BBC iPlayer passed seven-billion streams milestone in 2022

UK pubcaster the BBC’s iPlayer on-demand service passed the milestone of seven billion streams in a year for the first time in 2022, boosted by the FIFA World Cup from Qatar. BBC iPlayer also recorded its best quarter and best month ever during the year. BBC iPlayer streams for 2022 were 9% up on 2021. The […]

UK watchdog to explore circumstances of BBC chairman’s appointment

An influential government watchdog is to scrutinise the process that led to the appointment of Richard Sharp as BBC chairman. Conservative party donor Sharp has been at the centre of an ongoing controversy following reports in The Sunday Times that he was involved in arranging a guarantor on a loan for former PM Boris Johnson […]

BBC chairman calls for additional funding for BBC World Service

BBC chairman Richard Sharp has warned that the BBC World Service, which broadcasts to 360 million people across 70 countries in 42 languages, is under threat of losing its influence unless it receives additional funding from the UK government. “We have already announced a number of changes to the World Service, in September last year… […]

BBC secures package of live NBA fixtures for 2022/23 season

UK public broadcaster the BBC has secured a ground-breaking deal with US basketball franchise the NBA. Under the terms of the new partnership, the BBC will air nine games from the 2022/23 season across BBC3 and BBC iPlayer. The deal starts immediately, with the BBC broadcasting the NBA’s international game from Paris today (January 19). […]

BBC iPlayer enjoys record-breaking start to the New Year

The BBC says viewers and listeners “flocked to BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds in record numbers over the festive period”. EastEnders, Call the Midwife, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, The Traitors and Sam Ryder Rocks New Year’s Eve topped the list of most watched programmes on the iPlayer platform. Looking across […]

BBC board-level appointments designed to drive commercial growth

Just a day after BBC director-general Tim Davie set out his “case for growth” at the Royal Television Society, the corporation has unveiled a raft of new Board level appointments that its says reflect its “commitment to growing commercial income”. Key appointments include the appointment of Damon Buffini as deputy chair of the BBC Board. […]

BBC DG Tim Davie sets out BBC-led ‘case for growth’

BBC director-general Tim Davie delivered a speech at a Royal Television Society (RTS) event yesterday in which he set out “a case for growth”. Pointing to the threat of marginalisation by “vast US and Chinese players”, he called on “the BBC, regulators, politicians – all of us – to work together and make clear decisions. […]

BBC UKTV channel to join South Africa’s DStv this month

Multichoice’s digital PayTV platform DStv is adding a new BBC channel to its offering from December 15. BBC UKTV, which is also available in Australia, offers a variety of UK-originated content including comedy, soaps, natural history, kids content and flagship factual entertainment franchises like Top Gear. The move means that DStv now carries six BBC […]

BBC Studios unveils digital-first comedy channel Funny Parts

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, has ramped up its commitment to digital-first content with the launch of Funny Parts, a new comedy channel that is designed to connect with younger audiences. At launch, the channel is available cross social platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The new channel will offer a […]

BBC gets greenlight for more iPlayer content, probed on service to low-income viewers

UK media regulator Ofcom has given the BBC a green light to add more archive content to its BBC iPlayer on-demand offering. At the same time, Ofcom said the pubcaster was not doing enough to serve audiences on lower incomes and launched an in-depth review to assess how the BBC connects with disenfranchised viewers. Audiences […]

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