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Boardwalk Empire & Glee Shine At Golden Globes

Source: On the Box Who would have thought it? In the battle between a group of high school geeks and some hardened 30s gangsters, Al Capone and his friends were beaten into second place by...

Shameless remake set for US TV debut

guardian co.uk 7 January 2011 Tweet Allison Janney, William H Macy and Emmy Rossum in the US Shameless. Photograph: Showtime/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar With its lurid tales of petty crime,...

‘Channel Four Television and British Film Culture: An Assessment of the Broadcaster’s Film Policy and Programming, and its Impact on British Film Culture’

Tweet On behalf of the project team, I'm very pleased to announce the launch of the website for the AHRC sponsored project, 'Channel Four Television and British Film Culture: An Assessment of the...

MeCCSA campaign against the cuts

As you will know, the Government's proposals for the funding of Higher Education involve the complete cutting of teaching grants for degree courses in arts, humanities and social sciences at...

NUJ offers to call off BBC strike

guardian.co.uk 11 November 2010 16.32 GMT A placard on the picket line in last week's BBC strike. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA The National Union of Journalists today offered to call off...

BBC strike is bad news for public service broadcasting

The Observer 7 November 2010 Some 64 journalists around the world have been killed in action this year, the latest figures show. They put themselves in harm's way because they believed that news...

Tuition fees protest: is this beginning of new wave of action against the cuts?

11 November 2010 guardian.co.uk Protester outside Millbank Yesterday's protests at Millbank tower. Photograph: Ray Tang/Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features Is yesterday's student demo "just the...

Live webcast: industry leaders debate the future of TV

guardian.co.uk 2 November 2010 11.33 GMT New, flexible ways of watching TV in the future will dramatically change the way we live our lives. Photograph: Ariel Skelley/Getty Images More than...

S4C seeks judicial review of BBC 'merger'

guardian.co.uk 20 October 2010 Chairman of S4C's governing body accuses government of showing 'contempt' to Wales in spending review deal with BBC John Walter Jones said the government had...

YouView at your leisure: set-top box brings online TV without a computer

Evening Standard 19 October 2010 A groundbreaking new internet TV service could mean an end to missing any show on television, and will allow millions to access Facebook and Twitter via their...

BBC will have to cut £140m a year after licence freeze

guardian.co.uk 20 October 2010 Senior BBC source claims 4% in annual savings will meet the cost of cuts unveiled in the spending review BBC source claimed the threat of the BBC paying for...

Paxman and top BBC journalists warn against strike during Tory conference

30 September 2010 guardian.co.uk BBC political staff's letter to the NUJ – and the union responses Mark Thompson: I will give up my BBC pension top-ups Jeremy Paxman and Martha Kearney are...

ony Curtis, six-times married actor and artist, has died aged 85.

Tony Curtis Obituary Tony Curtis: a life in pictures

The Flintstones celebrate 50 year anniversary with a Google doodle

The Flintstones Google doodle. Photograph: public domain "Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, they're the modern stone-age family … from the, town of Bedrock, they're a page right out of...

BBC Drama autumn/ winter showreel

A host of BBC drama treats including Matt Smith in this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special and Christopher and His Kind, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman reunited in The Song of Lunch and David...

Victoria Wood: 'I feel at the BBC I'm not trusted, not valued, not needed'

27 September 2010 The Guardian Victoria Wood. Photograph: David Levene I spot Victoria Wood across the room before she sees me. I'm late, and she's waiting on a sofa in her private members'...

Lost tapes of classic British television found in the US

The Observer 12 September 2010 Treasure trove of drama from the 'golden age of television' discovered in Library of Congress after more than 40 years Leonard Rossiter and Angela Crow in an...

Mad Men: no more minding the US-UK scheduling gap?

guardian.co.uk 18 August 2010 Could the BBC's decision to bring forward Mad Men series four mark the end of waiting for shows to cross the Atlantic? Mad Men season four: launching in the UK next...

Mad Men series four: expected to launch on BBC4 in early September

guardian.co.uk 18 August 2010 Corporation brings forward UK broadcast of acclaimed drama to build on positive US reviews and tackle illegal downloading Mad Men: no more minding the US-UK...

Mad Men: the future of American film is on television

The Guardian 8 September 2010 Mad Men's Joan Harris, played by Christina Hendricks. Photograph: BBC/AMC/Lionsgate/Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC/Lionsgate In a hilariously combative interview in the...

What Britain thinks of Mad Men Season Opener

guardian.co.uk 8 September 2010 Mad Men: season four, episode one Mad Men season four with Peggy Olson, Don Draper and Joan. Photograph: AMC/Lionsgate We're back for a new season of Mad Men –...

Apple iTV launch could mean business for hobby

source: informitv news 21 August 2010 There is much speculation that Apple could be about to announce a new television product. It could be called the Apple iTV, following the naming scheme of the...

This is England 86

Wedding plans ... Joe Gilgun as Woody and Vicky McClure as Lol in This Is England '86. About The Series It's 1986 - the year Chris de Burgh is at number one, Top Gun is filling the cinemas,...

Top Gear USA: has it stalled already?

11 August 2010 guardian.co.uk A new trailer for the US version of Top Gear has received a 'mixed response'. Can any country hope to replicate the perfect chemistry of Jeremy Clarkson, Captain...

Sky subscriptions set to exceed total BBC income

30 July 2010 informitv Sky reported a strong set of annual results and is within reach of its long-term target of ten million satellite television subscribers in the United Kingdom and Ireland by...

Virgin Media calls for Ofcom to investigate Canvas

3 August 2010 informitv Virgin Media is calling on the communications regulator Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to investigate Project Canvas on the grounds that it is anti-competitive,...

BSkyB buys complete HBO TV catalogue

29 July 2010 The Guardian James Gandolfini and Edie Falco in The Sopranos – one of the crown jewels in the HBO catalogue. Photograph: HBO/Everett/Rex Features Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB...

Freesat considers pay-TV offering

guardian.co.uk 19 July 2010 Sky Sports: Freesat is monitoring BT's move. Photograph: Tom Jenkins Freesat, set up by the BBC and ITV to assist digital switchover alongside Freeview, is...

Local media ownership rules to go by November

guardian.co.uk 15 July 2010 Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian The coalition government is planning to scrap local cross-media ownership rules by...

Jonathan Ross bids farewell to the BBC

17 July 2010 The Guardian Jonathan Ross called time last night on what has been nearly a decade of almost solid chatting on the BBC. His guests were the quiet David Beckham, the grizzled Mickey...

How the Glee factor is bringing British children back to school choirs

18 June 2010 guardian.co.uk The cast of the Channel 4 series Glee on stage in Los Angeles last month. Photograph: Startraks/Rex Features When English teacher Katie Paine opened the doors of...

Wendell Pierce Opens Up About 'Treme,' Jazz and New Orleans

19 June 2010 source: PopEater The season-ending episode of 'Treme,' the highly-acclaimed HBO series about the neighborhood of the same name in post-Katrina New Orleans, will air this Sunday...

MTV looks to UK teenage dramas for inspiration

21 June 2010 guardian.co.uk The teen drama Skins is getting a US remake for MTV MTV is remaking itself as the place to go for hip and funny teen dramas and its inspiration has come from...

Big Brother's last launch: One more time, the circus comes to town

10 June 2010 The Guardian Shabby enters the Big Brother house on launch night. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA\ In an apparent last-minute attempt to raise the cultural tone – perhaps in response...

Jack Bauer is no more

6 June 2010 guardian.co.uk Now 24 has ended, it's time to put its 'ticking clock' concept to better use Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24. Photograph: Fox So. Farewell then, Jack...

Bafta 2010 TV awards: did they get it right?

7 June 2010 guardian.co.uk Batfta TV awards 2010: Rebecca Front and Peter Capaldi Photograph: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment It was a pretty dull Bafta ceremony this year, bereft of...

Doctor Who: coming live to a stage near you - BBC to take Daleks, Cybermen and more on a live tour of the UK

17 May 2010 14.36 BST guardian.co.uk The BBC is taking the Weeping Angels and the Daleks out of the studio and on the road with Doctor Who Live. Photograph: BBC Doctor Who is soon set to...

David Simon: Katrina and all that jazz

David Simon won unprecedented praise for his TV series The Wire. Now he's turned his attention to New Orleans for his new show, Treme, where politics, music and heartbreak collide in the...

Band Of Brothers author accused of fabrication for Eisenhower biography

The Observer 25 April 2010 US academic world shocked as respected historian is said to have 'made up' meetings with 34th US president Dwight D. Eisenhower in uniform in front of a US flag....

The Observer 25 April 2010 Amid fears of plans to cut the broadcaster's funding and Tory threats to disband the BBC's governing body, more than 40 top performers sign a letter in bid to safeguard...

Meet Matt Smith: Star of the new Doctor Who

The Guardian 6 March 2010 He's replacing the most popular Time Lord ever. So how will the new Doctor cope? 'Don't we all hope that we could be the Doctor, somewhere?' Matt Smith says....

Virgin slams BBC on Canvas

source: informitv 5 March 2010 The chief executive of Virgin Media has roundly criticised the BBC for its handling of Project Canvas. Neil Berkett told the annual Cable Congress in Brussels that...

3DTV sales forecasts led by supply not demand

source: informitv 7 March 2010 There will be nearly 50 million 3DTV displays sold worldwide in 2015, up from just over 3 million in 2010, according to one forecast. Within the same timeframe...

YouTube approaches billion dollar annual revenues

source: informitv 5 March 2010 YouTube could receive revenues approaching a billion dollars this year, apparently. Google does not break out revenues for YouTube, although it has indicated it...

David Simon: 'Treme is a story about how American urban culture defines how we live'

21 February 2010 The Observer David Simon, creator of The Wire. Photograph: Graham Jepson/Writer Pictures Tell me about Treme, the show set in New Orleans you're currently producing. It's...

Real spend on high-tech BBC newsroom set to be revealed

22 February 2010 The Guardian A National Audit Office report will reveal just how much the £1bn BBC West One project is over Artist's impression of newsroom at BBC Broadcasting House....

Glee Cast: Glee: The Music, Vol 1

guardian.co.uk 11 February 2010 The cast of Glee. Photograph: Channel 4 The list of awards and nominations handed out to US comedy-drama series Glee in recent months makes for startling...

Burberry in 3D: Live

8 February 2010 London Evening Standard London Fashion Week is to become the first event to be broadcast in 3D live around the world. British label Burberry will stream its show to screens at...

BSkyB sells shares to end ITV saga

(UKPA) Broadcasting giant BSkyB has suffered a near-£350 million hit after selling a 10.4% stake in ITV and admitting defeat in a long-running legal battle. Sky offloaded 404 million...

Thousands to lose jobs as universities prepare to cope with cuts

7 February 2010 guardian.co.uk Universities across the country are preparing to axe thousands of teaching jobs, close campuses and ditch courses to cope with government funding cuts, the Guardian...

Ugly Betty cancelled in US

source BBC news channel Ugly Betty Ferrera won a Golden Globe for the role in 2007 Award-winning TV comedy Ugly Betty has been axed in the US after four series, TV network ABC has...

SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS - CALL FOR EVIDENCE

deadline: 1 February 2010 Digital switchover of television and radio The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications is announcing today a short inquiry into the progress of, and prospects...

The Guardian's top 50 television dramas of all time

guardian.co.uk 12 January 2010 Our TV critics have voted, debated and decided on a top 50 of classic TV drama series - the results might just surprise you Guardian TV critics voted The...

Celebrity Big Brother pulls in 5.8m viewers

The opening show of the last series of Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother drew Sunday evening's biggest TV audience, with 5.8m viewers. It beat last year's launch show, which attracted an audience...

Project Canvas given green light by BBC Trust

BBC news December 2009 The BBC Trust, the corporation's governing body, has given a provisional go-ahead for a project which could kick-start demand for internet TV. Project Canvas is a...

20 practical predictions for the next 10 years in television

informitv 1 January 2010 The next decade will see the continuing transformation of television, with video becoming more personal and democratic as new networks subvert and transcend the broadcast...

Nurse Jackie: the next great US import?

guardian.co.uk 4 January 2010 BBC2 is giving Edie Falco's dark comedy-drama the five-nights-a-week treatment, and it's well worth a try Nurse Jackie: Edie Falco is a near guarantee of...

The X Factor finale gives ITV a bonanza

13 December 2009 The Observer The X Factor 2009 finalists: Olly, Stacey and Joe. Photograph: Ken McKay/Rex Features The days when watching TV was a shared national experience, with audiences...

The world through a lens: Saudi daytime TV show

13 December 2009 guardian.co.uk Saudi daytime TV show. Photograph: Awtan TV In the ancient and valiant journalistic tradition of, essentially, cowardice, and aided hugely by a lack of space,...

YouTube signs Five for more full-length shows

3 December 2009 informitv Following its landmark deal with Channel Four, YouTube has added full-length programmes from channel Five in the United Kingdom. It significantly strengthens the position...

BBC spins web site to canvas support

3 December 2009 informitv The BBC has commissioned a web site to promote Project Canvas, its proposed joint venture partnership with ITV, Five and BT to promote a new platform for broadband...

Comcast deal marks beginning of new era

4 December 2009 informitv news The planned joint venture between Comcast and NBC Universal will create a massive media production and distribution machine that marks the move from the traditional...

I'm a Celebrity contestants face animal cruelty charges over rat

guardian.co.uk 6 December 2009 Gino D'Acampo, pictured with Samantha Fox, faces charges of animal cruelty. Photograph: ITV/Rex Features Gino D'Acampo, the winner of I'm a Celebrity ... Get...

Networks give in to internet TV

27 November2009 Source: The Age FREE-TO-AIR TV networks have thrown in the towel in their fight against the delivery of TV programming beyond the traditional broadcast TV signal. Freeview, the...

Unravelling The Wire: Academics dissect social science of cult TV show

guardian.co.uk 27 November 2009 Conference in Leeds brings together breadth of academic, sociological and fan interest in The Wire Omar (Michael K Williams)n and Michael (Tristan Wilds) in a...

Sesame Street: Michelle Obama celebrates show's anniversary

guardian co.uk 10 November 2009 Sesame Street – the TV show responsible for your misguided belief that certain areas of Brooklyn are populated by freakishly tall canaries and their severely...

How can you Curb Your Enthusiasm for a Seinfeld reunion?

guardian.co.uk 30 October 2009 TV reunions are hard to get right but Larry David has pulled it off The cast of Seinfeld on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Photograph: HBO Larry: "You know those reunion...

David Tennant: Doctor Who farewell was 'very emotional'

guardian.co.uk 30 October 2009 David Tennant declares himself 'jealous' of Doctor Who successor Matt Smith – and reveals his final lines in role Spoiler warning: This story contains some...

'They get The Wire, we get Casualty'

guardian.co.uk 29 October 2009 Has UK television drama lost its way? Casualty. Photograph: BBC Thriller writer Peter Jukes has written an angry piece for Prospect about why British TV has...

Barbara Windsor to leave EastEnders

guardian.co.uk 28 October 2009 Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders. Photograph: BBC Barbara Windsor will leave BBC1's EastEnders after 16 years, to 'spend a bit more time with my...

Channel 4 puts programmes on YouTube in landmark deal

15 October 2009 Channel 4 has signed a non-exclusive deal with YouTube to make its original programming available on the video sharing web site in full and free-of-charge, within the United...

Accused Brazil TV host 'missing'

8 October 2009 BBC News Sao Paulo, Brazil Police in Brazil say a TV crime show host accused of ordering killings to boost his ratings has gone missing after his arrest warrant was issued....

FlashForward is fastest-selling Disney series ever

guardian.co.uk 5 October 2009 15.26 BST Flashforward, the high-concept US drama series, has become the fastest-selling Disney series of all time, and broadcasters around the world are showing...

What the Conservatives should do with the BBC

guardian.co.uk 5 October 2009 Norman Fowler's five-point plan for making the corporation more effective One of the easiest ways of winning a cheer at this week's Conservative party conference...

David Letterman haunted by the ghosts of sex jokes past

The Observer 4 October 2009 David Letterman has often made mileage out of the moral lapses of others. Photograph: John P. Filo/AP If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Certainly...

'Several buildings appear to have burst into flames out of sheer confusion in the blackout' - Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn

The Guardian 3 October 2009 FlashForward's Ralph Fiennes Photograph: channel 5 When we look back at the "noughties" – pausing briefly to gently vomit in protest at the hideous made-up word...

Internet overtakes television for UK advertising spend

informitv 1 October 2009 The internet has now arguably overtaken television in terms of advertising spend in the United Kingdom. Online advertising grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2009, despite...

