BBC revamping BBC+ content discovery app

The BBC has refreshed its experimental content discovery app,  BBC+, to take advantage of advanced data capabilities that the broadcaster’s technical team believe could deliver a superior personalised experience. The current BBC+ app is mostly provided by BBC News and replicates the BBC homepage. The BBC’s Datalab and the BBC+ app development teams have now […]

TV Licensing reveals most-tweeted BBC shows of 2018

Question Time, The Andrew Marr Show and Doctor Who were the first, second and third most-tweeted about BBC TV shows of 2018, TV Licensing has revealed. According to the TV Licensing’s stats, BBC news and current affairs programmes regularly sparked opinion and debate on social media, with nine of the twenty most-tweeted about shows falling into these categories. The […]

BBC iPlayer records ‘strongest month to date’

The BBC iPlayer on-demand service recorded its strongest month to date in October, boosted by the popularity of hit series Killing Eve, Doctor Who and The Cry. BBC iPlayer recorded 334 million requests in October, up 18% year-on-year, with a new record for average daily requests of 10.8 million. Based on number of requests, October […]

Freeview to launch ‘one-stop-shop’ app for UK television

UK TV platform Freeview is due to launch a new mobile app on January 22, 2019 that it says will act as a “one-stop-shop” for the nation’s most-watched content. The free-to-use app will let viewers stream live channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All […]

BBC consults on options for over 75s licence fee

The BBC has launched a consultation on the future of licence fee payments by over 75s. The age group is currently entitled to a free TV licence under a government-funded scheme that is set to expire in June 2020, after which it is to be left to the BBC itself to decide on any future […]

BBC iPlayer box-set plan hits regulatory hurdle

The BBC’s plans to extend the availability of box-sets on its iPlayer on-demand service, and other planned changes to iPlayer are “material” and require the BBC Board to undertake a public interest test, according to UK media regulator Ofcom, in a ruling that contradicted the pubcaster’s board’s own assessment of the impact of the proposed […]

BBC report explores alternatives to free over-75s licence fee

The BBC would have to use the equivalent of 18% of its total service spend to continue offering free licence fees to over 75s after the costs of these are transferred to the broadcaster in 2020. This is according to a Frontier Economics report, commissioned by the BBC, that explores the longer-term funding options relating to […]

BBC and Sky add to pressure on Saudi Arabia over BeoutQ

The BBC and Sky have called on the European Commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over pirate broadcaster BeoutQ providing illegal access to content including the English Premier League. Both broadcasters have sent letters to Anna Malmström, the EC’s commissioner for trade, adding their voices to calls for a formal EU protest to […]

Ofcom: BBC must be more transparent and take more risks

UK public broadcaster the BBC needs to go further in acting transparently, particularly in relation to the potential competitive impact of its activities, according to regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s first annual report on the broadcaster since taking over as independent regulator, the BBC “does not routinely explain planned changes in its public service activities […]

BBC launches Get Creative app for Cbeebies

UK public broadcaster the BBC has launched a new Get Creative app for its Cbeebies kids channel. The new app will sit alongside the channel’s existing two apps, Playtime Island and Storytime. In a blog posting, Natalie Ratcliff, senior product manager, children’s D&E at the BBC, said that the app had been developed primarily to […]

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