Conservation of Big Ben to be revealed in new documentary

Big Ben

This is a three year project undertaken by Channel 4 and ITN Productions, which gives them unprecedented access into the Big Ben refurbishment. The world famous landmark will disappear from view behind scaffolding for the next three years, and will undergo an extensive £29 million refurbishment in its 157 year history.

It will be documented in 3x60 minute programmes, with the first in 2017 to introduce audiences to the current state of Big Ben, as well as the dedicated architects, engineers, clock makers, stonemasons and scaffolders who will repair it.

Tom Mockridge appointed Chair of the Royal Television Society

Tom is the CEO of Virgin Media and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of parent company Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. Tom joined Liberty Global in June 2013 following the acquisition of Virgin Media. During the previous two decades he worked for News Corporation in a variety of senior roles across the world. He started his career as a newspaper journalist in his native New Zealand, then in Australia, before becoming an adviser and spokesperson for the Federal Treasurer, the Honourable Paul Keating.

ITN Productions to diversify with factual drama

The company no longer wishes to be seen solely as a news specialist, and has announced it will be producing more dramas based on real-life events. 

“Our biggest challenge is getting people to understand ITN Productions," said managing director, Mark Browning. "The scale of the genre and programming we do is both a blessing and a curse.

"Our brand says that we do news, but actually our volume of output says that we are a big production company.”

ITN announces record year in financial report

John Hardie, ITN, RTS

The production company has announced record revenues of £120m in its sixth consecutive year of operating a profit growth.

Also historically known for its TV journalism, ITN has built upon its traditional territory in areas including advertising, sports journalism, current affairs and documentaries - including the RTS award-winning documentary for Channel 4, Dispatches: Escape from ISIS.

The company reported that operating profit on ordinary activities increased by 19% year-on-year to £6.9m (2014: £5.8m), a threefold increased from 2011.

Channel 4 commissions sequel to Syria doc

Currently under the working title of Children on the Frontline: The Escape the film revisits a middle-class family from northern Syria whose lives have been destroyed by the ongoing civil war.

"The whole tragic story of the civil war from the initial uprising against the Syrian regime, the emergence of Islamic State and the ensuing refugee crisis is captured through the story of four young children and their parents," said Executive Producer Chris Shaw. "It's a deeply personal account of life turned upside down by the Syrian conflict"