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David Timson, Actor
Continuing our series of Radio Drama blogs, David Timson, an actor who may hold the record for the number of times he’s been on the BBC Radio Drama Company having been a Carleton Hobbs winner himself some 44 years ago - in 1971, remembers his early days in studio.
Director of Homepage & myBBC
Earlier this year in March, we outlined our plans to deliver a more personal BBC - one that’s tailored for you, helping bring more of the content you love from across the BBC. I wanted to use this post to give you an update on what’s been happening since then, highlight some of the great new features, functionality and activity that have gone live, and give you a sense of what’s coming up.
Over the past six months, we have been steadily introducing a range of features to key areas of the BBC. From the My News section in the BBC News app to My Programmes in BBC iPlayer, recommendations on the Homepage to notifications from BBC Sport, and tailored newsletters across the BBC, we are making it even easier and more convenient for you to find, read, watch and listen to the content you care about.
We are starting to see that the combination of the new features we have launched are really improving the experience of you, the user, too. Many of you have registered with the BBC for the first time and we have also received thousands of useful comments and feedback on how we can keep improving our services.
Media Scheduler, Red Button
Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to pick sequins out from between the sofa cushions as Strictly Come Dancing waltzes back onto Red Button. And for those of you who prefer guitars to leotards we’ve got coverage of Reading Festival to look forward to as well!
Strictly Red (Button) Carpet
Meet the glittering cast of 2015. Fifteen celebrities walk the Strictly Red Carpet in their first outing as Strictly stars, and reveal their hopes and fears for the new series.
Wed 2, 7:25pm-6:00am
Thu 3, 6:00am-10:00am
(Length approx. 35 minutes)
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
From the beautiful setting of the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain with the Massed Bands of the RAF and the Queen's Colour Squadron taking centre stage.
Mon 31, 6:30pm-7:30pm
(Length approx. 60 minutes)
Reading festival is back - and we’ve got all-access passes. Watch bands from the main stage, Radio 1/NME tent and BBC...
Channel Editor, BBC Four
I’ve been at the Edinburgh Television Festival this week and wanted to share the main things we at BBC Four are announcing. I’m pleased that the channel’s going from strength to strength; we’ve had an incredibly successful year with Slow Week, India’s Daughter from Storyville, and some very popular science programmes including Inside Sellafield with Jim Al Khalili. There’s also been strong arts programming, and the Proms have been really popular, so it’s fair to say the channel is thriving.
How are we going to keep up that momentum? Well, we are bringing back Slow TV, which proved so popular earlier this year, with a Christmas twist – The Sleigh Ride. We’re also going to do a big music competition called Britain’s Best Part-time Band. There’s also going to be the first live BBC broadcast from Television Centre since we moved out, in Live From Television Centre, we’ve got four regional theatre companies doing innovative theatre pieces – we are working with BBC Two on that as I’ll explain. There’s also good news for Scandi drama fans, we’ve three series coming this autumn: a new one called Beck, the return of Arne Dahl and the new series of The Bridge. Other Christmas treats on...
Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
Thursdays are sacrosanct in the Blue Peter diary, they’re the day that the live programme is filmed and broadcast each and every week. The About the BBC team were invited by Editor Ewan Vinnicombe to Media City UK in Salford, to take a look around where the show is based, and to document a day in the life of the longest running children's magazine show in the world:
Upon arrival we clock...
Director of Policy, BBC
A key theme in the Government’s Charter Review consultation paper is the scale of the BBC and its impact on the media sector. It poses the questions: ‘‘is the BBC crowding-out commercial competition and, if so, is it justified?’’ and ‘‘where does the evidence suggest the BBC has a positive or negative wider impact on the market?’’
It’s best to start with what we know. First, the BBC is becoming a smaller part of the UK broadcasting sector. Its share of broadcast revenues has fallen from c.40% to c.20% today. Its audience reach and share has remained broadly stable but this is a function of...
This August marks 50 years since Elvis Presley and the young pretenders of pop the Beatles met, BBC Radio 2 is marking the anniversary with a weekend of programmes, including documentaries, special features, music and a new drama, When Elvis Met the Beatles. Here scriptwriter Jeff Young talks about the new play.
I grew up with the Beatles, heard every song on its first day of release, saved up...
Project Director, BBC Weather re-procurement
Nigel Charters, Project Director, BBC Weather re-procurement explains the rationale behind the process to secure the future of the BBC's weather service.
It is often said that weather is the national obsession. We know this to be true because our weather app is downloaded 15 times a minute and our bulletins are watched by millions.
BBC weather is important to us. We care about it and will always be innovative and ambitious in how we present it. However, with our current Met Office contract due to expire in 14 months we began a formal re-procurement about a year ago. As we last did in...
BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter 2015
The BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter was launched in 2011 and is aimed at giving people from a diverse range of backgrounds and varying knowledge an experience of the BBC and an opportunity to develop reporting-skills within the organisation. Funded by BBC English Regions and BBC Outreach it is managed and run by a dedicated team based in BBC Birmingham. Kick Off Reporters receive training, a mentor from the BBC and a two days a week minimum, eight week placement during the summer working alongside BBC radio and online sports teams. Here current member of the scheme Max Mclean talks...
Director, BBC Academy and BBC Birmingham
Lenny Henry and Kascion Franklin at the Dudley preview of Danny and the Human Zoo (credit: Stonehouse Photographic/BBC)
Thursday (20 August) was a special moment for television drama in the Midlands as we welcomed home Dudley’s most famous son, Lenny Henry. We rolled out the red carpet at Dudley’s Showcase Cinema for Lenny to share his brilliant new BBC Drama from Red Production Company for BBC One Danny and the Human Zoo. It was incredible to see so many local supporters turn out and all sit down together –...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
If you prefer to dodge the crowds and watch live music from a comfy couch, we have the best seats at the Reading Festival this Friday. Casualty kicks off its 30th anniversary with an exclusive new Red Button special, plus we have a huge selection of world–class sport from F1 to hockey.
Casualty: Mrs Walker-To-Be
On the night before their wedding, Zoe and Max head out to celebrate their final...