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Christmas cheer for record-breaking BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand service in the UK, BBC iPlayer, enjoyed a record week over Christmas, as box-set viewing rocketed. iPlayer recorded 69.2 million requests for its programming in the week between Monday, December 25 and Sunday, December 31, according to new stats from the British pubcaster. Furthermore, some 25.6 million hours were watched over the […]

BBC poaches Channel 4’s finance director

Channel 4’s group finance director, Glyn Isherwood, will swap public service broadcasters in the new year after being appointed the BBC’s group finance and operations director. Isherwood will lead the BBC’s finance and procurement teams and will take overall responsibility for workplace and BBC Studioworks. He will also sit on the BBC’s executive committee. “Glyn […]

BBC launches Amazon Alexa voice service

The BBC has launched an Amazon Alexa skill for Echo devices – its first full voice app for voice-controlled smart speakers. The app makes the BBC’s full range of live radio stations and on-demand podcasts available to Amazon Echo and Alexa users for the first time, with users able to access these by asking for […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

BBC reaches 98% DAB coverage with new transmitter

The BBC has upped its DAB (digital audio broadcasting) radio coverage to nearly 98% of UK homes with the launch of a new national transmitter. The BBC said that an additional 163 sites across the UK now deliver the BBC’s national radio service as part of the rollout, with more than 400,000 households and 1,490 […]

BBC to make Blue Planet II series available in UHD, HDR

The BBC is set to make all espisodes of David Attenborough’s latest series, Blue Planet II, available on the iPlayer in Ultra High Definition (UHD), High Dynamic Range (HDR). The move marks the BBC’s second UHD HDR trial, with all seven espisodes of the series to be made available in this format after the final espiode […]

BBC launches VR production studio

The BBC has launched a virtual reality production studio, BBC VR Hub, in a bid to explore “how VR can create real audience impact”. Head of commissioing for VR Hub, Zillah Watson, said that the new unit will work closely with BBC programme makers and digital experts to create VR content across a range of genres […]

BBC merges Studios and Worldwide

UK public broadcaster the BBC is merging its production arm, BBC Studios, and commercial division BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) into one entity. The BBC claims the move to plump for one commercial brand – BBC Studios – will bring it “into line with the rest of the industry” in an “increasingly competitive and global market for […]

Former Ofcom CEO: BBC licence fee sustainable ‘for present purposes’

Former Ofcom boss Ed Richards has said that the BBC licence fee is a sustainable model in the near term and that he has not been persuaded by any alternative funding models. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA yesterday, Richards, who was CEO of the UK broadcast regulator for eight years before […]

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. […]

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