BBC sets out launch plan for limited free licence for over-75s

UK public broadcaster the BBC is to launch its delayed licence fee scheme for the over 75s in August, giving a free licence to senior citizens who receive Pension Credit rather than the current blanket free licence provided to all in that age group. The BBC Board has confirmed it will begin the new scheme […]

BBC Studios chooses SES for playout and distribution

The BBC’s commercial arm BBC Studios (BBCS) and its UK channel subsidiary UKTV have chosen satellite operator SES to manage the playout and distribution of over 50 linear channels and their associated video on demand services.  SES will provide playout, content processing, distribution, and VOD services, delivering BBCS and UKTV content to a network of […]

BBC sets Premier League viewership record

The BBC’s broadcast of Southampton vs Manchester City was the most-watched Premier League match ever. The Saints’ upset 1-0 win over the Citizens on Sunday, July 5 attracted a peak audience of 5.7 million across all platforms, including the BBC Sport website. This figure is significantly higher than the peak of 4 million that watched […]

iPlayer sees record month in May with 570 million requests

The BBC iPlayer has continued to flourish during the coronavirus pandemic as Brits continue to be stuck inside, with the broadcaster announcing that May has become the service’s biggest ever month. In total, there were 570 million requests to stream programmes on iPlayer in May, up from 564 million programme requests in April – the […]

BBC pledges £100 million to ‘diverse and inclusive content’

The BBC in the UK has said it will “prioritise” spending of £100 million of its existing commissioning budget over the next three years on “diverse and inclusive content” and outlined plans for a new mandatory 20% diverse-talent target in all new network commissions. The BBC’s Creative Diversity Commitment, which it has claimed is the […]

Digital TV Europe launches TV Watch podcast – listen here

We are very excited to announce the launch of TV Watch, a new podcast from Digital TV Europe. Hosted by Digital TV Europe deputy editor Jonathan Easton, TV Watch is a new podcast looking at the biggest news and trends in the worlds of broadcasting, streaming and everything else to do with the TV industry […]

BBC Studios head Tim Davie appointed new director general

BBC Studios (BBCS) boss Tim Davie has been named director general of the BBC, replacing the outgoing Tony Hall. Hall took much of the UK industry by surprise in January when he revealed he would be exiting the BBC this summer, with chairman David Clementi working with headhunters to find a successor. Davie will take […]

BBC lifts lid on Beeb voice assistant

British pubcaster the BBC has revealed more details of its ‘Beeb’ voice assistant, including a public trial. News had been quiet about the AI helper since its initial announcement in August 2019, with some details revealed the following month. Now, the broadcaster has said that it will start testing it publicly as a beta to […]

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 […]

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