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Tuesday 15 April 2014, 19:32
BBC Two celebrates its 50th birthday this month. A whistle-stop tour of all the people who have graced the Controller’s hot seat seemed to be in order.
Thursday 17 April 2014, 17:19
Enjoy the 2014 Snooker World Championship, with live action and highlights on Red Button. We also have Formula 1 highlights, Final Score, Rugby League and Women's Football. Plus, you can also join music legend Goldie as he takes a tour of the Tate Modern.
'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan is aiming for a third consecutive World Championship title at the Crucible in Sheffield. The Formula 1 season continues with the Chinese Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton is seeking to gain advantage over Nico Rosberg. Follow both Ronnie and Lewis on Red Button.
For details of sports coverage on Red Button visit the BBC Sports website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/17151954). Remember that live sports times are subject to change.
Music star, actor and artist Goldie gets a sneak preview and takes us on a personal tour of the new blockbuster exhibition at Tate Modern featuring one of the giants of Modern Art, Henri Matisse. The Tate Modern’s exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Matisse’s most famous and recognisable works - the colour cut-outs from late in his career - together in one place.
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Thursday 17 April 2014, 15:09
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of it's launch, Acting Controller of BBC Two Adam Barker takes a look back at half a century of the channel.
50 years ago BBC Two was established as a result of the Pilkington Report into broadcasting and was designed to offer a serious, adult alternative to BBC One and ITV. In many ways, BBC Two was the foundation stone for public service television in this country.
But not everything went to plan on the opening night in April 1964 - a massive power failure caused the station to fall off air. From relatively inauspicious beginnings though, a great British cultural institution was born.
Over 50 years, BBC Two has made its name with a kind of landmark factual television the nation had never really seen before – from Kenneth Clarke’s Civilisation (the first series of its kind to be made in colour) and Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man.
We’ve had equally ambitious drama series including John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, Moll Flanders, and Derek Jacobi’s I Claudius.
Perhaps less to the taste of the Pilkington committee might have been the channel’s subsequent pioneering ventures...
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 19:32
Seeing as BBC Two celebrates its 50th birthday this month, we thought a whistle-stop tour of all the people who have graced the Controller’s hot-seat was in order. Where possible we've used the scans of the original promotional photograph taken of each incumbent when they were controller. We've also included quotes of what some have written about each incumbent.
Launching BBC Two (20 April 1964)
"The channel was launched with the remit of offering an alternative and more experimental style of television broadcasting ... with the rather quirky symbol of Hullaboo and Custard - a kangaroo and its baby. Opening night was a candle-lit affair of an unexpected kind. A massive power failure in West London plunged the studios into darkness, blacking out the planned glitter of the 'night that nearly was'.”
Michael Peacock (Controller, 1964-1965)
Getting viewers to switch channels to watch the new station was no mean feat. In an article in the Times in 1964, the first Controller of the network Michael Peacock defended a subsequent programme reshuffle:
"Not a panic move, it was a logistical development based on experience gained over the past...
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 08:59
In the first of an eight-part series published in the Guardian today, Charlotte Higgins writes about the origins of the BBC and asks whether ninety years after the organisation was started whether founding director-general John Reith's original aims can still apply today.
Of today's BBC, she writes:
"... with its workforce of 21,000 and its income of £5bn, is such an ineluctable part of British national life that it is hard to imagine its birth pangs, comparatively recent as they are.
In only its 10th decade, the BBC looms larger in most of our daily lives than properly long-lived British...
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 08:19
How to tell the story of Irish Rock on radio? An hour a week for half-a-year might do it. 26 hours all-in. That would be ideal. For my new series on BBC Radio 6 Music which started on Sunday 13th April however, we’ve only got four hours. So, what we’ll have is less a history of, than a journey through, what I’ll loosely term, Irish Rock.
It’s 50 years this July since Them recorded their first studio session in Belfast. Them - the band fronted by Van Morrison - had mid-60s hits with bona-fide classics such as Here Comes the Night and Gloria. After Van from Belfast, it’s all the way...
Monday 14 April 2014, 14:44
Today is a significant day as it marks the start of the countdown to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. In 100 days, on 23 July, Glasgow will take centre stage in a packed BBC schedule, as the twentieth Commonwealth Games kicks off at Celtic Park. We’re really excited about the summer ahead and very proud of all of the amazing creativity and collaboration that’s going on across many parts of the BBC – which will deliver so much to our audiences between now and the opening ceremony and beyond.
Over the twelve days of the Games, Glasgow will welcome people from 71 nations to compete...
Friday 11 April 2014, 16:19
Keep up with the Golf Masters this weekend, with highlights and extra coverage on Red Button, and don’t miss live action from the London Marathon. You can also join music legend Goldie as he takes a tour of the Tate Modern, while our Britpop highlights carry on throughout the week.
Sport HighlightsRory McIlroy plays a shot from a sand trap
Who’ll be wearing the famous green jacket at the end of this year’s Masters? Keep up with the drama from Augusta as we bring you highlights and extra coverage of the 2014 Golf Masters. We’ve also got live action from the London Marathon starting...
Friday 11 April 2014, 15:22
“It was twenty years ago today” - the rasp of Paul McCartney’s opening line of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band has become my earworm this week, as not one but two, twentieth anniversaries are being celebrated here at BBC towers.
Tomorrow sees twenty years since the BBC embarked on publicly facing internet usage. We received two really interesting blogs by Professor Hooberman from Warwick University this week charting the history of the BBC’s relationship with the worldwide web. The first blog ’20 years and stronger than ever, how the internet changed the BBC’ includes a great...
Friday 11 April 2014, 07:42The BBC Networking Club's first webpage
Earlier this week Professor Lucy Hooberman introduced her work with the BBC History Unit compiling the oral histories of those who helped establish what would become BBC's first online presence.
In this post, Lucy discusses some of the questions raised in this early phase of her work and points to some early blogs which help document BBC Online's history.