For the Record

A weekly compendium of news from the non-fiction world.
January 10, 2001

The BBC’s international news service, BBC World, has been granted a license to broadcast in China. BBC World has signed with a local agent, China International Television Corp., for distribution to about 60,000 hotel rooms in the country’s major urban centers.

CBS has signed Survivor exec producer Mark Burnett to a deal that guarantees at least two more Burnett-produced editions of th hit reality show, as well as the producer’s involvement in installments beyond the fourth installment. After Survivor debuts on Superbowl Sunday (January 28), the series moves to Thursdays at 8p.m.

Canal+ plans to sell its interest in Eurosport and launch its own European sports channel.

Seven U.K. broadcasters, including Discovery and CNN, have taken up their concerns over the BBC’s digital efforts in a letter to the Secretary of Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith. The broadcasters feel the Beeb is taking the new digital services as a given when the processes should be carefully vetted by the government first.

News Corp. will terminate its digital media unit, which is now responsible for the FOXNews FOXSports and websites. A company spokesman said layoffs from the 450-person unit will be in the hundreds. Responsibility for the sites will revert to the respective channels.

DVD sales were up 400% in the U.K. last year according to the British Trade association.

Apple’s Power Macs and Compaq Presarios may be equipped with recordable DVD burners by as early as March.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that BBC director general Greg Dyke considers the Beeb to be ‘hideously white’, and thinks the broadcaster is losing too many staff members from ethnic minorities.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.