Television in the United Kingdom

  1. BBC Worldwide: Huge Demand For 'TOTP' Return

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Three years after it was pulled from the BBC schedules after 42 years, BBC Worldwide says there is "huge demand" for the iconic weekly music countdown "Top of the Pops" among global TV broadcast partners. The show ended on July ...

  2. Lady Gaga Tops BBC Interactive Glasto Results

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga was the most popular artist on the BBC's online Glastonbury service, as the U.K. broadcaster achieved record numbers for its interactive coverage of the British festival. Viewers could watch 'on demand' through the dedicat ...

  3. 6 Million-Plus Watch Jackson Memorial In U.K.

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 6 million people in the U.K. watched the live prime-time broadcasts of Michael Jackson's memorial service on domestic TV channels. The service was screened live on BBC Two, which attracted an average 4 million viewers and a 19% audi ...

  4. No 'Three-Strikes' In Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has proposed obliging Internet Service Providers to implement technical measures as a way of reducing illegal P2P file-sharing - but only as a last resort if notification letters to copyright infringers fail to achieve results. ...

  5. Music Industry Trusts' Award For Jonathan Ross

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster Jonathan Ross has been named as the recipient of the Music Industry Trusts' Award for 2009. In recognition of services to music broadcasting, the honor will be presented to Ross at London's Grosvenor House on Nov. 2. Mor ...

  6. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  7. Thousands Of Pirate Discs Seized Down Under

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit played its part last week in two major operations in the state of Victoria, culminating in the seizure of thousands of illegal CDs and DVDs. Acting on a tip off from the public, Victorian ...

  8. BBC Worldwide Bolsters Music Portfolio

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide has increased its catalog of BBC rock and pop output and archive programming, a move which the broadcaster's commercial arm says has led to a "surge" in international music program sales. According to a statement, a &q ...

  9. BBC To Broadcast 'People's Chart'

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT National U.K. AC broadcaster BBC Radio 2 will unveil a newly compiled chart of the most-heard recordings of the past 75 years in a three-hour special, "The People's Chart," on Easter Monday (April 13). The survey has been conducted ...

  10. Comic Relief 'Top Of The Pops' Scores Big Ratings

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A one-off edition of BBC chart countdown 'Top Of The Pops' featuring Oasis, U2 and Flo Rida achieved average ratings of 6.7 million viewers. "Comic Relief Does Top Of The Pops" had a 32% audience between 10pm GMT and 10.35pm on ...

  11. Playlouder, Isle Of Man In P2P Discussions

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Media technology company Playlouder MSP has confirmed it has had discussions with the Isle Of Man's e-business division, which is currently working on a proposal to license ISPs and telcos on the island to enable customers to access unlimited ...

  12. Ratings Victory For 'TOTP' Return

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The return of chart countdown show "Top Of The Pops" proved a ratings winner for the BBC over the holiday period. The iconic U.K. show was cancelled in July 2006 after falling viewing figures. It originally launched on BBC One in 1964 an ...

  13. Virgin Media Rolls Out Superfast Broadband

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cable operator Virgin Media became the first Internet provider to roll out a mass-market super-fast broadband service in Britain, launching a 50 megabits per second offering. The average broadband speed in Britain is between 4 and 5 MB. Virgin sai ...

  14. Top Of The Pops Returns For Christmas, New Year's

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST After dismissing reports this week of a permanent return for weekly TV chart countdown "Top Of The Pops," the BBC has confirmed it will screen two specials on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. The Christmas special will feature perf ...

  15. BBC Rebuffs 'Top Of The Pops' Reports

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BBC has dismissed reports of a revival for weekly singles chart countdown "Top Of The Pops." The TV show, which began on BBC One in 1964, was taken off air in 2006 after various scheduling changes failed to revive ratings. Mark Coope ...

  16. BBC Doc Rocks Latin America

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Five Latin American territories will screen the BBC/VH1 Classic (U.S.) co-production "Seven Ages of Rock," following its successful inclusion at this year's BBC Showcase Latin America. Globo in Brazil, Hispanoamerica TV in Paraguay, ...

