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Wednesday 5 March 2014, 15:26
Hilary Salmon reveals the process of creating a new series of short films exclusively for BBC iPlayer.
Friday 14 March 2014, 17:03
We have a sporting bonanza for you this week with highlights from Australian Grand Prix F1, action from the fifth round of the Six Nations and live coverage of the New York Half Marathon. That’s not all; we have a musical delight on offer as this month’s edition of Radio 1’s Live Lounge comes to the Red Button.
The wait is over: the first race of the 2014 Formula 1 season is finally here. Tune in for qualifying highlights as the drivers battle for place on the grid. Then sit back and enjoy highlights from what is sure to be an adrenalin-fuelled, thrilling Australian Grand Prix.
Saturday 15March 7.30pm-9pm
Sunday 16 March 9pm-1am
Monday 17March 8am-12pm, 8pm-10pm
Six Nations rugby
As the championship heats up we’ve got highlights from all the weekend matches as England take on Italy in Rome, Wales host Scotland and Ireland travel to Saint-Denis to take on France.
Saturday 15 March 6pm-6.55pm, 9pm-1.25am
Sunday 16 March 1pm-2pm, 4pm-7.30pm, 1am-6am
Monday 17 March 6am-8am, 10pm-12am
New York Half Marathon
Follow Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and hundreds of running enthusiasts live as they tackle the scenic 13.1 mile route...
Friday 14 March 2014, 14:51
The sun shone warmly over Westminster Abbey on the day of David Frost's celebration service. The fog had disappeared by the time the congregation walked past the photographers outside and into the Abbey. If there is such a thing as the perfect weather to celebrate a life, this was it. Spring had most definitely arrived.
The celebration service at Westminster Abbey for Sir David Frost OBE was a noteworthy affair. Stephen Fry said as much in his tweet after the event. But, the event wasn’t special just because many stars of TV, radio and news joined together in remembering the broadcaster's life and considerable work. It was also special because here was a moment in time when the artifice that broadcasting itself depends on in order for it work, was for an hour or so on hold.
This came to my attention when I walked down the aisle towards my seat at the back of the Abbey. I've never been inside Westminster Abbey before and inevitably the need to look up towards the ceiling and marvel at the sight of the Choir screen had to be met. As my gaze dropped back down towards the route in front of me that was when I began to notice familiar yet unknown faces. I've never been in the vicinity...
Friday 14 March 2014, 14:28
About the BBC Producer Hannah Khalil rounds up her BBC week.
I have a theory – it’s probably not very original but it seems to hold true: my viewing pleasure is directly linked to screen size. Yes, size matters. I reckon I could watch Battlefield Earth (or any of the other 50 worst films as voted by Empire viewers) and enjoy it if played on an IMAX size screen. Big is beautiful, or is it?
I’ve also always felt the reverse to be true: even films I really, really love, (The Hudsucker Proxy, Princess Bride, A Place in the Sun) would fail to engage me on a small screen (on a plane for example). So when I caught myself watching catch up TV on my iPhone I was surprised. Yes. Me. Enjoying TV on a teeny tiny screen.
Granted I’ve only been watching good stuff – series two of Line of Duty, Inside No. 9 and Salamander are my current BBC addictions – but this is a huge step for me. And it’s well timed because this week saw the launch of new look iPlayer. If you are interested in all of the technical developments you can read about them on the Internet blog, but far and away the most exciting from my point of view as a writer is that masses of new content has been commissioned...
Thursday 13 March 2014, 14:37
On Friday 28 February, at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, BBC 6 Music launched it's first festival. The station's editor, James Stirling, looks back over the two day event, which included a live performance of Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn, featured below.
Now that the dust has settled and we’ve had a chance to recover, I’m really pleased to share some thoughts on the first 6 Music Festival. An explanation as to how it came to be seems like a good place to start. 6 Music has been going for 12 years now and it seemed like the right time to host a two-day event showcasing everything...
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 14:23
On Thursday 13 March, people from across the broadcasting industry will convene at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to David Frost who died last year.
Sir David Frost was well-known as a journalist, broadcaster, comedian and writer. He was born in 1939 and started his broadcasting career at Associated Rediffusion Television. His first job at the BBC was fronting That Was the Week That Was, the ground-breaking show which satirised the government of the day. When the series came to an end in 1963, Frost went on to produce The Frost Report launching the careers of Ronnie Barker, John...
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 11:45
Last night (11 March) the annual TRIC Awards (Television and Radio Industries Club) were held at a ceremony in London. BBC programmes took home a number of awards and in the presenter categories some BBC women were in the spotlight.Carol Kirkwood
Carol Kirkwood was named Weather Presenter of the Year, Gabby Logan Best Sports Presenter and Susanna Reid took home the News Presenter award. Strictly Come Dancing was awarded in the Reality Programme category, Doctor Who won the HD Drama programme of the year accolade and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show was named Best Digital Radio Programme.Gabby Logan
You can see details of all the winners on the TRIC website.
Hannah Khalil is Digital Content Producer, About the BBC Website and Blog.
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 11:15
Following a press conference yesterday (11 March), BBC Director of Strategy James Purnell responded to questions from journalists regarding the ongoing debate about decriminalising TV licence fee evasion. The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, BBC News and the Guardian all reported on the subject.
In the Guardian, James said:
"The key question we need to think about is how do you persuade people to pay for something you can't stop them receiving. We don't know the evasion rates on utilities but from what we've seen about 10% of people are not able to pay bills ... that's just a guideline."
While the Telegraph considers the rate of evasion:
‘“Say the rate of evasion was to double from the 5 per cent it is now, that would be £200 million, or the equivalent of all of BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC … The choice would be: either we take those services off or the Government would have to have a higher licence fee. It would be a huge risk to do it now.”’
Hannah Khalil is Digital Content Producer, About the BBC Website and Blog.
Tuesday 11 March 2014, 10:09
I’m Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content, BBC iPlayer.
Today, we unveiled our new look BBC iPlayer, which is beautifully designed to appeal to the growing audience who come to discover something new and different.
Whilst the core of BBC iPlayer’s content remains the BBC’s broadcast channels and programmes, I wanted to use this post to outline the creative opportunity the new BBC iPlayer offers and provide a glimpse of what you can expect to discover over the next few months.
We want BBC iPlayer to be the place that showcases the best in British creativity. There are...
Monday 10 March 2014, 12:44
As new single TV plays are commissioned for the BBC iPlayer, and as BBC Two enters its 50th year, the BBC’s History Manager John Escolme explores the highs and lows of the single TV play at the BBC over the years.
Remember the one off play – or should I say ‘the single drama’? The critics have been calling for their return for years, and on and off they have made the occasional reappearance on BBC television. On the eve of the release of a major series of new single plays on the BBC’s iPlayer, I’ve been looking through the archives at previous incarnations of the genre, and have found...
Monday 10 March 2014, 08:27
When I joined BBC Three in April 2011 I inherited a channel which said it was "Never Afraid to Try New Things". I rather liked that mission statement and in the past three years every show we have made has tried to live up to those ideals of innovation and creativity, answering only to our young adult audience.
BBC Three is the leading young adult TV service in the world; it's more popular than Channel 4 for 16-24 year olds and from 10pm each evening it is the biggest channel for 16-34s bar none. In its rich history BBC Three has had some exceptional successes. We've rightly heard a lot about Gavin...