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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.

Russell Howard launches brand new show with Sky 1

The weekly series will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and is part of a two year deal with Sky 1.

The show will air late next year following the comedian’s stand-up world tour, which runs between February and July 2017.

Avalon Television, the production company behind Russell Howard’s Good News, will produce the 14 part series.

Dawn French stars in Delicious new Sky 1 drama

French plays passionate cook Gina whose ex-husband Leo (Iain Glen) is a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina’s cooking, and yet despite leaving her for another woman – the glamourous Sam, played by Silent Witness’ Emilia Fox –business continues to boom for the hotel owner.

Leo’s new wife Sam becomes concerned that he is cheating on her. She confides in Gina, confident that she will recognise the signs, however Sam later finds out that the ‘other woman’ is Gina herself.

Event report: Virtual Reality and 360⁰ Storytelling

Guests enjoy virtual reality experiences at the event (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The latest kit from some of the leading innovators in virtual reality was available for the audience to test, before and after a panel of experts discussed the consumer appeal of the new technology.

Event chair, journalist Kate Bulkley, posed the key question to the panel: Would virtual reality telly fare any better than 3D TV? The latter had been much hyped by the manufacturers and broadcasters a few years ago before disappearing, leaving barely a trace.

Ofcom to launch annual diversity monitoring scheme

Ofcom's Sharon White at the RTS Cambridge Convention 2015 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The move was announced by Sharon White, the regulator’s CEO, speaking in London at a debate on diversity organised by Ofcom and Sky.

White said: “We will be looking at diversity data across the broadcasters we regulate helping us to get the most comprehensive picture yet of how well each broadcaster is doing.

“This is an important step towards greater transparency and greater accountability.”

Ofcom aims to collect a range of information regarding the diversity of people employed by broadcasters and gauge what steps are being taken to monitor diversity.

TV's top business leaders weigh in on future challenges

From left: Tony Hall, Andrew Griffith, Lorraine Heggessey, David Abraham, Dido Harding and Tom Mockridge (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Among the subjects they covered were the UK’s inadequate digital infrastructure, Netflix, Brexit and, inevitably, The Great British Bake Off. 

Matt Hancock’s speech in the previous session found favour with the panel. BBC chief Tony Hall welcomed the emphasis the Minister of State for Digital and Culture had put on “social and regional” diversity in television.