Unfair, misplaced vitriol

Times Higher Education 17 September 2009 Media studies is belittled despite graduates' success, says Sally Feldman Why are so many Irish men devoted to Desperate Housewives? What's bugging...

'Pointless' university studies to be weeded out by new government panel

The Guardian 23 September 2009 The government is to stop funding "pointless" university research, forcing academics to prove that their academic inquiry has some relevance to the real world,...

Pitching for laughs

The Guardian 19 September 2009 New US sitcom Eastbound & Down follows a luckless, obnoxious former baseball hero forced to return to his home town. Sam Delaney meets its writer and star, Danny...

Guiding Light, America's longest running soap opera, airs final episode

guardian.co.uk 18 September 2009 Patricia Wheeler starred in Guiding Light in 1954. Photograph: Getty In the end, the characters on television's longest-running soap opera lived happily...

Troy Kennedy Martin obituary

guardian.co.uk 16 September 2009 Troy Kennedy Martin in 1985 Photograph: Duncan Baxter/Sunday Times In 1962 Troy Kennedy Martin, who has died aged 77, created Z Cars, writing the first...

Troy Kennedy Martin

16 September 2009 Telegraph.co.uk Kennedy Martin (left) with the producer Gilchrist Calder, whose interest in the young writer led to his first BBC play, Incident at Echo Six (1958) Photo: BBC...

Does it add up? Derren Brown explains lottery stunt

The Guardian 12 September 2009 Derren Brown crosses his fingers for a lottery win Photograph: Channel 4 Television/PA Of all the theories surrounding Derren Brown's "prediction" of Wednesday...

Big Brother gets eviction order from C4

Financial Times August 26 2009 It has caused a constitutional crisis in Malawi, been closed in Bahrain and generally outraged sensibilities around the globe, but after more than a decade of...

Channel 4 exit deal lined up for chief executive Andy Duncan

guardian.co.uk 29 August 2009 Broadcaster left effectively leaderless as it negotiates its future following news chief executive is to step down Andy Duncan: decision for him to leave said to...

James Murdoch hits out at BBC and regulators at Edinburgh TV festival

guardian.co.uk Friday 28 August 2009 News Corp chief James Murdoch describes UK TV as 'Addams Family of world media' in hard-hitting MacTaggart lecture Read the full text of Murdoch's speech...

In defence of media studies

Source: guardian.co.uk 22 August 2009 How do we judge if a subject is easy or difficult? Condemnation of media studies reflects a fundamental confusion about its aims It's unfortunate for...

Stuck on the sidelines

Source: Times Higher Education (Reader's comments at the bottom of the article) 6 August 2009 David Gauntlett says the AHRC needs to put its researchers back on the field and stop positioning...

A malign show on a bankrupt TV channel

The Observer 2 August 2009 Poor ITV. We've all made shopping mistakes, those never-to-be-worn impulse purchases left mouldering in a plastic bag at the bottom of the wardrobe, but in ITV's...

True Blood: season 1, episode 1

guardian.co.uk 17 July 2009 FX's new vampire miniseries gets off to a bloody good start – it seems an awful long way from Buffy and Twilight Blood relations … Sookie and Bill get to grips...

Spending on UK children's shows 'down 70%' at ITV, Channel 4 and Five

guardian.co.uk 21 July 2009 The amount spent on UK-produced children's programmes by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five fell by 70% between 2004 and 2008, according to a new Ofcom report on the...

Walter Cronkite

guardian.co.uk 19 July 2009 CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite smiles as he poses with studio aide Judy Shepard. Photograph: Hulton Getty archive/Getty Walter Cronkite, the CBS...

Emmy nominations: cable trumps the big networks

guardian.co.uk 16 July 2009 Little Dorrit: now showing in David Simon's nightmares. Picture: Nick Briggs/BBC This year's Emmy nominations were all about the battle between cable TV and the...

Obituary Mollie Sugden

guardian.co.uk 2 July 2009 Mollie Sugden with Arthur English in Are You Being Served? Photograph: BBC The actor Mollie Sugden, who has died aged 86, was part of a long and honourable –...

With all this online, why watch TV?

The Guardian 6 July 2009 British TV viewers may scratch their heads when asked what Hulu is now, but later this year, if things go to plan, we will all be talking about the catchup service with...

Doctor Who: Torchwood spinoff 'punished' by BBC, says Barrowman

guardian.co.uk 30 June 2009 John Barrowman, left, and James Marsters in Torchwood. Photograph: BBC Torchwood star John Barrowman has accused the BBC of "punishing" the hit sci-fi show...

TV1 slumps to all-time ratings low

guardian.co.uk 1 July 2009 ITV1 suffered the worst ratings in its 54-year history last week as it slumped to an all-hours share of just 16.1%. According to unconsolidated ratings figures, ITV1...

BBC's Mark Thompson overpaid, says shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt

guardian.co.uk 1 July 2009 Jeremy Hunt: 'To be director general of the BBC is a privilege, just like it is to be an MP – and I don't think we do it for the money.' Photograph: David Levene...

CSI: Miami gives Channel Five rare ratings win

guardian.co.uk 1 July 2009 CSI: Miami - episode one of season seven. Photograph: CBS The launch of the seventh season of CSI: Miami brought almost 4 million viewers to Channel Five last...

BBC's Merlin launches on NBC with 5 million

guardian.co.uk 23 June 2009 First UK drama to air on US network TV for 30 years beaten by Fox repeats of Family Guy and American Dad Colin Morgan in Merlin, which was broadcast on NBC on Sunday....

