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So far 20 graduate trainee interns have completed the BBC Creative Access programme as part of ambitious plans to address the on and off-screen representation of BAME communities in the media. 70% of those participants have gained further employment at the BBC. Here are some of their stories.
Yesterday the BBC Asian Network began a new schedule of programmes featuring four people joining its presenting line-up. Preeya Kalidas, Guz Khan, Harpz Kaur and Mim Shaikh will be launching new shows on the Asian Network from Thursday 26 November as part of a refresh of its schedule. We spent some time to get to know them during their recent photo shoot, selected highlights below.
BBC Red Button Team
It's a full-on session for snooker fans this week as we bring you live coverage and highlights of the snooker's UK Championship at the Barbican Centre in York, where some of the world's top talent will once again take to battle on the baize.
Daily coverage begins from Saturday 28 November, with live sessions from 1pm-6pm and overnight highlights from 11pm-6am. Red Button+ users will be able to use their smart TVs to choose which table to watch live.
For full details of coverage on Red Button, visit the BBC Sport website. Please note that live sports times are subject to change.
There's also the usual offering from both Final Score and F1 Forum, and highlights of the NFL's energetic race to Superbowl 50.
Head of UK Policy, BBC
It’s been a good 24 hours for the c.20 million UK homes with TV sets which rely on an aerial, or in industry-terms, use digital terrestrial TV (DTT) platforms like Freeview.
These sets depend on access to airwaves, which are governed by global regulations. Today, the international body responsible for those airwaves took a decision that will ensure secure access for DTT platforms well into the next decade.
The agreement was reached by administrations from over 150 countries including the UK, despite significant lobbying to open up those airwaves used by DTT (its radio spectrum) to mobile internet use. If the rules had changed, digital terrestrial TV would have been left without dedicated spectrum, risking investment in the platform, and as a result, in home-grown UK programmes.
DTT’s use of the airwaves has become ever more efficient. This has allowed broadcasters to free up more spectrum for mobile internet use. There are plans to clear more spectrum for this purpose by squeezing DTT channels into less spectrum than they currently use. This will be challenging but today’s announcement gives the long-term certainty needed for broadcasters to focus on delivering this...
Controller, BBC Three
Today is just the beginning for BBC Three and our plans to transform our offer for young people. Technology has changed and what young people want has changed so we are changing to give young people a BBC Three that fits their lives today and in the future. We will now set about launching a digital first BBC Three in early 2016.
When BBC Three launched in February 2003 YouTube, Spotify, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, Sky+, Tinder, Chip and pin, Periscope, One Direction and Oculus didn’t exist. Nobody had Wi-Fi, broadband, flat screen TVs or tablets. The Nokia 1100 was the world’s...
Director, BBC World Service Group
Earlier this week the Government announced a funding boost for the BBC World Service - £34m in 2016/17 followed by £85m a year, around a third of our current budget, for the next three years.
This is clearly a huge vote of confidence in the World Service, and a recognition that it is a unique cultural asset – not only for the BBC but for Britain.
But what is the context of this decision? And will it change how we operate?
In September, as part of our vision for the next ten years of the BBC, we set out ambitious plans for the expansion of the World Service, to address the growing deficit...
DG Tony Hall and Acting Director BBC TV Mark Linsey with the BBC Creative Access Graduates
In June 2014 the Director General announced that the BBC would take on 20 graduate trainee interns from the successful Creative Access programme as part of ambitious plans to address the on and off-screen representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. We took on more than 30. Of the 20 who have completed the scheme so far, 70% have gained further employment at the BBC....
Editor, About the BBC Blog
CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor (centre) holds the Channel of the Year 2015 trophy awarded by BAFTA
It was a great night at the Children's BAFTAs awards ceremony last night in which 13 of the 24 awards went to BBC programmes or content featured. Additionally, CBBC was named Channel of the Year and CBBC's Sam Nixon and Max Rhodes were awarded Presenters of the Year.
Independent production company Somethin' Else, who created some of the programmes featured in the list of awards below, were...
BBC Red Button Team
We’ve got live music from the BBC Radio Theatre with Grammy award-winning Seal, plus a Christmas special from Gourmet Ireland and an archive documentary on Columbanus. Sport enthusiasts can enjoy a week of Formula 1 from Abu Dhabi and the NFL: Race to Superbowl 50.
Radio 2 In Concert: Seal
The BBC Radio Theatre comes alive once more, this time with the four-time Grammy-winning acclaimed singer...
Director, BBC Studios (formerly Director, England)
Re-generation isn't something exclusive to Time Lords. It can apply to whole communities and cultures too, helping shift them out of the old and into the new. Sometimes television programmes benefit and can be transformed too.
I've had first-hand experience of major economic and cultural regeneration, driven by BBC investment outside London, itself one of the world's great creative powerhouses. It was a privilege to lead the BBC's move to Salford that helped create Media City UK, now one of the leading digital production communities in the world. Licence fee investment there has triggered...
Presenter, BBC Radio 6Music
Tonight (Friday 20 November) Lauren Laverne will announce the winner of the Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music. It's the first time in three years that the BBC will host the event. Here BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Tom Ravenscroft explains a bit about his involvement in the evening’s proceedings and sheds some light on the prize.
I enjoy finding like-minded people out there in the...