NFBUK calls on BBC to cancel red button shutdown

The BBC and Downing Street have been presented by a petition signed by more than 100 organisations calling on the pubcaster to save the red button.  BBC Red Button, which launched in 1999, serves as the modern equivalent to Ceefax, which shut down in 2012, and allowed users to read news and sports content through […]

BBC and ITV favourites to retain Six Nations

The BBC and ITV are set to retain the rights to rugby union’s Six Nations, ensuring the pre-eminent tournament remains on free-to-air TV in the UK.  CVC Capital, which has invested £300 million for a 15% stake in the tournament, is seeking contract improved from the combined £90 million paid previously by the pubcasters. That […]

Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general

Tony Hall is to stand down as BBC director general this summer after seven years in the job. The surprise news was broken to BBC staff today in an email by Hall. Hall said: “It’s been such a hard decision for me. I love the BBC. I’m passionate about our values and the role we […]

Harrison in as BritBox UK managing director

ITV and BBC streaming service BritBox has hired Will Harrison as its UK managing director. Harrison joins from TV and film investment firm Ingenious Media, where he has been managing director since May 2018. Before that he worked at Warner Bros. as chief commercial officer for Warner Bros. as chief commercial officer for the Harry […]

BBC confirms plans to move staff out of London

The BBC is to move at least two thirds of its staff outside of London by 2027. Director general Tony Hall spoke to staff on Wednesday, and confirmed the plans he had alluded to in a Financial Times column from the previous weekend. Currently, 48% of the BBC’s 19,000 workforce is based in London. Hall […]

BBC could move 3,000 jobs out of London by 2027

The BBC has pledged to make two-thirds of its roles based outside of London by 2027. Writing in the Financial Times, BBC director general Tony Hall, said that the BBC “can do more for Britain than ever” and argued that the broadcaster should be better representative of the country as a whole. He said: “A […]

BBC Studios names Sheard as CMO

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Studios, has named Nicki Sheard as chief marketing officer.    Sheard will be tasked with setting the global marketing strategy for the company and its brands and providing marketing leadership across the group. She will lead on commercial exploitation of BBC Studios’ franchise brand portfolio, which today includes brands such as Doctor Who, Top […]

New Year’s Day becomes busiest iPlayer day ever

New Year’s Day was the busiest day for the BBC iPlayer since its launch in 2007, the broadcaster has revealed. In total, the service saw 17.9 million requests, surpassing the same day in 2019 by more than a third. The BBC said that Dracula and Doctor Who were the most popular titles to be streamed […]

Gavin and Stacey becomes most viewed Christmas Day broadcast of 2010s

The BBC’s revival of Gavin and Stacey proved to be the UK’s most popular Christmas Day TV show of the decade.  In total, 11.6 million people tuned in to see the iconic sitcom return to screens following its cliffhanger ending in 2010. According to the broadcaster, the show captured 49.2% of all TV viewers when […]

BritBox expands device range, now available on Chromecast

BritBox, the new UK streamer from ITV and the BBC, has increased the range of devices on which the service is available.  Most noteworthy among the additions is Google Chromecast sticks, with smart TVs from Panasonic and Vestel also being included. With availability on these devices, in addition to other TV devices such as Apple […]

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