'I can't turn the clock back'

The Guardian 22 June 2009 Richard Quest: 'The only way I can restore the trust is to get on with the job.' Photograph: Eamonn McCabe The following correction was printed in the Guardian's...

'I want adulation'

The Guardian 23 June 2009 Tom Hardy at a screening of Bronson in London. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP By his own admission, Tom Hardy's favourite subject is himself. "I make no bones...

BBC to launch Undercover Dads series

guardian.co.uk 23 June 2009 The BBC is to launch a new series that mirrors the movie Mrs Doubtfire, with fathers dressing up as nannies to find out what their children really get up to. Each...

Digital TV transition begins new broadcast era

The end of analogue television in America marks the beginning of a new era in broadcasting and frees up frequencies for new advanced wireless services. Stations had until midnight local time on...

Charlie Brooker's screen burn

The Guardian 13 June 2009 So then, Big Brother 9. I mean Big Brother 10 (C4/E4, daily). Or Big Brother Q. When I watched the launch night, I swear I could tell the housemates apart. Then I caught...

Virgin Media plans music downloads service

guardian.co.uk 15 June 2009 Universal artist Kanye West performs at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Xmas. Photograph: Karl Walter/Getty Images Virgin Media is to launch an unlimited music download...

Primeval dropped by ITV

guardian.co.uk 15 June 2009 Primeval: costly because of its CGI effects. Photograph: ITV ITV has ended weeks of speculation about the future of fantasy action drama Primeval by confirming...

An odd message to find on your TV ...

The Observer 7 June 2009 One of my least favourite programmes of the 1980s was Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go Out and Do Something Less Boring Instead? I watched it...

I won't leave The Apprentice, says Alan Sugar after Tory calls for him to quit

guardian.co.uk 8 June 2009 As Margaret Mountford exit confirmed, Conservatives say Sugar's government role means he should leave hit BBC1 business reality show. Sir Alan Sugar: has fronted five...

Channel 4 to put back catalogue online for free

guardian.co.uk 7 June 2009 • 10,000 titles added to 40D catchup service from July • Rights deals to exclude news and foreign shows Channel 4 is to become the first UK broadcaster to put its...

US television: the saved, the dropped – and the never picked up

guardian.co.uk 2 June 2009 This is not a climate in which TV executives will take risks Chuck, with Zachary Levi: expect Subway references In the end a sandwich chain was enough to save...

Susan Boyle's troubles won't stop the Britain's Got Talent juggernaut

The Guardian 2 June 2009 Susan Boyle's difficulties after Britain's Got Talent are not so different from those of more conventionally famous performers Susan Boyle. Photograph: Andrew...

BBC and ITV regional news partnership plan hits deadlock

guardian.co.uk 1 June 2009 Sides unsure whether to pilot proposals, as ITV speaks of 'severe difficulties' in partnering with BBC on regional news The agreement between the BBC and ITV to...

EastEnders: Muslim character to have gay love affair

guardian.co.uk 28 May 2009 'Muslim property developer to share on-screen kiss with gay caterer in 'traditional love affair with a modern multicultural twist EastEnders: Syed Masood, played by...

Inaugural Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture produced by FOCAL International in partnership with London Centre, Royal Television Society

'Unlocking the BBC Archive: Challenges & Aspirations' Roly Keating delivers his first keynote speech since being appointed as the BBC's first Director of Archive Content.

Fox confirms it is axing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

guardian.co.uk 18 May 2009 Terminator spin-off will not return for third series, while So You Think You Can Dance will be moved to key autumn slot Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles....

Sir Alan Sugar to take on teenagers for Junior Apprentice

guardian.co.uk 21 May 2009 BBC1's Junior Apprentice will have Sir Alan Sugar and firings, but no hiring, with candidates aged 16 to 17 Sir Alan Sugar: 'We should be doing more to promote...

'William Shatner, you are a very special guy'

guardian.co.uk 22 May 2009 William Alan Shatner embodies his own personality and image more than any other celebrity. He IS Shatner Amid all the praise for JJ Abrams' new Star Trek revamp, there...

Upfronts lowdown: What's in store from the new season of American TV?

guardian.co.uk 22 May 2009 The US TV networks' upfront presentations of new shows were cautious this year – but we learned a few things... Glee: promoted on Fox's American Idol Photograph:...

Raking over the ashes

The Guardian 18 May 2009 British television is now roughly where the music industry was 10 years ago, when Napster appeared out of nowhere and stirred up a file-sharing storm. In 2007, Britons...

BBC viewers relaxed about swearing on TV and radio

The Observer 17 May 2009 LINK TO AUDIO Mark Thompson, BBC's director general One of the most exhaustive pieces of research conducted by the BBC into viewers' attitudes to taste and decency...

'There's no moral centre to Pulling because we don't have one!'

The Guardian 16 May 2009 Comedy actor/writer Sharon Horgan at her home in Hackney, London. Photograph: Karen Robinson Sharon Horgan has the fithiest laugh you've ever heard. She may be one...

Nice quirk if you can get it

The Guardian 16 May 2009 Patricia Arquette in Medium Something bad happens, someone investigates it, and they solve the crime. The bad person gets punished, justice prevails and the titles...

SCMS Tokyo Conference 21-24 May 2009

It is with a very great regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the SCMS conference in Tokyo scheduled for May 21-24, 2009. Late last week we learned that the Government of Japan and...

Obituary: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

The Guardian 12 May 2009 The US academic and writer Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who has died aged 58 of breast cancer, was one of the sharpest and most committed exponents of queer theory, the...

How the world is fired with enthusiasm...

The Observer 10 May 2009 Last week, British plumber Hannah Dodkin triumphed in Abu Dhabi's answer to The Apprentice. Ally Carnwath looks at five varieties of the global franchise and their hire...

