BBC Four

UK’s BBC4 to end commissions & transition to archive service

UK pubcaster the BBC is to end commissions for its BBC4 channel, which will instead become an archive service, according to the corporation’s newly published annual plan. The decision, revealed in the BBC Annual Plan 2021/22, comes as part of the BBC’s push to achieve £950m in savings by next year and following the recent […]

BBC exploring BBC Four global subscription service plan

The UK’s BBC is “exploring potential commercial opportunities” around turning its culture-skewing channel BBC Four into a global subscription service. The future of the arts and culture channel has been in doubt over recent months as the UK broadcaster attempts to balance budgets, while its editor Cassian Harrison recently took a nine-month attachment at commercial arm […]

BBC Two and Four controller exits in channels, iPlayer rejig

BBC Two and Four controller Kim Shillinglaw is to leave the UK public broadcaster as part of a wider restructure that sees Charlotte Moore take over all channels and the iPlayer. Moore has been named controller, TV channels and iPlayer for the BBC following an internal recruitment process, which was designed to create a “simplified […]

BBC plays down immediate BBC Four closure threat

The BBC’s director of strategy has said the corporation does not have plans to close BBC Four, despite the arts network being touted as one of a number of services that could be cut to save money. Speaking on BBC Radio4’s World at One show yesterday, James Purnell said “we’re not ruling anything in or […]

BBC outlines another £400m in cost cuts

The BBC is set to outline how it can make an additional £400 million (€505 million) of savings a year by 2017. The UK public broadcaster has already made a swathe of cost cuts, involving the loss of 1,000 jobs and, a new report will say, £1.1 billion a year in savings. The BBC is […]

BBC should take more risks, appeal more to minority viewers, says Trust

The BBC’s TV channel output should be more distinctive, collaborative and should appeal more to young, black, Asian and minority ethnic viewers, according to a BBC Trust review.  The BBC’s governing body, which yesterday published the conclusions of its review of BBC One, Two, Three and Four, said that it believed the BBC could continue […]

Cohen: budgets may threaten BBC Four future

The BBC’s director of television has warned arts channel BBC Four could go the same way as younger-skewing BBC Three if budgets continue to tighten. Yesterday morning, the British pubcaster confirmed rumours it would shutter BBC Three in autumn 2015 following a series of cost-saving measures. Hours later, Danny Cohen admitted BBC Four was also […]

BBC names acting controller of BBC Two and Four

The BBC has named Adam Barker as acting controller, BBC Two and BBC Four. BBC director of television Danny Cohen named Barker as acting controller of the two channels following Janice Hadlow’s move to become controller, special projects and seasons. Barker, who is currently editorial executive for the two channels, will take up his new […]

BBC Four to premiere Storyville docs on iPlayer

BBC Four is to premiere three of its flagship Storyville documentaries on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service for the first time. Collectively known as the Modern Outlaws Season, Storyville’s three documentaries, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers and The Great Hip-Hop Hoax, will each premiere on BBC […]

BBC Four controller role axed

The BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen has scrapped the BBC Four controller that Richard Klein occupied before exiting for ITV. Speculation Cohen would axe the role has been mounting since Klein’s departure and the BBC today confirmed BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow would take control of arts and culture-skewed Four. A new role of […]