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BBC to ‘reinvent the iPlayer’ in a bid to remain relevant to 16-34 year-olds

The BBC will focus on reinventing the iPlayer this year and making it more of a destination for young people, according to BBC chairman David Clementi. Speaking at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) Spring Conference in London yesterday, Clementi said that while the BBC’s public service mission is more important than ever, […]

Ofcom opens seven new investigations into RT in wake of Salisbury attack

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has opened seven new investigations into Russian overseas news channel RT following the nerve agent attack on a Russian exile and his daughter in the city of Salisbury. Ofcom said that RT parent TV Novosti’s overall compliance record with its licence had not previously been out of line with […]

Sky reports 10% earnings increase despite ‘challenging environment’

Sky reported a 10% increase in earnings for the nine months to March 31, despite what CEO Jeremy Darroch described as a “challenging consumer environment”. Announcing results for the first nine months of its financial year, Sky said that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came to £1.7 billion (€2 billion) – up […]

BT Sport names EE’s Matt Stagg as mobile strategy chief

BT Sport has appointed EE mobile video and content chief Matt Stagg as director of mobile strategy in a move that highlights the growing importance of mobile video to the pay TV provider. Stagg, who will report to BT Sport COO Jamie Hindlaugh, will be responsible for developing the pay TV broadcaster’s mobile capabilities. BT […]

Netflix unveils raft of European originals

Netflix is set to launch a new string of European originals including a Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) football drama and its first Dutch original. The Fellowes drama will see Netflix and London and LA-based prodco 42 look at football from a class perspective, featuring both Etonians and factory workers alike. For its first Dutch series, […]

BT is most complained-about UK pay TV provider

BT was the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider in regulator Ofcom’s latest quarterly league table of complaints relating to service providers. The report eveals the number of complaints made to Ofcom about the UK’s largest providers of home broadband, landline telephone, pay-monthly mobile and pay TV services, between October and December last year. […]

BT makes The Terror available on YouTube in UK first

BT is giving the public a chance to watch the first episode of AMC’s thriller The Terror for free, live on YouTube next week. The first episode of BT TV’s The Terror will be available for 24 hours from 00.01am on April 24, for anyone in the UK, with a double episode also available for free on the AMC […]

Discovery Kids launches on Amazon Channels in the UK

Discovery has launched digital subscription service, Discovery Kids, on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels service in the UK. Discovery Kids offers content targeted at children aged four to eight years old, including animated series like My Little Pony, Peppa Pig and Angry Birds Toons, as well as Discovery content like Doki, Meet the Penguins and Dogs: The Untold Story. “Children are digital natives from […]

Hall: BBC facing ‘fight for the future’ in big tech-dominated world

The BBC and UK public service broadcasting in general faces “a fight for the future” that will test the whole British creative industry in a world where “the global media landscape is going to be dominated by four, perhaps five, businesses on the West Coast of America in the years to come”, according to BBC […]

UK makes major VR pledge in £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal

The UK government has made a major commitment to virtual reality (VR) and immersive technologies as part its Creative Industries Sector Deal. Unveiled yesterday, the deal will see the government and industry jointly invest more than £150 million to help cultural and creative business thrive across Britain. As part of this, the Sector Deal aims […]

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