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Business Development, Digital Music
Mark Mulligan with On the Beat host LJ Rich
Today the music industry is at a really important crossroads - so Mark Mulligan, music tech industry analyst, blogger and self-professed big-mouth told us during his key note at our On The Beat BBC Music tech conference last week. 2014, when streaming came of age, was, ‘transformational for the music industry,’ which he believes remains in decline. Defining the best route to take at this crossroads (which, in fact, is more like Spaghetti Junction) will be critical in shaping its future.
At the BBC, we know that technology will continue to drive change in the way our audiences consume, discover and share music. We felt the need to start a discussion around ‘where next?’ and address some of the common issues facing us, at the BBC, as well as the wider industry. And, from this, was born the idea for a BBC digital music conference - On the Beat.
So, the day after we celebrated the best of music this year with some of the world’s leading artists at the BBC Music Awards, we brought…
Editor, BBC Azeri
In the second of two blogs to mark 20 years of BBC broadcasts to Central Asia and the Caucasus, Konul Khalilova, Editor, BBC Azeri and former BBC Azeri producer and senior producer from 2007-2013, considers the importance of the service to her personally and marvels at its growth and innovation.
“Working for the BBC is my biggest dream.” How often do I hear these words as I interview journalists for a BBC Azeri job? And I know all too well what they mean.
The BBC came to Azerbaijan at a very special and difficult time: a newly independent former Soviet republic in the South Caucasus, in painful transition from socialist economy, in a state of a volatile ceasefire in a bitter war with Armenia over Karabakh.
When BBC Azeri radio was aired on FM and medium waves in Azerbaijan and the wider region, I was one of its loyal listeners. I knew and loved the voice of every journalist – and yes, it was my biggest dream to work for the BBC.
BBC Azeri radio offered a very special listening experience then, especially for someone who grew up listening to the Soviet radio. This new radio spoke in my mother tongue – while delivering news in a very different manner. I trusted those voices and…
Head of International Policy, BBC
Today, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs, James Harding, spoke at City University about the global challenges and opportunities for online news.
Alongside his speech we are publishing a new report examining how the UK digital news sector might evolve in the future. Increasingly, Britain’s success in news is being recognised around the world – from the popularity of British news websites to the profile of UK journalistic leaders (paid content).
In the UK we have one of the most competitive journalism markets in the world and since the advent of the internet it has gained access to a global audience. There have been well-documented challenges. Yet there are big opportunities too.
This is why we’ve published today’s report by Mediatique. The report finds strong evidence of some of the benefits of digital for both British news businesses and UK audiences.
UK news providers
For UK news providers, total digital revenues are now close to half a billion pounds (see figure 1). They’re growing fast. Digital advertising and subscription revenues for newspapers – which represent the bulk of total revenues – are up by two-thirds in the past two years alone. This growth is…
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
It's smiles all round as BBC programmes and personalities put in a good showing at the British Comedy Awards 2014. Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's tribute to BBC Two to tie in with the network's 50th birthday Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos (pictured) won both the Best Sketch Show and Best Comedy Moment of 2014 awards.
While Graham Norton took home trophies for Best Comedy…
Editor, Radio 4 Interactive
Editor Radio 4 Interactive, Rhian Roberts' blog was originally published on Media.info on 11 December about Radio 4's plans to dramatise War and Peace in its entirety on 1 January 2015, and tweet along at the same time.
I’m sitting at my desk looking at my copy of Tolstoy’s epic.
It’s a doorstop of a book, actually it’s a small door of a book; fat with historical footnotes and paragraphs of translation. People who know this sort of thing say it’s the best book ever written; 42 castaways on Desert Island Discs named it as their one book.
Once I’d decided to finally take the challenge it…
Editor of Central Asia service, BBC World Service
In the first of two blogs to mark 20 years of BBC broadcasts to Central Asia and the Caucasus, Hamid Ismailov, Editor of Central Asia service, BBC World Service and former BBC Uzbek senior producer (1994-2003) and Head of Central Asia and Caucasus service (2003-2011) reflects on the importance of the service.
I heard about BBC World Service’s plans to start radio services for Central Asia and Caucasus in 1992, in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the independence gained by the former Soviet republics in these regions. I lived in Germany then, and became directly…
Some sheep wait for their big moment in Wintershall Nativity at Broadcasting House
What a year 2014 has been for Broadcasting House, the BBC’s redeveloped central London headquarters. All year round, Broadcasting House produces programmes for a global audience; 265 million people access BBC News, via BBC World Service radio, BBC World News TV, or bbc.com/news. And BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 1 are the UK’s most listened to domestic radio services.
Project Manager, BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Show don’t just tell – it’s one of the rules of good story telling – and it's a phrase which sums up the BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility Real Stories Challenge event in Birmingham.
It started out quietly... Andy Akinwolere, BBC West Midlands Inside Out presenter and former Blue Peter presenter played host to a group of 40 young people from the Chelmsley Wood area of Birmingham. It’s a place you may have heard of as it recently been featured in BBC Three’s People Like Us. The programme followed a series of young people living and following their dreams in an area…
Commissioning Editor, Radio 4 & 4 Extra
There has been some media coverage on Radio 4's decision to broadcast readings from Hilary Mantel's short stories The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher next year.
I'd like to explain the decision.
Our readings programmes - notably Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week - present modern and classic literature every week of the year.
In doing so, they present a wide range of perspectives on all manner of issues.
Only last year, Charles Moore's official biography of Margaret Thatcher was Book of the Week.
The readings may delight, challenge, frustrate, educate or simply entertain - as the best…
Media Scheduler, Red Button
Jo Whiley hosts a concert with Paolo Nutini performing in front of a small audience.
Radio 2 in Concert: Paolo Nutini
One of the UK’s most popular singer-songwriters plays live in front of a small audience.
Mon 15 December, 7.55pm-7am
Tue 16 December 11.30pm-4am
Wed 17th December, 5.25am-12.30pm, 11.25pm-7am
Thu 18th December, 4pm-7.55pm
Radio 2 in Concert: Take That
The group that were once five are now a three piece and there’s no stopping them. Promising old…