Broadcasting News

Here at Prolific North, we’re proud provide the very latest broadcasting news and announcements covering the fast-developing worlds of television, film, and radio. Check out some of the very latest industry news and updates below from locations around including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield - including but not limited to developments at the BBC in MediaCityUK and Channel 4's new HQ in Leeds.

Bauer Media has confirmed that it will start merging its Magic AM content from next month after Ofcom gave it permission to drop local output from its 8 North of England stations.

Bauer North East will be the first to change, with Magic 1152 and Magic 1170 sharing output between 6am and 10am on weekdays and veteran presenter, Alan Ross taking early retirement.

Today the UK TV industry is in good health. The sector has recovered well following the extreme economic instability of 2008 to 2010, and has stabilised with steady growth, writes Richard Davis, the storyworld editor of multiplatform specialist, Bellyfeel. But when I look to the future, I see uncertain times ahead. The media market place is saturated with extra channels and additional networks, and audience attention is splintered between a multitude of different platforms and devices.

ITV has ordered a 6 part comedy series from the Red Production Company in Manchester. With the working title, Cabbage and Pat, the 6x30 minute series is about a pair of older women - one widowed, one divorcee - who together find a new lust for life.

The Competition Commission believes that the buy out of GMG by Global Media could lead to higher prices for advertisers in some parts of the country. Among the 7 areas highlighted by the regulator are Greater Manchester, the North East, the South and West of Yorkshire and North Wales. It estimates that the non-contracted airtime revenue in these areas is worth around £50m.

James Purnell, the ex-Labour culture secretary and former MP for Stalybridge and Hyde has been named as director of strategy and digital at the BBC. It marks a return to the corporation for Purnell who was head of corporate planning in the 1990s. His new remit includes running the strategy, digital, communications, policy, public affairs, marketing and audience divisions.

The US public service broadcaster, PBS, is to hold two briefing sessions in the UK, as it seeks to meet UK indies and producers, in an attempt to raise the level of content it commissions from the UK.

First Radio Sales, the sales house jointly owned by the media companies UTV Media and UKRD, has restructured its regional operations with some job losses and responsibilities moving to London.

Screen Yorkshire is calling on TV and film producers to bid for a slice of its latest £3.5million investment windfall. The Leeds-based organisation is looking to invest in "up to 10 high-end TV or film projects", with between £100,000 and £500,000 available for each.

Hospital Radio Burnley will cease broadcasting after 60 years - because there are not enough patients left in the hospital it serves. The station, based at Burnley General Hospital, has handed all its equipment over to nearby Radio Hospitals Blackburn.

The BBC has spent almost £2million on rail, air and taxi travel between London and its new MediaCityUK headquarters, according to figures released under Freedom of Information. The figures, which relate to last year and were obtained by The Telegraph, detail some of the extra transport costs that have been created by the move to Salford.

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