Google launches first TV adverts

guardian.co.uk 11 May 2009 Google has launched its first television advertising campaign across a range of US networks. The company's TV adverts are an attempt to draw the public's attention...

Joanna Lumley: Never mess with an old Avenger

The Observer 10 May 2009 The star has left politicians including the prime minister reeling in her wake as she ghts for the Gurkhas' rights. Her popularity with the public matches her passion for...

As Grade stands down, ITV shareholders pray for a chief who can raise its fortunes

The Observer 10 May 2009 ITV's health can be measured by audience numbers and advertising revenue, but its fate will be determined by its shareholders. There will be plenty for them to discuss...

Study: 'I want my Internet on TV'

Panasonic's VieraCast with Amazon Video on Demand is one slice of the Internet on TV. (Credit: Panasonic) A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association, the industry group representing...

Disney conjures up more "Wizards"

1 May 2009 LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter/Reuters) – The Disney Channel is grooming Wizards of Waverly Place as its next blockbuster tween franchise in the mold of High School Musical and...

Disney joins Hulu video site

1 May 2009 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co will buy a 30 percent stake in Hulu.com, bringing popular TV shows such as Lost and Grey's Anatomy to the video website founded by NBC Universal...

Mike Judge's Goode Family cartoon is pitch perfect on green humour

1 May 2009 guardian.co.uk Meet the "Goode Family". They're the latest creation of Mike Judge, he of Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill fame. Judging by the just-released trailer for the new...

Ofcom head Ed Richards sounds death knell for ITV regional news

guardian.co.uk 28 April 2009 Ofcom chief exec says ITV offering is unsustainable and warns BBC could be only TV regional news provider after 2012 Ed Richards: 'The BBC's partnership proposals...

Uncertainty over Michael Grade's future as ITV chairman

guardian.co.uk 24 April 2009 Michael Grade may have to cut all ties with ITV after agreeing to step down from day-to-day running of broadcaster, investors have hinted Michael Grade: giving up...

The interview: Natascha McElhone

The Observer 26 April 2009 She had it all: a successful career, a blissful relationship, two happy children and a third on the way. Then, a year ago, her husband died suddenly. Actress Natascha...

Bea Arthur, star of 'Golden Girls' and 'Maude,' dies at 86

Los Angeles Times 26 April 2009 Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear's sitcom "Maude" and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running "The Golden...

Universal soldier

The Guardian 11 April 2009 Swapping the Bada Bing for Washington's war room, James Gandolfini returns to our screens as a peace-loving general in the political farce In The Loop. James...

TV ad market 'will fall 12% this year

guardian.co.uk 14 April 2009 07.01 BST ZenithOptimedia predicts continuing crunch across sectors in UK, with the newspaper advertising market hit particularly hard The UK TV ad market will...

BBC1's Little Dorrit and Wallander lead Bafta craft award nominations

guardian.co.uk 6 April 2009 Kenneth Branagh in the five-times-nominated Wallander. Photograph: BBC The BBC1 dramas Little Dorrit and Wallander have scored the most nominations in the...

Sky1 buys Stargate Universe

guardian.co.uk 7 April 2009 Cast of SGU: Stargate Universe Sky1 has picked up the UK rights to new US sci-fi drama SGU: Stargate Universe, starring Robert Carlyle. The show, the next...

It's OK to orgasm before 11pm, rules advertising watchdog

guardian.co.uk 8 April 2009 Durex ad showing women apparently having orgasms cleared by ASA, despite going out before its 11pm restriction. Women may orgasm on television before 11pm, or at...

Under The Wire

The Guardian 6 April 2009 The Daily Mash, a spoof online newspaper, celebrated the BBC's new late-night police import thus: "A new prostate cancer drug which could save thousands of lives is still...

BBC World Service shelves television expansion plans

The BBC World Service has shelved plans for new television services targeted at south-east Asia and parts of Africa guardian.co.uk 6 April 2009 The BBC World Service has shelved plans for new...

Arrogant? Moi?

The Guardian 28 March 2009 David Simon, creator of The Wire and Generation Kill. Photograph: Reed Saxon/AP He might be amused by The Wire's success in Britain but he isn't surprised by it....

Newspapers last bastion against political corruption, says creator of The Wire

guardian.co.uk 27 March 2009 In exclusive interview with the Guardian, writer David Simon expresses fears for newspapers' future and accuses media owners of contempt The newsroom in the final...

Sir Alan will see you now

The Guardian 25 March 2009 Sir Alan Sugar, celebrity entrepreneur. Photograph: Sarah Lee/Guardian I've been waiting outside for a while, biting my nails, when the woman behind the desk...

Charlie Brooker to host Channel 4 show reviewing previous week's TV

guardian.co.uk 25 March 2009 • Charlie Brooker show will be called You Have Been Watching • Guardian columnist will discuss past week's TV with a guest Guardian columnist Charlie...

The BBC has become the weakest link in children's TV

The Observer 22 March 2009 Once home to quality programmes, the corporation now excels only at producing noise and stupidity Since most things that go wrong nowadays are the fault of one baby...

The television soap opera that has the Arab world agog

guardian.co.uk 16 March 2009 Series watched by millions comes complete with a hearthrob who looks like Johnny Depp Wael Sharaf in Bab al-Hara, the soap opera watch by millions across the...

Jade Goody funeral to be a public affair

guardian.co.uk 23 March 2009 Reality star will be buried as she lived – in front of the cameras in a 'Jade Goody production', publicist says A police support officer arranges flowers outside...

Fame, £5,000 - and death threats

The Guardian 18 March 2009 It is the show that's rocking Afghanistan. But contestants on the country's answer to Pop Idol are risking not just humiliation, but their lives. Taboo buster ... 2008...

