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Bal Samra, Commercial Director BBC and Managing Director TV
Today the BBC Trust has published its review of how we manage our on-screen and on-air talent across the BBC.
I’m very proud of the significant achievement the BBC has shown in reducing overall talent spend by 15% and top talent spend by 29% and in leading the industry in delivering the very best talent for all our audiences, at a price which represents value for money. All of this has been done in increasingly challenging market conditions.
The Review recognises this success and the considerable change in our culture which has allowed us to deliver this.
This hasn’t been an easy task. We’ve overhauled our processes, taken a hard look at how we approach our deals and encouraged greater collaboration across the BBC and with the talent community and their representatives to ensure we get the best outcome for audiences and talent alike. We have all had to take some very difficult and tough decisions to get to the right place. And indeed the Review found that “the rigour of the BBC’s approach to assessing value exceeded that described by any of the commercial players interviewed”.
I cannot over emphasise the importance of talent to the BBC and the importance of us continuing to...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
BBC Arabic Festival 2015
Following the success of the inaugural Aan Korb, BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, in partnership with the British Council, in November last year, BBC Arabic have announced the festival will return and are currently accepting entries for the second incarnation.
Filmmakers can submit their work in one of four categories; short films, short documentaries, feature documentaries and reportage under this year’s theme, ‘Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World’. The deadline for entries is 13 May 2015.
This year’s festival aims to explore the struggles for power and control that continue to shake the Middle East. The competition is open to film and documentary makers, journalists and the general public alike. It will take place in the autumn of 2015, once again in the Radio Theatre at the BBC New Broadcasting House in London.
Last year’s festival brought to London 23 professional and first-time filmmakers from Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Switzerland, France, Italy,...
Editor, Digital, Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that phrase over the last several months as we have prepared to launch Radio 2 Country, our second digital pop up radio station.
We first talked about the possibility a year ago, when C2C: the Country to Country Festival made its second appearance at the 02 in London. While the network was able to broadcast concert highlights from both days of the event, we wanted to bring the entire festival to Radio 2 listeners.
Following the success of Radio 2 Eurovision last May we set about planning our second pop up venture. It comes at exactly the right moment for country music in the UK which has been growing in popularity like never before. UK acts like The Shires and Ward Thomas are on the verge of breaking into the mainstream charts and are in their own words ‘building their own Nashville’. We hope that Radio 2 Country that will help us further promote exciting new UK country talent to the Radio 2 listenership.
So for four days this week, from...
Writing in the Daily Mail last week, the veteran journalist Christopher Booker criticised the TV viewing habits of around Countryfile's 7.6 million viewers. He opened his article about Countryfile by describing it as: "one of the BBC's most spectacular recent success stories" - absolutely true. Since it is also currently the most popular factual programme on British television this might even be something to be celebrated. Not so, it seemed.
You might think that such compelling television, which persuades millions of viewers to reflect on the beauty, the variety and the reality of life in...
Director of Homepage & myBBC
Remember the days before BBC iPlayer when the only chance to watch a great programme you missed was if you or a friend happened to set the VCR? Or the days before BBC News Online when you had to wait for the next scheduled bulletin to get your BBC take on what was going on locally, nationally and globally?
The BBC has been at the forefront of digital innovation for the past 20 years, combining our editorial and digital expertise to help change how, when and where we read stories, listen to programmes or catch up on our favourite shows.
Today, Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, set his...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
Joe Goddard of Hot Chip
If you missed out on tickets for this year’s 6 Music Festival you’ll be pleased to know we have plenty of highlights throughout the week. Sport fans can tune into Six Nations highlights and there’s live coverage of the European Indoor Championships.
6 Music Festival 2015
Watch sets from acts such as Mogwai, The Charlatans, Hot Chip, Gaz Coombes, Neneh Cherry, The Fall and many more. For a full...
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
BBC Radio Comedy Writer
I’m Gabby, and I’m one of this year’s BBC Radio Comedy Contract Writers, which means that for 12 months I’m being paid a wage to come in and write across a range of comedy shows and develop my career as a comedy writer. For those of you thinking that would be the best job in the world – you’re right. It’s amazing.
Three years ago I was a 32-year-old at-home mum and radio comedy enthusiast. I’d grown up on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Round the Horne courtesy of my Dad, gone through being a smug teen who’d known about people like Harry Hill and the Goodness Gracious Me team years before...
Academic, Coventry University
Students visit BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio
Claire Simmons was a newspaper journalist when she joined BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio in 1989. The team were given five months off air to train before going 'live' in January 1990. Claire left the BBC in 1998 and now works in the media department at Coventry University, helping students become the next generation of journalists.
A member of BBC Alumni, in this post shares her...
Director of Television, Danny Cohen explains why BBC Three is not for sale in a letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville who have proposed an alternative strategy for the channel.
Dear Jon and Jimmy,
Hope you are both well.
We are grateful for the passion you have for BBC Three. We have worked closely together over the years on shows for the channel, so I share this passion with you.
I've been part of making BBC Three what it is today. I put my heart in to it, but my head is telling me now that we should take the next step in the channel's journey of innovation.
The BBC Three that was launched...
Marketing professional and content producer
BBC Alumni member and former BBC Children's Researcher Emma Cashmore remembers the joy (and sometimes embarassment) of live TV and explains why the skills she acquired are still useful.
While in my first job as a children’s book editor, a recruitment consultant told me that publishing people lacked the “requisite extrovert personality to be suited to a career in TV”. I was therefore delighted...