Broadcasting

Oddie quits Springwatch

Presenter Bill Oddie has quit BBC Two’s wildlife show, Springwatch, after four years fronting the series, with co-host Kate Humble.   Bill Oddie has quit the BBC Two nature series Springwatch, which airs live, after four series of fronting the nature programme alongside co-host Kate Humble. Springwatch is popular programme for BBC Two attracting good ratings and the next series is due to start in May – Oddie will not

Former Crossroads actress joins Murder Series

Actress Belinda Everett, who appeared in ITV’s revival of Crossroads in 2002, will join the cast of ITV’s drama series Blue Murder when it returns for a fifth season later this year. ITV has released details of the forthcoming fifth season of Blue Murder which stars Caroline Quentin and former Casualty actor Ian Kelsey. Joining the cast of the fifth season is former Crossroads actress Belinda Everett who played environmental

Five Boss Leaves

Five’s Director of Programmes for FIVER and FIVE USA, Hannah Barnes, has decided to leave the broadcaster following the successful relaunch of its digital channels, the broadcaster has announced. Barnes said: “I’ve had a tremendous time at Five but feel I’ve achieved everything I was brought into do, namely transform the digital channels and drive their share upwards. The launch of FIVE USA next month feels like the perfect time

BBC’s Highest Paid Stars to face Pay Cuts

The highest paid BBC “stars” will have cuts in their salary when their contracts come up for renewal the BBC has confirmed as the corporation tries to cut costs. Stars such as Jeremy Clarkson, Chris Moyles and Jonathan Ross will face pay-cuts when their contracts come up for renewal as part of the BBC’s drive to cut costs at the corporation. High level management at the corporation have already been

BBC To Adapt Austin’s Emma

The BBC is to produce a new adaptation of Jane Austin’s novel, Emma. The adaptation follows the BBC’s successful adaptations of Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Cranford, Lark Rise to Candleford and Tess of the D’Urbervilles of the past few years. BBC Press Release. Jane Austen’s masterpiece Emma is to be adapted by award-winning writer Sandy Welch (Our Mutual Friend, Jane Eyre, North And South) into a fresh, humorous and perceptive

Bob Shennan New Radio 2 Boss

Bob Shennan has been appointed Controller, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music following the resignation of Lesley Douglas who quit over the Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross farce. Bob, who previously was head of the Channel 4 radio division and Controller of Radio 5 Live, will join the BBC in February and will report to Tim Davie, the BBC‘s Director of Audio & Music. Tim Davie welcomed the appointment,

Four to air True Blood

Channel Four has acquired the UK rights to HBO’s True Blood. Channel Four has acquired the UK terrestrial rights to HBO’s True Blood, a vampire drama series. The series was created by Six Feet Under writer Alan Ball and the first episodes performed so well for HBO that the channel commissioned a second season before the first had finished broadcasting. True Blood will air on Channel Four later this year.

Channel Four to make Queen Drama

Channel Four is to make a five-part drama series about the Queen which will cover “pivotal” moments in the monarch’s life. Each of the five parts will see a different actress take on the role of the Queen with Samantha Bond and Lisa Dillon confirmed as two of the five actresses.     Channel Four has commissioned a five-part drama series about the Queen and pivotal moments in her reign.

Report claims Martha to return to Who

A report in a tabloid newspaper claims that Freema Agyeman will reprise her role of Martha Jones in one the Doctor Who specials that will air this year. A report in The Sun newspaper claims that Freema Agyeman has agreed to reprise her role of Martha Jones for a guest appearance in one of this year’s Doctor Who specials. Agyeman was last seen in the role in the season four