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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.