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  1. BBC at the Edinburgh TV Festival 2014

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 08:50

    Danny Cohen Danny Cohen

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    Over the next few days, the BBC is taking part in a wide range of sessions at this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. I’ll be speaking in several sessions – sitting in for BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw to talk about her strategy for the channel, joining fellow broadcasters on a panel to debate issues around commissioning, and discussing the plans we announced in July for changes to BBC Productions in “BBC – The New Super Indie?” (Read Director General Tony Hall’s speech outlining the proposals on the Media Centre website.)

    BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore will be talking about her ambitions for the channel as well as joining a debate about diversity in television, and BBC Four Channel Editor Cassian Harrison makes his Edinburgh debut to explain what he sees as the big moments for the channel over the next 12 months.

    Full details of all BBC related announcements will appear on this blog over the next few days, linked to below. I’ll also be joining Richard Bacon’s Radio Five Live show at 2pm live from the Festival on Thursday.

    I’m excited by the new BBC Television programmes announcements we’re making this week at the Festival...

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  2. Watching two programmes at once? You're 'programme packing'

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 09:34

    Sian Healey Sian Healey Head of Communications and Policy, TV Licensing

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    Watching multiple=

    Sian Healey, Head of Communications and Policy for TV Licensing looks at why some sport fans are ‘programme packing’ and ‘screen stacking’ live TV on up to three devices at once. 

    Elvis Presley famously had a TV room with a trio of televisions mounted side-by-side on a wall at his Graceland home so he could watch three NFL American football games at once. He reportedly pinched the idea from President Lyndon Johnson who prudently kept up to date with current events with television sets for each of the major US news networks.  It seems Elvis and Lyndon may have been ahead of their time. 

    Modern day viewers are also taking advantage of technology to watch two or more live programmes at the same time.

    New research conducted by YouGov for TV Licensing shows nearly one in five men (18 per cent) and over one in 10 women (11 per cent) have watched two live TV programmes simultaneously in the past 12 months. Not only that, but three per cent of prolific programme packers confessed to have watched up to three programmes at the same time.

    Programme packing, the art of watching multiple live TV programmes simultaneously on two or more electronic devices, is being propelled...

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  3. Let's hear it for the local guys

    Friday 15 August 2014, 18:54

    Charles Runcie Charles Runcie Head of Sport, BBC English Regions

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    football_derby.jpg The Radio Derby commentary team, (l-r) Ed Dawes, Craig Ramage and Owen Bradley.

    Charles Runcie, Head of Sport for BBC English Regions, celebrates the art and craft of our BBC local radio football commentary.

    As Match of the Day celebrates 50 wonderful years and the glistening Premier League starship touches down across the BBC for another season let's not forget another vital component of the BBC's football coverage - our local radio football service. The 39 local stations in England have a strong commitment to local sport from the top level to the grassroots. Each week they provide commentary on around 70 football clubs from Burnley to Barrow via all their available frequencies, including regular splits on FM, AM and DAB.

    Stations embrace their coverage with relish, whether in countless phone-ins or magazine programmes, following their team on a great cup run or even to a Wembley final, when the whole of a local station’s programme output that day decamps to North West London. The success of Guernsey FC prompted Radio Guernsey to alter their schedules last season in order to do commentary on all their games, proving to be a huge success. Never mind motorway miles, will the...

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  4. Round Up Week 32 2014

    Friday 15 August 2014, 16:56

    Jen Macro Jen Macro Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

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    As I walked home in the late evening earlier this month, I noticed a beam of light in the sky. This is not an uncommon occurrence, living in a city with numerous major club venues, I have often witnessed their searchlight type effects exploring the central London nightscape. This one was different: a stationary ray of light that shone a disc onto the clouds overhead, it was stunning and also haunting. After some research, I found that it was the Spectra, an ambitious art installation that adorned the London skyline for one week as part of the Lights Out project, marking the centenary of Britain...

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  5. What’s on BBC Red Button, 16-22 August

    Friday 15 August 2014, 14:05

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    We have a Sporting bonanza for you this week with highlights from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, action from the European Swimming Championships and Final Score. If sport isn’t your thing, then worry not, we’ve also got music from Proms Extra, the best bits from the Edinburgh Festivals and fun for the little ones with Hacker and Dodge.


    2014 Youth Olympic Games

    youth_olympics_ellie-downie_0814_holly-adams.jpg Ellie Downie

    We bring you highlights from Nanjing, China as 3,600 athletes from 204 nations compete for gold. Watch Team GB medal hopefuls in action including gymnast Ellie Downie and world junior taekwondo champion Abigail Stones...

