Apps: the business opportunity

11 Feb 2015
Apps have the potential to change the way we interact with TV shows.

Interactivity has been a feature of TV shows for many years but now – thanks to mobile apps – it could offer producers a way to make more from their programmes. A London Centre event late last year, “Interactive social TV formats: the business case”, revealed how the producers of big entertainment shows are exploiting second-screen smartphones and tablets.

Mansfield's format tips

11 Feb 2015
Grant Mansfield says you need to develop a thick skin

Grant Mansfield
Grant Mansfield (Credit: Jon Craig)
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm," TV executive Grant Mansfield, borrowing a line from Winston Churchill, told RTS Bristol's first event of the year.

Michael Bunce OBE 1935-2014

11 Feb 2015
Obituary of the RTS' first full time director (1935-2014) by Steve Clarke

Michael Bunce, who has died of a heart attack, aged 79, was the Royal Television Society’s first full-time director.

He died unexpectedly on New Year’s Eve, following the death of his wife, Tina, two weeks earlier from cancer.

Michael joined the RTS as Executive Director in 1991. His nine years running the RTS were marked by a wide-ranging expansion in its activities and the modernisation of the Society’s role.

Behind the scenes of The Wright Stuff

11 Feb 2015
Pre-dawn start keeps daytime debate fresh

The Wright Stuff presenters (from left): Kirsty Duffy, Matthew Wright and Eric Johnson
The Wright Stuff presenters (from left): Kirsty Duffy, Matthew Wright and Eric Johnson (Credit: Princess Productions)
There's rarely a dull moment on long-running Channel 5 daytime show The Wright Stuff. Over its 14-year run, guests have had panic attacks on air; streakers have invaded the studio; the audience has thrown both abuse and objects; lights have exploded; and sets collapsed.

Obituary: Tony Pilgrim MBE 1923-2015

11 Feb 2015
Obituary of Tony Pilgrim MBE 1923-2015 by George Pagan

Tony Pilgrim with Her Majesty the Queen in 1987
Tony Pilgrim with Her Majesty the Queen in 1987
Tony Pilgrim, an important figure in the RTS's evolution, has died. He was 91.

In 1960, Tony helped to found the Midlands Centre of the Television Society, of which he became Chairman in 1964.

This led to a seat on the Council, which, in turn, led to his Chairmanship of the Society in 1969.

Are online services going to destroy the broadcast model?

11 Feb 2015
As Amazon signs Woody Allen to make his first TV series, are on-demand services poised to wreck the broadcast model? Stephen Price is sceptical

The traditional way of watching television, as a family around a static set in the corner of the living room, is over, we are told. TV ownership has – for the first time ever – declined.

Now it’s about subscription-based, on-demand content downloaded to watch when you want and where you want; we’ll all be binge watchers soon.

According to this view, the way we watch TV is at, or even past, a tipping point. If only it were that simple.

How fixed-rig has transformed factual

11 Feb 2015
Factual TV has been transformed by fixed-rig docs such as Educating Yorkshire and 24 Hours in A&E. Matthew Bell hears how they are made.

Educating the East End
Educating the East End (Credit: Channel 4)
Channel 4's top fixed-rig series – One Born Every Minute, 24 Hours in A&E and Educating Yorkshire – have won a clutch of RTS awards and Baftas, and have proved enduringly popular with viewers over the past few years.

Our Friend in Ireland

11 Feb 2015
Public-service media has a vital role to play in sustaining a sense of community. So why is the state so slow to grasp that?

Growing up on the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s left me with an acute sense of community – or, perhaps, "communities".

Of course, the Troubles dominated, and our idea of "community", the idea of "Ireland" itself, was the lead story for a media that often had only one story to tell.

Sky spreads its risks

11 Feb 2015
The merger of three European satellite broadcasters is a defensive move.

When Rupert Murdoch tried in 2010 to acquire the 61% of satellite operator BSkyB that he did not own, pandemonium broke out. There were inquiries, protests and threats to a number of powerful reputations.

Eventually, the deal was fatally undermined by the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and revelations that murdered teenager Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked.

Vice News Comes of Age

11 Feb 2015
Launched one year ago, the upstart news network is winning new respect for Vice Media.

When Vice News launched online, in March 2014, it had a lot to prove. Coming from the same stable that had published articles such as "It's time to talk about armpit fetishes" and "Santa was a shroom head", there was a risk that the hipster bible would struggle to make a credible entrance into the field of news reporting.

One year on and Vice is hailing its news channel as a success and established broadcasters have been forced to sit up and take notice.

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