Young Britons turning to social media to boost confidence

Research carried out online for Sky Academy in collaboration with YouGov has found that young people in Britain are increasingly turning to social media in a bid to boost their confidence. One-third (32%) of all social media users aged 11 to 24 claim they are more confident on social media than in person, with that figure rising to 47% amongst those who say they are not confident in themselves. The research shows that girls aged 11 to 24 are heavier users of social media than boys (89% of girls use social media vs 82% of boys), while 36% of girls say they are more confident on social media than in person, compared to 28% of boys. Girls are more likely to upload photographs on social media (63% girls vs 41% boys), with two thirds (66%) admitting their confidence is influenced by how attractive they feel. Despite social media being seen as a safe haven by some young people, there are worrying levels of bullying online. More than one in five (21%) social media users aged 11-13 say that others have written mean things to or about them on social media, while 1 in 7 (14%) of children in the same age group confess that the number of friends they have on social media affects how confident they feel.

UKTV gives Gold a festive makeover

UKTV's flagship comedy channel Gold, is to be rebranded Christmas Gold this December to reflect its extended festive season and new content including an exclusive new episode of Legends of Standup & Bernard Righton, starring John Thomson.

The seasonal rename - a first for Gold - will be reflected through on and off-air branding and on the EPG from Tuesday 1 December until Sunday 3 January 2016. The channel will also enhance and reflect Gold's hugely popular festive programming season called 25 Days of Christmas, which will this year run from the earlier time of 7pm each day (previously 10pm).

Due to its focus on serving up the perfect blend of TV favorites, Gold is frequently the UK's most watched pay entertainment channel on Christmas day. Last year it again held this title, with viewing up 171%*.

Autumnwatch 2015

Autumnwatch returns to BBC Two this November. Across four days, from Monday 2 November to Thursday 5 November, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will report live from the stunning west coast of Scotland, bringing viewers the very best of the season’s wild action.

From rutting red deer to migrating geese and swans, starling murmurations to urban badgers, Autumnwatch will showcase the beauty and drama of this changing season.

The series will examine what makes this year different from other autumns, analysing weather conditions across the country and asking how this year’s unsettled summer has affected our autumn wildlife. Throughout the week viewers can enjoy a live check in with nature’s key events as the presenters discover how our wildlife is behaving at this pivotal time.

Autumnwatch will offer a truly multi-platform experience, with wildlife action streamed live on the web and on BBC Red Button during the day. As ever we hope to bring wildlife moments to viewers with remote cameras in a number of key habitats across the reserve, including:

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now!

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now! is returning to ITV2 with presenters Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash back reporting from the jungle and this year they’re joined by a new recruit, comedian David Morgan.
The lively trio will be joined by a celebrity panel to give their verdicts on this year’s jungle antics, discussing and dissecting the events from the camp live on ITV2.
Holding the fort and delivering all the gossip from camp is Laura Whitmore whilst Joe Swash will be taking us behind the scenes of the dreaded Bush Tucker Trails.
Superfan David Morgan will be injecting his irreverent humour into this year’s jungle shenanigans for a fresh and funny take on all the action.


Cuffs is a fresh, authentic, contemporary eight-part cop show for BBC One. A visceral drama that takes the audience on an exhilarating ride through the challenges of frontline policing in the vibrant and alternative seaside city of Brighton.

Adrenalised and propulsive, the show is packed full of dramatic incidents and colourful characters. Every episode sees our cops put their lives on the line to protect the public: from a booby-trapped cannabis farm in a suburban semi, to an elderly farmer’s wife with a shotgun - this is a job fraught with danger. But the high stakes are also matched with more absurd altercations such as a middle-class dog-napping and naturists fighting on the beach.