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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.