Who Benefits? TV and Poverty

This was one of the key findings of new research undertaken by the BBC looking at a style of television often described as “poverty porn” by TV reviewers.

The study was unveiled at a conference in Manchester, Who Benefits? TV and Poverty.

The event was backed by the RTS, the BBC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

“These programmes are very well watched,” said David Bunker, Head of Projects at BBC Audiences. “They have large audiences compared to the slot average.”

RTS announces the winners of the Craft and Design Awards 2014-15

Comedian Susan Calman hosted the awards at a ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane, London tonight (30 November).

This year saw the launch of a new Director’s category. The award for Director – Fiction went to Julian Farino for Marvellous (BBC Two), while Colette Camden picked up the award for Director – Non Fiction for What Do Artists Do All Day? Sue Webster (BBC Four).

For a full list of winners click here

The Secret of Soaps: The Story Behind the Stories

No one could accuse Coronation Street of taking it easy, even though this would be understandable for a middle-aged British telly institution. Over the last couple of years the ITV soap has given viewers multiple murders, deaths and suicides; explosions and a minibus crash; a pre-teen pregnancy; and even a gay vicar.

Audiences have been lapping up the drama, which regularly attracts more than 7 million viewers. Corrie remains the nation’s favourite soap.

W1A - the story behind the series

If you have experienced the elation and the frustration of working for Auntie, you’ll recognise the horribly accurate portrayal in the BBC2 sitcom W1A.  Jon Plowman, Exec Producer, and John Morton, Writer/Director, (the team that previously produced the hit 2012 on the Olympics) will answer your questions about how they came up with the idea, how they make it and the reaction of the television community. 

In Conversation with Sky's Gary Davey

Sky's Managing Director of Content Gary Davey will be in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Steve Hewlett

For the last year Gary Davey has been responsible for Sky’s entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK – as well as overseeing the entire entertainment offering of Sky Deutschland.

Gary’s long career in pay TV has seen him occupy senior roles in Italy, Hong Kong and the USA – as well as a previous stint at Sky. 

The drive for data - why analytics should be at the heart of your business


The TV industry is facing the greatest paradox in its long history. The quality of its craft and the demand for its product have never been higher. At the same time, its future commercial viability is very uncertain.

Digital has fundamentally and irrevocably altered television’s business model. Not only are viewers watching more content than ever on digital devices, they’re doing so across a wider range of platforms and in many different ways.

RTS Futures Christmas Party

December sees the return of the infamous RTS Futures Christmas Party, and this year we’ve teamed up with Broadcast magazine to celebrate this year’s BAME Hotshots.

This year Broadcast decided to focus on BAME Hotshots to shine a light on the diversity with the industry.  The response was overwhelming.

DeepMind's Demis Hassabis on the future of intelligent machines

Telly creatives let out a collective sigh of relief as artificial intelligence expert Demis Hassabis ruled out the possibility of computers replacing them any time soon.
“We are a long way from machines being truly creative,” said the founder of machine learning start-up DeepMind Technologies. But, Hassabis warned: “I don’t think it’s impossible.”

Who Benefits? How can poverty be better portrayed on TV

This conference will consider the portrayal of poverty on television; it is being held by the BBC, The Royal Television Society, NCVO and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Who Benefits? will be chaired by BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin. We'll be looking at some of the reality TV and documentary programmes that have been made in poorer communities: what they are, how they are made, and why audiences watch them.

Channel 4 wins big at the Grierson Awards

Grayson Perry at the Grierson Awards

Channel 4 swept the boards at last night’s Grierson Awards, which celebrate documentaries that have made a significant contribution to the form.

RTS award-winner Grayson Perry was crowned Documentary Presenter of the Year for his Channel 4 series Who Are You? with Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey calling Perry a national treasure who “is an interviewer who gets under the skin of his subjects and an artist who captures their essence.”