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Could a new joint BBC and ITV streaming service be on the cards?

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The BBC has reportedly held talks with ITV over the launch of a new Netflix-style streaming service.

The talks, which are understood to also involve NBC Universal, the owner of the producer of shows including Downton Abbey, centre on the potential to develop a subscription TV service.

The service is likely to mostly focus on providing older, archive TV content, not the first-run of shows, although it is understood there would be a certain amount of original commissions.

While Britons pay £145.50 per year for free access to BBC content, the corporation has noted that streaming services such as Netflix have successfully extended the shelf life of a number of series.

Unlike BBC iPlayer and ITV player, which remove content after 30 days, this new service would retain programmes for a much longer period of time.

In contrast, Netflix has more than 75 million subscribers globally. Since launching in the UK in 2012, it has attracted more than 5 million users paying £5.99 a month.

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Chris Evans revealed as host of Top Gear

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Chris Evans has revealed he has received the blessing of Top Gear’s former hosts, after it was announced he would be taking over the BBC show.

Speaking on his Radio 2 breakfast show earlier, he said he had texted Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May before the announcement was made.

Hammond, he said, had wished him good luck and gave assurances he “didn’t blame him” for taking the job while Clarkson said “I knew you would” after he texted them all to let them know about his signing.

May wrote on Twitter: “Well: best of luck to @achrisevans and the future of Top Gear (b. 1977). That’s a ballsy call, frankly, and to be admired.”

Evans also said there will “absolutely” be a woman in the new Top Gear line-up.