Inside Sky's Election Campaign: Jon Bennett on the lure of covering election night

Bennett is a Sky News lifer, having joined the news organisation 28 years ago before it had even begun broadcasting. Now, he is taking the chair for a seventh time to direct the broadcaster’s election night coverage.

Working alongside Executive Producer Nick Phipps – the man who decides on how the story will be told – Bennett is tasked with making his vision a reality. “We represent the two sides,” Bennett explains. “His is the editorial and mine is the production. He is the one I don’t want to let down.”

Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran join James Corden's London line up

James Corden (Credit: Sky)

The Late Late Show, which airs on Sky 1 and Now TV in the UK, is coming to the capital for three special episodes, featuring a mix of celebrity interviews, musical acts, games and sketches.

Ed Sheeran will join Corden for a new Carpool Karaoke, with other musical contributions coming from Harry Styles and Kings of Leon.

Also joining Corden in London are Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Russell Brand and Anthony Joshua.

Is targeted advertising the future of TV?

That was one of the main conclusions from an RTS early evening event, Is targeted advertising the future of TV?

A capacity crowd heard how the arrival of streaming services headed by Netflix and Amazon Prime plus the challenge from Facebook and Google are changing the dynamics of TV advertising. 

Catch-up TV and the traditional broadcasters' own on-demand offerings are also driving change.  

All this is posing problems for audience measurement, the bedrock of TV advertising for more than half a century.

First look trailer released for new crime drama Tin Star

The new crime thriller follows Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-Metropolitan police detective as he starts a new life with his family in an idyllic community in the remote Rocky Mountains.

However, the tranquility is short-lived with the arrival of an oil company, fronted by Mrs Bradshaw (Christina Hendricks), whose workers bring a debaucherous scene of drugs, prostitution and crime to the town.

When Worth takes a stand against their behaviour, his actions seem to have tragic consequences as one of his family members is devastatingly murdered by a mysterious assassin. 

Sir David Attenborough to become virtual hologram for Sky

In a world first, museum-goers will get special hands-on access to rare objects, while a 3D hologram of Attenborough will offer his own insight on each specimen in a one-on-one interactive experience.

He will be transformed into a hologram and will guide participants to virtually hold and handle fossils, bringing the objects to life. 

This virtual technology will allow people to hold up, peer inside, tilt and look more closely at the historic objects, which include fossils, bones and skulls from the museum’s world-famous collection.

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch to deliver keynote at RTS Cambridge Convention 2017

RTS Cambridge 2017

Other speakers include Andy Harries, Chief Executive of Left Bank Pictures; The Grand Tour executive producer, Andy Wilman; Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director of Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom – with more names to be announced.

Sky Sports Mix adds Tough Mudder to extreme sports schedule

Sky Sports Mix has added the 2016 World’s Toughest Mudder to the programme schedule, which has seen 33 different sports since the channel launched in August 2016.

This will be the first time the 24-hour endurance race will be broadcast on UK television.

The race will see competitors battle it out over a 5-mile course, tackling challenging obstacles in a race to be crowned World’s Toughest Mudder. 

Sky reveals first images from set of Britannia drama

First Look - Kelly Reilly as Kerra

Britannia is a ten-part drama by multi-award-winning script writer Jez Butterworth, which is set to air in 2017. Butterworth has written Black Mass (2015), Edge of Tomorrow, and has also co-written James Bonds' Spectre.

For the first time, Sky has teamed up with Amazon to create the new historical drama.

Set in 43AD, the story sees the Roman army invading Celtic Britannia, a land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld.