Five UK TV Trends To Dominate 2022: British Broadcasting Under Threat Like Never Before, Ongoing Skills Crisis & Banijay’s Play

As we enter 2022, the UK TV industry is desperate to put the nearly 24 months of COVID-19 disruption behind it. But the Omicron version is still raging, it may be until it comes to fruition. Industry execs have a lot on their plates in the coming year, with British broadcasting under threat from the government as never before, the skills crisis showing no sign of abating and the sector rife with bullying, harassment and poor work. Desperate to resolve the issues that are going on from time to time. Conditions. Below, Deadline analyzes five key issues to keep an eye on in what could be a momentous year for the future of UK TV.

channel 4: to sell or not to sell

It is a time of crisis for the country’s third largest broadcaster. The government will soon decide whether to privatize publicly owned commercial operations, potentially leading to the biggest change in the network’s history when it turns 40. By this time next year, the work can be done. If sold, a one-time process of finding buyers for the same gogglebox And It is a sin (Pictured) the broadcaster will be running and Channel 4’s remit, which requires it to have a certain amount of programming in less commercial genres, could be spoiled – one of many concerns a fearful UK production sector and worried industry observers. ITV, ViacomCBS, Sky and Discovery have all been talked about as potential buyers, and Deadline has heard that ITV is beginning to lay the groundwork for a lucrative offensive from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, over competition concerns. Reason can veto any move. However, privatization is not a bargain. The plan’s principal architects, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Culture Minister John Whittingdale, were removed from their posts in September, replaced by two ministers whose focus is elsewhere. While many believed that Dowden and Whittingdale would have made the decision by now, the new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries recently indicated It may take some time before we get a reply, insisting on a government committee that it has 60,000 consultation responses to be completed. The government says privatization will secure Channel 4 in the future for the digital age, but critics say that Boris Johnson’s Conservatives believe the network has a left-wing bias and is barred from the leanings of its news coverage. – Have been annoyed. Then-Channel 4 news chief Dorothy Byrne dubbed Johnson a “liar and a coward” during her 2019 Edinburgh McTaggart address, remarks that the prime minister would not forget in a hurry. Away from privatization, program chief Ian Katz is under increasing pressure as his tenure crosses the four-year mark without any notable hits. In 12 months’ time, the country’s youth-skewed irreverent broadcaster could look completely different in what is likely to be the defining story of British broadcasting in 2022.

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But Channel 4 isn’t the only UK network moving into 2022, with the future in the hands of the government. BBC And the UK Department of Culture is currently negotiating how many individuals will be charged for license fees over the next five years before charter renewal, and it is the government that will finalize the integral before the pair heads into the 2022 mid-term. Decides Charter Review. Several reports have indicated that the government wants to keep tariffs stable for at least the next two years, rather than allowing them to rise with inflation, which is a priority for the BBC. If that happens, the country’s biggest broadcaster has already warned that its program budget will have to be cut “significantly”. The corporation is on track to save a whopping £1BN ($1.3BN) in 2021 as part of a massive savings program launched in 2016 and any bad settlement could mean that this level of savings is not maintained or coming. Will need to increase over the years as well. , A worrying report last week found that most of these savings are now coming through material reductions. With super-inflation affecting drama and documentaries, the BBC could find itself out of these markets entirely if license fees remain stagnant, with streamers struggling to compete. Ironically, the will of the government There would also be negative implications for more “specifically British programming”, as the BBC would be forced to co-produce more and more of its shows with international players in order to finance them. Broadcaster has plans for top year of drama, including latest peaky blinders (pictured) and BBC3’s much-awaited chat with friends Adaptation But, if its purse keeps shrinking, viewers may very soon start to notice…

Solving the Skill Crisis as the Covid Rage

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This is all the execs could be talking about in the summer and look set to expand well into 2022. As the shows go back into production after the hiatus of 2020, it has become harder and harder to find skilled talent for the crew. Deadline has heard several stories over the past few months of key roles such as production managers being pinched halfway through filming, often lured by higher wages from deep-pocketed streamers. UK training body ScreenSkills has launched a series of training programs and is trying to persuade people from other COVID-affected industries to switch to TV, but training takes time and the skills crisis is here as streamers continue to grow more and more. More shows move to UK and studio locations rises everywhere, Amazon’s second Lord of the Rings The season, which will soon be filmed at Berkshire’s Brea Studio (pictured), will require a crew of hundreds and could only worsen the situation. All this comes with the Omicron variant becoming rampant, wreaking havoc on UK productions and means the stringent protocols that producers have to follow are not set to be removed anytime soon. Many producers have reported having the lowest levels of morale in the months following these protocols, which are incredibly time consuming and suck the fun out of TV production. And then there is the relentless effort to improve the diverse makeup of the country’s skill base, which likewise requires time, effort and investment and comes nearly 18 months after the Black Lives Matter protests, by the way There was a great deal of introspection along the way. The area that deals with people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Taken together, the UK skill base feels like a Tinderbox ready to fly.

big year for Banijay, More M&A coming up?

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A big year ahead for the global manufacturer/distributor, Banijay’s entry into the UK market. Almost 18 months after the completion of its $2.2BN Endemol Shine Group acquisition, Super-Indie says it has now completed its Endemol integration in the UK and is now gearing up to create a few hits and a few shows from the now-massive 120,000-hour ready to sell. – Strong catalogue. Next year’s grand plans include hell’s Kitchen Producer Natalka Znak’s Indie Is Going to Znak TV Incorporated by Banijay, creating an “entertainment powerhouse” Znak also takes control of stablemates’ Remarkables and Initials, giving them an injection of creative innovation. Meanwhile, the UK’s acting president, Peter Salmon, will departure in april After six years, BBC Factual was replaced in a pivotal role by boss Patrick Holland, who ties several labels together. Look out for Shine’s choice of Regency format Pride and Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance For BBC1 drama by Mayur and Yash SAS: Rogue Heroes (pictured). Elsewhere in UK M&A, acquisition of Sony Pictures Television their dark stuff Producer Bad Wolf will start to take shape and Deadline hears there may be one or two more big deals on the horizon, as production houses look to delve into the big-budget TV world in a big way.

overcoming bullying and harassment

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While the skills crisis is on the rise, much effort is being made to improve working conditions and overcome long-standing issues of bullying and harassment, and it will continue to be firmly in the limelight in 2022. Broadcasting union Bectu recently prepared a six-point blueprint on the topic, calling for all shows Creation of a security official and an all-industry complaints policy and external reporting body, among other recommendations, that chime in with the BBC’s new guidelines Deadline detected The broadcaster sent producers over the summer. How many of these recommendations will be implemented by this time next year remains to be seen but Bectu will certainly keep the pressure up. The focus has emerged after a set of high-profile incidents, including the allegation of 20 women Childhood Sexual Harassment creator Noel Clark (pictured), allegations leveled against Just Tattoo Of Us Producer Ross McCarthy and Revealed by deadline special check Mark Hayward, CEO of Indie Spark Content in London (the trio denies the main allegations leveled against him). The industry is aware that there are legacy issues to overcome, but implementing change at a time when broadcaster budgets are squeezed and producers are just trying to meet their own needs is anything but easy. . The film and TV charity is doing a great job in this area and the vision of the organization will be in 2022 Let’s reset the campaign Moving all along, addressing the underlying causes of mental health directly, encouraging discussion and challenging people’s preconceptions, comes nearly two years after the charity’s startling research, which found that more than half of TV viewings The off-the-camera workforce had contemplated suicide. The real work of overcoming these issues is just the beginning.