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The Great British Break Off: Will you still watch?

Contract negotiations with the BBC broke down when the corporation reportedly wouldn't match Channel 4's offer.

The shock announcement was followed by the news that presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc would not be following the show after it left BBC One. Star judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have not yet confirmed if they will stay with the production.  

Size Matters: A provocative look at short-form content (RTS FUTURES)

From YouTube to Channel 4, Snapchat to BBC Three, the revolution is happening and you can be a part of it!

RTS Futures is hosting a unique event where we invite you to learn from some of the greatest short-form pioneers.

An esteemed panel of industry leaders is ready to share their advice, trends and insights. Topics include how to create a career online, what short videos gets commissioned and what the future holds for emerging creative talent.

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.”
 

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.”

Caroline Flack fronts new cosmetic surgery series

Caroline Flack at the RTS Programme Awards 2018 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The Surjury (w/t) follows a jury of 12 members from the public as they decide if people should go under the knife for the cosmetic surgery of their dreams.

The series will allow candidates to receive measured advice about the cosmetic procedures they desire and give them the freedom to explore their choices with more information.

Introduced by Flack, the candidates will need to gain a majority of the jury vote to secure the procedure they’ve requested.

If the surgery goes ahead, candidates are then invited back to demonstrate the results of their operation.

Sarah Lancashire to star in new Channel 4 drama The Accident

Sarah Lancashire in The Accident (credit: Channel 4)

The four-part series will complete a trilogy of dramas created for Channel 4, alongside Kiri and National Treasure.

Written by RTS-award winning screenwriter Jack Thorne, The Accident follows the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion on a construction site in a Welsh town. As the community is torn apart by grief and anger, they search for someone to blame.

Channel 4, ITV and Sky join forces to promote healthy eating and exercise for children

(credit: ITV)

The three-year partnership aims to tackle obesity in young people by reaching 90% of UK children through the TV. 

The health and wellbeing initiative hopes to change long-term behaviour towards eating and exercise across all communities.

‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’, an advertising campaign partnership between Veg Power and ITV, aims to increase vegetable consumption among children, of whom 80% do not eat enough.