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Jack Ashton, Actor, Call the Midife
The National Television Awards are voted for by the public, this year Call The Midwife received the Best Period Drama award. Jack Ashton who plays Tom Hereward gives an insight into what it was like being at the ceremony and hearing the show's name being called out.
Paralympian Georgie Bullen explains how important it is for visual impairment to be understood by the sighted world, and discusses new BBC Four documentary Notes on Blindness.
It was such a privilege to be part of the 2012 Paralympics and to witness what felt like a breakthrough at that time. Disability was no longer swept aside in subdued tones but talked about openly. Even celebrated! It was amazing to see the pride everyone had in the athletes and their incredible achievements.
Now, more than four years later, another amazing Paralympics has passed and both events have left a much improved legacy. But sadly, there remains an awkwardness surrounding disability. Especially, from my perspective, of visual impairment. I hope it’s true that more people have now been encouraged to approach the person in a wheelchair. But my personal experience tells me that there is still a vast lack of understanding when it comes to blindness.
I have always been a passionate advocate of open discussion and the promotion of visual impairment awareness and this is clearly what John Hull has done with his remarkable film. I’ve seen and read much that tried to make visual impairment understood by the...
Programme Editor, BBC Radio Cymru
The congregation singing during during the latest recording of 'Caniadaeth y Cysegr' on Sunday
Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs celebrated its 75th anniversary by casting away a global star. Who then, is the David Beckham of Welsh language hymn singing? If you know the answer, let us know and we’ll be straight on the phone because at Radio Cymru, we have some celebrating to do this week. Caniadaeth y Cysegr, a hymn singing series first broadcast on the Home Service 75 years ago, is still going strong.
Look back at the Radio Times for February 15 - 21 1942 and you’ll find the Black-Out times noted prominently, alongside programmes such as Marching Songs of Britain and Sincerely Yours Vera Lynn. There too was Newyddion – a news bulletin in Welsh at 5pm, followed by the first ever edition of Caniadaeth y Cysegr, described rather bluntly as ‘Hymn Singing in Welsh’. Back then...
Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects
Running from 6-12th March, SoICanBreathe is a week of stories examining the different ways the world is seeking to reduce air pollution. Emily Kasriel, season editor, introduces the season running across BBC News, local radio and World Service.
There is a strong scientific consensus that air pollution poses a significant health risk. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than nine out of ten people across the globe live in areas where its air quality guidelines levels are not met. In many fast expanding global cities, outdoor air pollution is getting worse. Within the UK and many other developed countries, air quality has been slowly increasing, though according to the World Health Organisation half of the richer world is still breathing polluted air. Concern however is growing everywhere as medical researchers are discovering that minute chemicals and particles, some as small as a millionth of a meter, could be far more damaging to our heart, our lungs and even our brain than we previously thought.
Understanding air pollution is challenging as it’s complex and dynamic, created by a mix of pollutants, both man-made and natural, which combine together in dangerous...
Director, BBC Sport
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, writes about the importance of the Government and Parliament updating the listed events regime for a digital age.
It’s been six months since Team GB and Paralympics GB defied conventional wisdom by securing more Gold medals in Rio than they did in London. One of my highlights was the Women’s hockey final, with the British team enthralling millions as they claimed gold in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against the Dutch. The impact they made on that Friday night in August catapulted them into the limelight, creating role models for the next generation of...
Senior Trainer, BBC Media Action
Clare Lyons worked with BBC News for over 16 years, including a period with BBC World Service. She's now a senior media trainer for BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity.
The phrase "working together" is one I’ve heard often in my three years of mentoring and supporting journalists in Myanmar - but it doesn’t always mean much in practice, and sometimes it's used to avoid assigning blame or taking responsibility for problems!
But last year we saw the genuine and positive embodiment of the phrase among most of the 120 or so participants of Lifeline training – a...
Director, The Break II
The Break returns to BBC Three Sunday 12 February with five new original short film monologues by up-and-coming writers.The Break II is an exciting collaboration between BBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Production to make five original short monologues for BBC Three, written by up-and-coming BAME writing talent from across the UK.
Here one of the directors, Nour Wazzi talks about her experience...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Next week eight well-known senior citizens journey to India to experience retirement in another country. A few weeks ago, I met them all of the new cast with a group of other journalists at a special press launch promoting the forthcoming series.
While they told us what they learnt filming the programme, what did they teach me during the press conference? Some notes below.
1. Television does...
Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
A round-up of BBC announcements, press releases and blogs, plus some highlights from our TV, radio and online output last week.
This week Peter Capaldi announced he will stand down as Doctor Who at the end of the year.
In a week awash with awards we blogged about BBC wins at the Broadcast Awards; while Jack Ashton AKA Tom Hereward in Call The Midwife wrote about his...
Director, Radio & Education
Against all expectation, I am keeping one of my New Year’s resolutions. Most of them have gone by the wayside. By February most of us have given up but one of my resolutions stays intact. I am still trying to learn more.
That’s true of most of us. We tell pollsters we want to learn more. Half of us apparently feel we’re not reaching our full potential.
We know that because we ask our audiences. Ten years ago only half of us thought that entertainment should be about learning as well as having fun. Today, that’s grown to two thirds.
Fake news is a serious concern but we should not be too...