London Live, the new multi-platform broadcasting operation serving the capital, has ignored much of TV’s established playbook, reports Steve Clarke
From BBC Two to TV-am, getting a new television station on air and establishing it has never been easy. But on 31 March London Live, the biggest channel in former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s new wave of local-TV services, arrived in one piece.
And so was born the capital’s first bespoke, multi-platform network channel aimed at the under-35s.
Richard Halton tells Torin Douglas why YouView is an essential part of British TV’s future
It’s little wonder that YouView’s CEO, Richard Halton, is smiling. After years of delayed launches, regulatory rows, changes of chairmen and negative headlines (such as “Alan Sugar should kill the YouView brand”), the venture that Halton has nurtured from its earliest days as “Project Canvas” can look ahead with confidence.
RTS/Focal Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture by Anthony Wall. Report by Matthew Bell
A packed audience for this year’s RTS/Focal Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture was treated to Arena Series Editor Anthony Wall’s experiments with archive footage on the BBC’s idiosyncratic arts strand. Within Wall’s output, Christopher Columbus, Johnny Rotten, Shirley Bassey and Kendo Nagasaki happily share screen time.
Will the internet empty out the UK’s crowded mall of TV shopping channels? asks Tara Conlan
Two events recently marked another chapter in the history of television shopping channels. The first was that Sit-up TV – which operated Bid TV and Price-drop TV and once used David Dickinson as the face of its brand – went into administration.
The second was that the wrecking balls moved in to demolish the old south-west London headquarters of QVC – an iconic, neo-classical building that once represented the dreams of the pioneers of home shopping.
BBC Charter renewal will center on funding. Steve Clarke hearst the opening shots of the campaign.
In the age of the iPlayer, paying for BBC services is arguably straightforward no longer. As a result, the key debate around renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter in 2016 is expected to focus on the future of the licence fee and alternative means of paying for the corporation’s services.
Could the BBC’s traditional form of funding – already top-sliced to fund the World Service, local-TV and S4C, among other things – be replaced by subscription? Or perhaps a hybrid financing model might be preferable?
Discovery’s acquisition of a majority stake in Eurosport will play a central role in the group’s response to fracturing audiences, learns Kate Bulkley
For 25 years Eurosport has effectively owned the pan-European sports television market. Its live, uninterrupted coverage of everything from World Cups to Grand Slams has helped it carve out a unique broadcasting niche.
The low-cost and basic production style of Eurosport’s output – like its Tour de France coverage – offers viewers a continuous live feed and audio commentary in many different languages, largely produced from its Paris headquarters.