  17. Virgin Media Announces Massive Job Cuts

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. ISP and cable TV provider Virgin Media is to cut over 2,200 employees by 2012 to "significantly improve the efficiency of the business," according to a company statement. The Hampshire-based company, which supplies broadband, cable ...

  18. Indies On The Attack Over Digital Rights

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The indie community has presented a united front over digital rights in a special Popkomm panel. Speaking under the "Impala Presents" banner, delegates flipped the subject of debate at the last minute. The panel had been due to discuss t ...

  19. Sex Pistol Backs British Butter For New Campaign

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An advertising campaign for a brand of butter starring John Lydon has debuted on U.K. TV. The Sex Pistols singer has signed up to be the face of Country Life butter as part of a £5 million ($8.8 million) relaunch campaign. The commercial, which fe ...

  20. ISPs On The Agenda At BPI AGM

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the brightest burning topics in the U.K. industry -- the labels' ongoing dialog with ISPs -- was discussed and dissected today at the BPI annual general meeting. Today's gathering at the Mayfair Hotel in central London was held ag ...

  21. Virgin ISP Issues First Round Of Warnings

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Virgin Media has sent a round of warning letters to 800 of its customers whose ISP accounts have been used for illegal file-sharing. It's the first salvo in a groundbreaking new "education" campaign agreed between Vir ...

  22. BPI Welcomes BT ISP Breakthrough

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading British broadband service provider BT has begun issuing notices to its subscribers warning it will disconnect them from the Net should they illegally share copyright-protected music on its networks. BT's new stance is seen as another ...

  23. EMI Deal Unlocks BBC Archive

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has handed EMI Music the keys to its treasure-filled broadcast vault. Through an agreement struck between EMI and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, both parties will have control to tap into one another's content wells. Th ...

  24. Watershed ISP Pact For BPI

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British record industry has achieved a breakthrough in its ongoing engagement with Internet service providers to help rein in illegal filesharing. Virgin Media and the BPI have agreed on a new "education campaign" to help the media g ...

  25. Sky Arts Boosts Music Programming With 'Songbook'

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sky Arts, the U.K. arts and culture niche TV network operated by Rupert Murdoch's satellite-delivered BSkyB platform, is launching its new "Songbook" series on May 1. Sky Arts says the eight-part, one-hour weekly series, sponsored b ...

  26. Power Starts New Comedy Fest

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vince Power is trying his hand at comedy. The Irish entrepreneur is behind the launch of the Mighty Boosh Festival, to be held July 5 at the 30,000 capacity Hop Farm in Tonbridge, Kent. The following day, the site in south east England will host P ...

  27. No Deal Struck With Virgin ISP, Says BPI

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI is distancing itself from reports that the trade association has reached an agreement with Virgin Media to curb illegal filesharing on the ISP's network. "Unfortunately it simply isn't true that we have agreed a pilot -- or ...

  28. Royal Honors For Kylie, Parkinson

    December 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, veteran British broadcaster Michael Parkinson and Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills are among the music industry names on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours list. The list, based on recommendat ...

  29. BBC Teams With Medici

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide -- the BBC's main commercial arm -- has signed an exclusive deal with producer and arts distributor Medici Arts. The deal, which is thought to be worth around £1.5 million ($3 million), will see Medici Arts gain access to 360 ho ...

  30. Ricall, BBC Strike Audio-Visual Partnership

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music licensing marketplace Ricall has struck a deal to allow its users access to the vast BBC Motion Gallery library of motion imagery for worldwide licensing. Through the partnership, unveiled this week, Ricall's users will be able to acces ...

  31. Merlin Spells Out New Board

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the new rights body for the global independent record sector, has formally launched after naming the 15 members of its inaugural board. It has now been fully incorporated as a commercial organization that will be non-profit and member-owne ...

  32. U.K. News Group Launches Music Division

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ITN On, the digital-distribution unit of ITN, one of the U.K.’s oldest news-gathering organizations, is to launch a music division. ITN On currently packages news, documentaries, entertainment and music-video content for mobile and broadband distr ...

