ITV’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ Format In 36 Territories
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed multiple deals for its hit format Come Dine With Me including Asia’s first local version of the format to air on Indian broadcaster Star India. The network has commissioned 40 30-minute episodes. The Star India deal brings the total number of international territories producing the show to 36. Additionally, ITV Studios Nordic has been recommissioned to produce a 10th series of 60 episodes by Sweden’s TV4 and a second series of 40 episodes by Nelonen in Finland. Meanwhile, ITV Studios Australia has been recommissioned to produce a fourth (6 x 60’) series for Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel to air in 2013. The format has also recently re-launched in Turkey on Fox TV and Belgium on Vier 4.  Originally commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK, the unscripted format follows amateur chefs competing against each other hosting a dinner party for other contestants. Each competitor then rates the host’s performance and the winner is rewarded with the ‘ultimate dinner party host’ title and a cash prize.

Directors Balk At Murdoch’s London Times Appointments
Independent directors refused to approve Rupert Murdoch’s appointment of temporary acting editors to the London Times and Sunday Times, Reuters reported. Under the terms that allowed Murdoch to acquire the papers in 1981, he agreed to oversight by the independent directors. The Times reported the independent directors “refused to accept News Corporation’s nominations of the two men for permanent appointments.” The company said it was going ahead with the appointments on an acting basis. News International Chief Executive Mike Darcey said John Witherow, editor of the weekly Sunday Times, would become acting editor of the daily Times. Witherow deputy Martin Ivens takes over as acting Sunday Times editor. Witherow, who has edited the Sunday Times for 18 years, will fill the gap left by the exit of James Harding from editorship of the Times in December.

BAFTA Film Awards Beamed To More Than 130 Territories
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has confirmed its February 10 EE British Academy Film Awards will be broadcast in more than 130 territories in addition to the United Kingdom. BAFTA again has a strong global presence in all major territories around the world, including the likes of Africa, Asia, North America (including Canada), Latin America, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand. Ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry. On the night of the broadcast will feature red carpet highlights, photography and winners interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on social networks including Facebook (/BAFTA), Twitter (@BAFTA/ #EEBAFTAs), Tumblr and Pinterest.