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MPs to question grandees on BBC impartiality

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons is to question Lord Birt, former BBC Director General, and Lord Patten, former BBC Trust Chair, on issues relating to BBC impartiality. The one-off session on March 28th follows recent issues culminating with the suspension and reinstatement of Gary Lineker on Match […]

March 27, 2023By Colin Mann

Resolution reached in BBC/Lineker dispute

Statements have been issued by Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC and Gary Lineker confirm that Lineker will return to sports presentation this coming weekend following the BBC announcing that he would “step back” from presenting Match of the Day until there was an “agreed and clear position on his use of social media”. There […]

March 13, 2023By Colin Mann

FIFA launches FIFA+ OTT

World football governing body FIFA is launching FIFA+, describing it as a world-class digital platform created to connect football fans across the globe more deeply with the game they love, for free. FIFA+ will provide access to live football matches from every corner of the world, interactive games, news, tournament information, together with what FIFA […]

April 12, 2022By Colin Mann

Survey: Most recognised TV theme tunes

A study by electronics retailer Currys has uncovered which TV theme tune is the most recognised, which one is most nostalgic and whether the UK has become a nation of intro skippers. The study surveyed 2,006 people in the UK to find out what TV theme tune springs to mind when first questioned. It turns […]

April 4, 2022

Potato and Possessed score recommissions for Moneyball and Sitting on a Fortune

Award-winning ITV Studios label Potato, producers of The Chase, Beat The Chasers and Ninja Warrior UK, and fellow ITV label Possessed, announce series recommissions for two of their co-produced hit game shows, Moneyball and Sitting on a Fortune. Both entertainment formats have been confirmed for a second series. Hosted by football legend Ian Wright, Moneyball […]

March 28, 2022

BBC: “We’re most used media brand in UK”

In its annual report, the BBC has said is the most used media brand in the UK, revealing it is used by 90 per cent of adults on average per week, with the public choosing BBC programming and services around 250 million times a day. Despite the challenges of lockdown (for the period the annual […]

July 6, 2021

England QF most-watched live TV event of 2021

England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Ukraine on July 3rd was watched by an audience of 20.9 million people on the BBC, slightly up on the 20.6 million who watched the win over Germany in the previous round. The peak audience figure made it the most-watched live TV event of 2021 in the UK. A […]

July 5, 2021By Nik Roseveare

DCMS Committee Chair ‘concerned’ at BBC pay

Julian Knight MP, Chair of the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has expressed concern at pay levels revealed in the BBC’s Annual Report. “Despite Gary Lineker’s pay cut, when millions of pensioners are having to find extra cash to pay for the BBC and services they depend on, it’s concerning […]

September 15, 2020By Colin Mann

Lineker extends BBC contract, takes pay cut

The BBC has announced that Gary Lineker has signed a new contract that will keep him at the corporation until 2025. The former England football captain will continue as Match Of The Day host, a programme he first presented back in 1999 as well as fronting the BBC’s coverage of the FA Cup, major football […]

September 15, 2020

BT Sport reveals Champions League return plans

BT Sport has announced its plans for ‘Club 2020’ as the UEFA Champions League and Europa League return on August 5th. The finals of both competitions will once again be available for free on YouTube. Club 2020 will provide fans a knockout tournament featuring 26 games in just 19 days. All games will be broadcast […]

July 29, 2020