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BBC preps Doctor Who VR spin-off

The BBC has developed an animated virtual reality (VR) spin-off of Doctor Who that will allow fans to step inside the show’s iconic fictional time machine, the TARDIS. Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute long immersive experience that is due to launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months. It was produced by […]

BBC to create BBC Three strip on BBC One

The BBC is to create a dedicated slot devoted to the best of BBC Three programming on its flagship channel. From March 4, programmes from the BBC’s youth-focused online-only channel will air on BBC One from 22:35 from Monday to Wednesday after a truncated News at Ten. The Question Time discussion show will continue to […]

UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

BBC licence fee to go up in April

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £150.50 (€171.75) to £154.40 per year from April 1, 2019. Licence fee payers will receive a reminder or a payment plan reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April […]

BBC reveals top iPlayer shows of 2018

British dramas Bodyguard, Killing Eve and McMafia were the top programmes requested on BBC iPlayer in 2018, according to official BBC stats. The broadcaster said that the first episode of Bodyguard was its online streaming service’s biggest ever programme, with 10.8 million requests across the year. All six episodes of the drama appear in iPlayer’s top ten programmes of the year, with […]

BBC deputy director-general to step down

The BBC’s deputy director-general, Anne Bulford, is due to leave the corporation in spring. In a statement, the BBC said that Bulford had decided to pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles and thanked her for helping to transform the BBC since she joined the broadcaster in 2013. BBC director general Tony Hall said Bulford has […]

BBC Studios’ Davie bows out of Premier League role

BBC Studios boss Tim Davie has bowed out of the top Premier League job. According to the Financial Times, the exec has rejected the role and assured staff that he will be staying on at BBC Studios, weeks ahead of the producer-distributor’s major Showcase event in Liverpool in February. For months, Davie had been in the mix to […]

BBC launches public consultation on ‘reinvention’ of iPlayer

The BBC has launched a public consultation on plans to “reinvent” the BBC iPlayer service, including making content available for at least 12 months after it is first shown as well as extending the availability of box-sets on the service. The move is the first step in the Public Interest Test ordered by regulator Ofcom […]

BBC reveals top-performing iPlayer shows of the year

BBC drama, Bodyguard, is the most-viewed show of the year so far on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, according to company stats. Episode one of Bodyguard become most popular episode ever on BBC iPlayer, topping the 2018 list with 10.5 million total requests to date. Each subsequent episode of the six-part series also featured in […]

Ofcom hems in BBC iPlayer box-sets ahead of Public Interest Test

UK regulator Ofcom has presented a final set of interim directions to the BBC that will curtail its plans to offer extended runs of box-sets on the BBC iPlayer service. The instructions come ahead of the UK public broadcaster carrying out the Public Interest Test that Ofcom imposed in November. Among other decisions, Ofcom has […]

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