It’s an exciting time for broadcast and media enthusiasts, and (according to the last few weeks alone) the industry shows no sign of slowing. For The month in Broadcast, we’ve scanned various sources for the stories that entertain and educate us the most. And according to October’s notable headlines, there’s a lot in store.
To the Lesser-told Stories
It’s no secret VICE and Skype TX have been combining forces. While recent endeavors have included “Let the People Speak,” VICE is continuing to branch out. Rumor has it the millennial-centric network is chatting with Netflix, ITV and Discovery Communications. The plan: to collaborate on a dozen or so networks across Europe, a move that follows up linear 24-hour channels and partnership channels launched in Canada and Greece.
Seemingly eager to follow suit, CNN launched a “VICE-style digital video series” just weeks ago. Dubbed “Great Big Story,” the video network aims to feature “the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.” Broadcasts thus far cover everything from a cancer survivor’s decision to go breastless, a behind-the-scenes peek at saving an endangered feline, and a bold chef’s attempts to turn invasive bugs and weeds into—you guessed it—dinner. Stay tuned.
Host with the Most
Every Academy Awards-awaiting fan was pleased to hear the following announcement: Chris Rock is returning to host the Oscars for a second time. Set to broadcast via ABC on February 28th, the ceremony will commemorate its 88th year—a celebration likely to draw over 42 million viewers.
Also awing the masses: Benedict Cumberbatch. His recent live broadcast of Hamlet captivated 225,000 viewers. The National Theatre Live announced that more than 25 countries tuned in to watch the show-stealing actor portray Shakespeare’s distraught prince.
TiVo has opted to shake things up a bit—much to the dismay of industry cohorts. The firm recently announced that it plans to give “basic TV-ratings data” away for free — data that competing networks have long since stapled a price tag to. In an effort to keep TV relevant, within an era where “people are moving away from ad-supported TV to streaming services,” TiVo’s CEO Tom Rogers believes it’s all in the data.