BBC3 exceeding expectations, Ex-ITV exec returns to the UK and No more complaints on UK picture quality : DTG Daily News April 12th

BBC3 exceeding expectations

The release of BBC3’s online-only ratings shows that the broadcaster's new show entitled Thirteen has been crowned the channel’s biggest hit on iPlayer with 2.4 million views since February, falling just behind the 2.5 million that watched Torchwood over broadcast.

BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh wrote in a blog post: “These are early days for BBC3 but I’m overjoyed with what we’ve achieved so far. It’s a marathon not a sprint but so far we’ve exceeded expectations.”

Ex-ITV exec returns to the UK

Former ITV director of factual and daytime TV, Alison Sharman, is returning to the UK after three years at SBS, Australia.

On leaving ITV in 2013, Sharman’s role was divided into two with Helen Warner managing daytime and Richard Klein as factual chief.

Sharman’s exit from SBS follows a major restructure, seeing the commissioning division becoming two teams – scripted and unscripted, aimed at better focusing its investments.

“We thank Alison for her invaluable contribution to SBS,” said SBS director of TV and online content Marshall Heald. “In her time Alison has led an esteemed slate of great commissioned content across SBS, including the coup of bringing renowned chef Heston Blumenthal to the network.”

No more complaints on UK picture quality

A recent announcement from Ofcom reveals that complaints on the picture and sound quality of standard definition on DTT are now non-existent. With the regulator not receiving a single complaint in the last three years.

As the regulator reviews its Broadcast TV Technical Codes, it also explained that the commercial PSBs offering a simulcast HD service on DTT are also achieving good picture quality on both the HD and SD channels.

Ofcom says there is currently no need to continue with analysis of SD services, and that there are no plans to introduce a code for specific picture grade requirements on these channels.

DTG Staff  |  12.04.2016

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