BBC director general to step down

Lord Hall is to step down as head of the BBC in the summer. The 69-year-old said that the person who leads the BBC through the mid-term licence fee negotiations in 2022 should be the same person who is with the BBC at the time of the 2027 charter renewal. The search for the next director general is under way.
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High pressure affects television transmissions

Unusually high air pressure can affect terrestrial television, as distant signals are reflected through the atmosphere, resulting in co-channel interference. Viewers in some areas of England experienced poor television reception over Christmas as a result, and will be watching weather forecasts carefully, assuming they still have pictures.
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Peacock appeals to regular viewers

Another addition to the online video universe, Peacock plans to appeal to regular viewers with live and topical programming as well as library titles. It will be offered free, funded by advertising, or as a subscription service. NBCUniversal, part of Comcast, will launch Peacock to Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on 15 April 2020, with availability across the United States from 15 July, in time for the Tokyo Olympics. With a distribution deal with Cox, it will bring the service to a combined total of more than 24 million initial subscribers. The aim is to reach 30-35 million active accounts by 2024.
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BBC iPlayer boosts Christmas viewing

The BBC is pushing the iPlayer to extend its television experience. The iPlayer boosted Christmas viewing for the BBC, accounting for a third of views of its most popular programme. In an address to staff from the new BBC Wales building, Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, promised to move at least two thirds of employees out of London by the time its current charter ends in 2027. He also trailed a future announcement that the BBC and ITV will be taking BritBox into new countries.
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Quibi seeks quick bite of mobile viewing

Quibi aims to offer big stories in quick bites exclusively for mobile users. It is set to launch on 6 April for $4.99 a month with ads and $7.99 a month without. At CES in Las Vegas, co-founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman took to the stage to explain their thinking. The big idea is apparently to make short dual-format episodes of under 10 minutes each that work in both portrait and landscape orientation on a phone.
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Europe starts to show subscriber losses

The informitv Multiscreen Index of 100 leading subscription television service providers shows a net loss of 2.09 million worldwide in the third quarter of 2019. 1.88 million were in the Americas, while the Europe, Middle East and Africa region showed a loss of 0.66 million. Asia Pacific showed a small gain of 0.46 million. The top 10 service providers in the United States lost 1.67 million television subscribers between them in the third quarter of 2019, with a cumulative loss of 5.53 million in 12 months, although they still have 78.73 million between them.
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