Advanced Television

Nadine Dorries

Longer TV ad breaks for UK?

Ofcom has confirmed that the frequency and length of commercial breaks on UK television channels are to be reassessed in light of evolving viewing habits and the rise of streaming services. Current rules state that, for ITV/STV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, the total amount of advertising in any one day must not exceed an […]

July 1, 2022

Katz: “Profit-driven C4 could leave hole in Britain”

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Ian Katz, speaking at the Wales Screen Summit, declared out-of-London producers “the most important voices in the privatisation debate” as he reminded the industry that the Government White Paper makes no commitment to the nations and regions under a private owner. In an interview following his keynote speech, Katz said there remains a “long legislative […]

June 16, 2022

UK creatives oppose C4 privatisation

The Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) has written to the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nadine Dorries, to urge her to reconsider the Government’s plans to privatise Channel 4. The FEU, who together represent over 120,000 UK creative workers, is dismayed at the Government’s plans to sell the publicly owned […]

June 13, 2022By Colin Mann

Minister: Government ‘open-minded’ on BBC funding

Julia Lopez, Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure, has suggested that the UK government is ‘genuinely open-minded’ about the future of the BBC funding model. Appearing before the Communications and Digital Committee of the House of Lords – the UK’s upper legislative chamber – as part of its inquiry into funding the […]

June 8, 2022By Colin Mann

Funding: What’s your bet?

The funding of TV of all kinds is under the microscope just now. For example; can public broadcasters justify collecting a tax from whole populations? Or, dare SVoDs run ads, or cut-off password sharers? Tricky. The BBC is the most-high profile of PSBs and, therefore, the alternative that does (or does not) emerge to the […]

June 8, 2022

MPA celebrates 100 years

The Motion Picture Association (MPA), the global voice of the producers and distributors of film, television and streaming content, is celebrating the century of creativity, growth and innovation since its inception in 1922. Since its founding in the age of the silent film, the MPA has championed storytellers, developed tools to protect their content against […]

May 31, 2022

Dorries: C4 ‘free’ of PSB status in a decade

UK DCMS Secretary Nadine Dorries says it is “laughable” that she is spearheading the sale of Channel 4 out of vengeance, though adding in the same evidence to MPs that it ‘hadn’t done itself any favours’ in a reference to an old story about Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow abusing Tory MPs. In the […]

May 19, 2022

UK MPs to question media secretary

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on online safety and public service broadcasters as part of an evidence session on the work of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). In a wide-ranging session, […]

May 13, 2022By Colin Mann

Channel 4 shares its alternative to privatisation

Alex Mahon, Chief Executive as Channel 4, has shared the broadcaster’s future plan proposal, 4:The Next Episode, which sets out its vision of what more Channel 4 can be and can do, while continuing to be owned by the British people. Mahon, said: “The last two years have transformed the profile of Channel 4’s audience […]

May 5, 2022

UK policy: Regulate SVoD, sell C4, protect PSB sport

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport says that TV and radio audiences will enjoy a new golden age of programming as the government updates decades-old broadcasting regulations. The government plans to pursue a change of ownership of Channel 4 to give it the tools it needs to succeed in the future as […]

April 28, 2022By Colin Mann