Scripps flexes its muscles

01 Sep 2014
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 becomes dominant force in America

01 Sep 2014
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
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.

Happy landing for Jay Hunt

01 Sep 2014
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
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.

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

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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 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.

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