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David Abraham delivers RTS London Christmas Lecture 2019

David Abraham (Credit: Phil Barnes)

Speaking at the RTS London Christmas Lecture, he predicted that despite the growth of streaming services a lot of people would still be watching live, scheduled TV in a decade.

He said: “In ten years’ time linear TV will be distributed by IPTV, but scheduled TV will still be important, that more passive way of consuming curated content will have a very important role, not least in news and entertainment.”

Jane Turton discusses her new role as Chair of the RTS and her love of television

From her first days working in television as a founder member of Meridian, the South of England regional ITV company, Jane Turton knew that she’d landed in exactly the right place professionally.

“I’ve always loved being in TV. It’s full of interesting people,” she says. “TV is always exciting. The product – if we’re allowed to call it that – is fascinating – part manufacturing business, part creative, part art, part commerce. TV brings all that stuff together in a way that is challenging and interesting.”

What does the future hold for unscripted television?

Emma Willis in The Circle (Credit: Richard Kendal/ Channel 4)

Are we at peak unscripted content? Session chair Tim Davie noted that – while there was no short-age of good news for the genre (18 of the 20 top-performing original programmes on broadcast TV in the US that summer had been formatted entertainment) – there were worrying signs for the genre. The UK was still producing hit formats, but margins were declining and it was no longer the fastest growing market for original formats.

Lydia Noakes’s TV Diary

Lydia Noakes (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

My week starts the way it has done most Mondays for the past three years – sitting in a university library. There’s one big difference. At this time of year, there is a veil of calm. The underlying current of stress has dissipated. It’s a big change from the tensions of exam season a month ago.

Chairs stand unoccupied and academic books are tossed aside. I am finally on my last chapter. This one is entitled “The real world of television”.

Channel 4 announces line-up for Stand Up To Cancer 2018

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In the aim to fight cancer, the RTS award-winning Stand Up To Cancer resumes tradition with a live-special with stars all across entertainment, sport and music rallying together to raise money for life saving research.

Maya Jama (The Circle), Alan Carr (Chatty Man) and Adam Hills (The Last Leg) will be presenting this year’s live extravaganza, which will be filled to the brim with an array of humorous sketches and tear-jerking awareness shorts.

Scarlett Moffatt signs up for two new shows for Channel 4

Moffatt, who is currently appearing on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV, will join Alan Carr in a new Channel 4 entertainment show which will be recorded later this year.

She will also present a reboot of nineties classic Streetmate, in a role originally made famous by Davina McCall . Shy singletons will get a helping hand from Moffatt who will scour the streets to find people dates in towns and cities across the UK.