February 4, 2019
April 8, 2019

Discover more about the winners of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards.
Watch the programme on BBC iPlayerSee the acceptance speechesRead the winners press release | EE Rising Star Award | Watch the red carpet programme | Read the official brochure | View photography from the red carpet, ceremony and backstage

For some people, July to September are the highlight of their year. I don’t mean summer holidays, but the BBC Proms; eight weeks of classical music concerts primarily held in the Royal Albert Hall. They began in 1895 and the BBC has been transmitting them for 92 years, since 1927. This year, 2019, the TV coverage will not be produced by the BBC but by an independent company, Livewire Pictures. The last Royal Charter agreed between the BBC and Government asked for all existing BBC Studios network TV output to be put out to competitive tender over the next 11 years. The tender process, which began in June 2018, attracted six bids with Livewire Pictures ultimately chosen. Jan Younghusband, Head of Music TV Commissioning explained ‘we believe this bid will deliver the best coverage of the Proms on television for our audiences’. For the general audience there will be little change as the BBC retains all intellectual property of the BBC Proms and the commissioning and production of the concerts remains with the BBC Proms team.

A reminder that the public consultation about the age-related TV licence fee policy will close on 12th February.
All details for submission of your comments can be found @ https://www.bbc.com/yoursay

In January 2019 a report by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the prospects of traditional TV broadcasters caused ITV shares to fall by nearly 6%, down to 129p. They warn that “We think the market under appreciates the pace of the decline in TV consumption and concurrent rise of online video.”. With regard to European TV companies the report states “The UK is the European TV market most ripe for disruption and where we expect the share of TV to fall first.”. The rise of Netflix and Amazon are reducing the size of the traditional TV audience and ITV’s ability to attract advertising. The use of ads on YouTube and Facebook takes away advertising money from more traditional TV based marketing. The report indicated that more money needed to be given to its online offer ITV Hub to avoid the wave of video fragmentation. Since the recent decline of the shares they have rallied slightly at 130p

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