% […]

NBCU boss Burke headlines RTS London

NBCUniversal boss Steve Burke will headline the Royal Television Society’s annual London conference later this year. Burke will tell delegates about NBCUniversal’s plans to take advantage of shifts in the content landscape and share his expectations for the future of the industry. “We are delighted to welcome Steve Burke as our opening keynote,” said Theresa […]

International media coming to Cambridge

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, ABC boss Paul Lee and Microsoft Studios chief Nancy Tellem will be in the UK next month for the Royal Television Society’s annual convention. The media get-together is chaired by Channel 4 boss David Abraham and other speakers include UK culture secretary Maria Miller, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, YouTube […]