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Jill Stidever, swimming coach and recipient of a BBC Unsung Hero award
The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award has been recognising the remarkable achievements of people throughout the UK since 2003. Here, coach Jill Stidever, who won the award in 2014 after a lifetime helping children learn to swim, shares her experiences.
Journalist and Presenter, World at One
It was the brainchild of BBC Home Service controller Gerard Mansell who stuck his neck out by moving the immovable, The Archers and Desert Island Discs, to make way for a “crowd of buccaneers”.
1965 was a time of change and the BBC needed to reflect that. I can’t see a controller daring to do that now, but Mansell’s risk paid off. It swiftly found appreciation amongst listeners and gained a big audience.
He wrote that “Many regarded it as brash and dangerously outspoken. William Hardcastle broke all the accepted rules of broadcasting. He breathed heavily at the microphone, he stumbled over his script and addressed himself to the most powerful in the land with unaccustomed directness and no hint of deference.”
One of the programmes first reporters Sue MacGregor told me once that he famously got his own name wrong by announcing portentously "This is William Whitelaw with The World at One". While Jim Naughtie likes to retell a fond tribute about how his red jersey was left on his...
Series Producer, See Hear
Filming the See Hear team for the video clips featured in this blog post. Series Producer William Mager is far left.
We spoke to See Hear series producer William Mager about his career at the BBC and his work producing the BBC's flagship magazine programme for the deaf community, now in its 35th series.The following interview was conducted with a British Sign Language interpretator and is published here in full.
Who are you and what you do at the BBC?
I’m William Mager. Just so you know, my surname sounds like ‘lager’ with an M. I’m series producer for See Hear, which is the BBC’s flagship magazine programme for the deaf community. We are currently making our 35th series.
My first ever job was in the BBC. I started as a new media trainee back in November 2000. I worked from Bush House in Central London. I remember my first day clearly. I was waiting in reception for someone to come along and meet and greet me. Next to me was Wendy Richard, the actress who played Pauline Fowler in EastEnders. She was eating a sandwich. I sat there and thought: I’ve arrived. I’ve made it. I’m at the BBC.
Director, BBC Arts
The next few months are particularly action-packed for arts at the BBC so we've put together a brochure on some of the highlights...
BBC TWO has two ambitious landmark series with Simon Schama's Face of Britain and Dominic Sandbrook's take on the arts in Britain since the Second World War - both of which feel like substantial statements on key areas of our culture. Also on the channel, Artsnight is back on air with an impressive line -up of hosts from Irvine Welsh to Hofesh Schecter, George the Poet to Ana Matronic. While BBC TWO Scotland has a new four part landmark on The Story of Scottish Art with Lachlan Goudie.
I'm hugely excited by Contains Strong Language: A Season of Poets and Poetry Across the BBC, which will put poetry right in the mainstream of national consciousness in the way only the BBC can. It focuses around National Poetry Day on 8 October when Radio 4 is embarking on an ambitious project to tell the story of Britain through poetry in one day, hosted by Andrew Marr...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
We have a great line-up of programmes for you this week from an exclusive EastEnders Back to Ours episode with the Jackson family to live coverage and daily highlights of 6 Music Live at the historic Maida Vale studios.
6 Music Live
New Order, Bloc Party, Leftfield, Mercury Rev and The Staves will be setting the alternative spirit of ‘6 Music Live’ alight from the legendary BBC Maida Vale...
Director, BBC Studios (formerly Director, England)
Peter Salmon pictured with the DIY SOS team in September.
It's been a full-on first month.
I got to wear fetching hi-viz gear on a huge building site courtesy of BBC Bristol's DIY SOS (above). I also witnessed close-up BBC Science's collaborative Glasgow-London teamwork, got grilled at a TV Creativity Forum by hit sit-com Citizen Khan's creator Adil Ray, sat on an RTS Cambridge panel with three of the world's biggest indies and chewed the BBC Studios...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Former Director of the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme Claire Prosser was honoured with a posthumous lifetime achievement award last night at the European Diversity Awards. Mark Wray at the BBC Academy has blogged about the award. Claire’s husband Paul Clabburn, who accepted the award last night, said in his acceptance speech:
“Claire's view was that she was to challenge; challenge...
Had he lived, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Beatles, John Lennon would have turned 75 this year. On Thursday October 8th, the eve of Lennon’s birthday, BBC Radio 2 will broadcast ‘John Lennon’s Last Day’. Here, the docu-drama’s writer, Stephen Kennedy, talks about what inspired him to create a play about the 24 hours leading up to the former Beatle’s assassination on December...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
From today, Thursday 1 October until 31 January 2016, entries can be submitted to the World Service’s 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition.
Any writer, established or new, outside the UK can submit a radio play which needs to be 53 minutes long and can be on any subject.
There are two first prizes in the competition – one for writers with English as a First Language and another for...
BBC Communications Trainee
Last week when the new presenters line up for Watchdog was announced, Sophie Raworth explained how she had to become a journalist after completing work experience at the BBC. We asked some recent new starters at the BBC what convinced them they wanted to work here.
Tell us, what attracted you to this role?
Heading towards the wrong building when I came into White City station the night before my interview didn't get...
Director, BBC Sport
The BBC is announcing today that the R&A has agreed with our proposal to amend the broadcast arrangements for The Open Championship one year earlier than planned. From 2016 rather than 2017, the BBC’s coverage of The Open will take the form of extended peak time TV highlights, live radio and enhanced digital rights.
So why has the BBC taken this step and what does it mean for golf fans?
Much has been written and spoken recently about the BBC’s finances and its offering to licence fee payers. The funding agreement announced in the Chancellor’s July budget and the overview of the BBC’s...