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Deloitte: teenagers to boost SVOD growth in the next five years

A growing number of UK teenagers will subscribe to VOD services as they opt to spend pocket money on media that caters to their individual interests, according to Deloitte. The company’s ‘Future of TV’ research said that with children in the UK averaging £11.20 per-week in pocket money, and pay TV subscription services typically starting at around […]

UK PSBs call for new prominence rules to tackle tech giants

The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix. In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise […]

BFI: Tax credits spur record levels of TV production spend

High-end tax credits for the UK’s television sector generated a record spend of £896.7 million in 2016, marking a doubling of local production over four years, according to a new report by The British Film Institute. The BFI report has shown that an estimated £632 million in tax relief seeded £3.2 billion in direct production […]

Kids VOD service Ketchup TV launches on YouView

Kids video-on-demand channel, Ketchup TV, has debuted on the YouView platform in the UK. The Ketchup TV Player went live yesterday offering a range of pre-school programmes, including Bob the Builder, Miffy, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Thomas and Friends, Fireman Sam and Maya the Bee. “Ketchup TV is a great addition to our already […]

Berenberg gloomy on ITV prospects

Analysts at Berenberg have reduced their price target for ITV shares and published a ‘hold’ recommendation on concerns about profitability next year as a downturn in the advertising market bites and the UK commercial broadcaster ups investment. Berenberg predicts that ITV’s advertising revenue will fall by about 1.5% this year, more than the 1% previously […]

BBC’s Tony Hall: FAANG needs regulation

BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for the taxation and regulation of “global giants” in order to equal the playing field for traditional broadcasters. The exec, who will speak at the RTS Conference in London on Tuesday (18 September), will note that “Britain needs to do more to support the broader PSB ecology.” “It […]

BBC and Discovery reportedly ‘close to agreeing break-up of UKTV’

The BBC and Discovery are close to agreeing a break up of UK channel provider UKTV following the public broadcaster’s failure to attract partners for a potential buyout of the venture, according to a report in The Guardian. According to the report, the BBC and factual giant Discovery, which inherited Scripps Networks Interactive’s 50% stake […]

YouGov: 48% of UK consumers worry about US media dominance

Half of UK media consumers are worried that US companies moving to the nation will mean they apply more control over its media, according to a YouGov report commissioned by sales platform Matrix Solutions. The survey conducted in the UK asked 2,117 consumers about their perceptions of US media companies purchasing UK companies. It was conducted […]

Freesat adds UKTV Play to on-demand offering

Freesat, the UK’s free-to-view satellite TV platform, has added catch-up service UKTV Play to its on demand offering. Freesat customers will be able to watch shows from Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama via the UKTV Play app or directly via the rollback TV guide. The addition of UKTV Play brings catch-up content and boxsets of […]

Ofcom names new CTO

UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has named Mansoor Hanif as chief technology officer. The Ofcom CTO is tasked with helping to ensure that Ofcom’s work for people and businesses is informed by current developments in networks and other technology. Mansoor was most recently director of the Converged Networks Research Lab at BT, leading research into both landline and […]

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