IBC 2022 Marks BBC Centenary With International Honor For Excellence

The IBC 2022 International Honor for Excellence, the organization’s most prestigious award, will be presented to the BBC as part of its centenary celebrations. The world’s first public broadcaster went on air in 1922, and BBC 100 “is a celebration of everything that has come since. IBC recognizes that pioneering moment as the catalyst that sparked […]

BBC On Track To Hit Diversity Spending Promise

The British broadcaster has invested $53 million on diverse and inclusive shows since 2021 and looks set to reach $121 million by 2023, a target it set in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

BBC Poaches Netflix UK Scripted Exec Lindsay Salt For Top Drama Job

BBC Is Launching Single Unified News Network Next April

BBC has shared details about a new, single unified news network covering both global and domestic news that’s poised to launch in April 2023. BBC previously had two news outlets: BBC News, a U.K.-focused channel, and BBC World News, which catered to a global audience. The two channels are now combining into a single entity that will feature programming which will broadcast around the world.

U.K. Broadcasters Back Industry Efforts To Curb Bullying And Harassment

BBC Director-General Tim Davie Sets Out ‘Digital First’ Strategy, Plans $250 Million A Year Cuts

BBC Director-General Tim Davie has revealed plans for a “digital first” BBC as the broadcaster celebrates its 100th year as well as revealing at hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of cutbacks. Davie said he plans to cut £200 million ($250 million) from the budget due to the government’s decision to freeze the license fee, which funds the BBC. The freeze will create a £285 million annual funding gap by 2027-28.

Afghanistan’s Female TV Presenters Must Cover Their Faces, Say Taliban

New ‘Doctor Who’ Star Is ‘Sex Education’ Actor Ncuti Gatwa

The Rwanda-born, Scotland-raised Gatwa, 29, will be the first Black actor to helm the quintessential British sci-fi show, but he won’t be the first Black Doctor — Jo Martin has played “Fugitive Doctor” in several episodes.

TVN’S WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2022

BBC’s Judy Parnall ‘A Real Force Of Nature’

Judy Parnall, BBC’s R&D head of standards and one of this year’s recipients of TVNewsCheck’s Women in Technology Leadership Award, has carved out a reputation as a leader always thinking several steps ahead, who engenders trust in colleagues and never fails to see the audience perspective in the technology and standards she helps develop.

Inside The BBC Staff Exodus: Women Of Color Are ‘Exhausted’ From Fighting A Broken System

BBC Receives Additional UK Government Funding To Counter Ukraine War Disinformation

The BBC World Service has sought and will receive £4.1 million ($5.4 million) in additional funding to counter disinformation around the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The emergency funding would to help the BBC “continue bringing independent, impartial and accurate news to people in Ukraine and Russia in the face of increased propaganda from the Russian state,” the U.K. government said in a statement.

BBC Resumes Reporting From Russia

The BBC has resumed reporting from Russia after suspending it last week in light of draconian new censorship laws. “We have considered the implications of the new legislation alongside the urgent need to report from inside Russia,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “After careful deliberation we have decided to resume English language reporting from Russia this evening [Tuesday, March 8], after it was temporarily suspended at the end of last week.”

BBC Journalists Halt Work In Russia Following Censorship Law

New Russian legislation ”appears to criminalize the process of independent journalism,“ BBC director-general Tim Davie says.

Journalist Katty Kay Returns To The BBC

Award-winning journalist and former BBC World News anchor Katty Kay is returning to the BBC as U.S. special correspondent for BBC Studios, working on documentaries, podcasts and news. Kay left the BBC last summer after more than three decades, joining U.S. media company Ozy Media. However, she quit that job three months later after the […]

BBC Revives Shortwave Radio Dispatches In Ukraine, And Draws Ire Of Russia

As Russia is trying to cut off the flow of information in Ukraine by attacking its communications infrastructure, the British news outlet BBC is revisiting a broadcasting tactic popularized during World War II: shortwave radio. The BBC said this week that it would use radio frequencies that can travel for long distances and be accessible on portable radios to broadcast its World Service news in English for four hours a day in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and in parts of Russia.

Boy Shoves BBC Reporter Live On Air As Mom Allegedly ‘Eggs Him On Across The Street’

Fighting Deepfakes, Coalition Targets Authenticating Media Provenance

The Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), a group including the BBC, New York Times, Microsoft and Adobe, is working toward a common technical standard for media provenance to push back against the deluge of disinformation and deepfakes assaulting news. Their work on content authentication is swinging into high gear this winter.

