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Media Scheduler, Red Button
Snooker - Mark Selby
We’re serving up a sizeable stack of sport this week, as snooker’s finest take their cue to wage battle on the baize for the World Championships in Sheffield. Also, there’s coverage and highlights from the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix and the Men’s Final from the European Gymnastics Championships.
The World Snooker Championships return to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this Saturday. Hazel Irvine and Jason Mohammad will bring live coverage of every ball potted, and it’s all eyes on defending champion Mark Selby. F1 Grand Prix action continues in Bahrain with coverage from practice to race highlights and there’s a chance to catch the Men’s Final from the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in France. There's also our regular FA Cup Goals and Final Score to give you all the goals and gossip.
For full details of sports coverage on Red Button visit the BBC Sport website. Please note that live sports times are subject to change.
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Sales and Marketing Director, BBC Global News Ltd
In 2011, the broadcasting industry regulator Ofcom changed their guidelines to allow product placement on the TV channels they regulate. If you’ve ever spotted the product placement logo (see here) at the start of a programme, it means that a brand has paid to have their product featured within the programme.
As the BBC is funded by the licence fee in the UK, rather than advertising, you won’t have seen it on BBC programmes here. However, if you’ve ever watched BBC channels abroad, you may have noticed it, and perhaps wondered why.
Outside the UK, our global TV channels are commercial, funded in part by advertising and sponsorship. The change in Ofcom’s rules means that product placement has been allowed on these channels for a number of years, although until now we have not used it on BBC World News.
There are certain programmes which aren’t included. Specifically, news and current affairs output cannot ever be sponsored or contain product placement. On BBC World News – our 24 hour international news channel, which is not available in the UK, a large amount of our content fits into this category. However, the channel also offers a range of feature programmes focusing on topics...
Editor of Blue Peter
Blue Peter Editor Ewan Vinnicombe reveals the backstage story of Project Petra, an event that saw three children graduate from CBBC 'Spy School' and get the chance to see inside MI5 headquarters.
Project Petra: The final eight with Blue Peter presenters
On Blue Peter we try to do two or three landmark moments every year and Project Petra was a perfect chance for viewers to get involved in an incredibly exciting opportunity. After hearing that MI5 might be interested in working with Blue Peter, Helen Bullough (Head of CBBC Productions), and I started to develop Project Petra (named after one of our most famous pets).
Over the course of a year, a few of the Blue Peter team talked through different ideas and in the end we decided to create a CBBC Spy School. We know our audience loves spies and the intelligence world because of the popularity of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, the Young Bond books and the CBBC series MI High. We thought it would be a great chance to show children what it takes to become an intelligence officer and at the...
Editor, About the BBC Blog
Private Passions at 20
Last night, Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey hosted an event in central London to mark the 20th anniversary of the station's weekly musical discussion programme Private Passions. Joining Alan for the celebration was the programme's presenter, composer Michael Berkeley, and a host of guests, some of whom had themselves appeared on the programme.
Over its twenty year history Private Passions has...
Steve Levine with Boy George and friends
In the BBC Trust's recent service review of Radio 2, the station's 130 hours of documentary output was listened to by 825,000 people each week in 2013-14. The consultation found that listeners regarded the stations documentaries as "informative, interesting and entertaining." In this post, producer Steve Levine throws light on how the station's latest documentary came about Boy George and...
Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service
In this post, Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor reflects on a recent season of programming across BBC World Service examining how the world is getting richer and what impact it is having on us as individuals.
Living India (credit: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
More often than not journalists are criticised for dwelling on the negatives; war, famine, disease and mayhem, rather than the positive. The Richer World season was a chance...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
We’ve got a sporting bonanza on the Red Button this week with live coverage from Australia as the world’s top athletes compete in the Gold Coast Triathlon, highlights from the biggest event in the golfing calendar - The Masters, best bits from F1’s Chinese Grand Prix and practice from Bahrain. If sport isn’t your thing, then worry not, Tine Temph brings an exclusive tour of the Alexander...
Deadline.com reports that BBC One has started the year with a flourish. Nancy Tartaglione writes:
"Flagship BBC channel, BBC One, has just come out of its best start to the year in a decade.
Final consolidated data from January 1 to March 31 gave BBC One a 23.3 share in all hours and a 25.2 share in peak. Among the highlights were a live week of long-running soap EastEnders to mark the serial’s 30th anniversary; the return of the FA Cup to the channel; fundraiser Comic Relief; and primetime competition The Voice UK which today was nominated for its first ever Bafta TV Award.
BBC One itself is...
Chief Technology Officer, BBC Engineering
In this post, BBC Chief Technology Officer Matthew Postgate discusses his strategy for BBC Engineering.
BBC Engineering (until recently known as BBC Technology) provides the foundations for broadcasting - we keep the BBC’s services on-air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
That means everything from transmission for TV and radio - enabling us to reach 97% of adults in the UK every week including the cameras, mixing desks, email and business systems for our world-class programme makers and staff. It is this technology that connects our staff and our viewers to our content.
To support the BBC,...
Director, BBC Academy and BBC Birmingham
Published in Broadcast Magazine today, Joe Godwin writes about the BBC Academy's move to Birmingham and the continuing plan to add the BBC's centre for skills and talent to the already thriving Drama Village in the Midlands.
A story in Broadcast last week stated that BBC’s plan to transform Birmingham into a creative talent hub has been “dealt a blow” as some colleagues are not able relocate.
As Mark Twain might have said, reports of the derailment of our plans are exaggerated. In fact - wrong! We’re on track to make BBC Birmingham the BBC's centre for skills and talent when The BBC Academy...