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Sunday 1 December 2013, 20:05
BBC History Manager John Escolme salutes the work of Abram Games and wishes the first BBC Television ident a happy 60th birthday.
Friday 13 December 2013, 16:41British Comedy Award for Best Sitcom went to BBC Four’s Getting On
Last night the British Comedy Awards were held in London with BBC shows collecting the coveted trophy in a number of categories including Best Comedy Panel Show - Would I Lie To You, Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – The Graham Norton Show and Best Sitcom which went to BBC Four’s Getting On. Congratulations also to Jack Whitehall (Backchat, Bad Education) who was crowned King of Comedy by the general public. A full list of winners is available on the British Comedy Awards website.
Following on from the success of BBC Comedy, BBC Drama are celebrating a number of Golden Globe nominations, which were announced today. Shows including Luther, Dancing on the Edge, The White Queen and Burton And Taylor are represented with nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or TV Movie categories. The Golden Globes Award Ceremony will be held on January 12, 2014.Clare Balding, Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan will host Sports Personality of the Year 2013
The BBC hold it’s own award ceremony on Sunday 15th December, when the winner of the 60th Sports...
Wednesday 11 December 2013, 11:41
The final of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award was held at The Comedy Store in London last night (9 December) and Steve Bugeja (pictured) was chosen by Radio 2 listeners to take this year’s title.
Each finalist performed a seven-minute set and then listeners had an hour to vote for their favourite.
The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is a nationwide talent search to find the best in new stand-up comedy talent. This year’s competition started with an open call, which lead to over 600 entries.
Hannah Khalil is Digital Content Producer, About the BBC Website and Blog.
Monday 9 December 2013, 09:15
This is a blog I have been looking forward to writing for many, many months. We have announced today that our five new HD channels will launch on Tuesday 10 December 2013 on all main TV platforms. This brings the total number of subscription-free HD channels from the BBC to seven.
Already, people living in more than half of UK homes have the ability to watch in HD. This is predicted to grow to 80% by 2016 and 90% by 2019. And I know that as the size of TV screen continues to grow, viewers increasingly appreciate the improved sharpness that HD offers.
The launch of CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD and BBC News HD in time for Christmas means you’ll be able to watch more festive treats in the highest quality from the comfort of your sofa.
In July 2013, we confirmed our intention to launch our five new HD channels by early 2014. But we couldn’t resist the possibility of being able to deliver these early, in time to give them to you for Christmas. It's said that launching a channel takes at least 6 months. We will have managed to launch five channels in five months. So I want to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to the brilliant team of dedicated professionals...
Thursday 5 December 2013, 12:08
Yesterday we posted about Head of News and Current Affairs James Harding's speech to BBC News staff.
The speech was broadcast live on the BBC's internal TV service - 'The Ringmain' - to staff across the UK, during which the montage included above, featured.
The video showcases facilities available to news staff at New Broadcasting House, and spotlights some aspects of its output across multiple TV channels and radio networks both locally, nationally and internationally. The soundtrack is Muse's Butterflies and Hurricanes.
Thursday 5 December 2013, 11:24
As the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s year of theatre draws to a close, I am finally able to share with the world the 77 successful grant winners from across the UK. From a live performance inside the Scottish Parliament to a theatre production by housebound performers on Skype to supporting the development of writers, producers, directors, theatre-makers and even a dramaturg, the final list is exciting, diverse and truly inspiring.
The BBC has a long history with the theatre world. Many of the BBC’s key talent started their careers in the theatre and often they combine careers in both broadcast...
Wednesday 4 December 2013, 12:31
Today, Director, BBC News and Current Affairs, James Harding, talked to BBC staff about future plans for BBC News. The speech was given at New Broadcasting House in central London and also broadcast live to BBC staff across the UK via the BBC's internal TV service, the 'Ringmain'.
He explained why he thinks BBC News is 'seriously good', announced a number a plans for the news division 'broadening the range of stories and voices on the BBC', making a service that is, 'flexible, effective and faster on its feet.' Plans announced also included the appointment of a daily news agenda editor on-air editors dedicated to helath and education .
He went on to answer questions from staff.
Hannah Khalil is Digital Content Producer for About the BBC Website and Blog.
Tuesday 3 December 2013, 15:57
My name is Claudia Hammond and I present health-related programmes on the World Service - the weekly Health Check (plus a monthly TV version on BBC World News), and also The Truth About Mental Health - and on Radio 4, Mind Changers and All in the Mind.
This year All in the Mind is marking its 25th anniversary. The programme is the longest running programme on mental health and psychology in the world. And although mental health gets far more coverage on TV and radio than it used it to, it there are still very few regular programmes on the subject.
All in the Mind covers three topics...
Tuesday 3 December 2013, 10:39
Last week, BBC Director General Tony Hall unveiled new audience research showing the BBC to be a world beater in quality content. He outlined that the BBC’s success didn’t come at the expense of others, describing a ‘virtuous circle’, stimulated by public funding. As illustrated below, when the BBC does well, others have to compete and raise their game, challenging the BBC to aim yet higher.
The UK’s competitive success depends on the BBC, receiving just 23% of TV revenues but accounting for 43% of UK spend on original programmes, but also on highly successful commercially funded...
Monday 2 December 2013, 16:45
In May 2011 I wrote my first blog post, covering the launch of BBC ALBA on Freeview in Scotland (in June 2011). I shared the difficult choice we’d had to make to prioritise BBC ALBA over BBC Radio services. I’m really pleased to announce that we’re now able to restore five further radio services to full-time carriage on Freeview in Scotland, bringing the total to eight out of 13.
The original decision
BBC ALBA launched on satellite in September 2008 but not on Freeview. It had always been the aim to launch on Freeview, but we had to find an affordable way to do it. To make space,...
Sunday 1 December 2013, 20:05
Fans are everywhere, and their obsessions and passions have moved way beyond the innocent days of autograph collecting, or waiting by the stage door to catch a glimpse of Kylie Minogue.
Now their interests have become ever more niche, ever more obscure. If there’s one area that scores highly in the obscurity stakes, it’s the love of on air TV symbols. A group of dedicated fans follow the ins and outs, the comings and goings and the subtle changes of what is broadly known as ‘television presentation’, or to you and me ‘the bits in between TV programmes’, and they're passionate about...