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George Entwistle appointed director of BBC Vision

April 27th, 2011

George Entwistle has been appointed to one of the most senior jobs at the BBC, director of BBC Vision, the person responsible for the BBC’s television channels.

Entwistle has been acting director since the end of January, following the departure of Jana Bennett to the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide.

The job of director of BBC Vision is one of the biggest in the corporation and includes overseeing more than 20,000 hours of programmes.

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BAFTA TV Awards – the nominations…

April 27th, 2011

Misfits leads the nominations for this year’s BAFTA Television Awards, being named in four catgeories. The E4 drama, about ASBO superheroes, has gained huge acclaim. Now it has been recognised by the British Academy establishment. It is nominated in the Best Drama Series and New Media categories.

Close behind is BBC One’s Sherlock, which is nominated for Best Drama, with both of its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Cumberbatch finds himself up against Doctor Who star Matt Smith. Both shows are written and produced by Steven Moffat.

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YouTube to launch pay service

April 26th, 2011

Web video giant YouTube is launching an on-demand streaming service offering customers Hollywood studio films, according to a US report.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures have licensed content for the service, which could begin as early as this week, according to US entertainment newswire The Wrap.

Lionsgate Entertainment and other smaller studios are also involved, though majors Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Disney have so far declined to join.

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Britain’s Got Talent adapts to life without Simon Cowell

April 14th, 2011

ITV had its first glimpse of a future without Simon Cowell at the launch of the new series of Britain’s Got Talent, which will return on Saturday without the man who created it.

Cowell, who is busy making a US version of his other ITV1 hit, The X Factor, will not appear on Britain’s Got Talent until its final week.

Such are his US commitments that doubts remain whether he will appear on ITV1’s The X Factor at all, and it was a reflection of the broadcaster’s sensitivity, perhaps, that at the Britain’s Got Talent press launch on Wednesday there was a blanket ban on any question not relating to that show.

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