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Director, BBC Arts
Last year, our coverage of one of the highlights of the cultural calendar, the Hay Festival, brought the words and talents of some of the greatest writers, thinkers and performers to many millions of people - essence of Hay captured, bottled and exported across the globe. And this year we're doing it again with talks, live broadcasts and workshops from the BBC Tent.
I love all our output equally, but just to pull out a few highlights...
Radio 4 is bravely producing a new drama from Glyn Maxwell at the site itself - a first - which is a great opportunity for on-site audiences to see how we broadcasters conjure alternatives worlds out of recording equipment, words, great acting talent and a seasoned producer or two.
You’ll be able to see behind the scenes how some of our well-loved programmes work like The Archers to a Q&A and screening about the making of BBC One’s Imagine… Colm Tóibín.
Poet Simon Armitage and director Sue Roberts will be discussing the making of their extraordinary film Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (commissioned by Learning and transmitting on BBC Four this Autumn), one of the most moving and powerful things I've seen this year.
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Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
Tony Hall is joined by Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth, Claudia Winkleman and Tim Davie
'One of the first purpose-built television complexes in the world'. The wording on the blue plaque, unveiled on Thursday 23 April, celebrates Television Centre in West London. It is the first in a series of six sites across London, all of which represent a key moment in the UK's broadcasting history, that will be adorned with a commemorative plaque as part of the BBC heritage trail.
Accompanied by Sir Bruce Forsyth and current Strictly Come Dancing presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Director-General Tony Hall revealed the plans for the heritage trail at an event held at TVC to welcome BBC Worldwide to their new home.
Hall said "Television Centre is an iconic building. Countless legendary programmes were created here – and it’s great to see our BBC Worldwide team in such an inspiring new space. We want to celebrate its re-opening with everyone, so we’re launching a brand new historical plaque trail – starting here, and working its way across the capital."
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Media Scheduler, Red Button
It’s another thrilling week of back-to-back sport as we continue our extensive coverage of the World Snooker Championship from Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. We are also repeating the UK’s song for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest if you missed it the first time around.
Stay on cue as we continue our coverage of the World Snooker Championship with highlights and live broadcast throughout the week. Also watch a replay of the men’s and women’s races from the Triathlon Series in Cape Town. Marathon runners are gathering pace for this year’s London Marathon – watch the elite races, marathon stories and finish lines. And next Friday we head back to London for the Diving World Series, which sees the world’s brightest diving stars compete in 10 events. There is also our regular Football League Show and Super League Show.
Eurovision Reveal 2015
Scott Mills meets Electric Velvet, the act representing the UK in Vienna for 2015,...
Editor & Strategic Planner, BBC Press Office
Keen runner and honorary member of the About the BBC blog team, Jenny Sheahan explains why the London Marathon is appointment to view TV for her and millions of other running fans across the UK.
As soon as the music* starts, and the horns start calling out that certain rhythm, I can feel myself become emotional. It happens every year. The BBC’s coverage of the London Marathon is a must-watch...
Former BBC producer
On Tuesday (21 April) 220 members of the BBC Alumni were treated to a preview of the first episode of the second series of W1A, the BBC based sitcom written by John Morton, which will air this evening on BBC Two. Alumni member and former BBC producer Gordon Lamont reviews the evening's entertainment.
W1A is hilarious, stuffed full of eccentric characters with their stock phrases, their...
Controller, BBC Radio 3
Look ahead to the 2015 season of the world's largest classical music festival.
I’ve worked out I’m now on day 100 and since joining BBC Radio 3, I’ve been really energised by what I’ve seen. On the day we launch the BBC Proms season for 2015, I wanted to share some of what I observed, touch on some of the vision I have in my role as Radio 3 controller and share some of the personal highlights I’ve discovered in the Proms brochure.
For the past three months I’ve seen...
Controller, BBC Two
Living Squares, one of a series of ambitious new drama commissions for BBC Two
This evening, I’ve hosted a special event to celebrate the best of BBC Two and announce a a range of new commissions on the channel, from edgy dramas to distinctive comedy and compelling factual.
It has been a huge honour to be running BBC Two for the last year and I’m thrilled that the channel is in such great shape.
From the critical and ratings success of Wolf Hall, BBC Two’s biggest drama...
Controller of English Regions
David Holdsworth explains how BBC local news is working with the local news industry to link to its stories.
Last week a national newspaper editorial called for the BBC to withdraw from local life. I found this very odd. Our public service obligation is laid out in our Charter to serve regions and communities, and the audience figures show that there is a strong demand for local output. Just under 50 per cent of the adult population watch our regional news in England during an average week and our local radio services are listened to by around 7 million of you a week.
I learned my trade on...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Controller Alan Davey has written on the Radio 3 blog this afternoon. He says:
"Classical music and its place in our culture is something I feel passionately about. We must be honest in identifying the challenges it faces and debate the issues with vigour.
But, if this is to happen, we need all sides of the argument to be reported and debated fairly and thoroughly. Expanding the audience for classical music is a matter to take seriously, as we do across the BBC, with projects like Ten Pieces ‒ bringing classical music to school age children, the work of the Performing Groups, the Proms,...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Emma Bayes pictured in front of the mural she designed as a 9 year old with former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon
The site of a Blue Peter competition winner’s outdoor mural is to become the entry point for members of the public visiting the Television Centre site. The mural, designed by viewer Emma Bayes in 2005, was painted onto a wall outside the Blue Peter Garden. Recently it was announced by site developers Stanhope that the mural would be restored and the former Blue Peter Garden made the public...