When Graham Norton started his first Chat Show on Channel 4 in the Early 2000s, it was an irreverent mix of audience participation and an eccentric mix of guests from soap to Hollywood. Some were just part of something current, while the rest had that nostalgic effect that we required post-millennium. Graham Norton was always going to have to tone it down for BBC One but after 10 years on the BBC his show has become nothing more that a celeb fest promoting the latest cinematic releases. Indeed many of the guest now look tired.
Discovery Communications and the BBC have signed a long-term partnership for the coverage of the Olympic games. The BBC will be the UK's exclusive free-to-air broadcasters for the next five Olympic games. Discovery is committed to striking innovative partnerships across Europe after winning the rights to the games in 2015. This builds on a 30 year partnership between the two companies.
The BBC have announced they are to remove TV channel BBC Three from traditional TV broadcast and move it to online only. The planned move was put into motion 6 months ago when the BBC executive asked the BBC trust for the move. The trust set out a number of conditions for the move, but it is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2016. A final decision will be made on the 27th of July.
The GAA have announced Broadcast rights for the next 4 years. GAA provide a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches to Television. A total of 31 games will be provided to RTÉ. Sky will take the remaining 14 games, a move by the GAA into Pay TV, resulting in the loss of these games by TV3.
It is looking more and more likely that RTÉ will retained the rights to show EastEnders in a new deal with BBC Worldwide, which extends their current agreement. The agreement includes a wide variety of genre programming for the Irish Broadcaster from Comedy to Documentary.
The French international will be part of BBC Sports presentation team during the Rio World Cup 2014. He will join Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf, Alan Shearer, Phil Neville and Alan Hansen. Henry will warm up for the role with a studio appearance on Match of the Day, Tonight (14/12/2013).
The BBC has announced that they are to launch 5 new free-to-air channels across all platforms. Five of their existing non-HD terrestrial services are going HD, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBeebies and CBBC. Those channels will also provide their programmes in HD on their on-demand service, the BBC iPlayer. The channels are launching just in time for Christmas. The services launch tomorrow the 10/12/2013.
Doctor Who has outperformed other drama's on the BBC with its 50th anniversary special, The Day of The Doctor. 12.8 million people in Britain have now watched since its premier on the 23 November 2013. The show became the most requested show in the 24 hours after broadcast with 1.27 million requests on the BBC On Demand service, BBC iPlayer. The drama generated 442,692 mentions on twitter, with 12,939 tweets per minute during the opening moments of the programme.