What happens when popularity drives factual programming?

The BBC has been facing a raft of tough decisions for a while now. They’ve lost £550 million in funding and there have been calls to scrap its royal charter. Now, in response, the BBC is looking at completely restructuring itself by dropping its divisions between radio and television in favour of “content and audience-led divisions.” This is an interesting idea. With…

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Young viewers are going mobile, but is it really why we think?

An article in The Guardian today piqued my interest: TV industry faces its ketchup moment. If, like me, you have no clue what a “ketchup moment” is, the author is paraphrasing France Télévisions’ director of future media Eric Scherer, who has announced that mobile phones are now the first screen that audiences experience. (Not TVs.) And the ketchup?…

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Would you write a propaganda film?

Last week the Australian Government announced it would be spending $4.1 million on a TV movie designed to influence asylum seekers not to come to Australia by boat. It will be specifically broadcast in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as part of “Operation Sovereign Borders.” The producer of the company taking on the project, Trudi-Ann Tierney, openly…

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