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Monday 20 October 2014, 07:46
If members of the public choose not to give to Children In Need as generously as they have in previous years, the people who will suffer will be vulnerable children living troubled lives. The victim will not be the BBC. It will be those children.
Monday 20 October 2014, 15:17
Earlier this week at the Radio Festival in Salford, I led the inaugural session of “In the Dark at the Radio Festival” – a personal take on some the deep pleasures to be experienced in radio as I see them. I wanted to use this post to share the selection of clips I presented during the session.
It's not a definitive take. I have stuck to BBC excerpts though I love and admire a lot of other radio especially This American Life and Radio Lab from the States. And I have a bias to speech radio as you would expect from a former Controller of Radio 4.
Before the session at the Radio Festival started we played out a track from Laura Mvula, simply because my earliest memories are of radio and music: dancing round the kitchen with my mum to the hits of My Fair Lady which she told me was on something called the Light Programme...
For those under forty, there used to be two BBC radio stations: the Light Programme and the Home Service which, in a brilliant strategic move in the Seventies, the BBC changed into Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4.
My Fair Lady gave way to a later love of Motown, soul and funk (and not a little Joni Mitchell...) which Tony Blackburn has a lot to answer for.
Monday 20 October 2014, 07:46
In North London, there is a small school that takes children with broken hearts and troubled minds and works to put them back together.
The kinds of children who arrive there have been the victims of physical or psychological abuse, have perhaps lost a loved one or suffer from acute mental health problems that they can no longer cope with.
I have visited this school to offer support a number of times. Each time I feel inspired and humbled. And also heartbroken. The pain of these children is often quiet but it hangs in the air with inescapable force.
Inspiration and humility comes from the extraordinary dedication of the teachers and support staff who work with the children to heal and teach them. Their kindness, patience and love seems to know no bounds. They are the kinds of people without which Britain would be a harsher, more brutal place.
With their help, many of these brave children begin to recover. They develop more confidence, they learn to cope better with the trauma in their lives, they take lessons and gain qualifications.
This school also benefits from a grant from Children in Need. Money for the kind of care and education the children need is extremely tight and the charity...
Monday 20 October 2014, 06:51
Ahead of The Doctor and The Dalek game going live later this week, Future Media Director, Ralph Rivera and Director of TV, Danny Cohen shared their thoughts on how the BBC is inspiring a new generation to get creative with coding and digital technology in its new initiative Make it Digital.
The interview that follows was conducted on Tuesday 14 October 2014.
Q: Tell us about the Doctor Who game The Doctor and The Dalek
Ralph: There are a number of things which are important about this exciting new game. For me the first thing is how we’re using a great brand like Doctor Who to help engage audiences into coding and computational thinking and digital creativity: the ‘doing’ of coding is really important – actually getting people to get a taste of it. Additionally, the key characters in Doctor Who are about technology - there’s science and technology woven into the very fabric of Doctor Who. Using that to showcase coding and the use of technology in a game, I think, is phenomenal.
Q: Is this about making coding more interesting?
Danny: I don’t think it’s about making it more interesting...
Friday 17 October 2014, 14:48
We’re rocking all over the world this week as Radio 2 celebrates 50 years of Status Quo. Radio 1 announce their Teen Awards and Sara Cox brings us a special edition of Sounds of the 80s with Spandau Ballet.
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. Credit Dave Coulson
Radio 2 in Concert - Status Quo
Get your double denim out of the wardrobe as Status Quo mark their 50th anniversary with a special concert for Radio 2.
Wed 22 Oct, 7.55pm-6am
Thu 23 Oct, 6am-2pm, 3.30pm-6am
Fri 24 Oct, 6am-7pm, 10pm-6am
Radio 1 Teen Awards
BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards returns this October to honour the...
Friday 17 October 2014, 12:27
The BBC’s Future of News project is intended to make sure that we look beyond our daily output to keep abreast of innovation and new ideas in the news business; it’s intended to help us articulate for ourselves a sense of where we’re going in what is obviously a very fast-moving world for news; and it’s intended to provide a menu of ideas for the BBC when we come to make the case for the renewal of the Royal Charter.
We are setting out to ask what audiences will want of the news in 2017, 2022 and 2027. We are looking at the future of news through three interwoven strands: technology, stories...
Thursday 16 October 2014, 18:20
There are two clichés of teenagers in mainstream media – that of monosyllabic grunting threatening trouble makers, or the front page photo of two long haired blond girls hugging as they celebrate their exam results.
Sure they exist, but Radio 1 wants to shout proudly about all of the young people living in our society and the fantastically diverse lives being experienced in the UK today. We not only reflect and celebrate youth culture through its music, but also through the stories that we tell in between the records. This Tuesday we tell the stories of ‘10 Teens Who Changed the World’...
Thursday 16 October 2014, 16:02
“Natural History is in the BBC’s DNA” says BBC Director-General Tony Hall as he welcomes an audience of wildlife enthusiasts to the Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House today to announce the launch of the UK edition of BBC Earth. The website will provide a digital home for all things BBC Nature, including social media, hosting pictures from the public and a new interactive feature ‘Your Life on Earth’.
The website launch coincided with the premiere screening of episode one of the new series from the Natural History Unit, Life...
Thursday 16 October 2014, 13:47
Ahead of tomorrow's broadcast on BBC Four of 'Jeff Lynne's ELO at Hyde Park', Head of Music Radio 2 and 6 Music, Jeff Smith tells the story of how Radio 2 managed to convince Lynne to play their annual event.
“It’s good to remember that this is a dream job, whether you’re performing or working in broadcasting or the biz, so dream.”
Those were the words of Iggy Pop as he delivered this year’s BBC 6 Music John Peel lecture from the Radio Festival in Salford.
My dream as a kid was to work in music and radio. And the music that provided much of my early inspiration was that of Jeff...
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 22:58The first edition of the Radio Times
Genome – the BBC project to digitise the Radio Times magazines between 1923 and 2009 is now live. On the site you can find BBC broadcast information – ‘listings’ - extracted from those editions. You can also search individual programme titles, contributors and synopsis information.
Our aim on this project is to curate a comprehensive history of every radio and TV programme ever broadcast by the corporation, and make that available to the public. Our first step has been this digitisation of the BBC radio and TV programme schedules from the...
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 14:35
At a preview screening in Bristol yesterday (Tuesday 14 October) for the forthcoming BBC One series Life Story narrated by David Attenborough, the veteran broadcaster participated in a discussion. The Radio Times highlighted his comments in David Attenborough: Cutting the licence fee would "weaken" the BBC:
“The series, which is narrated by Attenborough and airs next week on BBC1, took four years and many millions of pounds to make. But he told the audience in Bristol that any changes to the licence fee would jeopardise comparable series being made in the future. Indeed, he suggested, this might...