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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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.