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BBC Acquires ‘The Investigation’ In Deal With Fremantle

The BBC has acquired six episode Scandinavian true crime drama The Investigation after striking a deal with international distributor Fremantle. No word on which channel the series will air on or when it will premiere.

Shirley Garrood To Join BBC Board As Non-Executive Director

Shirley Garrood is joining the BBC Board as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She will take up post in July and will serve a four year team. Garrood replaces Simon Burke, whose term ends on July 3rd.

BBC & ITV Eye UK Launch For Streaming Service BritBox

After launching the streaming service state-side last year, the BBC and ITV have confirmed that they are in advanced talks to launch BritBox on this side of the pond. The announcement that the BBC and ITV are now "working on a formal legal agreement" for the streaming service caps off months of rumours that they were looking to launch a British rival to Netflix and Amazon.

TV Licence Fee Rises To £154.50 In April

The licence fee is increasing. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has today issued a Statutory Instrument raising the annual fee from £150.50 to £154.50 from April 1st 2019. The marginal fee increase is to adjust for inflation and was calculated by Government using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation, which is 2.68%.

BBC Launches Public Consultation On Plans To Improve iPlayer

The BBC has launched a public consultation on its plans to improve the BBC iPlayer, Per the BBC, they aim to make the VOD service "a destination in its own right, with box sets, live programming and archive titles that champion quality UK content and offer great programmes for longer". Specific proposals include longer windows meaning programmes remain available on the iPlayer for at least 12 months after initial broadcast; making box sets for selected titles available, including said titles' previous seasons; and making more content from the BBC Archive available on iPlayer.

Bandicoot Secures Two Season Order For ‘Test Drive’

Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton's Argonon backed production company Bandicoot has secured a two season order from BBC Scotland for Test Drive, a car-based game-show fronted by Scottish wrestler Grado. Both seasons will consist of eight episodes. The series sees three teams of two go on a road trip through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes en route to a mystery destination – with the Satnav asking the questions and their answers dictating whether they take the short route or the long way round.