BBC reportedly looking at £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (€557 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. […]

Sky rubbishes BBC’s ‘bizarre’ SVOD concerns

Sky’s content chief, Gary Davey, has slammed the BBC’s “bizarre” concerns over the arrival of SVOD players Netflix and Amazon in the UK market. Sky Content managing director Davey said, “the golden age of television is just getting started”, and considered the entrance of on-demand players an example of giving “customers more choice” and writers, […]

BBC launches interactive voice drama

The BBC has launched what it describes as its first “interactive voice drama” – an experimental experience for Amazon Alexa devices called The Inspection Chamber. The sci-fi comedy drama, which the BBC claims was inspired by authors like Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka, goes live today today via BBC Taster and the Alexa Skill Store […]

BBC using new streaming tech to expand sports offering

The BBC is to make 1,000 extra hours of sport available on its online platforms via the BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer websites. The BBC said it was working with sports organisations including the Football Association,  the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the International Tennis Federation, British Swimming and British Basketball, with the aim of […]

BBC chief: SVOD won’t stop £500m content spend shortfall

BBC chief Tony Hall (pictured) has warned a potential £500 million (€565 million) shortfall in spend of original UK content is up ahead, and that Netflix and Amazon’s models will not help alleviate the problem. The director general of the UK’s pubcaster said results of a Mediatique report the BBC has commissioned reveal a “really […]

Arts Council England backs new VR and AR content project

Arts Council England and technology innovation centre Digital Catapult have launched a new programme that will see VR and AR content makers pitch to the BBC and Google. Virtual, augmented and mixed reality content creators can apply to get support and funding through  the CreativeXR scheme, with up to 20 companies to be supported by […]

Surprise choice for Channel 4 content chief

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has plumped for the surprise choice of Ian Katz, a news executive currently working at the BBC, as its director of programmes. Katz (pictured) effectively succeeds Jay Hunt, who was C4’s chief creative officer until exiting recently and joining Apple to run its original programming out of the UK. He will […]

BBC extends Irish language and Ulster Scots content with new iPlayer portal

The BBC has launched a dedicated portal on the BBC iPlayer for Irish-language and Ulster-Scots programming, making this content more widely available around the UK. A range of programmes, all of which have been supported by Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language and Ulster-Scots Broadcast Funds, will be available via the portal, where audiences will be […]

BBC iPlayer requests up in September

The BBC logged 239 million requests for TV programmes on the iPlayer in September, up year-on-year, with Doctor Foster emerging as the most popular show during the month. Episode one, season two of drama series Doctor Foster was the top performing show of September with 3.0 million requests. Episodes two, three and four of the […]

BBC partners with UK universities in major data initiative

The BBC has launched a five-year research partnership with eight UK universities in a bid to “unlock the potential of data in the media”. The collaboration is designed to create a body of research insights and prototypes – by combining anonymised BBC data with algorithms and analytics –  that can be used to make an […]

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