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Freeview passes on-demand milestone

UK digital-terrestrial free-to-view platform Freeview has passed the milestone of 60,000 hours of on-demand free content. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Freeview said it had increased its on-demand offering by 20,000 hours since April. Most Freeview viewers will have full access to the enhanced ITV on-demand offering, ITVX service. Freeview’s connected service, Freeview Play, provides access […]

England vs France reaps record audiences on both sides of channel

On Saturday, the England vs France FIFA World Cup quarter final match was watched by a peak audience of 23m in the UK across ITV and ITVX. In France, TF1’s peak audience was 20m, the best quarter final audience since World Cup 2006 in Germany. Both figures were described by their respective broadcasters as the best […]

BBC board-level appointments designed to drive commercial growth

Just a day after BBC director-general Tim Davie set out his “case for growth” at the Royal Television Society, the corporation has unveiled a raft of new Board level appointments that its says reflect its “commitment to growing commercial income”. Key appointments include the appointment of Damon Buffini as deputy chair of the BBC Board. […]

BBC DG Tim Davie sets out BBC-led ‘case for growth’

BBC director-general Tim Davie delivered a speech at a Royal Television Society (RTS) event yesterday in which he set out “a case for growth”. Pointing to the threat of marginalisation by “vast US and Chinese players”, he called on “the BBC, regulators, politicians – all of us – to work together and make clear decisions. […]

UKTV appoints new technology and operations chief

UK-based, BBC Studios-owned channel provider UKTV has appointed Tim Bertioli as its new director of media services, taking on responsibility for the technology and operations teams and leading a team of circa 50 staff. Reporting to Nicola Greaves, BBC Studios’ EVP of global operations, Bertioli will lead the UKTV Media Services function and sit on UKTV’s executive leadership team and BBC […]

ITV and STV deepen content sharing and advertising partnership

UK commercial broadcaster ITV and Scottish equivalent STV have signed up to an enhanced strategic partnership around content sharing and advertising sales that the pair says creates incremental digital value for both companies and aligns their interests in the streaming age.  The long-term agreement will see STV’s streaming service, STV Player, take exclusive Scottish rights […]

Donelan tells MPs she is looking at ‘other options’ to C4 privatisation

UK culture secretary Michelle Donelan has given her strongest indication yet that the UK government will shelve its controversial plan to privatise broadcaster Channel 4, a move that could devastate the UK’s thriving independent production community. First reported in the Guardian Newspaper, Donelan told Members of Parliament she is exploring alternative business models that could […]

ITVX announces ground-breaking sign language channel

When ITVX launches on 8 December, deaf viewers will have access to what is a worldwide streaming first – a British Sign Language channel. The new service will solely feature signed programming, including shows like the Emmerdale and Coronation Street omnibus episodes, Cilla, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Vera, Lewis, and The Saint. The channel will be […]

BARB looks to future following Netflix move

Following Netflix’s landmark decision to sign with BARB to measure audiences in support of its ad-supported streaming offering, the UK audience research organisation is moving ahead to extend it measurement metrics and reach out to other walled-garden streaming services, according to Matt Laycock, audiences director at BARB. Speaking at Mediatel’s Future of TV Advertising Global […]

SkyShowtime adds detail on Central & Eastern European rollout

Having previously announced its official launch date in Bulgaria and the majority of the former Yugoslavia (December 14), streaming platform SkyShowtime has now added some further details regarding the shape of the service at launch. According to the platform, customers in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia will be able to access […]