Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of half of UKTV, wants to be a bigger player in the UK, says Raymond Snoddy
Scripp's Drive-Ins and Dives presenter Guy Fieri (credit: SNI/John Lee)
The senior Scripps Networks Interactive executive does not deny recent reports that the American group, which specialises in lifestyle programming, is prepared to pay £500m for the half of UKTV it does not already own.
ITV’s aim of reducing its reliance on UK ad revenue has seen it become the largest non-scripted producer in the US. Neil Midgley investigates
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is one of the shows made by a company which is now majority-owned by ITV (Credit: Leffield/ITV)
If you came up with a list of programmes made by ITV, you might start with Coronation Street, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Mr Selfridge. You probably wouldn’t think at first of Duck Dynasty, Cake Boss or The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Channel 4’s creative supremo, Jay Hunt, is delivering a pipeline of successful shows, including Gogglebox and The Mill. Andrew Billen finds out how she turned the station around
Jay Hunt: creative supremo (Credit: Channel 4)
When I last interviewed Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, the context was crisis. She recalls the week, in July 2013, when Channel 5’s ratings beat Channel 4’s. It was a crisis only in the eye of certain beholders; it could be seen as a piece of statistical legerdemain from her old employers at 5.
Steve Clarke meets JB Perrette, the new head of Discovery Networks International who explains what makes a winning team
JB Perrette needs little by way of introduction to observers of the US entertainment sector. As a senior executive at NBC in the early 2000s, he was one of the innovators of American digital TV and helped to launch the pioneer online video service Hulu.
For two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) The Hollywood Reporter featured Perrette in its Digital Power list. Three years earlier, in 2006, Multichannel News selected him for its 40 Under 40.
In the UK, Perrette, now a youthful 43, is less well known. But that is about to change.
Gary Younge looks at how US television succeeded in becoming less white – while UK progress has stalled
Shortly before the Iraq war – and after I’d arrived in New York – I was invited to take part in a Panorama discussion. The BBC was facilitating a debate, between New Yorkers in a diner it had rented on Broadway and Jordanians in a restaurant in Amman, about their views on the war.
But, having gone to all that trouble of creating a scene that looked like New York, the producer had cast a panel that bore no resemblance to those living in the city.
I am delighted to be chairing the RTS Programme Awards again this year. These are one of the gold standard awards in our industry and are an important showcase of the extraordinary talent evident across all genres in British television.
Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News will be probing Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, over the BBC licence fee and being acting Director General.
Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, in conversation with Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News
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