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Smithsonian Channel to launch in the UK with local originals

Smithsonian Channel is to launch in the UK with a string of local originals including a doc about British Marxist Tariq Ali and his relationship with Malcolm X. From 12 February British and Irish viewers will have access to the network’s range of non-fiction programming, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop […]

High-end TV production spend in the UK hits £1.2bn

High-end TV (HETV) production spend in the UK reached £1.2bn in 2018, up by 4% from the year prior, according to British Film Institute (BFI) figures. The figure marks the highest level of spend since the introduction of tax breaks in 2013 and stretched across 119 productions. The consolidated spend in 2017 was £1.13bn. Of […]

Pact organises European pitch event

UK trade body Pact is launching a European pitch event which will see 100 UK production companies gain a chance to pitch projects, seek co-finance and network with influential European broadcasters. Content Without Borders will take place from 19-20 March. Attendees will include Amazon, ARTE, Bonnier Broadcasting, Discovery, France Televisions, Histoire, ORF – Austria TF1, […]

Heyday Television hires DNA’s Tom Winchester as president

Heyday Television, a joint venture between NBCUniversal International and David Heyman (Harry Potter), has hired DNA Film and TV’s Tom Winchester as its first president. Winchester, who was creative director at DNA, will lead Heyday’s UK business and work closely with Heyman. Heyman and Winchester’s first hire for Heyday Television UK is Anna Hargreaves, who […]

YouGov: 48% of UK consumers worry about US media dominance

Half of UK media consumers are worried that US companies moving to the nation will mean they apply more control over its media, according to a YouGov report commissioned by sales platform Matrix Solutions. The survey conducted in the UK asked 2,117 consumers about their perceptions of US media companies purchasing UK companies. It was conducted […]

Kiri & Love Island among the most watched UK titles in 2018

The UK’s most watched broadcasted titles for the first half of 2018 have been revealed by OnBuy, using BARB data. The data was gathered by analysing weekly viewing figures for the top-rated programmes, between January to June, across six leading UK broadcast channels: BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4, BBC 2, Channel 5 and ITV 2. […]

COBA calls for “ambitious” broadcasting deal ahead of Brexit

COBA, the UK multichannel broadcasters’ association, has once again sounded the alarm on the likely impact of Brexit on the industry and has called on the government to seek an “ambitious” deal on broadcasting before companies are forced to activate their contingency plans. Speaking to the parliamentary committee on exiting the EU, COBA executive director […]

C4 narrows shortlist for new HQ and creative hubs

Channel 4 (C4) has narrowed down the choice of locations for its new national headquarters and two new creative hubs to six UK cities, with Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham all in the running. The UK public service broadcaster said it is now in “advanced negotiations” with the six cities, following a second stage pitch process […]

SVOD subs overtake pay TV in the UK, Ofcom reports

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

UK’s high-end drama boom leads to £2.6m in levy funds

The UK’s booming production schedule in television drama saw a record £2.6 ($3.63) million paid in contributions to the High-end TV (HETV) Levy fund last year, according to UK body Creative Skillset. Over 100 high-end productions including Game of Thrones, Poldark, Luther, Derry Girls, The Durrells, Black Mirror, Shetland, Call the Midwife and Peaky Blinders, made the payments […]