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Tuesday 18 November 2014, 18:37
J Tebble, a writer who identifies as trans and a former Project Assistant at All About Trans, looks at a history of trans on the BBC.
Thursday 27 November 2014, 12:58
As Managing Director of Finance and Operations at the BBC, my responsibilities extend to looking after finance, legal, technology, and business support services. I first worked at the BBC in the 1990s, rejoining about 18 months ago. The role I have now is to make it as easy as possible for everybody to do great work. That comes about in two ways: by keeping things simple; and, making sure as much money as possible goes into the content people see and experience.
Working here we all have a very special responsibility to get best value for the licence fee. That comes with a duty to make the best quality content and keep support costs as efficient as possible. At the same time we've had to face some very tough challenges. The combination of a licence fee 'frozen' at £145.50 for since 2010 and the additional obligations the Government attaches to the fee means that we have in real terms 26% less to spend on public service content than it would have been by 2016/17. So when I came here to work with Tony and the team my job was to put financial rigor and efficiency right at the heart of the corporate agenda.
In February 2014, Tony Hall gave a speech at the Oxford Media Convention where...
Thursday 27 November 2014, 09:01
Today sees the launch of our online drama for iWonder as part of the BBC’s World One Season. Footballers United is an ambitious project commissioned by BBC Learning and is one of the final pieces of digital content we will launch in this first year of the BBC’s four-year centenary season. This pilot follows BBC Learning’s first experiment with an online drama - an interactive episode of Our World War for BBC Three.
With Footballers United, we wanted to find a new and interesting way to tell the true story of a community surrounding the Heart of Midlothian football team from 1914-1919 in Scotland. It’s a very moving story that follows both the men and women, in Edinburgh and around the country, whose lives were forever changed by World War One.
By hosting this drama online, we were able to combine new fictional content, that is the drama itself, with factual archived content; giving our audience the chance to learn more about the history and background of the story they’re watching, as they’re watching it. We’ve done this by having an interactive timeline in the drama that prompts you when there is archived content available for you to see, such as video, audio, images...
Monday 24 November 2014, 12:15
Week in Week out meeting, January 1965,Brian J Ford, David Bevan, David Parry-Jones
I used to think there was a golden rule about jobs. When you move on, never go back. But that's the thing about rules: Sometimes they have to be broken, especially when an opportunity like this comes up - to present Week In Week Out. It's my second stint … 20 years after doing it the first time, and it’s been a pleasure.
WIWO as we affectionately call it, is a broadcasting institution. Fifty years old this week it is one of the longest running current affairs programmes on British TV. It is certainly the oldest and one of the most respected in Wales.
Looking back, when I joined in 1992 it was well established and renowned for its investigations and dogged pursuit of the truth. Uncomfortable facts for some. But that’s always been our mission. Vincent Kane, Bob Humphrys and Phil Parry were predecessors who sharpened their pen and their skill as great interviewers to sometimes devastating effect. Big shoes to fill, those.
WIWO has always drawn on the best journalistic talent in Wales. There have been scores of awards. And within the business, its producers, (who do not receive the public acclaim...
Monday 24 November 2014, 10:01
Last night (Sunday 23 November) the British Academy of Film and Television Children's Awards were held at a ceremony at the Roundhouse in London, where Katie Morag star Cherry Campbell (pictured) became the youngest ever BAFTA winner. The nine year old was awarded in the Best Performer category and the CBeebies show was selected as Best Drama.
Children’s television veteran, Clangers and Bagpuss creator, Peter Firmin took home the special award, and writer Debbie Moon was awarded for CBBC drama Wolfblood.
BBC programmes took home prizes in 13 of the 25 categories, they’re all listed below...
Friday 21 November 2014, 14:08
Qawwali legend Rahat Fateh Ali Khan goes back to his roots this week courtesy of the Asian Network, Rutger Hauer is just one of the stars taking us on a revealing journey through Science Fiction and we’re off to York for the UK Snooker Championship.Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
My Life In Science Fiction
Accompanying BBC Two’s landmark history of Science Fiction, we have anecdotes and insights from some of the genre’s brightest stars including Richard Dreyfuss, Rutger Hauer, Nichelle Nichols, Veronica Cartwright and Anthony Daniels.
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Wednesday 19 November 2014, 13:22
Chris Hamilton, social media editor at BBC News has posted on the College of Journalism blog about the online Syrian ‘hero boy’ video phenomenon. The video, which claimed to show a young boy rescuing a girl in a shoot-out in Syria, quickly spread across the internet. Meanwhile the BBC’s User Generated Content Hub (the world’s first newsgathering operation of its kind) and BBC Monitoring struggled to verify that the video was genuine. Here’s an extract from Chris’ blog:
“Even as we translated the Arabic heard on the video and looked for other clues, the producers working to verify it...
Tuesday 18 November 2014, 18:37BBC Two's Boy Meets Girl
The Trans Comedy Award-winning script, Boy Meets Girl (pictured), has now been commissioned by BBC Two. Here, J Tebble, a writer who identifies as trans and a former Project Assistant at All About Trans (a project that encourages better understanding between transgender people and the media), takes a look at the history of trans portrayal on BBC television.
This year the first UK transgender-themed comedy sitcom was commissioned by BBC Two. The series was part of two scripts developed by the partnership between the Trans Comedy Award and BBC Writersroom. The scriptwriter...
Tuesday 18 November 2014, 09:46
The last few weeks have seen a real spotlight on young people and talent at BBC Birmingham.
On Saturday night I, along with 10,000 people, attended the electrifying 1Xtra Live in Birmingham– a world class lineup of music talent headlined by global superstar Mary J Blige (pictured).
I might have been one of the oldies there but you couldn’t help but notice the young and diverse crowd who packed out the arena – it shouldn’t be a surprise really – Birmingham being one of the youngest and most diverse cities in Europe. Here they were, out in force, rubbing shoulders with one another...
Monday 17 November 2014, 16:36
Aberdeen Angus bull. An imposing beast. I confess. I do sometimes take radio for granted.
I woke yesterday at 10.30am, donned my dressing-gown and went downstairs to the kitchen. By 10.35am, I'd fed the cats. The coffee had been poured by 10.50am. I switched on Radio 4 in time to catch the last few minutes of the penultimate Archers episode. By 11.00am I was bawling my eyes out. That maybe the earliest I've ever burst into tears.
If you're not across the latest happenings in Ambridge, or indeed you're not a listener of the Archers, a quick catch-up. Tony Archer, aided and abetted by Ed, is...
Monday 17 November 2014, 15:08
When BBC North West Tonight was first alerted to a story at Wigan Hospital, we realised it was the kind of emotionally powerful story which would appeal to our audience. But we could not have imagined the impact the coverage would have across social media and specifically on the NWT Facebook page.
The story is that of Sheila Marsh and her horse Bronwen. Sheila was a cancer patient at the hospital and her dying wish to be reunited with her favourite horse Bronwen. Hospital staff liaised with her family to arrange it in the hospital grounds just hours before she passed away.
We posted the story...