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  1. Asking awkward questions: 50 years of WIWO

    Monday 24 November 2014, 12:15

    Tim Rogers Tim Rogers

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    Week in Week out meeting, January 1965, Brian J Ford (left), David Bevan (middle), David Parry-Jones (right) 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...

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  2. BBC at the Children’s BAFTAs 2014

    Monday 24 November 2014, 10:01

    Hannah Khalil Hannah Khalil Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

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    Cherry

    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:

    • Children’s animation - Shaun The Sheep, Richard Starzak, Jay Grace, John Woolley
    • Children’s interactive, original in 2014 – Dixi, Dan Berlinka, Nina Metivier, Melanie Stokes
    • Children’s learning, Primary in 2014 - Lizard Girl, Iona Sweeney, Lynsey Miller, Vivienne Franzmann
    • Children’s learning, Secondary in 2014 - Poetry: Between The Lines, Production Team
    • Children’s performer 2014 - Cherry Campbell, Katie Morag
    • Children’s comedy in 2014 - Diddy Movies 2, Steve Ryde, Dez McCarthy, Annette Williams
    • Pre-school animation 2014 - Sarah & Duck, Tim O'Sullivan, Sarah Gomes Harris, Jamie...

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  3. What’s on BBC Red Button, 22-28 November

    Friday 21 November 2014, 14:08

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    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 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.

    Sat 22 November, 10.40am-1.05am
    Sun 23 November, 11.40am-12.55pm, 6pm-7.55pm
    Thu 27 November, 3pm-4am

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

    Asian Network Presents Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in an exclusive session from the Maida Vale Studios. The musician goes back to his roots with an intimate performance of live Qawwali music and talks to Bobby Friction about his career from Sufi music to Bollywood hits.

    Mon 24 November, 7.55pm-6am
    Tue 25 November, 6am-6pm, 11.30pm-6am
    Wed 26 November, 6am-7pm, 10.30pm-6am
    Thu 27 November, 6am-2pm
    Fri 28 November, 4am-7.30pm, 9.30pm-6am

    Bob Harris - Nashville House Concert

    Bob Harris invites us to an intimate concert recorded at the home...

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  4. BBC College of Journalism: Verifying YouTube’s Syrian ‘hero boy’ video

    Wednesday 19 November 2014, 13:22

    Hannah Khalil Hannah Khalil Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

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    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...

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  5. Transgender representation on the BBC

    Tuesday 18 November 2014, 18:37

    J Tebble J Tebble All About Trans Project assistant and writer

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    BBC Two's Boy Meets Girl BBC 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...

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  6. The Young Ones: Future Talent on Birmingham's Doorstep

    Tuesday 18 November 2014, 09:46

    Tommy Nagra Tommy Nagra Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham

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    Mary J Blige at 1Xtra Live in Birmingham

    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...

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  7. Holding up a mirror

    Monday 17 November 2014, 16:36

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

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    Aberdeen Angus bull 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...

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  8. BBC North West Tonight - Emotionally powerful stories

    Monday 17 November 2014, 15:08

    Roger Johnson Roger Johnson

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    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...

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  9. What’s on BBC Red Button, 15-21 November

    Friday 14 November 2014, 15:20

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    This week Bob Harris visits the home of country singer Beth Nielsen for a concert featuring the cream of the Country scene, 1Xtra Live heads for Birmingham with a stellar line-up including Mary J. Blige and Rufus Wainwright shares the secrets of his work.

    Bob Harris Bob Harris

    Bob Harris - Nashville House Concert

    Bob Harris hosts an intimate concert from the Nashville home of singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman. Witness stellar performances from artists including Gretchen Peters, Kim Carnes, John Fullbright and Beth herself.

    Sat 15 November, 6am-10am, 12.45pm-2.55pm, 5pm-7.25pm
    Thu 20 November,...

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  10. The face of World War I

    Thursday 13 November 2014, 11:08

    David Holdsworth David Holdsworth Controller of English Regions

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    The 'Face of WW1' mosaic part of the BBC's Remembrance events 2014

    On Friday, ahead of Remembrance weekend, the BBC revealed a giant mosaic outside Broadcasting House featuring the "Face of WW1". There for all to see is an image of Private James Ernest Beaney, a soldier from London who died in the Somme, in 1916.

    With every BBC Local Radio station and regional news programme creating outstanding programming around WW1, this mosaic is our way remembering those who gave their lives as a product of that work.

    Commissioning artist Helen Marshall told me she wanted to take on this ambitious project as a way of commemorating the First World War in the digital age...

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