Industry headlines


27th - 2nd August 2015


July 31, 2015

Top Gear's Clarkson, Hammond and May sign Amazon deal

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been signed up by Amazon for a new motoring show to rival the BBC’s Top Gear. The trio’s new show will be broadcast on Amazon’s on-demand TV service, with the US giant beating off competition from ITV and its online rival, Netflix. Clarkson, Hammond, May and Wilman have signed a three-series deal with Amazon. Production on the first series will begin soon and it will launch next year.

July 31, 2015

Don't Tell The Bride finale sees a 378% increase on BBC One

The new, more mainstream series of Don't Tell The Bride wrapped up its first non-BBC Three series on Wednesday 29th July, with the big move proving an obvious success. In October 2014, the final episode of series eight pulled in 561,000 viewers on the broadcaster's digital youth channel, but Wednesday night’s series nine finale improved on that considerably with an extraordinary 378% audience increase.


July 31, 2015

Sky to launch new "Netflix-style" set-top-box within weeks

Sky is set to unveil a new set-top box - dubbed SkyQ - in the next few weeks promising an improved user experience. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Sky will offer satellite households an "Apple and Netflix-style" experience, moving on from the grid-style guide that Sky first developed back in 1998. SkyQ, developed under the codename "Project Ethan", is understood to allow subscribers to watch and record at least four programmes simultaneously on multiple devices throughout the home.


July 31, 2015

Laptop still most popular screen - ahead of the smartphone

Despite the prolific rise of smartphones, laptops remain the most popular screens, according to new data from the second wave of Mediatel's Connected Screens report. While the difference is narrow, both the 67% laptop and 66% smartphone usage figures eclipse tablet devices (49%); however, tablet device growth has risen 5 percentage points since the last quarterly wave, with handheld games consoles sitting at the bottom of the table at just 20%.

July 31, 2015

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Launched this week

Microsoft started rolling out its new operating system, Windows 10, to customers around the world on Wednesday (29th July). Following a hostile reception to Windows 8, which launched in 2012 and introduced the concept of 'live tiles' for touch-based computing, Microsoft decided to bypass Windows 9 and jump straight to Windows 10, combining what it describes as the "best elements" of Windows 7 and Windows 8.


July 31, 2015

Intelligent Outdoor – the first artificially intelligent poster campaign.

The world’s first artificially intelligent poster campaign, which evolves to write its own copy and selects its own images and fonts based on the reactions of passersby, has gone live in London this week. The ad has a camera that registers peoples’ engagement based on whether they look happy, sad or neutral. It then uses an algorithm that tests various executions based on the responses, “killing off” ads which don’t results in engagement and reproducing those that do. It will run at a bus shelter outside Selfridges on Oxford Street this week, appearing to be a poster for an instant coffee brand.


July 31, 2015

The Doors and Neil Young cleared to be played on BBC radio

The BBC have reached an agreement with their publisher which will enable them to return to the BBC airwaves. Earlier this month, the Guardian reported that the BBC had told DJs and programme makers to stop using music by four acts – the Doors, Young, Journey and Bonnie Raitt – because all four had withdrawn from the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), meaning the BBC could not pay them for plays under its collective agreement with MCPS and therefore could not play their music without breaching copyright.


July 31, 2015

Pearson to sell stake in Economist Group

Days after announcing it is to sell the Financial Times, Pearson has confirmed plans to sell its 50% stake in the Economist Group. Last week the publishing group said it had sold the Financial Times to Japan's Nikkei for £844m and now confirms it is discussions to sell its stake in the Economist - but added there was "no certainty that this process will lead to a transaction".