Wales beat England in FIFA World Cup (in viewing figures that is)

The BBC has revealed that England’s World Cup 2022 opener against Iran on Monday 21 November was streamed a record eight million times on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online, making it the largest live streamed event on the BBC over a 24 hour period. The memorable 6-2 victory for the Three Lions also pulled […]

UKTV names head of ‘airtime for equity’ fund

UK channel provider UKTV has promoted Brendan Kilcawley to director of UKTV Ventures to lead the outfit’s “airtime for equity” investment fund after joining the fund in 2021 as head of commercial.  UKTV Ventures exchanges TV advertising inventory for minority equity stakes, alongside venture capital firms, in high-growth direct-to-consumer start-ups looking to build strong brands, acquire new customers and […]

Sky adds linear channel to its Sky Kids portfolio, commissions originals

From February, Sky is launching a 24-hour ad-free Sky Kids channel which it says will be “packed with a standout slate of Sky Originals and franchise favourites”. The UK service will put the PayTV provider in competition with BBC channel Cbeebies. Aimed at 1-7 year-olds, the channel will be available at no extra cost for […]

Newman given newly-created management role at BBC Studios in the UK

Sam Tewungwa, BBC Studios’ chief commercial officer for the UK has announced today that the business will its commercial teams to focus more effectively on strategic priorities. Under the restructure Jonathan Newman will be promoted to the new position general manager, Commercial, BBC Studios UK Distribution and UKTV. Reporting to Tewungwa, Newman will assume day-to-day responsibility for all […]

UK regulator raises concerns about big tech’s influence over news

US tech firms including Facebook increasingly shape the news stories that people in the UK see and read, according to a new report from UK media regulator Ofcom. As a result, it says there are “risks around transparency and choice in news”. Ofcom said it has identified concerns around the impact of online news ‘gatekeepers’ […]

UK government may extend reserved sports in digital domain

The UK government is to review broadcast rules around major sporting events to look at whether public service broadcasters should be guaranteed the opportunity to buy digital rights. The Digital Rights Review, launched today, will look at whether the government’s free-to-air ‘listed events’ rules should be reformed so that public service broadcasters including the BBC, […]

ITV rebrands to create joined up experience across broadcast and streaming

Ahead of the launch of its new streaming platform ITVX in December, UK media company ITV has given its entire channels portfolio a makeover. As of today, new channel branding, on-screen presentation and idents are across all on air channels. ITV’s chief marketing officer Jane Stiller said: “We are using the launch of ITVX as a moment […]

Pay TV platform Sky sub-licences cricket event to Channel 4 in the UK

In a further sign of growing co-operation between free-to-air and pay TV broadcasters on sports right, Sky has struck a deal that will allow UK broadcaster Channel 4 to air England’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final against Pakistan this Sunday (Nov 13). The game will be shown live on Sky Showcase – available in […]

BBC iPlayer on course for ‘best year ever’

The BBC says that its iPlayer on-demand service is “well on track for its best year ever”. Fuelled by major events such as the Queen’s state funeral, the Commonwealth Games and the final of Women’s Euro 2022, the platform has reported 1.65 billion programme streams (up 7%) for the third quarter of the year (July […]

ITV offsets ad revenue declines with strong studios and digital performance

ITV has released a trading update for the first nine months of 2022 in which it says total external revenue was up 6% at £2.5bn. Of this total, non-advertising revenue was up 13%, with ITV Studios primarily responsible for this growth (up 16%). These figures offset an overall decline in ad revenue, down 2% year on […]