Britain’s public service broadcaster has been at the heart of media in the United Kingdom and many parts of the world for the best part of a century. Now it’s facing a brutal fight for survival. The British Broadcasting Corp. is confronting unprecedented political hostility, looming threats to its funding, deep cuts to some services and ever increasing competition from digital platforms ahead of its centenary in 2022.
LONDON (AP) — The BBC said Wednesday that plans to “modernize” the British broadcaster’s newsroom will lead to the loss of an estimated 450 jobs. The cuts represent a substantial blow to the national public service broadcaster, which has a worldwide reputation for high quality news and entertainment programs. BBC News employs about 6,000 people, […]
BBC director-general Tony Hall will step down from running the U.K. public broadcaster this summer after seven years in the role. The news was unveiled Monday morning in London.
Fresh off a thumping election victory, Prime Minister Boris Johnson may be preparing to target one of his country’s most recognizable institutions: The BBC. Johnson suggested during the campaign that he could scrap the license fee that supports the BBC, a massive organization that produces a huge number of entertainment programs and employs over 2,000 journalists around the world.
The three-year deal with Channel 4 will add 1,000-plus hours of programming, including for the first time on any streamer an exclusive Film4 curated service featuring iconic films, from 2020.
The BBC is poised to set out plans for a massive reinvention of iPlayer, the pioneering streaming service it launched in the same year as Netflix went live, and punch back in the fight for British talent. The BBC is pitching the new look as a direct response to the invasion of Netflix, Amazon, Apple and other U.S. media giants.
Exclamations about the IP transition, the cloud and AI were notably muted at this year’s IBC. Vendors say that’s because this year wasn’t about shiny new things, but rather getting to work on implementation.
The service’s director-general said Thursday that the BBC may move away from its compulsory license fee model, which is guaranteed until 2027, and shift to a voluntary subscription model.
Discovery and the BBC are chucking out the script in a new global streaming venture that will combine Discovery’s extensive real-life entertainment library with the U.K. media giant’s natural history catalog.
The British public broadcaster and commercial network have set a strategic partnership to launch BritBox streaming service in the second half of 2019. It will be a mix of library shows from the BBC and ITV and will also include new commissions from British production companies.
Katy Noland, senior R&D technologist at the BBC, has been chosen as one of TVNewsCheck’s 2019 Technology Women to Watch and will be honored during the NAB Show on April 9 in Las Vegas.
Jodie Whittaker’s first outing as the time and space-travelling lead in the BBC’s sci-fi hit show Doctor Who hasn’t just received rave reviews, but landed the best U.K. ratings for a season opener of the series in more than 10 years.
The BBC, Fox News and PBS are the most-trusted TV news brands in the U.S., according to Research Intelligencer by Brand Keys, which surveyed 4,012 viewers who rated broadcast and cable brands that they watch more than three times per week “to determine how much trust those brands engendered.”
LONDON (AP) — The publicly funded BBC has published the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, revealing that its best-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year. The list published Wednesday shows that the BBC pays 96 people at least 150,000 pounds ($195,000) a […]