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Hannah Khalil, Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
After news that Terry Wogan died yesterday tributes to the broadcaster flowed in on Twitter, here we've collated just a few and included some of the online and press write-ups too.
Editor, About the BBC Blog
On Thursday Chris Evans announced that Matt LeBlanc would be one of the new presenters on the upcoming series of Top Gear.
A round-up of BBC announcements and press releases and blogs, plus some highlights from our TV, radio and online output this week.
The week started with news of the death of veteran BBC broadcaster Terry Wogan. Tributes flooded in from all directions, online, on front pages, on radio and television, we collated some of the coverage.
Hours of the BBC TV and radio personality's death was announced, Mark Goodier presented a special tribute programme on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday morning. The One Show broadcast a tribute show on Monday 1 February at 7.30pm.
Later on in the week we announced that members of the public could sign books of condolence at New Broadcasting in London, Dock House in Salford, Pacific Quay in Glasgow, and Broadcasting House in Cardiff and Belfast.
BBC Red Button Team
Foals, Bloc Party and Laura Marling are among the acts confirmed for this year's 6 Music Festival and Red Button has the best seat in the house. We also take a trip down memory lane with Sounds of the 80s and epicureans can enjoy a culinary journey with Rick Stein as he explores China’s largest metropolis, Shanghai. Our main sporting highlights this week are Six Nations tournament, FA Cup and the NFL: Race to Super Bowl 50.
6 Music Festival 2016
This year’s 6 Music Festival comes from Bristol. We have three days of extraordinary music from bands including Foals, Bloc Party and Laura Marling.
Fri 12 February, 9pm-6am (Duration approx: 40 minutes)
Sounds of the 80s with Phil Collins
Sara Cox looks back on the decade and chats to Phil Collins about Face Value, his debut solo studio album, released in February 1981.
Sat 6 February, 10.30pm-6am
Sun 7 February, 6am-8pm
Tue 9 February, 6am-10.30pm
Wed 10 February, 12pm-5.50pm
Thu 11 February, 6am-10am, 7pm-6am (Duration: approx. 55...
BBC Local Journalism Working Group
Matthew Barraclough provides an update on the project to introduce hyperlocal news stories into the BBC Local Live feeds.
Over the last few months BBC English Regions has been adding a live updates page to its local BBC News websites across England.
The live update pages are designed to be a real-time feed of short updates about a given area: links to BBC stories, useful info such as traffic and weather, other relevant BBC content and social media posts. There are currently 24 in operation with the network across England with a total of 42 areas due to be served by June of 2016.
In recent months and following discussions with industry partners on the Local Journalism Working Group, we have started including updates from other media providers in our live feeds too. This means that those using the BBC's news services online get a richer picture of what’s happening in their local area and the other media providers get some of those BBC users’ attention.
We call it "hashtag linking" because our partners use a Twitter hashtag to draw attention to their stories. This initiative is just one of a number of things we’re trying at the moment to work more collaboratively with all...
Head of BBC History Robert Seatter introduces the first steps in our plans to mark the centenary of the BBC, and highlights exhibitions that are being mounted across the country in 2016.
14 November 2022: still six years away, but already I’m focused on the BBC's centenary moment.
Back in 1922 when it all began, John Reith, the then first ever general manger of the British Broadcasting Company, wrote in his diary, 'I hadn’t the remotest idea what broadcasting was'. Not that surprising then, as nobody did.
Now of course, broadcasting is the story of all our lives, helping to create our...
Mainwaring and Jones in the new animated reconstruction of 'Dad's Army - A Stripe For Frazer'. (Copyright - BBC Worldwide)
Broadcast on Saturday 29th March 1969, A Stripe for Frazer was the fifth episode of the second series of Dad’s Army. It was recorded in a single evening’s recording session in studio TC6 at BBC Television Centre on 15th November, 1968.
The episode was made during a key point in the show’s gradual evolution from newcomer sitcom to flagship comedy. It was in this episode that the Verger begins...
Head of BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Murder Games tells the true story of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old schoolboy who was lured to his death after being groomed online by Lewis Daynes.
It was a very different type of film première.
A small cinema in central London - a family, their friends, teachers, youth workers, the national press. And at the heart of it all, a powerful and disturbing film - about a talented and much loved 14-year-old boy Breck Bednar who had been lured to his death by an online predator.
I was at a screening of BBC Three’s 'The Life and Death of Breck...
Director, BBC Sport
10,500 athletes from over 200 countries took part in the last Olympic Games. London 2012 was the greatest sporting event ever held in the UK and the most watched in the history of broadcasting – more than 50 million people tuned in to the BBC’s TV coverage. 18 months later over 35 million people tuned in to the BBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics. We’ll be doing it all again in just over 6 months’ time when the greatest show on earth rolls in to Rio de Janeiro, closely followed by PyeongChang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020.
Earlier last year it was announced that Discovery...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
John Hurt and June Whitfield at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016
Last night, Sunday 31 January, the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016 were presented in a ceremony at the BBC's Radio Theatre. Though not all the winners were in attendance, stars aplenty were still on show, including Outstanding Contribution winner John Hurt and Lifetime Achievement winner June Whitfield, pictured above.
Here are a selection of pictures the winners taken on the night. A full list of...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
Chris Evans paid tribute to Terry Wogan at the beginning of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Monday 1 February 2016.
After news that veteran BBC broadcaster Terry Wogan died yesterday (Sunday 31 January) tributes to the much-loved presenter flowed in. Director General Tony Hall wrote to BBC staff saying: "Today we lost a broadcasting legend, but also a dear friend. Terry Wogan was simply a wonderful man - courteous, courageous and delightfully mischievous. People watching and listening adored him."
Ste Softley was a producer on Weekend Wogan from 2012-2015. In this post he pays tribute to Terry Wogan who died yesterday.
Throughout my life, Terry Wogan has always been there. Growing up, I would tune into his chat show to see him interview the biggest stars in the world. I watched him on Blankety Blank and Auntie's Bloomers, I laughed out loud to his dry commentary of the Eurovision Song Contest and joined the nation cheering him on for Children in Need every year.
If he wasn't on the TV, he was on the radio. In the pre-internet days, there were no viral videos and we didn't have...