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Francesca Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service Group
Director of BBC World Service Group, Francesca Unsworth looks at newly released figures which show the international reach of the BBC.
Director, BBC Academy and BBC Birmingham
There have been reports today in some newspapers about a training opportunity we're offering for people with disabilities who are interested in a career in television, in particular weather presenting. The reports have suggested that the BBC is specifically searching for disabled weather presenters, this is 'political correctness gone mad' and have questioned whether this is a way of finding weather presenters who don't have the usual qualifications for this job.
It's important to set the record straight and explain the actual facts about this training.
First, we believe that having a workforce that looks like Britain looks - on and off screen - is a good thing. The BBC is funded by everyone who pays the licence fee and so we have a duty to reflect all our audiences. The better we can represent the whole of the UK, the more relevant our programmes will be. We have stated publicly that we want to increase people with disabilities on screen from just 1.7% currently to 5% by 2017.
This training is designed to help with that. It’s a short course, lasting three days, designed for men and women with disabilities who have a passion for weather and the environment and who have the...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
Eurovision Sing Along
Press the Red Button for an enhanced Eurovision experience; including an interactive sing-a-long with onscreen lyrics and translations.
You can also send in their social media messages and party photos; a selection of these will be broadcast throughout the show – so join the party!
Send us your Eurovision messages and photo via:
Full terms and conditions are available at bbc.co.uk/eurovision
Sat 23rd May, 7:00pm-8:00pm
The Springwatch camera feeds will be showing the best wildlife images live on Red Button from the RSPB Minsmere reserve in Suffolk.
Mon 25 May, 8am-10am, 2pm-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm, 9.30pm-10pm
Tue 26 May, 8am-1pm, 2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-7.55pm
Wed 27 May, 1am-7am, 8am-1pm, 2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-7am
Thu 28 May, 8am-1pm, 2pm-4.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm, 9-pm-6am
Fri 29 May, 6am-10.50pm, 1am-6am
Chris Packham is back live...
Professional footballer and presenter of Footy Pups
My mother always said that as soon as I could walk I would run around, want to play some sort of game. As soon as I was able to move I did, I just couldn’t sit still. My earliest memory of football is being at primary school where there was a big field out the back with a football pitch. I remember playing there at lunch time with my classmates, and then, outside school, going down to the park and playing football on the street.
We would always play football as it was such an easy, accessible game; all you needed was a ball. You could make a goal out of anything, make sure you knew who was on what team by wearing coloured T-shirts - you didn’t need anything else; so we would play and play, me and the boys. Kids that age don’t really care if you’re a boy or a girl. If you’re a girl and you are good enough then you’re going to get picked, if you are a girl and not good enough then you won’t get picked, and it’s the same for the boys. That’s the simplicity of how kids see things – it...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
Lime Grove, 1950, with BBC Television studios at end of street on the left.
In 1949 Lime Grove Studios were bought by the BBC as a 'temporary measure' until Television Centre was ready. On this day, 21 May, in 1950 the BBC moved in. Output included Childrens, entertainment and current affairs.
The BBC left in 1991 and here we remember the studios through pictures:
Lime Grove studios exterior, 1951
Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
Today (Thursday 21 May) RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research), the official body in charge of measuring radio audiences in the UK released their figures for Q1 2015 (5 January - 5 April 2015).
Radio 4’s sister station, Radio 4 Extra, which broadcasts classic comedy and drama alongside new speech programmes – added half a million listeners according to data published by RAJAR. The network's...
Director, BBC World Service Group
As new figures are released which show the BBC now reaches 308 million people internationally, Director of BBC World Service Group, Francesca Unsworth considers the significance.
Two years ago, BBC Director General Tony Hall set us a target. He wanted the BBC’s weekly audience to reach half a billion people around the world by 2022, the year we celebrate our centenary.
Today, for the first time...
Business Development, Digital Music
As Spotify announces a partnership with the BBC, Karolina Joynathsing, Business Development, Digital Music, explains the details.
We’ve been experimenting with different ways of reaching international audiences with BBC radio output for a while now – whether it's through our own brands like the BBC World Service or through licensing our content overseas to third parties.
The latest example of this is a new trial with Spotify that will let users of the streaming service outside of the UK listen to a range of BBC speech radio programmes.
For a year-long period, overseas Spotify users will be...
Editor, Radio 2 and 6 Music
On the eve of the first Eurovision semi-final of 2015, Helen Thomas introduces this year's pop-up Eurovision radio offering, Radio 2 Eurovision.
As Editor at Radio 2 and 6 Music, I’m responsible for a tranche of programmes across both radio networks including on Radio 2 - After Midnight, Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Simon Mayo Drive Time, Radio 2 Arts show with Claudia Winkleman and then on 6 Music - Tom Ravenscroft, Nemone and The Joy of 6. I also oversee fun things like Comic Relief and Sport Relief, and the Radio 2 Artist in Residence search. Most recently I headed-up Dermot’s Day of...
When I found out that the BBC had promised to make real commitments to improve the levels of diversity when it came to senior roles, I was initially sceptical. It wasn’t the first time senior managers had tackled the challenge of homogeneity at the top, so why would these plans be any different?
I watched intently as the Director General unveiled schemes to encourage diversity at every level of...
Head of BBC Learning
It’s the time of year that many students (and parents) dread and for us in BBC Learning, it’s when what we do also really gets put to the test. For over 15 years, through Bitesize, we’ve been helping children and young people across the UK prepare for and survive, exam season.
Curriculum learning has always been important to us. We want to inspire our audience to achieve their academic potential and we usually do that by making films, games and resources that help consolidate what’s been learnt in the classroom.
But over the past 12 months, we’ve been plotting a more hands on approach – one...