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  1. From driving the desk to Drivetime - 40 varied years at BBC Tees

    Friday 24 October 2014, 21:09

    colin bunyan colin bunyan Presenter, BBC Tees


    This month sees a landmark in the radio career of presenter Colin Bunyan as he celebrates 40 years on air with BBC Tees’ (or BBC Radio Cleveland as it was known until 2007). Bunyan started out on board Radio 270 in 1966 and has been broadcasting ever since, joining the BBC in 1974.

    Having also turned 70 this year, he is still as impassioned about radio as ever, and currently presents ‘Vintage Vinyl’ on the station on Sunday afternoons. Here he explains how important the show is to him and his listeners and looks back over his varied career with BBC Tees.

    “I was 70 in July but, I find it hard to believe I've been around so long. I was born in Middlesbrough and have lived here all my life. I’ve always had a love of the technical side of radio broadcasting. It was early October 1974 when I first went on air at BBC Radio Cleveland. It was with the help of Stan Laundon who was the Country Time presenter at the time. He introduced me to the programme organiser, Jim Brady.

    Initially it was driving the desk for a children's show Helter Skelter from 10am till 11am, Sports Preview 12pm till 12.30pm and Saturday Sport from 2pm till 6pm. Within a few weeks I was recording voice...

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  2. Reviews for Life Story

    Friday 24 October 2014, 14:08

    Jen Macro Jen Macro Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

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    Barnacle goose freefall

    A selection of reviews for last night's episode of Life Story, the first in a new six part documentary from the Natural History Unit, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

    The Telegraph: "Life Story (BBC One) is aptly titled, because stories are what it’s full of; it teems, rushes, bubbles with narrative. It doesn’t merely show us animals pottering cutely about their respective habitats; instead it shows them as the heroes, and sometimes villains, of tiny adventures, micro-sagas, mini-epics."

    The Mirror: "In every David Attenborough show we are taken on a roller-coaster of emotion, screaming at the TV, holding back tears and whooping for joy...Life Story is no different - well apart from that it is shot in HD for the first time – and by the closing credits I was an emotionally drained wreck."

    Independent: "Good luck to you," whispered David Attenborough over the heads of some baby meerkats. It was a sort of naturalist's baptism prayer as they started out on a difficult journey: "Just as each one of our stories is unique to ourselves, so each of these animals will have its own," he explained. Attenborough's paternal concern brought a tear to the eye and that was only five minutes...

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  3. What's on BBC Red Button, 25-31 October

    Friday 24 October 2014, 13:24

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    Join us on the Red button for a new series of Autumnwatch, an invasion of trees in Doctor Who and a musical experiment with Zane Lowe.

    autumnwatch_291013_e_em_hannah-hugh-jones.jpg Stag in the wild

    Autumnwatch Live

    Follow the incredible autumnal wildlife stories live from the RSPB reserve Leighton Moss in Lancashire, with otters, voles, red deer, and our feathered friends too.

    Tue 28 Oct, 7am-9pm
    Wed 29 Oct, 7am-9pm
    Thu 30 Oct, 7am-9pm
    Fri 31 Oct, 7am-9pm

    Autumnwatch Unsprung

    Nick Baker returns with Autumnwatch Unsprung, featuring questions and comments from viewers, plus a closer look at the big stories of the day live from RSPB Leighton Moss.

    Tue 28 Oct, 9pm-9.30pm
    Wed 29 Oct, 9pm-9.30pm
    Thu 30 Oct, 9pm-9.30pm

    Radio 1 Rescores: Drive

    Join Radio 1 for a cinematic treat as Zane Lowe selects the tracks for an alternative soundtrack to the cult movie Drive. Starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, the film boasts music from The 1975, Bastille, CHVRCHES, Laura Mvula, Eric Prydz, Foals, Jon Hopkins and more.

    Thu 30 Oct, 10pm-11.35pm

    Doctor Who Extra

    If you go down to the woods today... explore the Forest of the Night with Danny Pink himself, Samuel Anderson, as we go behind the scenes on a leafy invasion.

    Sat 25 Oct, 10pm-11.35pm...

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  4. RAJAR figures for Q3 2014

    Thursday 23 October 2014, 09:55

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

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    A couple listen to the radio

    RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research), the official body in charge of measuring radio audiences in the UK, have today (23 October 2014) released their figures for Q3 2014, 23 June – 14 September 2014 (Wks 26-37).

