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Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10:34
Three BBC One programmes went home with armfuls of trophies from the TV Choice awards in 2014, but which three?
Thursday 18 September 2014, 14:04
Eighty years ago today, the Lord Mayor of Bristol officially opened the BBC’s Whiteladies Road base in Bristol. Few on that date, 18 September 1934, could have seen how BBC Bristol would grow. It sits not just at the heart of a hugely creative city and the wider West but it is also the envy of the UK production sector and a world-leading brand.
Anyone like me who has spent a substantial amount of time working and living in the city knows how much Bristol has contributed to the BBC’s success and creativity - from the world famous Natural History Unit to The Antiques Roadshow, Points West to Poetry Please, Radio Bristol to Flog It - popular, authoritative and informative programmes and services that have stood the test of time.
Having worked on programmes from Nature to 999 and having commissioned the BBC's first Aardman Wallace and Gromit venture The Wrong Trousers, I am proud to be back in the city again in my role as Director, England. My aim is to ensure the BBC in Bristol builds on its unique connection with it audiences and to enable programme-making to flourish in a rich creative environment. Not just that, we want to maximise the economic and cultural benefits to the region...
Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:19
As the BBC Singers prepare to enter their 90th year, soprano Olivia Robinson reflects on life as a BBC Singer whilst on tour in France.
I can still feel the effect on my calves of the BBC Singers’ latest trip: a visit to the hilltop village of Vézelay in Burgundy, France, to take part in the annual four-day festival, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay. Our concert venue was the stunning 11th Century Romanesque Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine, perched on the very top of the hill at the end of a steep 10 minute walk from the closest spot that our coach could park.
Happily we had time to explore the village (which I have since discovered is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) between our rehearsal in the afternoon and our late evening concert, as well as enjoying some of the local restaurants. It seemed half the choir were carrying the pretty orange gift packs from a local specialist bakery selling macacroons, while some of us opted instead for the instant gratification of a half-dozen in a white paper bag...
Our charming hosts at the Festival had given us each an elegant souvenir wine glass, along with the irresistible invitation to taste some of the local wines after our...
Monday 15 September 2014, 16:16
Since its first broadcast in 1984, Crimewatch has appealed for help with thousands of cases, featuring over 4,500 appeals including 758 murders, 339 rapes and 926 robberies. Crimewatch’s track record shows that around 1 in 3 cases featured lead to an arrest with 1 in 5 leading to a conviction.
Georgina Lee, a producer on the programme, writes about her experiences making a film sequence for a special edition to mark the programme's 30 years of crime solving, Living with Murder.
A major part of working for Crimewatch involves meeting the families of victims in order to interview them for appeals. You’re meeting people at the worst possible time of their lives, asking them to sit in front of a TV camera and to tell you about their, often very raw, grief.
Every case is different, some people are angry, others distressed or even numb. But the more time I spend with them and the more families I meet, I have become increasingly aware that they all share something: Their feelings of loss are compounded by the knowledge that someone has caused it, that their grief is the result of someone else making a deliberate decision to end...
Friday 12 September 2014, 12:55
There’s plenty coming up on Red Button this week, with everything from Radio 2 rocking Hyde Park to the classical crescendo that is the Last Night of the Proms. There’s also drama with EastEnders star Lacey Turner and a stunning collaboration between chart-toppers Clean Bandit and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.Revellers enjoying Radio 2 in Hyde Park in 2013
Radio 2 in Hyde Park
Now in its seventh year, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park returns on Sunday 14 September for what promises to be a highlight in London’s live summer music calendar.
Sun 14 September, 1pm-6am
Mon 15 September, 6am...
Thursday 11 September 2014, 09:35
Regional news programme Inside Out has returned for its 26th series. Here, presenter Chris Jackson shares his experiences working on the show.
There can’t be a more privileged job than that of a journalist. Each day is different and we get to meet people from every background and share in their joy, desperation, hopes and dreams.
As job descriptions go it’s pretty irresistible, but it was never offered to me as an option by a careers advisor. “How about air traffic controller?” came the suggestion. Luckily I ignored it and followed my own path. As a result I have one of the best...
Wednesday 10 September 2014, 16:10New Generation Artist Alec Frank Gemmill
The annual announcement of the six musicians lucky enough to be chosen for our prestigious New Generation Artists scheme is always an exciting moment for BBC Radio 3. It marks the end of a long search – involving many days at home listening to carrier-bags-full of CDs, evenings spent at concerts and recitals, and often heated debates with colleagues; but, more importantly, the beginning of what’s invariably a joyous voyage of discovery for all concerned, involving the forging of friendships for life, and music-making at the very highest level...
Tuesday 9 September 2014, 11:55
As the media industry continues to change it can feel like new technology and habits are radicalising the way we watch TV. Not so long ago the choice for households was limited to four terrestrial channels and a dilemma of whether to opt for Betamax or VHS to record what was missed. But in recent years there has been an explosion of choice with countless channels to watch and the ability to catch up or watch video on demand and have TV streamed live to your tablet or phone.
For us at the BBC it’s vital we understand, and where possible anticipate, these changes so that we can continue to give...
Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10:34
Last night (Monday 8 September) the TV Choice Awards were held at a ceremony in London. Three BBC programmes took home almost half the awards, EastEnders, Sherlock and Happy Valley.
EastEnders won Best Soap, Best Soap Actor and Actress for Danny Dyer and Lindsey Coulson (pictured) and the Special Contribution to Television Award.
Last, but by no means least, writer Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley took home Best New Drama and earned Sarah Lancashire the Best Actress award.
Congratulations to all the winners – you can see a full list on the TV Choice website.
Hannah Khalil is Digital Producer, About the BBC Website and Blog.
Monday 8 September 2014, 07:57
Last October, Director-General Tony Hall said he wanted the BBC to embrace one big education project a year. In 2014 it's World War One. I’m delighted to announce that in 2015, the BBC’s new Make it Digital initiative will shine a light on the world of digital creativity and coding. And that is exactly what we are going to do. But because there's so much to highlight we thought we'd start early, so at the start of the new school year for most, we are giving a taste of what we have planned.
The very first Make it Digital examples include our brand new Bitesize guides to support the new Computing...
Sunday 7 September 2014, 08:04
Tonight The Secrets, a series of five stand-alone dramas from new writers, starts on BBC One at 10.40pm and continues throughout the week. Here, BAFTA winner Dominic Savage, who directs all five, talks about the process of developing the series.
When the BBC and Working Title proposed this strand and asked if I would become a part of it, I jumped at the chance. What interested me was the nature of the concept; writers new to television, creating something original, five very different stories, and a potentially great cast.
So we set about the process of finding the writers - Nick Payne...