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Martha Kearney, Journalist and Presenter, World at One
Martha Kearney reflects on 50 years of the Radio 4 news programme.
Arts and Poetry Editor, BBC Radio 4
'Waiting for a poetry reading in a Washington bookstore' taken and published by J Brew on Flickr.
Arts and Poetry Editor James Cook introduces Radio 4's contribution to National Poetry Day later this week.
I know lots of people don’t like poetry (or at least find it boring, confusing, a bit serious and occasionally terrible) but I implore you to stay with me. Poets are warm and funny, rude and angry, scared, lustful, political, annoyed, quizzical, devout, profane – in others words they are a bit like us.
I’m the Arts and Poetry Editor at Radio 4, I look after a small (but perfectly formed) poetry unit in Bristol and, unsurprisingly, I’ve always loved poems. I like the way poems hang around and in my head (scraps of lines never whole ones), beguiling me with their beauty or the way some person, across 400 years or more, seems to know exactly how I feel.
And I’ve always thought that poems could tell the story of Britain – from the earliest verses written on these islands to the latest. A different story to the one we’re taught in school, more intimate, funnier, with more...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
The second series of Cornish period drama Poldark is in production at the moment, although fans will have to wait till 2016 to watch it. We're marking 40 years since the original series started on the BBC, we're comparing a handful of original production shots with their present day equivalents.
In the 1975 BBC production of Poldark Robin Ellis played Ross Poldark and Angharad Rees Demelza. Intense pictures of the pair against the beautiful Cornish coast were clearly as popular then as now. Belts are out and stubbles are back in. The windswept look still has value.
Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark and Angharad Rees as Demelza
Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark
Meanwhile Jill Townsend was the first Elizabeth - and a much blonder and curlier one than the current Heida Reed. Intense looks are order of the day again.
Don't touch the hair. It took ages.
Innovation Manager, Comedy, Entertainment & Events
Christopher Nundy explains why, how and what challenges were involved in Strictly Come Dancing becoming the first BBC TV entertainment show to use immersive technology to create a 360 degree viewing experience.
Take a hugely successful, shiny floor Saturday night BBC show and inject just enough chaos in the spirit of innovation to deliver a new perspective for its audience with a full 360 degree view from the heart of the dance floor.
So how did we introduce the latest capture technology into the magical world of Strictly Come Dancing, in order to deliver a special, one off experience?
From the more traditional camera formats through to wearable technologies, I'm always looking for new and exciting technology we can introduce into our programme making.
When I began looking into Immersive, 360 content, there were rumblings about a substantial purchase of a kickstarter company by a certain social network site and at that point it was clear things were going to get interesting.
Journalist and Presenter, World at One
It was the brainchild of BBC Home Service controller Gerard Mansell who stuck his neck out by moving the immovable, The Archers and Desert Island Discs, to make way for a “crowd of buccaneers”.
1965 was a time of change and the BBC needed to reflect that. I can’t see a controller daring to do that now, but Mansell’s risk paid off. It swiftly found appreciation amongst listeners and gained a...
Series Producer, See Hear
Filming the See Hear team for the video clips featured in this blog post. Series Producer William Mager is far left.
We spoke to See Hear series producer William Mager about his career at the BBC and his work producing the BBC's flagship magazine programme for the deaf community, now in its 35th series.The following interview was conducted with a British Sign Language interpretator and is published here in full.
Who are you and what you do at the BBC?
I’m William Mager. Just so you know, my surname sounds...
Director, BBC Arts
The next few months are particularly action-packed for arts at the BBC so we've put together a brochure on some of the highlights...
BBC TWO has two ambitious landmark series with Simon Schama's Face of Britain and Dominic Sandbrook's take on the arts in Britain since the Second World War - both of which feel like substantial statements on key areas of our culture. Also on the channel,...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
We have a great line-up of programmes for you this week from an exclusive EastEnders Back to Ours episode with the Jackson family to live coverage and daily highlights of 6 Music Live at the historic Maida Vale studios.
6 Music Live
New Order, Bloc Party, Leftfield, Mercury Rev and The Staves will be setting the alternative spirit of ‘6 Music Live’ alight from the legendary BBC Maida Vale...
Director, BBC Studios (formerly Director, England)
Peter Salmon pictured with the DIY SOS team in September.
It's been a full-on first month.
I got to wear fetching hi-viz gear on a huge building site courtesy of BBC Bristol's DIY SOS (above). I also witnessed close-up BBC Science's collaborative Glasgow-London teamwork, got grilled at a TV Creativity Forum by hit sit-com Citizen Khan's creator Adil Ray, sat on an RTS Cambridge panel with three of the world's biggest indies and chewed the BBC Studios...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Former Director of the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme Claire Prosser was honoured with a posthumous lifetime achievement award last night at the European Diversity Awards. Mark Wray at the BBC Academy has blogged about the award. Claire’s husband Paul Clabburn, who accepted the award last night, said in his acceptance speech:
“Claire's view was that she was to challenge; challenge...
Had he lived, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Beatles, John Lennon would have turned 75 this year. On Thursday October 8th, the eve of Lennon’s birthday, BBC Radio 2 will broadcast ‘John Lennon’s Last Day’. Here, the docu-drama’s writer, Stephen Kennedy, talks about what inspired him to create a play about the 24 hours leading up to the former Beatle’s assassination on December...