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In pictures: RTS Cambridge Convention 2015

The RTS Cambridge Convention 2015 took place from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 September, seeing senior leaders from the television industry on both sides of the Atlantic converge on the city. 

The topics covered over the three days ranged from the importance of the BBC worldwide, to a debate about the lessons learnt from the General Election 2015, to the continued challenge that the television industry faces with the rise of video content emerging on digital platforms. 

This Week’s Top TV: 14-20 September

Monday

Girls Can Code

BBC Three

9pm

Television and radio presenter Alice Levine finds girls who complete computer coding in a male dominant industry. She takes Ellie, Daisy, Neelam, Tolani and Arooj to meet the UK’s most powerful women in technology. The girls are given a five-day task to invent a start up piece of technology. 

Tuesday

Battle of Britain: Return of the Spitfires

Channel 4

8pm

Sky Sports to air Sunday night NFL Matches

Sky Sports has been awarded exclusive rights to the NFL’s Sunday night football games for two years.

Previously broadcast by Channel 4, Sky Sports will now air two early kick-offs on Sunday at 6pm and 9pm culminating with a midnight game.

In addition to this are the Monday Night football games alongside regular Thursday games.

(Picture from Channel 4: Nat Coombs, left, and Mike Carson host Channel 4's NFL coverage)

Viewers will now be able to watch over 100 games each season on Sky Sports with additional digital and On Demand offering.

Apprenticeships: why on-the-job training makes sense

When Tony Hall was appointed BBC Director-General, he pledged to widen the corporation’s recruitment net by ensuring that 1% of its public-service workforce were apprentices by 2016.

He reached the target two years ahead of schedule. By the end of 2014, 177 apprentices were employed across the UK in departments ranging from local radio to business management.

BBC apprenticeships last between 12 months and three years. Participants on the production scheme undertake placements on programmes in addition to training with the BBC Academy.

BT launches AMC UK channel

Pay-TV platform BT TV is hoping that an unfolding zombie apocalypse will help it bite out a bigger share of a competitive UK market dominated by Sky. Fear the Walking Dead, the much-­anticipated spin-off show of US flesh-­eating drama the Walking Dead, is airing exclusively on BT TV as the flagship drama for the first AMC-branded channel in the UK.

It is part of a wider deal struck in June between US cable operator AMC Networks and BT TV.

BT secures exclusive partnership deal to broadcast the Ashes

BT Sport has secured exclusive UK TV rights to broadcast the 2017/18 Australia vs England Ashes in Australia.

Sky previously controlled the live cricket coverage for ten years before losing out to BT Sport.

The five-year rights deal with Cricket Australia, starting from 2016, will show all domestic Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals including the five-match Ashes Test Series against rivals England in 2017/18. Matches against world leading nations such as New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan will also be broadcast.

RTS Conferences

Events in television don't get much bigger than the RTS Cambridge Convention and the RTS London Conference. Held on alternate years, each event brings together the senior leaders and CEOs from the global TV industry for discussion and debate, setting the agenda for the future media year. 

 

RTS Cambridge Convention

 

Every two years the most recognisable faces, influential names and powerful voices of television converge for three days of stimulating talks, chaired by one of the UK's main broadcasters.