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BBC’s weekly global audience rises to 348 million

The BBC’s weekly audience has risen to a record 348 million people worldwide, a 13 per cent increase on last year. The BBC Global Audience Measure (GAM) figures represent the combined measured reach of international content, both news and entertainment, for the year 2015/16


UTV sells TV stations to ITV

UTV Media has confirmed that it is to sell the whole of its television business to ITV for £100 million. UTV Media is the owner of the ITV franchise in Northern Ireland and loss-making channel UTV Ireland, and has been in talks with ITV since August


Freeview Play to launch next month

The new Freeview Play connected TV service is to launch in October, combining catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, on-demand services and live television


BT Sport takes the Ashes

BT Sport has outbid Sky to become the home of the 2017/18 Australia vs England Ashes, and will show all Australian home cricket internationals live in the UK, from 2016 to 2021


AMC and Cineplex surrender to cinema’s phoenix moment

At the end of 2014, Sony released the film The Interview simultaneously both digitally and in a select range of movie theatres. I observed at the time that this could have proved to be a significant step in how movies were distributed, with ‘day and date’ (releasing digitally at the same time or extremely close to theatrical release) releases possibly becoming a commonplace thing


5,000 BBC Make It Digital traineeships open for application

The BBC Academy has partnered with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and is inviting young unemployed people to apply to take part in its BBC Make it Digital Traineeship, which will be available in around 60 towns and cities in England