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Ryan Reynolds curates Welsh Wednesdays on S4C

S4C have signed a commercial output deal with Hollywood actor and Wrexham AFC co-owner Ryan Reynolds. The Welsh language broadcaster S4C will provide six hours a week of Welsh language content curated by Reynolds for the Maximum Effort Channel, streamed on Welsh Wednesdays in a weekly takeover. The Maximum Effort Channel is a partnership between […]

June 26, 2023By Nik Roseveare

Whittingdale to cover science, media briefs

Former Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Sir John Whittingdale is to act as  a Minister of State jointly in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made the appointments in advance of  Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, and […]

April 24, 2023By Colin Mann

BBC DG: ‘Not strapped to one funding mechanic’

Tim Davie, the BBC’s Director-General, has acknowledged that the Licence Fee is the ‘least bad’ option for funding the Corporation, an observation made by current BBC Chairman Richard Sharp before taking up his post and repeated by former Broadcast Minister John Whittingdale earlier in 2022. “If you believe in universal broadcasting, the pressure is on […]

September 27, 2022Colin Mann @ RTS London Convention 2022

New rules to protect ‘distinctively British’ PSBs

Hours before he was sacked in a reshuffle, former Media Minister John Whittingdale announced new measures which he said will protect the creation of British TV, and help public service broadcasters (PSBs) compete with the US streaming giants in the digital age. In a keynote speech to the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Whittingdale, a […]

September 16, 2021By Colin Mann

Lopez replaces Whittingdale as DCMS Minister

Julia Lopez has been appointed Minister of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. She was previously Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office. John Whittingdale, former Minister for Media and Data, has been sacked from government, having served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between May 2015 and July […]

September 16, 2021By Colin Mann

New rules to protect ‘distinctively British’ public service broadcasting 

Media Minister John Whittingdale has announced new measures to protect the creation of uniquely British TV, and help public service broadcasters (PSBs) compete with the US streaming giants in the digital age. Shows such as Dr Who, Downton Abbey, Great British Bake Off, Top Gear, The Bodyguard and Planet Earth have been huge international hits […]

September 15, 2021By Sanjeev Bhavnani

Freeview licences renewed for another decade

The UK government is extending the five national multiplex licences for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform – better known as Freeview – until 2034. This will protect for the future the main way audiences currently enjoy a diverse range of digital TV channels for free. It will guarantee prime spectrum – the radio waves […]

August 17, 2021By Colin Mann