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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 when we come to make the case for the renewal of the Royal Charter.
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 nation's inspirational teenagers with performances from Ariana Grande, Rixton, The Vamps and Ella Henderson.
Sun 19 Oct, 1.50am-5.15pm
Sounds of the 80s
Martin and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet join Sara Cox to revisit their years at the top of the pop charts.
Sat 18 Oct, 10.30pm-1.15am
Sun 19 Oct, 9am-10.20am, 11.40am-1.50pm, 9pm-6am
Mon 20 Oct, 6am-7.25pm
Tue 21 Oct, 12am-7:00pm
Doctor Who Extra
See the universe from another dimension as Clara 'becomes' the Doctor - and find out what Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman thought about that. Plus showrunner Steven Moffat and writer Jamie Mathieson...
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 and people. What will new devices, networks and platforms enable us to do? How will we report and tell stories and, what, indeed, will count as a story? And, where and how will people live - what will they want and expect from their news?
The aim, plainly, is not to provide a definitive or limited answer to the question of what will be the future of news. Instead, we want to start a discussion – amongst ourselves, with our audiences, with people across the industry we work in. The Future of News report will sit alongside a patchwork of different ideas and opinions, some from within...
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’. It will inspire you, and depending on your age, make you wish you’d been able to make your mark on the world before you were twenty.
The first teen we hear from won the Nobel Peace Prize last week – it is the incredible and inspirational story of Malala Yousafrzai. You will know Malala as the teenager who refused to be silenced by the Taliban, but closer to home do you know about Eliza Rebeiro from Croydon? At 14 she found herself excluded from school, and after a friend was killed, set up ‘Lives Not Knives’. She’s gone from printing 100 T-Shirts that she sold to friends, to speaking...
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...
Thursday 16 October 2014, 13:47
Ahead of tomorrow's broadcast on BBC Four of 'Jeff Lynne's ELO at Hyde Park', Head of Music Radio 2 and 6 Music, Jeff Smith tells the story of how Radio 2 managed to convince Lynne to play their annual event.
“It’s good to remember that this is a dream job, whether you’re performing or working in broadcasting or the biz, so dream.”
Those were the words of Iggy Pop as he delivered this year’s BBC 6 Music John Peel lecture from the Radio Festival in Salford.
My dream as a kid was to work in music and radio. And the music that provided much of my early inspiration was that of Jeff...
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 22:58The first edition of the Radio Times
Genome – the BBC project to digitise the Radio Times magazines between 1923 and 2009 is now live. On the site you can find BBC broadcast information – ‘listings’ - extracted from those editions. You can also search individual programme titles, contributors and synopsis information.
Our aim on this project is to curate a comprehensive history of every radio and TV programme ever broadcast by the corporation, and make that available to the public. Our first step has been this digitisation of the BBC radio and TV programme schedules from the...
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 14:35
At a preview screening in Bristol yesterday (Tuesday 14 October) for the forthcoming BBC One series Life Story narrated by David Attenborough, the veteran broadcaster participated in a discussion. The Radio Times highlighted his comments in David Attenborough: Cutting the licence fee would "weaken" the BBC:
“The series, which is narrated by Attenborough and airs next week on BBC1, took four years and many millions of pounds to make. But he told the audience in Bristol that any changes to the licence fee would jeopardise comparable series being made in the future. Indeed, he suggested, this might...
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 14:09
She’s the longest-serving presenter on the longest-running programme in Scottish television history. Jackie Bird, who this week celebrates 25 years as anchor of the BBC’s Reporting Scotland, has achieved that rarest of feats in the media: on-air longevity.
As a result, she’s perhaps the most famous face in Scotland. If you think that’s an exaggeration, consider that Reporting Scotland is one of the most-watched TV programmes north of the border with an average audience of half a million viewers...
Tuesday 14 October 2014, 13:10
Licence fee money has been ‘blown’, cash has been ‘splashed’ and critics have ‘blasted’ the expense.
What has caused this media maelstrom? This wailing and gnashing of teeth?
It’s the fact the BBC has invested in bringing its reporting into the digital age by equipping many of its journalists with iPhones and has trained them how to use these multi-faceted devices to their fullest extent... all for the benefit of our audience, the Licence Fee payer.
But surely you ask couldn’t any child use a smartphone without the need for training? Do BBC staff need hand-holding for the most...
Tuesday 14 October 2014, 12:19
BBC Radio 2’s Alex Lester has been a night-time presenter on the network for over 20 years. Here, he shares the challenges and rewards of working the late shift.
Broadcasting after dark is a tough ask. Us night-time broadcasters serve the most demanding audience of the 24 hour cycle. Why? We're trying to entertain people who are waking up, people who are going to sleep, and those who can't sleep but want to. There are those people who are terribly tired but don't want to fall asleep. The lonely and the ill. Then there are people are at work and need to stay awake and be entertained, people who...