ITV Hub to ‘supersize’ content in Love Island-less summer

ITV’s catch-up platform ITV Hub will ‘supersize’ its content offering this summer, the broadcaster has said. With ITV missing out on the audiences which would have been drawn to the streamer by Love Island and the UEFA Euro 2020 – both of which have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – ITV […]

ITV furloughs 800 as ad revenues dip by 42%

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has revealed the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on its business, with around 800 staff furloughed and advertising revenues slumping 42% in April. The FTA operator, which cancelled its ratings juggernaut Love Island earlier this week, broke the news in its first quarter trading update but said the ongoing uncertainty […]

Boris Johnson coronavirus address becomes one of the UK’s most watched programmes ever

UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on March 23 was historic in more ways than one, with the British prime minister not only introducing unprecedented measures to address the coronavirus pandemic but also setting viewing records. The brief pre-recorded broadcast was watched by 27.1 million British households on linear TV. The official […]

Pay TV future more likely for Six Nations after government rejects ‘A list’ appeal

The UK government has declined to place the Six Nations rugby tournament on a list of sports events that must be made available free-to-view, increasing the chances that rights to the competition will be snapped up by a pay TV provider such as Sky. The event is currently listed as a ‘category B’ competition, meaning […]

ITV lays out plans for coronavirus

British pubcaster ITV has announced its response to the coronavirus pandemic as the UK looks to be housebound for the foreseeable future. Following the announcement made by the BBC, ITV has made a similar move to refocus its programming towards news content while some entertainment shows like The Voice UK will be postponed until later […]

Rugby World Cup breaks records with 857 million viewers

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has broken the record for the most-viewed rugby union tournament. According to governing body World Rugby, more than 857 million people watched the tournament from Japan. This represented a 26% increase from the tournament hosted in England in 2015. In terms of live audiences, 501 million people watched live – […]

BritBox announces Australian expansion, hits 1 million subs in US

ITV and BBC Studios UK-content streamer BritBox is to launch in Australia later this year. The SVOD service, which was first launched in the US and Canada in 2017, offers an array of UK programming and last year revealed plans to “significantly expand” its offering with more original drama and live events. It will be […]

Six Nations could go to pay TV from 2022 in UK

Rugby Union’s Six Nations could move to pay TV from 2022 in the UK. According to Rugby Paper, the competition’s organisers have not ruled out the possibility of a pay TV broadcaster winning the rights to the competition which has been broadcast on free TV in the country for 20 years. While the BBC and […]

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