    The results show that all BBC Radio reached 34.85 million people every week, increasing it's share by 0.3% from the last quarter to 53.6%. There was an increase in the number of listeners tuning in to Asian Network, 1Xtra and Radio 4 Extra.

    Radio 6 Music continued to increase it's listenership, reaching a record 1.99million listeners each week, up from 1.73m for the same period...

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  5. Combining two birthdays: Dylan Thomas and Pobol Y Cwm

    Wednesday 22 October 2014, 14:27

    Ynyr Williams Ynyr Williams Series Producer

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    Ynyr Williams is the series producer of the BBC’s Welsh language soap opera, Pobol y Cwm, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Here he writes about a special radio drama production he and the programme cast have been involved in - one that coincides with another important Welsh cultural milestone - the 100th anniversary of poet Dylan Thomas’s birth.

    I was chatting with Inga Burrows, Pobol y Cwm’s artist in residence, one day in February this year, who mentioned she thought it would be a great idea for our cast, in Dylan Thomas’s centenary year, to do the voices in a Welsh language...

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  6. Birmingham warms-up for 1Xtra Live

    Tuesday 21 October 2014, 13:20

    Angie Pitt Angie Pitt Outreach Manager for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

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    1Xtra Live is on Saturday 15 November, an event where some of the best UK and international urban acts will descend on Birmingham to perform on one bill, on one night. Angie Pitt explains how the event's outreach project - 1Xtra Live: The Sessions - has taken shape.

    What do young people in Birmingham need from BBC Radio 1Xtra?

    This question was put to me on my first day as Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Outreach Manager. I had barely sat down. I wasn’t entirely sure I knew my Afrobeats from my Grime, and I had hardly spent any time in Birmingham since I was a student. Within a week I was on a train to...

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  7. The BBC Introducing in the West Folk Residential

    Tuesday 21 October 2014, 09:34

    Sam Bonham Sam Bonham BBC Introducing presenter

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    Earlier this year BBC Introducing in the West ran the inaugural “Folk Residential Weekend”. Partnering with the National Centre for the Folk Arts, as well as BBC Points West, we spent two nights at Halsway Manor in Somerset with six very talented new musicians.

    The weekend involved collaborative music workshops, folk inspired song writing classes and one-on-one artist development sessions.

    As a producer and presenter at BBC Introducing, this weekend was the perfect opportunity to get to know some of the new artists in the West Country, support them with the advancement of their careers and...

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  8. In the Dark at the Radio Festival

    Monday 20 October 2014, 15:17

    Helen Boaden Helen Boaden Director, BBC Radio

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    Earlier this week at the Radio Festival in Salford, I led the inaugural session of “In the Dark at the Radio Festival” – a personal take on some the deep pleasures to be experienced in radio as I see them. I wanted to use this post to share the selection of clips I presented during the session.

    It's not a definitive take. I have stuck to BBC excerpts though I love and admire a lot of other radio especially This American Life and Radio Lab from the States. And I have a bias to speech radio as you would expect from a former Controller of Radio 4.

    Before the session at the Radio Festival...

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  9. Supporting children in need

    Monday 20 October 2014, 07:46

    Danny Cohen Danny Cohen

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    In North London, there is a small school that takes children with broken hearts and troubled minds and works to put them back together.

    The kinds of children who arrive there have been the victims of physical or psychological abuse, have perhaps lost a loved one or suffer from acute mental health problems that they can no longer cope with.

    I have visited this school to offer support a number of times. Each time I feel inspired and humbled. And also heartbroken. The pain of these children is often quiet but it hangs in the air with inescapable force.

    Inspiration and humility comes from the extraordinary...

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  10. In conversation with Ralph Rivera and Danny Cohen

    Monday 20 October 2014, 06:51

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

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    Doctor and the Dalek poster Doctor and the Dalek online coding game goes live later this week on the CBBC website

    Ahead of The Doctor and The Dalek game going live later this week, Future Media Director, Ralph Rivera and Director of TV, Danny Cohen shared their thoughts on how the BBC is inspiring a new generation to get creative with coding and digital technology in its new initiative Make it Digital.

    The interview that follows was conducted on Tuesday 14 October 2014.

    Q: Tell us about the Doctor Who game The Doctor and The Dalek

    Ralph: There are a number of things which are important about this exciting new game. For...

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