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Freeview announces launch of new mobile app

The free app will provide viewers with the chance to watch on-demand content and live stream channels BBC, ITV and Channel 4 on mobile devices.

On-demand services BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5 and UKTV Play will allow audiences to catch up on their favourite shows on the go, with a ‘Recommendations’ feature to help users discover new programmes.

Channel 4 celebrates Christmas with festive factual shows

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World’s Most Extraordinary Christmas Dinners will look at the lengths people go to make Christmas Day special.

The one-off programme follows people from very different backgrounds, including astronauts in space and a submarine crew, as they prepare Christmas dinner. 

The channel has also promised seasonal episodes of familiar shows.

First Dates Christmas will not only see new blind dates, but will also feature the return of some of the show's previous happy couples.

Channel 4 announces trial of new SVoD service

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All4 has grown in popularity in recent years with an increasing collection of box sets that users are able to watch on-demand, including Chewing Gum, National Treasure and Peep Show

Testing of Channel 4’s new SVoD service, All4+ begins in December with a sample group participating in a beta test using a web-only version of the service.

The beta test will include offering the ad-free service to the sample group for £3.99 per month, the same price as ITV’s Hub+.

E4 reveals the celebrity line up for the sixth series of Celebs Go Dating

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Joining them will be Chelsee Healey (Hollyoaks), Pete Wicks (The Only Way is Essex) and David Potts (Ibiza Weekender). Newly single Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson is also set to return, having appeared on series four.  

The final mystery contestant will be announced live during the first mixer event, where the celebrities are tasked with securing their first date.

Channel 4 commissions documentary Training Teachers to Kill

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Training Teachers to Kill shines a light on the very real debate taking place in the US today, where school boards are considering arming teachers to protect students from future gun attacks.

Featured is Butler County Ohio, where the debate is raging due to a devastating mass shooting that took place there two years ago. The documentary will see the town’s Sheriff putting up billboards in an effort to persuade the community to arm teachers.

Filming begins on Film 4's new horror Saint Maud

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Glass’ short film Bath Time was previously commissioned by Film4 as part of its ‘Moments of Horror’ season in 2015. Glass was also named Screen International Star of Tomorrow earlier this year.

Saint Maud stars Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty, Pride and Prejudice) as Amanda, the glamourous patient of Maud (Morfydd Clark), a young reclusive Catholic nurse.

The film follows the two women as Maud, who believes she is in direct communication with God, becomes dangerously obsessed with saving Amanda’s soul.

Audiences, advertisers and arithmetic: "‘We need to fix commercial measurement"

From left: Kate Bulkley, John Litster, Matt Hill, Rich Astley, Sarah Rose and Justin Sampson. Inset: The Little Drummer Girl (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian/Shutterstock/BBC)

Television is trying to keep advertisers happy and out of the clutches of its online competitors. But, with the growth of streaming services such as Netflix, totting up who watches TV, and when and where, is becoming a complicated business.

This is the key data that advertisers want and which ratings body Barb is doing its utmost to provide, according to CEO Justin Sampson. He was part of a panel at an RTS early-evening event that drew a capacity crowd to The Hospital Club in late October.

The rise and rise of daytime TV

This Morning's 30th anniversary episode saw the show's biggest audience for nine years (Credit: ITV)

Daytime TV has long been the butt of comedians’ jokes. In an episode of Mock the Week last year, Hugh Dennis pretended to be a weary daytime announcer: “Well, because they’re all the same, and I can’t be bothered to announce them all, here’s Flog Dickinson’s Antiques Sun Hammer Pointless Breakout in the Country… finishes at 5pm.”