Culture secretary will not intervene in BBC decision to scrap free TV licences for over 75s, “open-minded” to subscription model

UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is “open-minded” about changes to the way the BBC is funded, including moving from a licence-fee model towards a subscription-led service. Morgan was responding to a question during a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee meeting in which she was asked whether she would […]

BBC defends over-75s licence fee plans following damning DCMS committee report

The BBC has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee report into the PSB’s decision to cut free TV licences for over-75s, backing its new ruling.  The report said that the body was “disappointed with the BBC’s decision not to continue free licences for the over-75s.” As quoted by a […]

iPlayer extension is good news for producers, says BBC content chief

UK regulator Ofcom’s decision to allow the BBC to extend the window in which content is available on the iPlayer service to 12 months means that the on-demand offering will be at the centre of the pubcaster’s approach to commissioning content for what director of content Charlotte Moore described as a “total TV vision”. “We […]

Canal+ and TF1 secure Women’s Euro 2021 rights

Free-to-air broadcaster TF1 and pay-TV outfit Canal+ have signed a deal with Uefa for the rights to the 2021 Women’s European Championship, claims a local paper. The joint deal is worth €13 million, as reported by L’Équipe. The deal is worth more than twice the €5 million paid by France Télévisions for the previous tournament […]

BBC announces iPlayer revamp to launch in 2020

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year.  The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned […]

BBC reveals more details on Beeb voice assistant, confirms international and commercial availability outside UK

The BBC has revealed more details on its upcoming Beeb voice assistant. In comments made to DTVE following the BBC Global News Digital Upfronts in London, a spokesperson confirmed that the voice assistant, currently being developed under the working title ‘Beeb’, is “being constructed to be both international and commercial outside the UK”.  The voice […]

BBC extends Ryder Cup deal

The BBC has renewed and extended its broadcast deal with the European Tour for the Ryder Cup. As a result, the competition, one of the biggest events in golf, will remain free to air until 2022. The PSB said that the 2020 contest in the US at Whistling Straits and the 2022 Ryder Cup at […]

BBC confirms 2020 Red Button switch-off

The BBC is switching off its Red Button news and sport service next year, the broadcaster has announced.  BBC Red Button served as the modern equivalent to Ceefax, which shut down in 2012, and allowed users to read news and sports content through their TV. The Red Button service launched in 1999. While it is […]

TV facing imminent ‘second wave of disruption’ says BBC chief

BBC director-general Tony Hall believes an imminent “second wave of disruption” caused by streamers from companies such as Disney and Apple will provide the UK public broadcaster with an opportunity to attract more viewers. Hall has been a frequent commentator on the growing dominance of Netflix within the UK industry. But he will use his speech at […]

Berenberg: ‘uncompelling’ Britbox leaves ITV ‘between a rock and hard place’

The proposed Britbox streaming service between ITV and BBC in the UK looks “uncompelling” in the face of growing SVOD competition, including Apple’s announcement that its own streaming offering would be priced as low as US$4.99, according to analysts from Berenberg, which have ITV a ‘hold’ recommendation. According to Berenberg’s analysts, Britbox will likely struggle […]

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