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Extra: C4 links with Facebook Watch for weekly series; BBC sets sustainability goals

C4 to launch Facebook Watch series UK pubcaster Channel 4 is partnering with Facebook Watch on a new weekly news show. Uncovered will focus on one major international issue each week, made ...
November 12, 2018

C4 to launch Facebook Watch series

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is partnering with Facebook Watch on a new weekly news show.

Uncovered will focus on one major international issue each week, made for mobile in a vertical format.

The 10-minute episodes are part of Facebook’s news shows initiative, announced earlier this year.

“When the credibility of news is being constantly challenged, never has it been more important to increase the visibility and reach of high-quality sources of news across social network platforms,” said Ben de Pear, editor of Channel 4 News, in a statement. “That is why we are excited to work with Facebook Watch, bringing together compelling content on a platform that connects audiences with timely and reliable news videos, produced by serious news organisations and being properly funded.”

Uncovered will premiere in 2019.

Micky Flanagan’s Christmas coming to Sky One

Banijay Group’s 7 Wonder and Double Busy have partnered on a 60-minute Christmas special for Sky One as part of comedian Micky Flanagan’s Thinking Aloud series.

Micky Flanagan’s Christmas (pictured) will walk viewers through his own musings on Christmas, as well as explore some holiday questions including: “Why do so many people get divorced at Christmas?” and “Exactly what is a three bird roast?”

The series was commissioned by Sky One’s commissioning editor Shirley Jones, who also serves as executive producer alongside Mike Reilly for 7 Wonder and Christian Knowles for Double Busy. All worldwide rights are owned by Banijay Rights.

“There is simply no one better qualified to talk about what makes a very British Christmas than Micky Flanagan,” added Reilly. “Expect the most unexpected and hilarious points of view on this wonderful time of the year. In the words of Elvis Presley, it’s going to be a blue (very blue!) Christmas around Flanagan’s house.”

BBC outlines commitment to sustainable broadcasting

UK pubcaster the BBC has committed to new sustainability goals.

The Greener Broadcasting strategy outlines three main areas where the BBC can improve: helping audiences understand the contribution they can make, sustainable broadcasting and sustainable operations.

On the audience side, the pubcaster has launched a pan-BBC initiative called Plastics Watch, a series of videos meant to engender a change in behavior in viewers to promote everyday sustainability.

Meanwhile, the strategy lays out ways for BBC operations and broadcasting to improve, including the introduction of the world’s first electric broadcasting vehicle, and the use of sustainable technologies across units. Strictly Come Dancing is now 90% single-use plastic free, for example. The BBC has also become a founding member of the BAFTA Albert Consortium which ensures that productions have taken measurable action to reduce their environmental impact.

Elsewhere, employees are being encouraged to be aware of sustainability initiatives and their own footprints, with workplace targets set to reduce carbon emissions, energy use and waste, and increase recycling and the purchase of renewable electricity.

Blue Planet II and our new Plastics Watch initiative shows that, through our programs and content, the BBC can be a force for social good,” said BBC director-general Tony Hall in a statement. “In time, we want our environmental impact to be positive too. We want, above all, to be a model for sustainable broadcasting.

“We are confident that focusing our work in these areas will bring about a wide-ranging and coherent approach to environmental sustainability in all aspects of the BBC’s creative life. And, from this, additional benefits will follow: reducing energy consumption saves money which will enable us to spend more money on programs and content.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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