BBC appoints new drama chief, More broadcast opportunities and Sky spending double on sport coverage : DTG Daily News April 21st

BBC appoints new drama chief

The BBC have appointed Lucy Richer as their new controller of drama, stepping up from drama commissioning editor.

Richer, a former Channel 4 commissioner, joined the BBC in 2004 and has credits on a number of BBC dramas including The A Word. She will step up to the new role following Polly Hill's departure.

Her move is only temporary until the position is advertised and filled permanently, and in the meantime will be supported by the existing drama commissioning team.

More broadcast opportunities

The latest consumer research from Horowitz Research—The Value of Broadcast Content in Today's Multiplatform World—shows that broadcast continues to deliver for consumers, despite us living in a fragmented ecosystem.

“There is no denying that we are in an age of disruption,” Horowitz asserted. “What we see, though, are two trends happening in parallel. Viewers’ love of television is growing and, simultaneously, streaming is becoming increasingly commonplace. People are not moving to streaming for the sake of wanting to stream. They are moving to streaming because they want more access to the great content they love, and this is a key opportunity area.”

Key findings show that 71% of 'Core Streamers' still want access to broadcast networks, and is still a top feature they value.

Sky spending double on sport coverage

Whilst speaking on CNBC's business news channel, Sky Europe's CEO Jeremy Darroch suggested that the broadcaster was finding the cost of covering major sports events expensive, explaining that spend has doubled over the past three years.

Darroch said: “The real question is about how effective are we at monetising those investments and what we’ve built in the UK is a highly effective monetistion engine so we don’t just supply sports rights in one way. We provide it in a multi multitude of different ways including pay as you go as well as a subscription service. And increasingly of course we’re also able to leverage new revenue streams on the back of that.”

DTG Staff  |  21.04.2016

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