Television in the United Kingdom

  1. L.A. Reid Will Not Return for 'X Factor' Season 3

    December 13, 2012 7:20 PM EST L.A. Reid is leaving "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records chairman will return to his full-time gig of running the Sony mu ...

  2. 'X Factor' Renewed for Third Season

    October 22, 2012 4:55 PM EDT Fox on Monday ordered a third season of "The X Factor," set to debut in 2013. "I couldn't be happier," series creator and head judge Simon Cowell said in a statement. "I am so proud of the show and the team who have m ...

  3. Bubbling Under: U.K. 'X Factor' Runner-Up Olly Murs

    June 15, 2012 8:14 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Olly Murs, the Parlotones, Katie Armiger and Tex James . Olly Murs One Direction, w ...

  4. Britney Spears Locked In For 'X Factor'? Fox Offers 'No Comment'

    May 09, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Following months of speculation, E! says it has confirmed that Britney Spears has finally signed her contract to be a judge on the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor." When contacted by Billboard.biz, a spokesperson for the show re ...

  5. Britney Spears Closing In On $15 Million 'X Factor' Deal

    April 18, 2012 10:31 AM EDT Lately there's been speculation that Britney Spears is in talks to judge the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor," but the singer is finally close to closing a $15 million deal with the network, TMZ reports . The debut season o ...

  6. Britney Spears Nearing Deal to Judge 'X Factor'

    March 09, 2012 6:24 AM EST Britney Spears is nearing a deal to serve as judge on next season's The X Factor, a well-placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Spears' fiance, agent Jason Trawick, is negotiating the contract which could be signed as soon as next w ...

  7. Military Wives Choir: The Improbable Story Behind The U.K.'s Top-Selling Christmas Single

    December 27, 2011 7:30 AM EST It's been a while since there was any sense of anticipation surrounding the U.K. Christmas number one, nabbed, as it has been by Simon Cowell's enterprises. But for only the second time in seven years, a non-Cowell act has topped the U.K ...

  8. Olly Murs, JLS, Merseybeats, Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List

    December 23, 2011 7:30 AM EST The X Factor magic, the influence of Simon Cowell's hit music-talent TV show that helped push recorded-music sales in the United Kingdom, appears to have enchanted U.K. live music as well, according to the 2011 ranking of Britain's Harde ...

  9. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  10. 'The X Factor' Winner and Finalists to be Managed by Front Line

    August 03, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Irving Azoff's Front Line Management will manage winners and finalists of "The X Factor" U.S., The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The partnership between Front Line, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, and Simon Cowell's ...

  11. Spotify, Virgin Media Partnership Is the Future of Recorded Music

    July 06, 2011 11:48 AM EDT /bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/business-matters-spotify-reportedly-launching-1005251182.story ...

  12. News Corp's Sky News Deal Clears British Government

    June 30, 2011 7:29 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp secured British government backing for its buyout of BSkyB on Thursday after the minister responsible rejected complaints the move would give Rupert Murdoch too much power and influence. The Department of Media gave it ...

  13. BBC to Launch International Version of iPlayer as Subscription App

    June 15, 2011 7:59 AM EDT LONDON -- It has proved the most popular TV catch-up service in the U.K., regularly attracting over a million users per week. Now, an expanded version of the BBC's iPlayer will be launched internationally as a subscription app costing around ...

  14. Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO Guest Post: A Gaping Hole in the Clouds -- Indies

    June 03, 2011 11:30 AM EDT (Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin , a global rights body for independent labels. He was formerly the CEO of Shock Records before starting Merlin in 2007. He has also been on the boards of ARIA, AIR and WIN) Services that are serious about providing ...

  15. Nicole Scherzinger To Replace Cheryl Cole As 'The X Factor' Judge: Report

    May 25, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger will replace Cheryl Cole as a judge on "The X Factor" show that will debut this fall on Fox, according to a report on TMZ.com. Concern about Cole's thick accent led to her being dropped from the panel of judges. A ...

  16. Simon Cowell Says 'X-Factor' Will Discover the Next Bob Marley, Dylan, Jack White

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. version of The X-Factor just wrapped its seventh season, crowning Essex native Matt Cardle its latest winner, and now eyes officially turn to its next go-round: a U.S. premiere in September 2011. To no one's surprise, pretty much all ...

