Broadcasting

Re-branding for Sci Fi

The Sci Fi Channel is set to change its name, well sort off, and introduce new logo’s and on-screen branding as part of a shake-up to attract new audiences. After sixteen The Sci Fi Channel will no longer be known as The Sci Fi Channel as the channel changes its name, branding and logo to attract new audiences. The cable company is owned by NBC Universal and from July it’ll

Cameron Calls for Licence Fee Freeze

Conservative leader David Cameron has called for the cost of the licence fee to be freezed for a year. David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party, has called on the government to freeze the cost of the licence fee for a year. It was recently announced that the cost of the licence fee would once again rise this year by £3 which has prompted calls from all political parties to

Another ratings low for Geordie Duo

The once golden boys of ITV may have lost their shine as Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway sinks to a new ratings low on Saturday night. Could the Geordie Duo’s bubble have burst? They were once the golden boys of ITV who drew in big ratings for the broadcaster but now there shine seems have worn off for some viewers and Geordie Duo Ant and Dec saw another bad

Trek writer sues

Star Trek writer Harlan Ellison is suing CBS Paramount over its alleged failure to pay him for exploitations of his Trek episode City on the Edge of Forever. Harlan Ellison is suing CBS Paramount for allegedly failing to pay him for merchandise, publishing and other exploitations of his Star Trek episode City on the Edge of Forever. The episode was part of the original series of Star Trek that ran

Gethin Jones to Host Sky Quiz

Gethin Jones, former Blue Peter presenter, is to host a brand new quiz show for Sky One. Former Blue Peter present, and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Gethin Jones is to present a brand new quiz-show for Sky One. Sell Me the Answer will feature contestants who are asked ten questions or less. Each question is worth an increasing some of money but if the contestant doesn’t know the answer they’ll

Comic Relief raises nearly £60 Million despite hardly raising a laugh

The Comic Relief’s telethon broadcast on BBC One last night raised a record £57 million. The previous amount raised was £40.5 million back in 2007 – that being the biggest at the time in the history of the ‘Red Nose Day’ event which launched live from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day 1985. Famous faces from David Tennant, Fern Britton, Alan Carr, David Beckham, Catherine Tate, Gary Barlow,

Grade on Product Placement Ban

ITV Executive Chairman, Michael Grade has spoken out about Culture Secretary Andy Burnham‘s decision to continue to keep product placement banned on British Television. “Our audiences are savvier than the Government thinks. It is simply not in our interest to “contaminate” programmes with product placement which would irritate them and prompt them to switch over. We believe that considered product placement, in the context of the robust regulatory framework proposed

Product Placement Ban To Stay

In a move which the Government press release states is a was of “preserving standards” in British broadcasting, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham confirmed that the ban on product placement within UK programming would remain. Updated with ITV’s response to the ruling. In a move which the Government press release states is a was of “preserving standards” in British broadcasting, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham confirmed that the ban on product placement

ITV and BBC To ‘Share’ Studios?

Reports suggest that ITV may switch the remaining eight regional news services outside of London into the same studio complexes as the BBC. In yet another cost-cutting move by the ailing, one time popular broadcaster, ITV hope to save around eight-million pounds a year by ‘moving-in’ with the BBC. The Guardian reports that today, after many months of negotiations, ITV signed a memorandum with the BBC to share the corporation’s

Regional ITV Companies Ditch Network Slots

Some of the remaining none-ITVplc stations are planning on ditching the network ‘dross’ for more locally-made programming. ITV’s once entirely independent network still has four regional broadcast areas: Channel Television, UTV, STV North and STV South. As we reported recently in our ITV TV Weekly special STV – who operate two local ITV franchises – has been planning on dropping the low-quality, low-rating national fare dished up by ITVplc’s programming