Tony Hall


BBC readies fourth revamp of iPlayer in 12 years

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend its catch-up window from 30 days to one year. The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned “cutting-edge on-demand platform” that will alter the look, feel […]

BBC chief Tony Hall outlines “total TV” iPlayer vision

BBC director-general Tony Hall has said the public broadcaster wants to turn iPlayer into an all-encompassing service that will offer “total TV” and compete with Netflix and new entrants such as Apple. The BBC has been putting increasing resources over recent years into the service, which started life as a catch-up service for TV programming […]

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 […]

UK’s BBC forges ‘creative partnership’ with Canada’s CBC

Canadian public broadcaster CBC has struck a “creative partnership” agreement with UK counterpart the BBC that will see the organisations working together more across genres including drama and factual programming. The BBC and the CBC signed a letter of intent “to working together to enhance the services and programmes we bring to audiences” with a […]

BritBox UK talks snag amid different agendas for BBC, ITV

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has hit a roadblock due to stalled talks between the […]

BBC, Discovery to build “Marvel library” of factual content with SVOD

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC, Discovery confirm UKTV channels break-up, SVOD plans

The BBC and Discovery have confirmed plans for a break-up of UKTV channels, and unveiled what BBC director general Tony Hall has described as the corporation’s “largest ever content sales deal” as part of a new SVOD offering.  Discovery is to take full control of lifestyle channels including Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC […]

BBC boss says ‘Bodyguard’ has drawn higher ratings than ‘The Crown’

BBC boss Tony Hall has said that BBC shows such as Luther and Bodyguard reached bigger audiences in the UK than Netflix’s The Crown, according to The Guardian. Citing internal BBC data, Hall reflected on the size of Netflix’s viewing figures, claiming only 7m Brits watched The Crown despite the enormous spend on the show, […]

BBC’s first female deputy director-general steps down

Anne Bulford, the BBC’s first deputy director-general, has decided to leave the BBC in the spring of 2019 to pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles. Director general Tony Hall and the BBC Board thanked Bulford for her work in a statement. The team said she “helped transform the BBC”. Bulford has been in the role […]

BBC warns its £800m cost-cutting target could impact services

The BBC said it has completed nearly a third of its current £800 million cost saving target, but warned that making further reductions has “become increasingly difficult” without cutting services. In an efficiency report titled ‘A Simpler BBC’, the public broadcaster said that it will have to make to “difficult choices” and push even harder […]

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