Sky launching two new factual channels

Pay TV operator is launching two new factual channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. The new launches follow those launch of Sky Crime in October and Sky Comedy, which arrives on the platform today. The introduction of the new services follows on from Sky’s recent launch of Sky Studios, Sky’s Europe-wide development and production capability which the broadcaster […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s UK pay TV complaints table

Virgin Media generated the highest volume of pay TV complaints of all UK services providers to regulator Ofcom in the third quarter of last year, with Sky generating the lowest. Virgin Media generated 14 complaints per 100,000 pay TV subscribers over the quarter, with 44% of those being related to complaints handling. The other main […]

BARB launches three-screen audience measurement

UK audience measurement outfit BARB has started to report unduplicated programme reach and time spent viewing figures across multiple screens, marking the implementation of the third part of its four-stage Project Dovetail initiative. The new figures are reported on a daily basis across TV sets, tablets and PCs and are available through existing data-processing tools […]

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 […]

Ofcom unveils plans to supercharge UK fibre, close down copper network

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled new plans to accelerate the slow rollout of fibre, including caps to what BT’s infrastructure arm, Openreach, can charge for access in urban areas combined with incentives for the infrastructure player to invest in rural areas. Opening a consultation on its review of the wholesale fixed telecoms market, Ofcom also […]

Nicky Morgan to stay on as DCMS secretary

Nicky Morgan is staying on as the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport secretary. Morgan, who resigned as an MP in October, will be created a life peer in order to continue on in the role. This is despite a year prior matter of factly saying: “I would not serve in a Boris Johnson cabinet.” […]

BT Sport to offer no-contract monthly pass for first time

In a first for the broadcaster, the UK’s BT Sport is to offer a no-contract monthly pass for £25 (€30) that enables users to view a range of sports without the need for a long commitment. Available from today, BT Sport Monthly Pass lets any user buy and watch BT Sport on a month-by-month basis. […]

Sky reveals ambitious plans for Elstree-based film and TV studio

Comcast-owned studio/broadcaster Sky has unveiled plans to build a new 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio next door to the world-famous Elstree Studios. Sky says the proposed development represents a significant new investment in the UK and European creative economy and will be made with Comcast’s blessing. According to Sky, the new Sky Studios Elstree […]

UKTV’s Alibi acquires international dramas from A+E and Banijay

UK PayTV broadcaster UKTV has acquired two high-profile series for its crime drama channel Alibi. The two shows, Miss Scarlet and the Duke and The Gulf, are UKTV’s most high-profile scripted acquisitions since it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBC Studios and restructured its management team under Marcus Arthur. Miss Scarlet and the Duke is […]

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