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  6. Celebrating community: The lead up to Leeds Carnival

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 23:15

    Abigail Jaiyeola Abigail Jaiyeola Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Forty-seven years ago a young man from St Kitts and Nevis – recently settled in Leeds and homesick for the sights and sounds of his home – had a grand plan. To create a colourful carnival on the grey streets of Leeds for an emerging Caribbean community. That fledgling idea – hatched in a tiny bedsit in the city – has now turned into one of the most spectacular street festivals in Europe, attended by over 150,000 visitors – the Leeds West Indian Carnival. And its 79 year old founder Arthur France is now an MBE, awarded the honour in 1997 for his services to carnival and the community.


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  7. Our World War gets interactive

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 10:00

    Tim Plyming Tim Plyming Executive Producer

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    Our World War interactive

    Today we see the launch of a very exciting innovation, commissioned by BBC Learning, an experiment in immersive drama which is a world first – I want to use this blog to tell you more.

    We have just passed the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One - a series of powerful commemoration events have reminded us of the sacrifices of those who went to fight and those who stayed behind, contributing to the war effort on the home front.

    As you look at the photos of the soldiers who signed up, you can’t help but be struck by how young those involved were. As we look into their faces 100...

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  8. BBC World Service joins the fight against Ebola

    Wednesday 13 August 2014, 09:55

    Peter Horrocks Peter Horrocks Director, BBC Global News

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    BBC World Service Group Director Peter Horrocks explains how the BBC World Service and BBC Media Action are helping to counter misinformation about Ebola with special updates broadcast on the BBC's Africa, English, French and Hausa services.

    The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has so far claimed more than a thousand lives. As medics struggle to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease, there is another vital front in the battle – bringing people the accurate and up-to-date information which can, literally, save their lives.

    Countering misinformation is crucial. In Sierra Leone, for...

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  9. Round Up Week 31

    Friday 8 August 2014, 16:10

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

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    After a short break, in part due to the About the BBC team's work on the recent Annual Report website, we're back with our weekly round-ups for the blog: a personal take on the BBC from each member of the About the BBC team.

    To lead on the death of a former presenter seems a rather low-beat place to start. Former Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Mike Smith's death really resonated amongst my friends and colleagues. I’d overlooked how much of an impact Smith’s Breakfast Show tenure had on me as a kid until I saw the comments friends were posting on Facebook.

    Mike Smith Mike Smith

    A distinct memory came...

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  10. What’s on BBC Red Button, 9-15 August

    Friday 8 August 2014, 13:04

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    Red Button brings you the best of the Edinburgh Festivals, performances from the BBC Proms, dance music from Ibiza, Hacker behind the scenes at CBBC, plus football, rugby league and cycling.


    Edinburgh Festivals 2014

    edinburgh-2014_sue-perkins_0814_picpub.jpg Sue Perkins

    This month, the BBC celebrates the world’s biggest cultural festival, spotlighting the show-stopping performances, side-splitting entertainers and world-renowned artists that make the Edinburgh Festivals such an important highlight in Britain’s cultural calendar. Exclusively on Red Button, comedian Sue Perkins introduces late-night performances from the BBC Potterrow...

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Moore: ‘Miranda will bring a different flavour to The Generation Game’ (Guardian)

Judy Murray to appear on Strictly Come Dancing (Scotsman)

James Alexander Gordon, voice of BBC radio's football results, dies at 78 (Guardian)
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New BBC drama Life in Squares to track lives of Bloomsbury Set (Independent)
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Happy Valley will be back for a second series (Halifax Courier)

Match of the Day at 50: Happy birthday to a football and broadcasting institution (Telegraph)

Jonathan Ross returning to BBC for first time in four years (Digital Spy)

BBC 'Our World War' episode explores future of digital storytelling (Telegraph)
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Frankie Bridge first celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing line-up 2014 (Mirror)

BBC Radio 1 announce 30 Live Lounge acts for Even More Music Month (Digital Spy)

Brits obsessed with the weather? You bet! BBC Weather app is its fastest-growing ever (Tech Radar)
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Walter, BBC One, Review: 'suspense and laughter' (Telegraph)
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Pointless? It's turned our lives upside down! Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on what it's like being catapulted to stardom (Daily Mail)

Alex Jones: Why I leapt at the chance to host Tumble (Wales Online)
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Did Great British Bake Off survive move to BBC One? (Digital Spy)
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Today's the day! Doctor Who Series 8 world premiere hits Cardiff (WalesOnline)

BBC investigates Top Gear after Jeremy Clarkson gaffes (Guardian)
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Phil Neville to help fill the void left by Alan Hansen as Match of the Day analyst for Premier League season (Telegraph)
"Broadcaster has demonstrated its faith in Neville following his nightmare World Cup commentary debut by also confirming him as a co-commentator on Radio Five Live"

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Selected by the About the BBC Blog team.

Parent's experience: starting nursery [CBeebies Grown-Ups]
Referendum debate: Seven key stats about Scotland [Academy]
Long live 35mm [Kermode Uncut]
The making of our World War One interactive guide [Internet]
How the mighty have fallen - Mull Eagle watch CSI [Springwatch]