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Monday 20 October 2014, 07:46
If members of the public choose not to give to Children In Need as generously as they have in previous years, the people who will suffer will be vulnerable children living troubled lives. The victim will not be the BBC. It will be those children.
Wednesday 22 October 2014, 14:27
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 version of Under Milk Wood. It was an idea that made so much sense, particularly as 'UMW' was probably the first ever written soap. The idea set me off on an emotional personal and professional journey.
I was already aware that Radio Cymru had commissioned a play about Dylan in Fern Hill for broadcast in the autumn, but wasn’t sure what else BBC Wales was doing in Welsh. I also knew that T James Jones’s Welsh version of UMW was a fantastic one - and one that needed to be recorded for posterity. I also was also looking for publicity for Pobol y Cwm's 40th anniversary, and for the great...
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 13:20
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 the city. When I got there, I put the same question to the only people who could answer it – young people themselves.
The answers they came back with were loud and clear:
“We want to be heard by 1Xtra presenters and by the whole of the UK.”
“We want to be recognized as creative, talented young people.”
“We want to be given a platform without hierarchy – we are not the poor cousins to London!”
“We want the BBC to be genuinely open, accessible and interested in us.”
“…And if you want to engage us you will have to make the effort to come and get us.”
Back in London...
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 09:34
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 produce some new creative content.
The whole thing was recorded and filmed for BBC Introducing in the West, and broadcast last week. The response on social media has been great and the reactions from the artists involved were incredible. As part of a partnership between BBC Introducing in the West and BBC Points West, we produced a short film documenting the weekend.Artist collaborating at the BBC Introding Folk Weekend
The artists invited to Halsway Manor included Ange Hardy, Archie Churchill-Moss, George Wilding, Hattie Briggs, Natalie Holmes and Sharon Martin from the duo Lazybird...
Monday 20 October 2014, 15:17
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...
Monday 20 October 2014, 07:46
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...
Monday 20 October 2014, 06:51
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...
Friday 17 October 2014, 14:48
We’re rocking all over the world this week as Radio 2 celebrates 50 years of Status Quo. Radio 1 announce their Teen Awards and Sara Cox brings us a special edition of Sounds of the 80s with Spandau Ballet.
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. Credit Dave Coulson
Radio 2 in Concert - Status Quo
Get your double denim out of the wardrobe as Status Quo mark their 50th anniversary with a special concert for Radio 2.
Wed 22 Oct, 7.55pm-6am
Thu 23 Oct, 6am-2pm, 3.30pm-6am
Fri 24 Oct, 6am-7pm, 10pm-6am
Radio 1 Teen Awards
BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards returns this October to honour the...
Friday 17 October 2014, 12:27
The BBC’s Future of News project is intended to make sure that we look beyond our daily output to keep abreast of innovation and new ideas in the news business; it’s intended to help us articulate for ourselves a sense of where we’re going in what is obviously a very fast-moving world for news; and it’s intended to provide a menu of ideas for the BBC when we come to make the case for the renewal of the Royal Charter.
We are setting out to ask what audiences will want of the news in 2017, 2022 and 2027. We are looking at the future of news through three interwoven strands: technology, stories...
Thursday 16 October 2014, 18:20
There are two clichés of teenagers in mainstream media – that of monosyllabic grunting threatening trouble makers, or the front page photo of two long haired blond girls hugging as they celebrate their exam results.
Sure they exist, but Radio 1 wants to shout proudly about all of the young people living in our society and the fantastically diverse lives being experienced in the UK today. We not only reflect and celebrate youth culture through its music, but also through the stories that we tell in between the records. This Tuesday we tell the stories of ‘10 Teens Who Changed the World’...
Thursday 16 October 2014, 16:02
“Natural History is in the BBC’s DNA” says BBC Director-General Tony Hall as he welcomes an audience of wildlife enthusiasts to the Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House today to announce the launch of the UK edition of BBC Earth. The website will provide a digital home for all things BBC Nature, including social media, hosting pictures from the public and a new interactive feature ‘Your Life on Earth’.
The website launch coincided with the premiere screening of episode one of the new series from the Natural History Unit, Life...