BBC Three sets February 1 as linear comeback date

BBC Three will return to UK TVs on February 1, the embattled pubcaster has announced. Unveiling a rebrand which trades purple for green, BBC Three will return as a TV channel six years after becoming an online-only service. The channel will occupy the same spot as children’s broadcaster CBBC. The channel will broadcast BBC Three […]

Licence fee abolishment will force BBC to cut £2.5 billion over 5 years says Davie

Tim Davie, the director general of UK pubcaster the BBC, has said that the corporation will suffer a £285m ($390m) shortfall in 2027/28 following yesterday’s licence fee settlement. As a result, the BBC will need to save around £1.5bn on top of pre-existing savings targets of around £1bn, for a total of £2.5bn over the […]

UK Government to abolish licence fee in 2027 and cut BBC funding

UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries has announced plans to abolish the licence fee and freeze funding to the BBC. Confirming a story from the Mail on Sunday, the secretary tweeted: “This licence fee announcement will be the last. The days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors, are over. Time […]

Record-breaking festive period for BBC iPlayer

The BBC iPlayer experienced a record-breaking festive period, the broadcaster has announced. The catch-up service streamed 141 million programmes during New Year week (27th December-3rd January), up 6% year-over-year. This was followed by a solid start to 2022, with programmes streamed a massive 143 million times on iPlayer during the first week of the year. […]

Former BBC and History exec Jana Bennett dies, aged 66

Former History and BBC boss Jana Bennett has died, aged 66. Bennett revealed in 2019 that she had been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) – a complex form of brain cancer – and subsequently helped to launch OurBrainBank, which allows patients with the condition to track symptoms and assist with research. Prior to that, the US-born exec had been […]

ITN chief Turness in at BBC as News CEO 

The BBC has announced the appointment of ITN boss Deborah Turness as the CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs. The executive will be charged with leading the broadcaster’s news coverage across TV and digital, along with setting the agenda for its online news coverage. She will have responsibility for a team of around 6,000 […]

BBC Studios names new COO

BBC Studios in the UK has appointed Martyn Freeman as its new chief operating officer. Freeman currently serves as the company’s general counsel, in which capacity he oversees BBC Studios’ business and legal affairs, global operations, compliance and risk. In his new role, Freeman will expand his remit to take responsibility over technology, transformation and […]

BBC iPlayer lands on PS5

The BBC has brought its iPlayer streaming app to Sony’s PlayStation 5 games console. The app joins more than 15,000 devices where BBC iPlayer is already available. PS5 owners can add the BBC iPlayer app by going to the Media tab on the PS5 home screen and selecting BBC iPlayer from the All Apps section. […]

BBC announces Sir Damon Buffini and Shumeet Banerji as non-exec board members

The BBC has announced the appointment of Sir Damon Buffini and Shumeet Banerji to its board as non-executive members.  They replace Tom Ilube, who stood down from the Board on 30 June 2021, and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson whose term is due to conclude on 31 December 2021 Buffini was a founding partner of international investment […]

Ofcom approves BBC Three TV comeback

BBC Three, the UK online network behind shows including Fleabag and Killing Eve, has been approved by media regular Ofcom for a linear return in February 2022. The announcement follows news earlier this year that BBC Three would return as a broadcast channel – then expected to be in January – six years after it was moved to […]

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