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Tony Hall, BBC Director- General
Director-General Tony Hall explains how the BBC will still be a hub of creativity and innovation after last week's Licence Fee negotiations with the Government in an opinion piece first published in the Observer on Sunday 12 July 2015.
Head of Sport, BBC English Regions
Charles Runcie, Head of Sport for English Regions, goes behind the scenes with the sports teams of BBC Local Radio, to explain more about the 2,500 plus football commentaries they bring to their listeners each season.
With TV and radio sports channels, texting and social media, is there still a place for local radio football commentary? This season BBC Local Radio will be the only regional radio stations in major cities, including Liverpool and Birmingham, providing commentary on the latest matches that matter in their area each week. This development has brought into sharp focus the coverage our BBC Local Radio stations provide for fans of around 90 clubs each week and emphasises why the BBC must remain committed to promoting regional football at all levels of the game.
From Manchester City - all glitz, galacticos and Champions League glamour - to homely Harrogate Town in National League North, sports coverage is woven into the fabric of our 38 stations. The behemoths of the...
Ana Lucía González
Senior Producer, Archive Development
You may have sifted through the millions of BBC radio and television listings available on BBC Genome, remembering those forgotten childhood programmes, checking out what was on when you were being born, or dispelling doubts about a transmission date or actor’s name. But did you know that around 8,500 of these programmes are also permanently available online to watch and listen to? We suspect not.
In an effort to make BBC Genome a useful tool for discovering the BBC between 1923 and 2009, we’ve embarked on a mission to link the BBC listing entries to 282 television programmes, most of which are currently available through the BBC Four archive collection on BBC iPlayer, and 8,200 radio programmes already accessible on the BBC website.
So from today, whenever you search for a particular listing, we will let you know if you can watch or listen to the programme. You might stumble upon it while searching for programmes by date, channel or keyword, and it will appear as a link to iPlayer.
An idea of what the Genome listings will look like
Media Scheduler, Red Button
This year's Proms season is well underway and there truly is something for everyone, not just classical aficionados – Bollywood buffs can still catch Asian Network's special show celebrating 50 years of Asian programming on the BBC, while clubbers can put their hands in the air for Radio 1's Ibiza tribute.
Radio 1 Prom
Radio 1's first ever Prom is less concert and more dance-party – a musical homage to Ibiza and its infectious, energetic brand of club music. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Radio 1 in Ibiza and this will be a night to remember. Celebrated British DJ Pete Tong presents a line-up of live artists, who perform with Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra.
Wed 29 July, 10pm-6am
Thu 30 July, 6am-5.20pm, 6.45pm-6am
Fri 31 July, 6am-5.20pm (Length approx. 75 minutes)
Crimewatch needs your help to track down wanted faces. See who's wanted by police and watch CCTV of criminals caught in the act before the BBC One live show.
Tue 28 July, 7.55pm-12am (Length...
broadcast journalist, Radio Solent
There was always a moment on the TV every week that would make me cringe. It was the weekly occasion when a celebrity was surprised with that ‘big red book’ on This Is Your Life. Up until they started pouncing on the much younger celebrities at the end of the show’s run, I can only presume the victims thought: “this is a sign my career has peaked and it’s downhill from here…”. Many years...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
As the judges of the second annual BBC Arabic film and documentary festival gather to select this year’s programme, Festival Marketing Director Sue Davies and Festival Director Sheyma Buali give a flavour of what’s to come in October/November.
Sue Davies, BBC Arabic Festival Marketing Director:
Why was the festival set up originally and what was it’s aim?
The festival originated for a couple...
BBC Disability News Correspondent
BBC Three's Defying the Label season tackles perceptions of disability with real stories from a 'disabling world'. As the season launches tonight (Monday 20 July) Nikki Fox the BBC's Disability News Correspondent talks to us about her role.
It's been a year since you were appointed Disability Correspondent for BBC News. Give us a rundown of what that year has entailed.
It’s really been one of the quickest years. The very minute our team was established we hit the ground running. Before I knew it I was buying a few smart jackets and setting off to film across the country. One of our first...
When I was growing up, I wanted to be the editor of the Burnley Express. To a teenage boy in a small Lancashire town, running the local paper, and getting the inside scoop from Turf Moor, seemed just about the best way to earn a living. A dream job, if you like.
In the intervening years, I’ve been fantastically lucky in my career. I never made it to the editorship of the Express back in Burnley but I’ve had some brilliant jobs - running BBC One and BBC Sport, working in senior roles at ITV and Channel 4. I've just got another one, running BBC Studios. But what’s turned out to be the dream...
Director, BBC Radio
Never underestimate the power of good radio. It provides a soundtrack to our lives, keeps us up to date with events, offers companionship, opens our minds to new music and ideas and entertains us endlessly. BBC Radio reaches nearly three quarters of the UK population every week. Those people have a range of great radio to choose from - I started my career in commercial radio and know how good it can be. But with all that choice, millions of listeners choose BBC radio.
So it was surprising to read the headlines today suggesting that two of the country’s most loved stations – Radio 1 and...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Ahead of the first night of the BBC Proms on Friday 17 July 2015, we took a look around the Royal Albert Hall to get a glimpse of some of the preparations needed for the forthcoming season. Take a look at a selection of pictures documenting what we saw during our visit.
The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of the BBC Proms since 1941 after a bombing raid destroyed its original venue, the Queen's Hall next to Broadcasting House in Central London. BBC Proms 2015 has been in the planning since autumn 2010 and will feature 92 concerts in 58 days.
An outside broadcast unit including a TV gallery and edit suite parked up outside the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms season. All radio broadcasts are live. There are 25 Prom concerts broadcast on TV.
Controller Radio & Music Multiplatform
Today we've updated the iPlayer Radio app making it possible to download almost all BBC Radio programmes on smartphones and tablets.
This builds on the BBC’s podcast service which is already widely used around the world. In April 2015, there were c.74 million downloads of BBC podcasts globally and over 30 million downloads in the UK. Podcasts such as Friday Night Comedy, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews, The Archers, The Infinite Monkey Cage and Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young are all downloaded more than a million times each month in the UK alone.
We are extending the...