BBC statement regarding Tony Blackburn

The BBC have announced Tony Blackburn's return to the BBC in January 2017. He will present an hour-long show on BBC Radio 2 on Fridays at 7pm, and will also return to local radio.

The BBC stands by the findings of Dame Janet Smith and the decision it made to take Tony Blackburn off air at the start of this year based on Dame Janet’s Smith’s preference for the documentary evidence relating to meetings that took place over Tony Blackburn’s statements.

First image released from Channel 4's We're Going On A Bear Hunt

We're Going on A Bear Hunt is set to air on Channel 4 this Christmas; The half hour film will expand the universe of the much-loved book for a truly festive family treat. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call the Midwife) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) will breathe life into the brand new characters of Mum, Grandma and Dad respectively.

Speaking about the forthcoming film of his classic work, Michael Rosen, who voices the bear in the animation, said "I think it's always wrong to want an adaptation to be a strict adaptation. I know that's mad but the point is, a book is a book, a film is a film, a radio programme is a radio programme. It is a new creation and so you have to go with the new rhythm and idea. Animation does very special things, it can create things that aren’t real and make you think they’re real in a very moving way."

Brand new E4 drama Crazyhead, exclusive first clip

First clip released from Crazyhead, the new comedy horror series from Misfits writer/creator Howard Overman. Crazyhead premieres tomorrow night at 9pm on E4.

Olly Murs and Niall Horan to join the Celebrity Gogglebox sofa

The Bafta award winning Gogglebox returns once again with a celebrity special for the third time. Olly and Niall will be joining previously announced England stars Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Olly Murs said “I’m such a big fan of Gogglebox so being able to be on it with Niall is amazing, especially when it’s for such a brilliant cause like Stand Up To Cancer. We all need to play a part in beating cancer so let’s all join together and raise as much as we can.”

Niall Horan added, “With every penny raised going towards finding cures for cancer, we’re honoured to be a part of Stand Up to Cancer’s fundraising this year. Olly and I had a great laugh filming Gogglebox and hope that we can raise as much as possible for such a great cause"

This very special edition of the TV review programme will join some famous faces as they gawp and gossip at the week’s TV. Between their own cutting remarks, tears and laughter will be the views of the genuine Gogglebox households including retired Leon and June, hairdressers Christopher and Stephen and Derby family the Siddiquis.

UTV’s new channel identity goes live

UTV’s new brand goes live on air this Monday morning at 6am, with a fresh look and feel which firmly positions UTV as part of the ITV family. 
Spearheaded in-house by ITV Creative in conjunction with the UTV Creative team, UTV Live News’ identity has also been completely revamped in keeping with the ITV News network.
Terry Brennan, Head of News and Programmes at UTV said:  “ITV is committed to investing significantly in UTV to provide viewers with a high quality news, current affairs and regional programming service. We recognise that UTV’s brand heritage is exceptionally strong in Northern Ireland which is reflected by its market leading position. This is something we wanted to build upon when the channel joined ITV, keeping the strong connection with the UTV audience, but clearly positioning UTV as part of ITV, the UK’s largest and most successful commercial broadcaster.