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Editor, BBC Tees
On 16th December 1914 Hartlepool on the North East coast was the site of the first civilian deaths on UK soil during the First World War.
More than 100 people were killed as a thousand shells blasted the town for 40 minutes from three German ships (Blucher, Seydlitz and Moltke) shortly after 0800. Among the casualties was Theo Jones – the first soldier to be killed on British soil in the First World War.
BBC Tees’ coverage of the centenary of the Hartlepool Bombardment was one of our most ambitious projects to date, and one that was months in the planning.
We realised early on in that planning that it was a vast project likely to appeal to a national audience as well as those served by the BBC local radio station for Hartlepool, BBC Tees. It was also clear that to do justice to the events of that day, our coverage would need to cover not just radio, but also television, online and social media.
Two journalists led on covering the stories from the Bombardment – Jonathan Swingler and Lee Johnson - and whilst researching their stories they came across the Teesside Archive and a collection of around 600 tapes containing previously unheard audio. These tapes contained stories…
Media Scheduler, Red Button
It’s nearly Christmas and we’ve pulled out all the crackers this week to bring you a jam-packed schedule stuffed with festive goodies. From Radio 2 In Concert with Take That, CBeebies Christmas karaoke to exclusive backstage access from the Strictly Come Dancing Final and much more.
And we’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas from all of us on the BBC Red Button team!
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 favourites from their million-selling records and new tracks from their seventh studio album III, Howard, Mark and Gary perform in the intimate surroundings of London’s Radio Theatre.
Mon 22 December, 10.15pm-6am
Tue 23 December, 6am-12pm, 4pm-6am
Wed 24 December, 7pm-6am
Thu 25 December, 2.10pm-7.10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Final – Live Backstage
Join Zoe Ball as she captures all the post-show excitement after the Glitter Ball trophy is awarded. Switch over to the Red Button for the…
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…
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…
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…