Better than The Wire?

The Guardian 19 March 2009 Yes, it is set in the future. Yes, humans are battling it out with robots. But don't dismiss Battlestar Galactica just because it's sci-fi. As the series draws to a...

Devil's Whore takes three RTS Programme Awards for Channel 4

guardian.co.uk 18 March 2009 The BBC claimed most prizes at the RTS Programme Awards, although Channel 4's The Devil's Whore was the most successful programme, winning three categories. The...

ITN names John Hardie chief executive

guardian.co.uk 17 March 2009 ITN today appointed John Hardie, a senior executive at Disney and former ITV commercial director, as its chief executive. Hardie, who succeeds Mark Wood who left...

Wannabes go wild in fight to be 'Next Top Model'

16 March 2009 Chaos in Manhattan as panic sweeps the audition queue for reality TV show. A New York street was left strewn with shoes, clothing and torn sleeping bags after a stampede by...

Eurovision bans Georgia's anti-Putin song

guardian.co.uk 10 March 2009 Georgia has been told to change its entry for the Eurovision song contest after its lyrics and title were deemed to contravene the event's rules. The song, We Don't...

Calling Time

ITV's decision to close its Yorkshire studios spells the end for regional TV, as well as the loss of hundreds of northern media jobs and a television brand that was once the pride of the county....

Consumers want cable channels on their computers

Source: informitv Consumers could be prepared to pay to view cable television channels on their personal computers. Research suggests that some might pay an additional $10 a month for the...

Virgin Media considers selling television channels

Source: Informitv Virgin Media is considering the sale of its television channels business. That includes a 50% share in the UKTV joint venture with the BBC which has the right of first refusal....

ITV sinks to £2.7bn loss

4 March 2009 ITV, Britain's largest commercial broadcaster, is to cancel its dividend, axe 600 jobs and close its largest Yorkshire studio as it fights the worst advertising conditions in three...

ITV slashes costs as profits dive 41%

guardian.co.uk 4 March 2009 Michael Grade: the ITV chairman is taking radical measures as ad revenue plunges ITV is to cut 600 jobs, slice £65m from its programme budget and look to...

Children who spend hours in front of the TV are more likely to get asthma

The Guardian 3 March 2009 The more television a child watches the less likely they are to be exercising their lungs. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire Children who spend hours in front of...

Three men with a single vision

The Observer 1 March 2009 Bringing David Peace's noir Red Riding novels to TV has been superbly achieved by a trio of Britain's brightest talents. Euan Ferguson meets them Red Riding is a...

Law & Order: UK

More than 6 million viewers watched ITV1's launch of the UK version of the hit US franchise Law & Order. Andrew Billen in the Times was mostly positive: Each Law & Order is a little exemplar...

Dawn Airey: 'Channel Five will get bigger, by hook or by crook'

guardian.co.uk 25 February 2009 Dawn Airey, the chief executive of Channel Five, said today that she expects the broadcaster to merge with Channel 4 or another company and get bigger, "by hook or...

ITV proposes merger with Channel 4 and Five to create broadcasting giant

guardian.co.uk 25 February 2009 ITV has drawn up a radical plan for a three-way merger with Channel 4 and Channel Five that would prompt one of the biggest shakeups in British broadcasting...

Jerry Seinfeld is retuming with NBC to launch his first reality series.

25 February 2009 The Hollywood Reporter The comedian's project is tentatively called "The Marriage Ref" and features celebrities, comedians and athletes who will judge couples in the midst of...

Ten doves, hundreds of cameras and £1m: Goody weds in private ceremony, of sorts

The Guardian 23 February 2009 • Wedding was heart-rending and happy, says agent • Money from media deal to secure future for sons Jade Goody and Jack Tweed. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA...

... But the big night is in danger of losing its shine

The Observer 22 February 2009 There's growing excitement about tonight's Academy Awards, both in Britain, which could see a slew of winners, and in India, where hundreds of millions are hoping...

Self-effacing, camera-shy, no ego... and in the running for 12 Oscars

The Observer 22 February 2009 Head of Film4 Tessa Ross has British cinema riding high - but with funding under threat, victory may be bitter-sweet. Tessa Ross, Head of Drama for Channel 4....

Televisions of the Future

Where next for TV? What you will be watching on television in five or 10 years is anyone's guess but ours. Ten years ago we couldn't have dreamed that reality TV would take over the airwaves so...

'I'm Bewildered of Long Acre'

The Guardian 9 February 2009 In her first interview since returning to Five, its chief executive tells James Robinson why a merger with Channel 4 is logical, what she really thinks about those who...

Harsh reality

The Guardian 5 February 2009 Jade Goody rose to fame, made a fortune and fell from grace on TV. Now, even as she battles for her life, the cameras are still circling. Hadley Freeman on a poignant...

Please let us make provocative drama again

The Guardian 9 February 2009 If a television writer takes to these pages, it's invariably to complain, whinge and bite the hand that feeds him. This writer isn't going to do that, but, as the...

The G2 interview: Decca Aitkenhead meets Glenn Close

The Guardian Monday 16 February 2009 An early scene in the new TV series of Damages features an exchange between Glenn Close's character and a politician. "Girls today could learn something from...

Top of the docs

The Guardian Monday 9 February 2009 Want a hit record? Then get your track played on one of Holby City's slow, meaningful montages. Mark Lawson on the rise of the 'songtage' A recent Holby City...

Parents back C4 show reviled as 'child abuse'

Families say reality show was beneficial despite calls for it to be axed. The Observer 15 February 2009 Parents of children who took part in a controversial Channel 4 reality TV show have...

