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Director, Commercial Projects
On 31 March, the BBC will formally hand over vacant possession of Television Centre to its developers Stanhope plc, as planned.
It has been quite a journey since the deal was signed back in July 2012 to sell Television Centre to Stanhope for £200 million, and a complex one at that which has not been without a considerable amount of hard work delivered with mixed emotions - afterall, Television Centre was the BBC’s home for more than 50 years. But, I am proud of all we have achieved.
BBC Worldwide are now housed in their newly refurbished headquarters in Stage 6 of Television Centre. Work is on track for BBC Studios and Post Production to return in 2017 operating from refurbished Studios 1, 2 and 3. Through our collaboration with Stanhope, I am confident that Television Centre will become a truly public space which protects the BBC’s legacy, maintains its place in the local community, preserves and enhances the heritage of the building and provides homes and jobs in the White City area.
If you walk along Wood Lane today, you will see cranes hovering above the building and scaffolding surrounding the site as construction work starts to open up and revitalise the site. These enabling...
Independent disability equality consultant
Former Today producer Geoff Adams-Spink recalls life-changing events in Rwanda in 1994 and the role it led to five years later.
How had I come to this? Lying in a ditch in the sweaty, tropical heat staring at the red mud-stained soles of Andy Kershaw’s shoes? It was a question I would ask myself repeatedly in the next few hours.
It was May 1994. I had just begun an attachment as a producer on the Today programme. My frequent scanning of the foreign pages of the papers and of the wires told me that we were missing a story. Nelson Mandela was about to be inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa. In the UK, the Major government was in meltdown as the Cabinet fought fratricidal battles over the UK’s future in Europe. John Smith had just died and a four way race was underway to replace him as Labour leader.
I had been alerted to the bloody volatility of the Great Lakes region during my spell looking after From Our Own Correspondent – one of the best jobs in radio. Burundi had seen its own share of bloodletting in 1993 but in 1994 events in Rwanda put Burundi’s troubles into the shade.
I told Today’s editor, Roger Mosey, that a huge crime against humanity was taking place...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
What’s on BBC Red Button: 28 March – 03 April
In a jam-packed week of Red Button features, there’s certainly something for everyone. CBBC presents exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of World’s End, Tinie Tempah takes us on a tour of Alexander McQueen’s costume exhibition, and there’s more song and dance from the world of Eurovision. Of course there’s also no shortage of sporting highlights, including alternative coverage of the F1 Malaysian GP, and live action from the World Triathlon in New Zealand.
Election Debate 2015
A live broadcast of the first debate featuring all seven major party leaders.
Thu 2nd April, 7:55pm-12am
Martha Lane Fox delivers this year's lecture on the Internet and our digital lives.
Mon 30th March, 10.40pm-11.30pm
Musician and style icon Tinie Tempah takes an exclusive tour of the blockbuster costume exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, giving an original take on a sartorial genius.
Wed 1st April, 7.30pm-6am
Digital Content Producer, About the BBC
Imagine, for a moment, a world where Strictly Come Dancing has no sparkly costumes, tense dramas such as The Honourable Woman have no emotive musical score, or Doctor Who has no special effects leaving Peter Capaldi with no sonic screwdriver and a TARDIS that's the same size on the inside as it is on the outside.
Not great is it?
Fortunately, in this world, we are spoilt by the tireless efforts of those working behind the scenes of our favourite telly programs, who bring fact and fiction to life on our screens. That's why, from camera operators to costume designers, writers to sound...
Senior Product Manager, BBC Red Button
In 2012 the BBC began reinventing the red button service by bringing the best of TV and online together with its Connected Red Button service.
The service was initially launched in Dec 2012 on the Virgin Tivo platform and as a Beta trial to small number of internet connected TVs in December 2013, allowing access to the Connected Red Button Service from the original Red Button Menu.
For information on how the BBC builds TV applications, read Roux Joubert’s blog.
BBC Films is 25 years old this year. What began in 1990 as tentative steps for the BBC into UK cinematic territory is today an award-winning, internationally recognised department at the forefront of the British independent film industry, with over 250 films to our name, hundreds of awards, and a very special recognition this year from BAFTA for the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
Producer, BBC Knowledge & Learning
Today, following research released by the University of Cambridge, we are launching a BBC iWonder interactive guide containing a calculator which predicts the best place in Britain for you to live, based on your personality traits. This calculator might seem simple, but it has been five years in the making and was born from a unique collaboration and some startling new science.
The collaboration was part of BBC Lab UK, a project where science researchers designed experiments and the BBC hosted and promoted them to the BBC audience. It was one of BBC Lab UK’s first experiments: The Big...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
BBC Films turns 25 this week. So I had a browse through their online catalogue and picked 25 films that I especially remember – but its only a small selection of the 181 films listed in their online catalogue.
1. Truly Madly Deeply 1990
Truly Madly Deeply
Head of East Midlands
When archaelogists found King Richard III's remains under the tarmac in a Leicester City Council car park in 2012, it began a journey that will end on Thursday with his reburial - or reinterment - in Leicester Cathedral.
The conundrum for us has been - how to you take ownership of a story when Channel 4 have already snapped up the rights? It was a challenge we decided to face head on, on radio,...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan gets deep into conversation with Tommy Sandhu about his life and film career.
This week, there's a Bollywood icon in the house, you can test your antiques knowledge with the return of the Antiques Roadshow play-along quiz and get your sporting fill with Cycling World Cup, Final Score, and some of greatest moments from the Six Nations.
In Conversation with Amitabh Bachchan
Voted film icon of the millennium, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan gets deep into conversation...