Homeland will not be filmed in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama show in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns after the crisis in Syria.


Simon Schama and BBC attacked over Story of Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Activists have attacked historian Simon Schama’s documentary series on the history of the Jews, claiming it should not include his opinions on the creation of Israel.

The fifth and final episode of The Story of the Jews will focus on the relationship between the Holocaust and the creation of the modern-day state of Israel.


Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley join Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley are among the 15 celebrities set to compete on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, it was announced this week.

Ms Feltz said she had agreed to go on the dance-themed reality show to acquire a new skill. She confessed: “I can’t jive, I can’t salsa, I can’t cha cha cha, I can’t waltz — I just can’t dance at all.”


Peston trades on family's business history

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2013

I’ve just called my mum and found out a very interesting story,” relates BBC business editor Robert Peston, who is fronting a three-part BBC2 documentary on Britain’s retail industry — Robert Peston Goes Shopping — which begins next week.


Hollywood star leads cast in BBC Israel thriller

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2013

Oscar-nominated actors Janet McTeer and Stephen Rea have joined the cast of a major BBC thriller set against the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it was announced this week.

Hollywood's Maggie Gyllenhaal has already signed up to star in The Honourable Woman, Hugo Blick's seven-part drama about family inheritance and world politics.


The woman who helped Alan Sugar pick Apprentice finalists

By Sandy Rashty, July 11, 2013

As one of Lord Sugar’s most trusted confidantes, Claudine Collins was the obvious choice to act as a judge in The Apprentice.

Miss Collins, the managing director of advertising agency MediaCom, appeared in the semi-final of the BBC reality show this week to quiz the remaining five candidates hoping to make it through to the last round.


i24News Israeli TV rival to al-Jazeera set to air in UK

By Shira Rubin, July 5, 2013

Israel’s first independent, round-the-clock news station was due to launch on Monday from its new Jaffa headquarters, as a rival to the Qatar-based news network al-Jazeera.

The station, called i24News, will broadcast in English and French, as well as in Arabic for five hours each day.


Row over BBC Jerusalem documentary flares again

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

The director of a documentary about Jerusalem’s history that was mysteriously pulled from the BBC schedules at the last minute, has distanced himself from an attack on the broadcaster.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, was to be shown on BBC Four in April as part of an archaeology series but was replaced because the BBC said “it did not fit editorially”.


'Genius' Francine Lewis loses out in Britain's Got Talent final

June 7, 2013

Celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis failed in her bid to win Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, despite promising "to perform like I've never performed before" and winning lavish praise from the judges.

Hungarian shadow-mime artists Attraction claimed top spot in the final of the ITV talent show. They win a prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Show.


Chief Rabbi collects religious broadcasting award

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been recognised for his contribution to religious broadcasting.

The Sandford St Martin Trust's annual broadcasting awards bestowed a special honour to acknowledge Lord Sacks's "significant" efforts "over many years".