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Ex-ITV chairman warns of PSB existential threat

Sir Peter Bazalgette, the former chairman of UK commercial public service broadcaster ITV, has suggested that the UK public service broadcasting system is “undoubtedly facing an existential threat”. Bazalgette, who recently stood down as chairman of ITV after six years in the role, was delivering a speech discussing the future of Public Service Broadcasting – […]

October 12, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom consults on TV advertising rules

UK media regulator Ofcom is seeking evidence to help determine whether there is a need to reform rules that restrict the amount of advertising shown on public service broadcasters’ TV channels. All UK broadcasters are subject to restrictions on the quantity and scheduling of advertising on their channels. But under rules introduced over 30 years […]

July 15, 2022By Colin Mann

French PSBs to boost streaming

French PSB group France Télévisions has revealed its ambition to double its TV series line-up on digital catch-up platform france.tv. Presenting its 2022-2023 season, France Télévisions is particularly seeking to attract a younger audience to its free-of-charge video platform. According to president Delphine Ernotte-Cuni, france.tv is set to become the “leading French video platform” offering […]

July 8, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

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

Cosslett appointed ITV Chair

UK commercial PSB ITV has appointed Andrew Cosslett as its new Chair to succeed Sir Peter Bazalgette, who will step down after just over six years in the role and nine years on the Board. Cosslett will join the Board as an independent Non-executive Director and Chair Designate with effect from June 1st and will […]

March 10, 2022

Report: SVoD race, pandemic boost M&A spree in Europe

A report by the European Audiovisual Observatory aims to shed light on the structure of the AV industry in Europe in terms of revenues as well as other performance indicators specific to key audiovisual market segments. The analysis provides snapshots of the top AV players and explores concentration, statute, and origin of ownership by revenues, […]

January 18, 2022

Analyst: C4 sale threatens UK production sector

The UK government has reaffirmed its intention to review the ownership model and remit of Channel 4 (C4), but the proposed privatisation of the publicly-owned broadcaster would significantly impact the UK’s independent production sector, suggests Ampere Analysis’s Neil Anderson. In an Insight post, the analyst notes that the UK’s television industry’s international success is widely […]

September 30, 2021By Colin Mann

UK Culture Secretary defends C4 sell-off

In a speech meant to be delivered to the Royal Television Society Convention before his unexpected demotion from the role, former UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden set out his support for the ongoing success of commercial public service broadcaster Channel 4 and the benefits a potential change in ownership could bring to the service and […]

September 15, 2021By Colin Mann

Channel 4 ownership consultation under way

The UK government has launched a public consultation on the future ownership of Channel 4, as part of its review of public service broadcasting. The consultation will consider both the ownership and remit of Channel 4. The government says the current strength and variety of the UK’s TV production sector is in part thanks to […]

July 7, 2021By Colin Mann

Cunningham named Dave channel director

UKTV has announced Cherie Cunningham as the new channel director for its comedy entertainment channel Dave. Dave is one of the biggest non-PSB channels in the UK reaching 20 million viewers every month. Cunningham is tasked with growing the channel’s viewership and continuing to establish its reputation as one of the leading comedy entertainment brands. […]

July 5, 2021