  17. Report: BBC Mulling New Music Show

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has begun discussions about launching a new weekly music TV show, according to the Times. The publicly funded U.K. broadcaster canceled its weekly chart show "Top of the Pops" in 2006 after 42 years, following a slide in ratings ...

  18. U.K. 'X Factor' Bans Auto-Tune

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. edition of Simon Cowell's music talent show "The X Factor" has announced that auto-tuning software will not be used on contestants' voices in future. Earlier this week, "X Factor" bosses came under fire from ...

  19. Virgin Media Unveils Mobile Music Service

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media is launching its new Virgin Music Media Store mobile download service at the U.K.'s V Festival this weekend (Aug. 21-22). The U.K. service goes live with 1 million tracks on Aug. 21. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI ...

  20. ISPs' Legal Challenge to U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telcos BT and Talk Talk are seeking a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which was voted through parliament in April. The BBC reports that the two Internet Service Providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the new law. ...

  21. Jonathan Ross Signs ITV Deal

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. TV presenter Jonathan Ross will host a new primetime chat show on ITV1 in 2011. Ross is leaving the BBC this summer after nine years of hosting his Friday evening chat show on BBC One, in addition to the weekly Saturday show on AC network BBC ...

  22. Cheryl Cole In Hospital With Malaria

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A spokesman for British singer and TV personality Cheryl Cole says she is being treated in a London hospital for malaria. Publicist Sundraj Sreenivasan said Tuesday (July 6) the 27-year-old performer will have to cancel all work commitments for th ...

  23. Ofcom Publishes U.K. Anti-Piracy Plan

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A proposed code of practice covering the anti-piracy measures for the U.K. has been published by the telecoms regulator Ofcom. It will allow for the implementation of legislative measures contained in the Digital Economy Act. The code is now subje ...

  24. Deadline Day For BBC 6 Music Consultation

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC strategy review public consultation - which will consider views on the proposal to close radio network BBC 6 Music - concludes today (May 25). The public and other interested parties still have a few hours to have their say about the propo ...

  25. Digital Radio Scrappage Scheme For U.K.

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. radio industry has introduced a 'scrappage' scheme in an effort to boost sales of DAB digital radios. Described as a Radio Amnesty, it mirrors the 2009 car scrappage scheme in the U.K., which aimed to boost sales under a volunta ...

  26. Simon Cowell Honored At Business Awards

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell received a special recognition award in California for his contribution to television and entertainment in the U.K. and U.S. Cowell was presented with the award at the inaugural BritWeek U.K.T.I. Business Innovation Awards, staged at ...

  27. BPI Meeting BBC Trust Over 6 Music Closure

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels trade body the BPI is meeting with the BBC Trust to express concern about the proposed closure of digital radio station BBC 6 Music . BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and label executives are due to meet with chairman Sir Michael Lyons ...

  28. Promusicae Urges Govt To Match U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels' group Promusicae has applauded the passing into law of the U.K.'s Digital Economy Act, and called on the Spanish government to "follow the British example." The Act includes provisions for ISPs to write letters ...

  29. Virgin Media's Delayed Subscription Service Still On Track

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media 's music subscription service is late but still on track. The company's head of media relations said the service is "well progressed" but added the company is "still working" on licensing deals with conte ...

  30. 8,000 Complain To BBC About 6 Music Closure

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has received almost 8,000 complaints about the plan to close digital radio station 6 Music. The modern rock and alternative network will be closed by the end of 2011, along with the Asian Network, as part of the publicly-funded broadcaster ...

  31. BBC Might 'Rethink' 6 Music Closure Plan

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, has reiterated that the governing body might tell BBC management to "rethink" the planned closure of modern rock digital station 6 Music, depending on the public consultation. The Facebook ca ...

  32. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  33. Update: BBC Confirms 6 Music Closure Plan

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has confirmed that it plans to close modern rock digital radio station 6 Music, following a strategic review of the BBC's digital services. The review, titled "Putting Quality First," was officially unveiled by director-gene ...

  34. U.K. Biz Backs BBC 6 Music

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has come out in support of under-threat BBC 6 Music, the modern rock digital radio station. U.K. labels trade body the BPI and indies counterpart AIM have voiced their concern about the potential closure of the station . Al ...