Jade Goody to wed and die 'in the public eye'

The Observer 15 February 2009 The reality TV star will sell media rights to raise money for her children Jade Goody, the reality TV star, is to marry her boyfriend and have her two sons...

Interactive TV breakthrough promised in America

Interactive television could finally break through in the United States as cable and satellite operators come under pressure from online video. Some fifty million subscribers will be able to...

Virgin catches up with change in video on demand

Virgin Media reported a change in viewing habits in Britain, as its 3.4 million digital cable television homes generated over half a billion video on demand views in 2008. Over half its customers...

Sex and the City sequel announced

The stars of Sex and the City have signed up for a sequel to last year's hit film of the US TV show. The film, due to be released by Warner Bros in summer 2010, will reunite Sarah Jessica...

Balancing the books

The Guardian 3 February 2009 500 jobs may be lost at London Met as the funding council claws back millions it overpaid. A senior union official has described the financial crisis at London's...

AHRC Launches New £8m Fellowship Scheme

Source On 29 January 2009 the Arts and Humanities Research Council announced the launch of a new fellowship scheme with an initial annual allocation of £8 million. The new AHRC fellowship...

NHK goes 24/7 with English news

Pubcaster will air commercials in bid to be Asian CNN 28 January 2009 Hollywood Reporter TOKYO -- Japan's public broadcaster NHK will relaunch its World channel on Feb. 2 as a 24-hour...

Three drama pilots get go-ahead from ABC

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – ABC on Tuesday green-lighted three drama pilots, including one executive produced by "Grey's Anatomy" creator/exec producer Shonda Rhimes. That project,...

How the call for aid to Gaza left the BBC in the thick of battle

Plea from Disasters Emergency Committee broadcast without corporation's support for the first time in 46 years Tuesday 27 January 2009 A televised appeal for victims of the humanitarian disasters...

Fox News and President-elect Obama Unite (on Delaying DTV Switchover)

ABC News January 08, 2009 In a letter to key members of the House and Senate today, Obama Transition Team co-chair John Podesta requested that Congress postpone the switch from analog to digital...

(CNET) -- Television as we know is about to change drastically in the U.S. in February when broadcasters switch solely to transmitting digital signals.

And even though there are many benefits to this transition, there are also a few downsides. On February 17, U.S. broadcasters will begin transmitting their TV signals only in digital format....

Enough excuses. The BBC must confront its moral crisis

by Joan Bakewell 20 November 2008 00.01 GMT guardian.co.uk Swearing, protests and controversy are nothing new. But shared values have been lost, and with them good judgment. The recent Jonathan...

Jonathan Ross - BBC accused of arrogance as Ross's return is announced before report

by John Plunkett 19 November 2008 00.01 GMT guardian.co.uk • MPs grill Trust chairman over prank calls scandal • Director general defends star's reported £6m salary The BBC was accused...

Is Heroes just suffering third series yips, or something more serious?

by Sarah Hughes 18 November 2008 07.00 GMT guardian.co.uk US ratings are down for the third series of Heroes, amid reports of creative tensions behind the scenes and departing producers. Can the...

Welcome to the Blander Broadcasting Corporation

As with previous TV and radio scandals, the Brand and Ross rumpus will be used by BBC managers to justify cuts and caution Mark Lawson 30 October 2008 The Guardian Until yesterday morning, the...

Pride before advertising fall

Lost in Austen delivered critical acclaim and ABC1 audiences. So why could the high-concept drama be bad news for ITV? by Stephen Armstrong The Guardian, Monday October 6 2008 The modern,...

How to save the BBC

by Polly Toynbee The Guardian, Monday October 6 2008 We should be celebrating its success - yet the corporation is under attack from all sides, writes Polly Toynbee. The BBC stands as the only...

Saudi Women Find an Unlikely Role Model: Oprah

By KATHERINE ZOEPF New York Times Published: September 18, 2008 DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia—Once a month, Nayla says, she writes a letter to Oprah Winfrey. A young Saudi homemaker who covers her face...

ITV axes 1,000 jobs

by Mark Sweney guardian.co.uk, Tuesday September 30 2008 ITV has outlined plans to reduce staff numbers by 1,000, including 430 from its regional news operation. The company has kicked off a...

X Factor fills vacuum left by God in schools, says head

by Polly Curtis, education editor The Guardian, Tuesday September 30 2008 State schools are increasingly "embarrassed" to talk about God, leaving a moral vacuum which has been filled by celebrity...

Sony Pics International lands TV drama in China Co-producing 'The Game' with China Film Group

By Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop The Hollywood Reporter Sept 17, 2008, 10:27 AM ET SINGAPORE -- On Monday, Sony Pictures Television International and the China Film Group will launch "The Game" on...

HBO Orders Second Season of True Blood

By James Hibberd Sept 17, 2008, 01:37 PM ET Updated: Sept 17, 2008, 08:09 PM ET HBO has renewed Alan Ball's vampire drama "True Blood" after only two episodes. "Blood" debuted Sept. 7 on the...

We risk losing national news bulletins, warns Michael Grade

by Mark Sweney guardian.co.uk Monday September 29 2008 The ITV executive chairman, Michael Grade, has warned that without support for public service broadcasting, the network could not guarantee...

Too Racy for Ramadan

Ian Black, Middle East Editor, 17 September 2008. Arab soap operas are wildly popular during the Muslim holy month, but conservative clerics are in uproar. Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, is a...

Ofcom backs ITV plans for regional news cuts

by Mark Sweney guardian.co.uk, Thursday September 25 2008 ITV should be allowed to drop some regional news bulletins, reduce regional programming by 50% and cut back on some current affairs...