JB Perrette's passion for dealmaking

01 Sep 2014
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.

Diversity: What can we learn from America?

01 Sep 2014
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.

September 2014

Television Journalism Awards 2013/2014

Submissions are now invited for the Television Journalism Awards in the categories listed below. Please read the criteria carefully as changes have been made in the following categories:

• Daily News Programme of the Year

• Nations and Regions News (formerly Nations & Regions News Programme)

• News Technology (formerly Innovative News)

• Judges' Award

RTS Programme Awards 2013/2014

Message from the Chair

Dear Colleague

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.

Tim Davie in conversation with Cathy Newman

Teaser text: 

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

Booking Instructions: 

Non-RTS member tickets £12.50

Tickets for RTS Members are complimentary but MUST be booked in advance – please provide your membership number when booking.

Tickets will NOT be available on the door. If you book for a guest who is a non-member, their ticket must be purchased. All RTS members must pre-book their tickets. Bookings for non-RTS members are NOT confirmed and tickets will not be issued until payment is received. All tickets are non-refundable.

Booking options:
• To book a complimentary place as an RTS member please email events@rts.org.uk providing your name, membership number, company and postal address for the ticket
• To make a Credit/Debit Card payment please call the Events Department on 020 7822 2820.

Venue details
Venue location: 
The Gallery, The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street
London WC2H 9HQ
United Kingdom

RTS Student Television Awards 2014

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This is the twentieth year of the RTS Student Television Awards and we are now inviting entries for the RTS Student Television Awards 2014.

Please send in your submissions before Friday 26 September 2014.

The new retail revolution

16 Jun 2014
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.

The incidents tell stories about two different areas of the UK market, which is still big business.

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