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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 in global news and to meet our target of reaching half a billion people weekly by 2022. We wanted to respond to the rapidly changing world, in which media freedom is diminishing in many places.
These plans included new services in countries such as North Korea, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and enhanced services across Africa, Russia and its neighbouring countries. The way people consume news is rapidly changing the world over, so we are aiming to do more digitally.
We made clear we did not expect licence fee payers to support this expansion, as we think there's a limit to how much they should pay for...
DGl 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. Here are some of their stories:
When I first saw the advert for the traineeship my immediate thought was this can’t be real: training at the BBC, during the General Election and it's paid!
My first year at the BBC has been a whirlwind, which is ironic given that I never imagined that I would be a part of this institution. It wasn't because I didn’t think I was capable but because I didn’t think I could fit in with the BBC culture. What is that culture? I guess before I joined the BBC I thought everyone had to be the same rigid individual with little creativity or opportunity...
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 also recognised as Independent Production Company in 2015.
The Dumping Ground: You're the Boss, CBBC Online (Interactive: Adapted in 2015)
My Life, My Religion, BBC Learning (Learning - Primary in 2015)
The Next Step, CBBC (BAFTA Kids' Vote Television in 2015)
Poetry: Between the Lines, BBC Learning (Learning - Secondary in 2015)
CBBC (Channel of the Year in 2015)
Gigglebiz, CBeebies (Comedy in 2015)
Jessica Ransom, Horrible Histories, CBBC (Performer in 2015)
Katie Morag, CBeebies (Drama in 2015)
The Clangers, CBeebies (Pre-School Animation in 2015)
Swashbuckle, CBeebies (Entertainment in 2015)
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...
Director, BBC Studios (formerly Director, England)
Re-generation isn't something exclusive to Time Lords. It can apply to whole communities and cultures too, helping shift them out of the old and into the new. Sometimes television programmes benefit and can be transformed too.
I've had first-hand experience of major economic and cultural regeneration, driven by BBC investment outside London, itself one of the world's great creative powerhouses. It was a privilege to lead the BBC's move to Salford that helped create Media City UK, now one of the leading digital production communities in the world. Licence fee investment there has triggered...
Presenter, BBC Radio 6Music
Tonight (Friday 20 November) Lauren Laverne will announce the winner of the Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music. It's the first time in three years that the BBC will host the event. Here BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Tom Ravenscroft explains a bit about his involvement in the evening’s proceedings and sheds some light on the prize.
I enjoy finding like-minded people out there in the...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
Ian Richardson as Francis Urquhart in BBC's House of Cards
You may know House of Cards as an American, political drama series. But it's first incarnation was on the BBC – the first episode was broadcast 25 years ago on 18 November 1990. The story tells of charming chief whip Frances Urquhart who plots revenge against his colleagues. To mark the anniversary, here are five House of Cards facts you may not have known.
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Toby Jones and Neil Baldwin
BBC programmes featured on the 2016 Broadcast Awards Shortlist revealed yesterday.
Car Share, Detectorists, Inside No.9 and People Just Do Nothing are all shortlisted for the Best Comedy Award. Car Share - released as a BBC iPlayer exclusive earlier this year - is also up for Best Original Drama.
CBBC programmes have been shortlisted five times in the Best Children's Programme including...
Editor BBC 100 Women season
Fiona Crack is the planning editor for BBC World Service Languages and the editor of BBC’s 100 Women season. She founded 100 Women in 2013, and here she introduces this year's season.
The third 100 Women season launched today. What’s the idea behind the season and why does the BBC run it?
We started it back in 2013 to better represent women on the BBC following feedback from our audiences. The season helps improve the representation of women on-air and helps us tell more stories about issues that affect women.
We received an excellent response to the previous seasons we’ve mounted, so we...
BBC Local Journalism Working Group
As part of the current discussions about the future shape of the BBC, there is a lot of thought being directed towards how we interact with the UK’s local news media. What can we do that supports the sector, that ensures local life is well reported from a wide variety of viewpoints, that combines the best of what we do with the best of what others do?
The Hyperlocal Forum, which met for the first time in Birmingham on Thursday 12 November, is one way of finding out how the most diverse, vibrant and changing part of the local news landscape can interact with the BBC. We’ve committed to...