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.
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.
LONDON (AP) — A BBC journalist used “deceitful behavior” to secure an explosive interview with Princess Diana in 1995, in a “serious breach” of the broadcaster’s guidelines, according to investigation findings published Thursday. The BBC appointed a retired senior judge in November to lead the investigation after Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, made renewed complaints that […]
The BBC is planning to move £700 million ($977 million) of spend and hundreds of jobs outside of London as the corporation bids to better reflect the U.K.’s nations and regions after being criticized by government ministers for having a “narrow urban outlook.” The BBC’s so-called “Across The UK” strategy was announced to employees on Thursday morning, and is being touted by BBC top brass as one of the most radical reorganizations of the broadcaster in its nearly 100-year history. Above, BBC Director General Tim Davie.
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For the first time in its 63-year history, BBC Studios’ renowned Natural History Unit is setting up shop outside the U.K. In 2021, the NHU will launch a permanent satellite office in Los Angeles. The new U.S. operation will allow the production unit to better serve its growing roster of American buyers, with a laser focus on the streamers.
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The online event this week underscored 2020’s biggest TV tech trend — moving on-premise broadcast workflows and vendor products to the cloud — while anticipating 5G’s potential use in remote production. Above, a 5G-enabled camera used in a BBC-led trial exploring multi-camera synchronization.
A team of 10 world-leading broadcasters, collaborating as part of IBC’s Accelerator Innovation Program, today revealed plans for a “proof of concept” demonstration of a series of 5G-enabled remote broadcast production use cases, live from Amsterdam on Thursday, Sept. 10. The project team, led by the BBC, together with Al Jazeera Media Network, BT Sport, EBU, ITV, Olympic […]
It is, by common consent, the job from hell, but within days of starting as BBC Director General, Tim Davie, achieved the impossible by generating positive headlines in outlets normally critical of the Beeb. In his first speech as DG on Thursday, Davie appeared to break with the BBC’s past by saying the BBC must “have more impact by making less.” This marked a potentially seminal moment for the broadcaster. He also emphasized that the BBC needed to be more scrupulous regarding impartiality, focus on “unique, high impact content” and build commercial income.
The BBC has announced plans to cut a further 70 jobs from its news division, with Radio 4 and political programming expected to be badly hit. The cuts are on top of 450 previously announced.
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.