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ITN's Anna Mallett on how the crisis shows the need for quality journalism

Anna Mallett (Credit: ITN)

Anna Mallett, CEO of ITN for the past 12 months, could be forgiven for looking a little wearied. Even before coronavirus struck, the news organisation was working full tilt, covering such seismic events as Brexit, the Conservative Party leadership contest and a particularly fractious pre-Christmas general election. And now this.

Brian Woods' TV diary

Lockdown begins five weeks early for me. Not due to Covid-19 but because, on 18 February, I become a dad. Welcome, Roscoe. I plan to avoid looking at email for the first month.

Three weeks later, on 11 March, I give in. Louisa Compton, editor of Channel 4’s Dispatches, wants quick ideas on coronavirus. I send her a barmy notion about shooting a film in one day, editing it in a week, and broadcasting seven days after filming.

UK broadcasters team up on guide for producing TV safely during Covid-19

The guidelines will allow productions to get up and running again, with the emphasis on the safety and well-being of employees.

The guide will be applicable to a broad range and scale of TV programmes of all genres and have been created with the collaboration of industry experts and the external expertise of Dr Paul Litchfield CBE.

Broadcasters have liaised with union representatives and the Health and Safety Executive and worked with First Option safety consultants to the media and entertainment industry.

The TV Collective to launch free online events for BAME industry professionals

The TV Collective coaches, champions and connects BAME workers with each other and to paid opportunities.

The sessions will help to specifically address the challenges BAME professionals face and will be a mix of free live talks and Q&A’s led by industry experts across TV, digital media and the creative industries.

Each session will allow attendees to discuss and collaborate and receive career advice, while exploring the new business models and ways of working adopted by the industry.

Russell T Davies warns of ‘great threat’ to TV

The writer was talking at an RTS North West online Q&A in late April. He recalled the 2008 recession, when friends at ITV told him, “‘We don’t know if we can show this episode of The Bill tonight,’ [because] they were so short of advertisers and money.

“This recession is going to be even bigger and it’s going to affect the commercial channels hugely… and [the streamers] will start cutting back as well.

“We’ve got a Government that is morally and profoundly opposed to the BBC. Please don’t think they’ll change their minds about the BBC in this crisis.”

The extraordinary Joe Lycett

Warm, witty and occasionally waspish, Joe Lycett is just the man to keep us entertained during lockdown. It’s fortunate, then, that he is presenting two lengthy prime-time TV series, with another on the way. And after a whirlwind few months making them, Lycett – while mindful of the suffering that Covid-19 has brought many – concludes that the new normal has been beneficial to his mental health.

Anna Richardson to host Channel 4 show about sex and relationships in lockdown

Anna Richardson (Credit: Channel 4)

From couples isolating together who are still enjoying the honeymoon period, to cohabitating couples stuck in a rut, or even singletons who want to spice up their phone sex, the show will reveal what people get up to behind closed doors, along with some handy 'how to' guides.

Richardson also shares the results of a specially commissioned poll which exposes how people’s relationships and habits have changed during the lockdown.

Channel 4 commissions 100 Ways to Make a Baby (w/t)

Jake and Hannah Graf (credit: Channel 4)

100 Ways to Make a Baby (w/t) follows Jake and Hannah’s path to parenthood in the year leading up to the birth of their daughter Millie on April 14th 2020.

Hannah was one of the highest-ranking transgender officers in the British Army, earning an MBE for work with LGBT army personnel. Jake is a writer, filmmaker and actor who has appeared in Collette and The Danish Girl.