The Voice UK is one of BBC One's biggest Saturday evening 'shiny floor' shows, with a particular emphasis on engaging its loyal audience through social media, across platforms, before, during and after every episode.
The Head Judge of the BBC’s Saturday night hit has announced that the next series, his fourteenth, will be his last.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are to present new series, and judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcy Bussell will also be returning.
The RTS-award winning show has not yet announced this year’s line-up of celebrity contestants who will be taking to the floor to win the glitterball trophy in the autumn.
Kevin Lygo’s new job is possibly the biggest in British television – and certainly the most exposed. ITV’s incoming Director of Television must, together with his freshly minted team of commissioning chiefs, arrest a decline in audience that saw the main channel’s viewing share halve between 2000 and 2015.
Downton Abbey is gone, The X Factor is on the wane, and ITV hasn’t launched a breakout hit since Broadchurch in 2013. The company’s share price, which peaked at over 280p last July, fell close to 200p recently.
Over half of the top 40 TV shows of 2015 aired on BBC One, according to research compiled by the Press Association from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (Barb).
Despite an increase in viewers over the year, Channel 4 does not make the list, as BBC One fills 27 spots, and ITV takes the remaining 13 places.
Strictly Come Dancing appeared 13 times in the list, making it the most consistently viewed show so far this year.
1. London Spy
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The show ended in revelatory fashion this week on BBC 2. Written by Tom Rob Smith, it tells the story of Danny, played by Ben Whishaw (James Bond), who falls in love with a mysterious man, Alex (Edward Holcroft – Kingsman: The Secret Service, Wolf Hall.) After Alex disappears Danny begins to look into the life of his partner, revealing a twisted tale of murder, betrayal and espionage. A fantastic supporting cast including Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling enhance this tense thriller.
New to the show in January is the Virtual Voice, which will offer 360-degree virtual reality video, and a greater focus on BBC iPlayer to satisfy growing demand for content on mobile and connected TV platforms.
The Voice’s digital producers use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and BBC online, adding new content to create a buzz around the show.
For an insight into the day job of the BBC Director-General two years into his role, I pop into Tony Hall's plate-glass eyrie at New Broadcasting House. I arrive in the aftermath of one of the regular encyclicals that DGs dispense.
He's sung the praises of the BBC's place in a "thriving, free and competitive market", an alternative to what a colleague terms the "Joni Mitchell" school of heartstring-tugging about the Beeb's innate brilliance.
After winning hearts as a judge on BBC One's The Voice, Rita Ora has jumped ship to its competitor, X Factor. The ITV show has also poached famous BBC face – or rather voice – Nick Grimshaw, who hosts the prestigious Radio 1 Breakfast slot. While Grimmy will fulfill his judging duties alongside his BBC role, Ora's may come as a blow to BBC producers. But this isn't the first time stars have jumped ship. Here are a few of the most famous and most surprising moves.
1. Susanna Reid