BBC R&D established a five-year collaboration to unlock the potential of data in the media

BBC Research and Development, along with colleagues from around the BBC, launched a five-year research partnership with eight UK Universities to unlock the potential of data in the media.
The Data Science Research Partnership has the objective to be at the forefront of machine learning in the media industry, helping create a more personal BBC that can inform, educate and entertain in new ways. 

The partnership aims to collaborate with media and technology organisations from across the UK, Europe and internationally on a range of projects. These will focus on four areas, all combining anonymised BBC data with cutting-edge algorithms and analytics. The aim is to create a body of research, insights and prototypes that can start making a real impact on the BBC and its audiences. 
More detailed information about the project can be found here.