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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

BBC acquires Gossip Girl

The BBC has acquired the hit US drama Gossip Girl, and will give the new sequel series its UK debut on BBC One and iPlayer later this year. BBC iPlayer will also be home to every episode of the pop culture classic Gossip Girl so far, offering viewers the chance to watch all six seasons […]

July 2, 2021By Nik Roseveare

BBC: “90% of over-75s now have TV licence”

The BBC has reported that its latest figures show more than nine in 10 over-75s households have now made arrangements for a free or paid TV licence. The BBC says this is in line with the broader UK population – the overwhelming majority pay the licence fee to access programmes and services the BBC provides […]

June 29, 2021

iPlayer now on ScreenHits TV

UK customers of VoD aggregator platform ScreenHits TV can now integrate BBC iPlayer on-demand content and live channels into their personalised TV discovery experience On-demand programmes and live channels from the BBC will appear in the ScreenHits TV interface, and selecting one of the BBC’s programmes will take viewers through to watch on BBC iPlayer. […]

June 28, 2021

iPlayer trials ‘Watch With Friends’ feature

Music fans are now able to get together remotely to watch performances from Glastonbury via a new trial feature on BBC iPlayer. Viewers using the web version of the iPlayer will find a button saying ‘Watch with friends’ under any programme from The Glastonbury Experience 2021 in iPlayer’s Glastonbury collection. Viewers can click the button […]

June 24, 2021

Wimbledon returns to BBC

From June 28th, BBC audiences can once again tune again to the iconic Wimbledon tennis tournament after the event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, commented: “We are delighted to bring back Wimbledon, such a centrepiece event of the sporting calendar to unite the nation after what […]

June 17, 2021

BBC Programme Index improves archive access

The BBC is making its archive more accessible than ever before,  launching a new Programme Index tool with a searchable index of nearly 100 years of BBC TV and radio broadcasts. “Programme Index, like BBC Genome before it, is a spine of data – this time stretching back nearly 100 years,” explains Susannah Stevens, senior […]

June 16, 2021By Colin Mann

Can Tim Davie save the BBC?

The reputation of the BBC matters. It wants to be seen as the gold-standard of public service broadcasting, and that matters not just for the BBC and, by extension, the UK but for the whole world because, historically, the BBC has successfully projected itself as a beacon of broadcasting service that all democratic nations should […]

June 15, 2021

England v Croatia sets iPlayer record

England’s winning start to their Euro 2020 campaign on June 13th pulled in a peak TV audience of 11.6 million and a 79.2 per cent share of available viewers, and also set a new BBC iPlayer live viewing record with the game being streamed 3.9 million times. The match, which saw Raheem Sterling’s goal secure […]

June 14, 2021By Nik Roseveare