The man behind Wolf Hall

11 Feb 2015
The last time director Peter Kosminsky made a period drama, it flopped. So why did he take on Wolf Hall? Steve Clarke finds out

Period drama and Peter Kosminsky are odd bed fellows. The director is celebrated for edgy, politically charged, investigative, contemporary pieces. Remember the story of Iraqi-weapons expert Dr David Kelly, The Government Inspector, or Britz, Kosminsky’s response to the 7/7 bombings, with its two contrasting depictions of young British Muslims.

Jon Snow's TV Diary

11 Feb 2015
The Charlie Hebdo massacre echoes through Jon Snow’s week. TV journalists can be blasé about many things – but not about being the target of assassination

Channel 4 new presenter Jon Snow
Channel 4 new presenter Jon Snow (Credit: Channel 4/Chris Terry)
When you've been anchoring a programme such as Channel 4 News for 25 years, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing shocks any more. But one week into 2015, the first news of the slaughter of journalists, cartoonists, policemen and women in Paris shook me in a way I had not experienced since 9/11.

Sky spreads its risks

11 Feb 2015
The merger of three European satellite broadcasters is a defensive move, explains Raymond Snoddy

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.

February 2015

VIDEO: Fixed Rig Documentary, The Story Behind the Lens

09 Feb 2015

Fixed-rig productions, with Channel 4 in the vanguard, have radically changed the way film-makers work. Old-school observational documentary directors carry only a couple of cameras to shoot their series; fixed-rig shows have up to 100 as they take viewers inside schools, hospitals and police stations.

BBC Trust Chair Rona Fairhead calls for 'Confident and Connected' BBC that is Fit for the Future

03 Feb 2015

Rona Fairhead addresses the RTS at the British Museum
Rona Fairhead addresses the RTS at the British Museum
Rona Fairhead has called for a ‘very real' discussion about the future of the BBC in her first public speech as chair of the BBC Trust.

No Longer Only Buying Eyeballs: Why Advertisers want to make Programmes

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We examine why brands want their messages in programmes as well as between them and how this is changing the nature of programme funding and creation.

No Longer Only Buying Eyeballs: Why Advertisers want to make ProgrammesIs the 30-second spot still the holy grail for advertisers? We examine why brands want their messages in programmes as well as between them and how this is changing the nature of programme funding and creation.

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Nominations for Television Journalism Awards 2013/2014

29 Jan 2015

The RTS Television Journalism Awards celebrate creative and excellent journalism in UK news and current affairs, both by organisations broadcasting in the UK and by companies which supply UK news broadcasters.

The 2013/14 Television Journalism Awards are chaired by Stewart Purvis CBE, Professor of TV Journalism at City University.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by CNN International flagship news anchor Becky Anderson, on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at the London Hilton Park Lane.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to break into sports journalism

27 Jan 2015

Travelling the world watching high profile sporting events sounds like the dream job. It's not all fun and games but the appeal of sports journalism is as tough as the competitions it covers. In this video CNN's sports anchor, Alex Thomas, shares some of his tips on how to break into the world of sports reporting and what you need to do to stand out. 

Alex Thomas has more than two decades of experience in sports broadcasting. Now the lead reporter and anchor for sport at CNN, Alex is well placed to give you the inside track on getting into sports journalism. 

Russell T Davies talks about new Channel 4 drama Cucumber

19 Jan 2015

Cucumber begins on Channel 4 on January 22
Cucumber begins on Channel 4 on January 22
By Steve Clarke

Russell T Davies, writer of such boundary-breaking TV drama as Queer As Folk and now another sexually explicit gay series for Channel 4, Cucumber, wants one thing to be clear. He does not set out to shock.

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