  33. Universal Strikes Content Pact With BT

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. has struck an agreement to supply video-on-demand clips for use on BT Vision, the next-generation TV service run by the British telecommunications network. Tracks will also be offered on Windows-compatible listening devices vi ...

  34. EMI Pacts For Video-On-Demand

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music U.K. has forged a video-on-demand content agreement covering BT Vision, the next-generation TV service of telecoms giant BT which went live today (Dec. 4). Through the pact, EMI will make available all music promos from its catalog, incl ...

  35. Sony BMG, BT Link For New Service

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT On-demand offering to debut in the fall. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed an agreement to give BT, the British telecommunications giant, early access to the major label’s music videos for a new on-demand entertainment service launching this ...

  36. Sony BMG, BT Link For New Service

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed an agreement to give BT, the British telecommunications giant, early access to the major label’s music videos for a new on-demand entertainment service launch Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed an agree ...

  37. BT Vision Service To Play Emap Music Videos

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service to launch this fall. U.K. publisher and broadcaster Emap has signed a deal to be the exclusive supplier of on-demand music videos to BT Vision, the new U.K. Internet-protocol TV service delivered via broadband networks and scheduled to lau ...

  38. BT Acquires Music Programs For VOD

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BT Vision to launch this fall. BT Vision to launch this fall. News ...

  39. BT Acquires Music Programs For VOD

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Factual music programming is among the key contents recently acquired by U.K. telecoms giant BT Group for BT Vision, its video-on-demand service scheduled to launch this fall. Factual music programming is among the key contents recently acquired b ...

  40. BBC Pulls Plug On TOTP

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The BBC's venerable weekly TV chart show "Top Of The Pops," one of the longest-running programs and most iconic musical institutions in British television history, is to be axed after 42 years on air. The BBC's venerable weekly ...

  41. BBC Pulls Plug On TOTP

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The BBC's venerable weekly TV chart show "Top Of The Pops," one of the longest-running programs and most iconic musical institutions in British television history, is to be axed after 42 years on air. The BBC's venerable weekly ...

  42. BBC Proposes Music Strategy

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's public broadcaster the BBC has unveiled an integrated multi-media strategy aimed at strengthening the role of music in its programming. Britain's public broadcaster the BBC has unveiled an integrated multi-media strategy aimed ...

  43. BT Rings Up Content Deal

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April 10) said it has clinched agreements to distribute more than 500 concerts and documentaries on BT Vision, its new on-demand interactive TV service. BT Visi U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April ...

  44. BT Rings Up Content Deal

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April 10) said it has clinched agreements to distribute more than 500 concerts and documentaries on BT Vision, its new on-demand interactive TV service. BT Visi U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April ...

  45. MTV Heads Back To Canada

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST New joint venture channel to launch March 21. New joint venture channel to launch March 21. News ...

  46. Blige's 'Breakthrough' Returns To No. 1

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Knocks Foxx's 'Unbreakable' down a spot. Knocks Foxx's 'Unbreakable' down a spot. News ...

  47. Ward, Eminem Rule U.K. Christmas Charts

    December 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Shayne Ward, the Manchester-born winner of last week's "The X Factor" TV talent series, achieved the No. 1 single in the U.K. for Christmas with "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), while Eminem's Shayne Ward, ...

  48. Warner, BT In Landmark U.K. Accord

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Developing on-demand music programming. Warner Music U.K. will become the first music content provider for the new "TV over Broadband" service to be launched next year in the U.K. by telephone operator British Telecom. The two companies ...

  49. EMI Names Consumer Strategy Senior VP

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Simon Walker joins from the BBC. EMI Music has named Simon Walker as senior VP of consumer strategy. Walker joins from the BBC, where he held the post of strategy controller. He will begin his new role on Nov. 1, heading the development of new EMI ...

  50. Universal Deal Opens BBC Broadcast Vault

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which will allow it to leverage audio and visual content from the BBC's comprehensive broadcast archive. Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which w ...

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