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U.K. Lined Up to Host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Place of Ukraine

British broadcaster the BBC has been lined up as the likely host broadcaster for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, as it will be impossible for the show to be held in Ukraine. Ukraine’s band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision 2022 on May 14. Traditionally, the winner of the previous Eurovison event hosts the following year’s […]

BBC’s Working-Class Representation a Focus in U.K. Government Review

At the halfway point of the BBC’s current 10-year royal charter, the British government on Thursday unveiled details for its mid-term review of the U.K. public broadcaster, saying it will focus on “the BBC’s compliance with editorial standards and evaluate how it is representing audiences from working-class backgrounds.” Following discussions with the broadcaster, Prime Minister […]

Gregg Sulkin Boards World War II Drama ‘World on Fire’ (Exclusive)

Gregg Sulkin, star of Hulu’s Marvel series Runaways, has joined the second season of PBS and BBC’s sprawling World War II drama World on Fire. Sulkin will play David, an attractive, charming and confident fighter pilot of Jewish heritage who will eventually need to put all his survival skills to the test when he comes […]

Yasmin Finney Joins BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ as Rose

Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney has joined BBC’s iconic Doctor Who drama to play the character of Rose. “Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set. We all fell in love with […]

Queen Elizabeth’s Home Movies to Be Featured in New BBC Documentary for Jubilee Celebration

Previously unseen home movies from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal archive — including footage capturing the monarch as a young mother and her beaming at her engagement ring — will be shown in a new documentary, the BBC said Sunday. The queen granted the broadcaster unprecedented access to hundreds of home movies shot by her, her […]

Eva Yates Named BBC Film Head, Replacing A24-Bound Rose Garnett

Eva Yates has been promoted to director of BBC Film, taking the top job that is being vacated by Rose Garnett as she moves to A24. Yates, who joined BBC Film under Garnett in 2017 as commissioning executive and had been due to take up the position this month in an interim capacity, was unveiled […]

‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Steven Knight Plotting Music Drama ‘Two Tone’ for BBC, Banijay

Steven Knight, the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning creator of Peaky Blinders and writer of last year’s Venice-bowing Spencer, has penned a new music-soaked drama for the BBC. Two Two (working title) is set to tell the story of an extended family and four young people who are drawn into the world of ska and two tone, […]

U.K. Eyes Regulation of Streaming Services, Protections for “Distinctly British” Content

The conservative U.K. government, led by Boris Johnson, is eyeing regulations for streaming services, protections for “distinctly British” content and an updated remit for public service broadcasters, such as the BBC and ITV, in a revamp for the digital age, according to a white paper focused on broadcasting and related sectors. “TV and radio lovers […]

Banff Rockie Awards: ‘Yellowjackets,’ ‘Pose’, ‘Starstruck’ Among Nominated Series

The nominations for the Banff World Media Festival’s Rockie Awards have been announced, with American and British TV producers set for their usual competition shoot-out in the Canadian Rockies. U.K. TV shows earned 59 nominations, followed closely by American series with 54 nominations. The Banff Rockies prize-giving will be streamed live June 13 as part […]

BBC Targets 25 Percent of Staff From “Lower Socio-Economic Background,” $375M in Annual Savings

U.K. public broadcaster BBC said on Wednesday that it will “need to find £285 million ($375 million) in annual savings by 2027/28, requiring a reduction in the content and services we provide to audiences,” as a result of a new license fee settlement with the British government. In its annual plan, it also set out […]

BBC Apologizes, Pays “Substantial Sum” to Princess Diana Aide Over Martin Bashir Interview

The BBC said Thursday that it has apologized and paid a “substantial” sum to Princess Diana’s private secretary over subterfuge used to get an explosive television interview with the late royal. The U.K.’s national broadcaster said it acknowledged that “serious harm” was caused to Patrick Jephson by the circumstances in which the 1995 interview, conducted […]

Amazon Hires Miranda Wayland as European Diversity Head

Amazon has created a new Europe-wide role of head of diversity, equity and inclusion for Amazon Studios and Prime Video, and hired one of the top diversity execs at the BBC, Miranda Wayland. Wayland — set to join later this year — has spent five years at the BBC and is currently head of creative […]