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Jen Macro, Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
A round up of what's being said about the first episode of the period drama based on Hilary Mantel's books.
Media Scheduler, Red Button
Time to uncork the bubbly this week as EastEnders begins its 30th anniversary with an exclusive invitation from Albert Square. Smashing Pumpkins mark their return with a Maida Vale session and chef Tom Kerridge continues to share his culinary tips.
EastEnders 30: Back to Ours
Celebrate 30 years of EastEnders in the company of those who know it best - the stars. Relive iconic moments and find out the real gossip from the set. Join us for fires, collapsing buildings weddings and more!
Tue 27 January, 7.55pm-11.30pm
Thu 29 January, 7.55pm-11.30pm
Fri 30 January, 8.25pm-8.55pm, 10.55pm-4.00am
An Evening with Top Gear
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May preview the forthcoming new series of Top Gear in front of a live and online global audience of fans at a special event in London.
Sun 25 January, 8.55pm-10.50pm
Radio 2 In Concert - Ed Sheeran
Watch 2014's biggest selling artist Ed Sheeran perform hits from his multiplatinum albums, + and X, with an audience, in the intimate…
Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer
Last year, we re-launched BBC iPlayer across 1,200 devices and four screens - TV, mobile, tablet and computers. iPlayer’s new 'browse and discover' design focus points to how we're transforming its promise for audiences. It’s no longer just a place for catching up on familiar TV shows, it’s also a service where audiences can seek out and enjoy whatever they’re in the mood for from across the full breadth and range of the BBC – from films and kids’ content, to sport, music and arts.
This Christmas, iPlayer saw a fantastic 25% increase in usage. Whilst TV programmes continue to form the backbone of the service, for BBC iPlayer to remain relevant to audiences in an increasingly on demand entertainment environment, we need to pioneer beyond the distribution of our existing TV programmes. iPlayer presents a tremendous creative opportunity to experiment and push the boundaries of the way we tell stories to meet the ever evolving expectations of our audience. Competitively, we cannot rest on our broadcast laurels as a host of services from Netflix to YouTube are originating at scale and eating into our audiences’ precious entertainment time.
Head of Revenue Management
Following today’s Daily Mail article criticising the way the licence fee is enforced, I wanted to take the opportunity to explain how we operate, and our approach to evasion. Licence fee evasion remains low at between five and six per cent, one of the lowest rates in Europe. So we know the vast majority who need a licence have one - a comparatively small number of people will receive letters or visits from our enquiry officers.
It is a criminal offence to watch or record live TV without a valid licence. Anyone doing so, on any device, is breaking the law. We give people every opportunity to pay for a licence, and will do everything we can to help them to spread the cost so they stay licensed. We know some people do struggle financially, and our teams work with more than 420 money advice and community groups across the UK to provide advice about small weekly instalment payments and concessions. Contrary to what the article suggests, those aged 75 and over are required to have a licence if they need one, but it’s provided for free. It is only fair there are consequences for people who deliberately evade but we’d always prefer people pay for a licence, and…
Former BBC Producer
Former BBC Producer Gordon Lamont revisits BBC offices in White City to rediscover the creative spaces where he used to work.
A cold day in January. The old White City building is closed up, the action has moved to the Media and Broadcast Centres on the same site. Apparently staff will be moving out of parts of these before too long… Things change. Any BBC alumnus is used to change whether it was Producer Choice, The Petals, or ‘Cut the crap and make it happen’. But when you’ve left an organisation or site the experience of change comes to a halt so on your return you can get that…
Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
A round up of what's being said about the eagerly awaited first episode of the new period drama based on Hilary Mantel's books. Starring Damian Lewis, Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Mark Gatiss.
The Guardian "Mark Rylance is hypnotic, understated but totally screen-owning. There are fine performances wherever you look – Jonathan Pryce as Wolsey, Claire Foy’s Anne Boleyn, a whole host of…
About the BBC Blog Assistant
As the much-anticipated BBC Two adaptation of Wolf Hall premieres, About the BBC Blog Assistant Elizabeth Morton revisits some recent high-flying BBC dramas.
Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
Hailed by critics as 'utterly compelling' (Daily Mail) and 'unmissable' (Guardian), the breakout drama of 2014 had to be Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire. It proved so popular that it’s been recommissioned for a second series…
Director of Workplace and Safety
As the Director of Workplace and Safety, I lead the team that manages the BBC’s properties across the UK. Our buildings provide the production and broadcast capability that allows us to serve our audiences both in the UK and across the globe. We have distinct services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together with our regional and local radio stations across the country. Many of our buildings are highly specialised with studios, editing and playout facilities which need to run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The output of the BBC has increased enormously over the past 20 years…
Controller, BBC Three
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post outlining what new BBC Three could be. I wanted to take this opportunity to answer some of your questions and clarify a few things before the BBC Trust begin their consultation.
In no particular order.
1. BBC Three is not closing and BBC Three is not for sale.
2. New BBC Three will still continue to make comedy, drama and documentary programmes with the creative ambition of Gavin & Stacey, Being Human, Murdered By My Boyfriend, Cuckoo, Bad Education, Growing Up Down’s, The Mighty Boosh, Him & Her, Nighty Night, The Revolution Will be Televised, Life…
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
This morning (Monday 19 January) Chris Evans announced on his BBC Radio 2 programme that the wonderful 500 WORDS children’s short story writing competition is back for 2015. What’s more, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is going to get involved and will be attending a special 500 WORDS Story Laboratory in Weston Park Primary School, London on Wednesday 21 January and hosting the final of the competition at St James's Palace in May.
Chris Evans explains the rules of 500 WORDS
About the BBC Blog Assistant
Earlier today, BBC World News announced a new award in honour of its presenter, Komla Dumor, a year after his unexpected death aged 41.
Komla Dumor was an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster who in his short life made an extraordinary impact - in Ghana, in Africa and around the world.
He represented a confident, savvy and entrepreneurial side of Africa.
Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, Komla worked tirelessly to bring a more nuanced African narrative to the world.
The BBC is committed to continuing Komla's legacy.
We are proud to announce the launch of the BBC…