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So far 20 graduate trainee interns have completed the BBC Creative Access programme as part of ambitious plans to address the on and off-screen representation of BAME communities in the media. 70% of those participants have gained further employment at the BBC. Here are some of their stories.
8.27am. The Alhambra Palace. We’ve been here since dawn. We have one more piece to camera to shoot, and in three minutes the gates will open and the public will pour in.
Outside, they’re getting restless. Visitors from all over the world have forked out 50 euros a piece for a tour of Granada’s stunning 14th century Islamic palace. They are in no mood to have their enjoyment marred by a British film crew.
Two and a half million people come here every year. Not all on the same day of course, but this is still one of the most popular destinations on the planet.
"Stand by", I say, just as the first wave of tourists comes round the corner, through the massive carved entrance way, arriving in their hundreds in the Room of the Two Doors. This is one of the many ante-rooms to the main part of the palace, currently littered with film crew, presenter, lights, camera, boxes of lenses and filters, and general filming gunk.
This group is French, they’ve been queuing for hours, and they are in...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
Last night the Royal Television Society hosted their Craft and Design Awards 2014-2015, and we’re pleased to report that BBC programmes were awarded in half the categories. The list reads like a reminder of some of our favourite BBC productions of the last year.
Notably BBC Two drama Wolf Hall (pictured) won the Judges prize and RTS said:
“This year's winner of the Judges Award has mesmerised viewers with a potent combination of powerful onscreen performances, masterful direction, finely rendered photography, music, digital effects, and exquisite sound, make-up, costume and production design.”
Production designer Dennis De Groot - Alan Partridge, French and Saunders, Little Britain - took home the Lifetime Achievement Award.
All the BBC winners are listed below:
Yesterday the BBC Asian Network began a new schedule of programmes featuring four people joining its presenting line-up. Preeya Kalidas, Guz Khan, Harpz Kaur and Mim Shaikh will be launching new shows on the Asian Network from Thursday 26 November as part of a refresh of its schedule. We spent some time to get to know them during their recent photo shoot, selected highlights below.
BBC Red Button Team
It's a full-on session for snooker fans this week as we bring you live coverage and highlights of the snooker's UK Championship at the Barbican Centre in York, where some of the world's top talent will once again take to battle on the baize.
Daily coverage begins from Saturday 28 November, with live sessions from 1pm-6pm and overnight highlights from 11pm-6am. Red Button+ users will be able to...
Head of UK Policy, BBC
It’s been a good 24 hours for the c.20 million UK homes with TV sets which rely on an aerial, or in industry-terms, use digital terrestrial TV (DTT) platforms like Freeview.
These sets depend on access to airwaves, which are governed by global regulations. Today, the international body responsible for those airwaves took a decision that will ensure secure access for DTT platforms well into the next decade.
The agreement was reached by administrations from over 150 countries including the UK, despite significant lobbying to open up those airwaves used by DTT (its radio spectrum) to mobile...
Controller, BBC Three
Today is just the beginning for BBC Three and our plans to transform our offer for young people. Technology has changed and what young people want has changed so we are changing to give young people a BBC Three that fits their lives today and in the future. We will now set about launching a digital first BBC Three in early 2016.
When BBC Three launched in February 2003 YouTube, Spotify, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, Sky+, Tinder, Chip and pin, Periscope, One Direction and Oculus didn’t exist. Nobody had Wi-Fi, broadband, flat screen TVs or tablets. The Nokia 1100 was the world’s...
Director, BBC World Service Group
Earlier this week the Government announced a funding boost for the BBC World Service - £34m in 2016/17 followed by £85m a year, around a third of our current budget, for the next three years.
This is clearly a huge vote of confidence in the World Service, and a recognition that it is a unique cultural asset – not only for the BBC but for Britain.
But what is the context of this decision? And will it change how we operate?
In September, as part of our vision for the next ten years of the BBC, we set out ambitious plans for the expansion of the World Service, to address the growing deficit...
DG Tony Hall and Acting Director BBC TV Mark Linsey with the BBC Creative Access Graduates
In June 2014 the Director General announced that the BBC would take on 20 graduate trainee interns from the successful Creative Access programme as part of ambitious plans to address the on and off-screen representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. We took on more than 30. Of the 20 who have completed the scheme so far, 70% have gained further employment at the BBC....
Editor, About the BBC Blog
CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor (centre) holds the Channel of the Year 2015 trophy awarded by BAFTA
It was a great night at the Children's BAFTAs awards ceremony last night in which 13 of the 24 awards went to BBC programmes or content featured. Additionally, CBBC was named Channel of the Year and CBBC's Sam Nixon and Max Rhodes were awarded Presenters of the Year.
Independent production company Somethin' Else, who created some of the programmes featured in the list of awards below, were...
BBC Red Button Team
We’ve got live music from the BBC Radio Theatre with Grammy award-winning Seal, plus a Christmas special from Gourmet Ireland and an archive documentary on Columbanus. Sport enthusiasts can enjoy a week of Formula 1 from Abu Dhabi and the NFL: Race to Superbowl 50.
Radio 2 In Concert: Seal
The BBC Radio Theatre comes alive once more, this time with the four-time Grammy-winning acclaimed singer...