Period Crime Drama ‘Vienna Blood’ Gets Season 3 Order

To Reach Younger Viewers, The BBC Goes Back To The Airwaves

The British public broadcaster moved a youth-focused channel online, but now it’s changing course as viewing habits continue to mutate. Above, shows on BBC Three, which is aimed at younger viewers, include RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. vs the World (left), Freeze: Skating On The Edge and Fleabag.

 

BBC Fights Content Piracy With IBCAP

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) today announced that BBC Studios, representing the BBC Group, will become an IBCAP member. As part of its membership, IBCAP will play an instrumental role in protecting the BBC’s channels against piracy in the U.S., including: BBC One                                  BBC News BBC Two                                  BBC World News BBC Three                                CBBC BBC Four                                 CBeebies “Television piracy causes financial harm to […]

DC Fans Of ‘EastEnders’ Mourn Disappearance from WETA’s Schedule

Jana Bennett, Former Director Of BBC Television, Dies At 66

BBC Sport Unveils Innovative New VR Studio For Beijing Winter Olympics

UK Government Confirms Plans To Freeze BBC License Fee

BBC Apologizes For Interviewing Alan Dershowitz About Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict

BBC Unveils 10-Point Plan To Ensure ‘Fair, Accurate And Unbiased Content’

The initiative, following a review set up in the wake of the Princess Diana interview scandal, is also designed to ensure the U.K. public broadcaster’s programs and content “truly reflect the broad public, which it serves.”

BBC Overhauls Bullying And Sexual Harassment Guidelines On Set

NBCUniversal And BBC Strike Unscripted Formats Deal

The U.S. media group, which operates broadcast network NBC, a slew of cable networks and streamer Peacock, and the British public broadcaster have teamed up to find unscripted shows that can work both in the States and UK. The pair will hunt for shows produced by British producers across unscripted genres and will look to co-commission pilots or develop projects with series potential.

BBC Chief To Support Tighter Regulation Of Social Media

Idris Elba To Return For ‘Luther’ Movie

Fran Unsworth, BBC Director Of News And Current Affairs, To Leave After 40 Years

Fran Unsworth, BBC director of news and current affairs, will leave the BBC in Jan. 2022. Unsworth was in the role from Jan. 2018 and oversaw all of the BBC’s news and current affairs programming. The process to appoint her successor will begin shortly, the BBC said.

Netflix, BBC Team To Develop, Co-Produce Shows From Disabled Creatives

David Attenborough’s Extraordinary BBC Run Began In 1952

At 95, Sir David Attenborough is nominated this year for an eighth and ninth Emmy for his narration on two BBC nature series, A Perfect Planet and The Year Earth Changed. After becoming the British public broadcaster’s director of programs, Attenborough later resigned to focus on creating a collection of bar-raising wildlife documentaries known as the Life series.

Who’s Next? Jodie Whittaker To Leave ‘Doctor Who’ In 2022

The BBC said today that star Jodie Whittaker will leave the venerable science fiction series next year, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall. Whittaker will bow out after a new six-episode series later this year and three specials in 2022.

UK Government Moves To Regulate Netflix, Amazon, Disney In Order To Protect The BBC

Major U.S. streamers including Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ could be regulated for the first time in the UK as part of proposals being considered by Boris Johnson’s government. Ministers at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have announced that they will consult on plans to subject the streaming giants to British broadcasting laws, bringing them in line with the BBC, ITV, Sky and others.

Outcry Over Abuse Of BBC Editor At Shutdown Protest

Fans Slam BBC And ESPN For Airing Unedited Footage After Danish Soccer Star Collapses

Harry and Meghan Accuse BBC Of Libel Over Lilibet Report

BBC Medical Drama ‘Holby City’ Canceled After 23 Years

BBC Facing Governance Reforms Over Princess Diana Interview Revalations

The BBC is engulfed in one of the biggest crises in its 100-year history after an independent inquiry concluded that former reporter Martin Bashir (r) deceived his way to a Princess Diana interview and the broadcaster failed to properly investigate his wrongdoing. Former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson’s inquiry elicited a blistering statement from Prince William, who was excoriating about the BBC’s failings. The future King said the 1995 Panorama interview “contributed significantly” to the “fear, paranoia and isolation” of his mother in her tragic final years.