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Viacom chief Bob Bakish discusses future streaming possibilities

Viacom chief Bob Bakish (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumain)

It was Viacom founder Sumner Redstone who coined the phrase “content is king”. The company’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish, is also associated with a term that defines a media era: he dubbed the streamers, such as Amazon and Netflix, “frenemies”. He used the description recently to explain the fact that, although big producers and channel owners fear the streamers for eroding viewing figures, they can also make money by supplying the tech giants with shows.

The reinvention of Channel 5

Cruising with Jane McDonald (Credit: Channel 5)

British public service broadcasters proved relatively resilient in 2017, despite strong competition from SVoD and other digital distractions.

The best performer was the smallest of the PSBs, Channel 5. The channel’s audience share rose by 2.2% – comfortably ahead of ITV, up 1.2%, and Channel 4, down 0.2%. The audience for Channel 5’s portfolio of channels grew by 5%, led by 5Spike, which jumped by an extraordinary 27%.

Watch highlights from the RTS Cambridge Convention 2017

James Murdoch in conversation with Sarah Sands (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)

The three-day Convention featured keynotes from James Murdoch, Ofcom chief Sharon White and the Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP, as well as some lively panel discussions.

Watch highlights from the event below, or scroll down to watch the sessions in full. You can read more about this year's RTS Cambridge in the October issue of Television magazine.

Watch: RTS Futures Entry Level Training Fair

4Talent at the RTS Futures Entry Level Training Fair

Industry experts evaluated attendees's resumes at the CV clinics to show them how to make theirs stand out from the rest. 

If you couldn't make the event, or you want to relive it, this video includes the highlights of everything you missed. 

Mel B to host Lip Sync Battle UK

Mel B

Following her stint as a feisty X Factor judge, Spice Girl Mel B is to present the UK version of Lip Sync Battle.

The show, which sees two celebrities go head-to-head to impress an audience with their miming skills, has already proved a success in the US.

Hosted by rapper LL Cool J and model Chrissy Teigen, the series is an expanded version of a segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Why Viacom is beefing up Channel 5

Philippe Dauman at this year's Cambridge Convention

The digital revolution will be televised,” argued ­Viacom chief Philippe Dauman in an upbeat address to the RTS Convention. Twelve months after the US media giant bought Channel 5 for £450m, Dauman offered a positive “end-of-term report on our first year as a British public service broadcaster”.

“Today, I am pleased to reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rights and responsibilities that entails. We pledged that we would increase investment and original creative content – we have, and will continue to do so.”