Advertisers are showing new interest in financing content, reports Steve Clarke
From left: Sue Unerman, Jon Lewis, Sally Quick, John Nolan and Claire Beale
Advertiser-funded TV shows are as old as the medium itself. It’s easy to forget that the term soap opera was originally coined to describe radio serials sponsored in the US by Procter & Gamble. In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the first televised soaps were paid for and produced by the company, too.
Lord Dobbs argues that, in an uncertain world, we need the BBC more than ever
Lord Dobbs, creator of the House of Cards series of novels, has mounted a passionate defence of the BBC as a global public service operator that is "arguably, the most important form of foreign aid we provide".
Delivering this year's RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture, Lord Dobbs said that, in an era of VoD and social media, "public service broadcasting is challenged on all sides".
"New technologies and new platforms, the changing ownership of channels and production houses – and, of course, an endless battle with its budget" – were all threatening PSB.
Alice Webb has never made a kids’ show – yet her job is to preserve the BBC’s children’s services.
How did a trained civil engineer come to be appointed Director of BBC Children's? That is the question many people asked when BBC England Chief Operating Officer Alice Webb was named in January as the successor to Joe Godwin.
The role involves "being responsible for the overall direction and management of all the BBC's services for children". This includes CBBC and its stable mate for viewers under six, CBeebies, plus their websites and apps.
BBC Children's spends around £94m a year, about £80m of which goes on original content.
Advances in sexual equality in broadcasting are superficial, suggests Barbara Govan
What are the prospects in 2015 for a young person entering the world of broadcast journalism? The possibility of promotion, prizes, pensions even, look pretty encouraging.
That is, if you are a man. But, for women – and they now form the majority of people joining the industry – there has been an embarrassing lack of progress towards equality. Men still dominate, especially at the top.
Last month, Sky News was again named RTS News Channel of the Year. Andrew Billen unlocks why station chief John Ryley outpaces his rivals
At 2:15pm on 9 January, two days after the Charlie Hebdo murders, news was breaking that a terrorist was holding hostages in a Jewish supermarket in Paris. In France, Sky News – named News Channel of the Year once again by the RTS last month – was at its best: making sense of a developing story with an experienced team of reporters led by its star presenters, Kay Burley and Jeremy Thompson.