  35. BBC 'To Axe 6 Music'

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC is reportedly planning to axe modern rock digital radio station 6 Music as part of the corporation's strategic review of digital services. The Times reports on its front page that BBC director-general Mark Thompson will close BBC 6 Mu ...

  36. Virgin Media: What Does 'Unlimited Music' Mean?

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Universal Music signed up to Virgin Media's proposed all-you-can-eat MP3 service, the UMG exec behind the U.K. deal admitted there was a "philosophical debate" in the biz about the meaning of unlimited downloads. ...

  37. BBC's U2 Promo 'Inappropriate'

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has been criticized by its editorial complaints unit over its coverage of U2 for its "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) campaign. The publicly funded U.K. broadcaster breached guidelines by using a "U2=BBC" on ...

  38. Solid Ratings For 'Top Of The Pops'

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The return of U.K. music TV chart show "Top of the Pops" for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve won decent ratings for the BBC. The weekly chart countdown was pulled from the schedules in July 2006 after a 42-year run. Various revamps ...

  39. Jonathan Ross Quits BBC

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. TV and radio host Jonathan Ross has announced he is quitting the BBC after 13 years. His BBC One TV show "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" was named the No. 5 most important U.K. platform for music in Billboard's Maximum Exposu ...

  40. Merlin Signs Up To Sky Songs

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Global independent rights agency Merlin has signed an agreement to add its repertoire to the recently launched Sky Songs service. The U.K. service, from satellite TV company and Internet Service Provider Sky, combines unlimited streaming with an a ...

  41. Terry Wogan Signs Off From Breakfast Show

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran U.K. presenter Terry Wogan hosted the final edition of his hugely popular Radio 2 breakfast show on Friday, telling listeners it was a sad day that he had been dreading. "I'm going to miss you. Thank you. Thank you for being my f ...

  42. 'X Factor' Audience Peaks At 19.1 Million

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The TV audience for the final of U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" peaked at 19.1 million, as viewers witnessed teenager Joe McElderry win the sixth series last night (Dec. 13). The show averaged 15.5 million viewers between 7.30pm a ...

  43. Virgin Media Making 'Good Progress' On Music Service

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. media company Virgin Media has insisted it is moving ahead on its unlimited MP3 subscription service, which was due to launch by the end of 2009. It follows a report by New Media Age suggesting that EMI was finalising an agreement to join the ...

  44. Virgin Media To Trial U.K. File Sharing Analysis

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Internet Service Provider Virgin Media has partnered with British technology consultancy company Detica to trial technology that monitors levels of file-sharing traffic across its network. According to a spokesperson for Virgin Media, the Det ...

  45. U.K. Watchdog Recommends Liberalizing Media Ownership

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's communications regulator recommended relaxing rules on ownership of local media to help commercial providers of regional news struggling to survive a slump in advertising. If approved by the government, the new rules recommended by ...

  46. BBC, MPA Deal Boosts Classical Audience

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new deal signed between the British Broadcasting Corporation and the MPA (Music Publishers Association), acting on behalf of its members, is enabling the BBC to grow its global audience for contemporary classical music. The agreement was brokere ...

  47. George Michael Honors Jonathan Ross At MITs

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST George Michael led the salutes to U.K. TV and radio personality Jonathan Ross at the annual Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony, held last night (Nov. 2) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Awarded the accolade in recognition of his ser ...

  48. BSkyB Launches Digital Music Service

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Almost 15 months after first announcing the service with Universal as the first major on board, leading pay-TV provider and Internet Service Provider BSkyB is finally about to launching its digital music service. Sky Songs offers access to over 4 ...

  49. Mighty Boosh Star Joins 'Buzzcocks'

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Noel Fielding, best known for his work with radio and TV comedy series "The Mighty Boosh," has been confirmed as a captain on the new series of BBC Two pop quiz "Never Mind the Buzzcocks." The show, now in its 22nd series, will ...

  50. BBC May Sell Off Part Of BBC Worldwide

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC director general Mark Thompson said that selling off part of the corporation's commercial arm BBC Worldwide is being considered as an option. Thompson told the Guardian that a part-privatization of BBC Worldwide is being mulled as a part ...

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