BBC and Amazon collaborate, WRC-15 praised, Channel 4 privatisation could be decided by January : DTG daily news December 1st 2015

BBC and Amazon to co-produce drama

In a first, Amazon and BBC Worldwide are set to co-produce a period fashion drama with UK production company Lookout Point.

Running over 8 x 60-minute episodes, 'The Collection' has been created by 'Ugly Betty' exec producer Oliver Goldstick and is set to air in January next year.

“The project marks another dynamic shift in the way that drama is being created and produced globally,” said Liam Keelan, director of scripted for BBC Worldwide. “The Collection epitomises the kind of exciting creative opportunities and business models now emerging, in particular from our strategic relationship with Lookout Point. But above all, its attraction is an outstanding script with amazing talent attached.”

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance endorses UHF decision

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global organisation advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation, are the latest in a growing series of broadcasting industry bodies to publically support the outcome of the WRC-15.

The decision rejected calls to make the lower UHF spectrum co-primary for mobile broadband, instead maintaining from 470 MHz to 694 MHz for sole terrestrial broadcasting (TV) services until at least 2023.

“The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes this sensible WRC decision for Region 1 to retain the lower 470-694 MHz primarily for TV broadcasting as large swathes of the region complete their digital switchover programmes over the next five years,” said Professor H. Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. “Coupled with the decision the conference has also taken to globally harmonise the 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) for mobile broadband services, a truly needed second digital dividend is also guaranteed in Region 1 too, after the first dividend of 800 MHz (790-862 MHz). It is a win-win scenario for both the broadcasting and mobile industries in Region 1, and retaining the lower UHF bands for TV enables its dynamic sharing on a secondary basis through TV white space regulations.”

Channel 4 privatisation decision could be reached by January

Broadcast is reporting that Culture secretary John Whittingdale wants to begin evaluating whether to privatise Channel 4 as early as January 2016.

The formal review process began just over three weeks ago and involves examining Channel 4’s finances and ways in which the channel could be run. After questions such as the viability of an in-house production team, the Culture secretary is set to make his recommendation to the Treasury and the Shareholder Executive.

The decision to privatise Channel 4 has been contentious, with chief executive David Abraham warning that fan favourites such as 'Catastrophe', 'Chewing Gum', 'Toast (of London)' and 'Fresh Meat' would definitely not have been made.

DTG Staff  |  01.12.2015

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