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Thursday 13 June 2013, 10:43
BBC Scotland's Sharon Mair provides an update on the selection of the 2013/14 Apprenticeships and announces the launch of the Commonwealth Class debate for schoolchildren.
Tuesday 18 June 2013, 13:55
TV Licensing’s effectiveness at catching evaders is one of the reasons our evasion rate is one of the lowest in Europe. In fact, evasion has remained at a low of around five per cent for the past eight years. Although 95 per cent of UK homes are correctly licensed, some still try to avoid paying and, although we would prefer people to pay rather than be prosecuted, we will enforce the law on behalf of the honest majoriy.
We’re increasingly working across online spaces in new, approachable and innovative ways to reach a wide audience, letting people know when they need a licence and the many ways to spread the cost. We work with stakeholder groups on Twitter, released our consumer TeleScope report and TeleHappiness Index earlier this year, and today, officially launched our TV Licensing YouTube channel which highlights some of the most bizarre real-life excuses people have given us recently for not having a TV Licence.
BAFTA award-winning Scottish animation collective, White Robot, have brought their unmistakable sense of humour and quirky animation style to this campaign. It’s an innovative approach for the TV Licensing brand, but one which we feel works well for YouTube.
Monday 17 June 2013, 12:19
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 is going to be extra special this year as we celebrate the competition’s 30th anniversary. It’s an event that I’ve grown up with but I’m too young to remember the first one – honest!
As a girl I remember watching these beautiful women with voices like angels looking so glamorous in their ball gowns with sequins that would dance in the light; the men in their tuxedos commanding the stage, drawing you into their world with their story-telling skills. I thought that these people must dress like that all the time as they flit from one opera house to the next.
Little did I know that years later I would be part of the production team that produces this biennial operatic singing event. This will be the fourth time that I’ve worked on the competition but it certainly feels bigger and bolder this year due to the anniversary celebrations. I usually direct the behind the scenes packages for the TV coverage, but this time I’ve been tasked with producing two of the BBC Four rounds – no pressure then!
Friday 14 June 2013, 09:44
It’s been a fascinating week. One day we were helping deliver a Bollywood extravaganza live in Bradford, the next being quizzed by the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
The Committee visited MediaCityUK Salford following the NAO’s Value for Money audit of our move to Salford. Before the hearing itself, MPs toured the site, visited departments and the studios and met with some of our apprentices now working here at BBC North.
The NAO report found the BBC had "relocated to Salford on time and maintained broadcast continuity" as well as coming in under budget. During the PAC hearing itself my colleagues and I were robustly questioned on specific aspects of the move including our relocation policy, spending plans and our ambitions.
But I was pleased that the Chair of the Committee, the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP commented that "for a public sector project [the move to Salford] on the whole has got a good report" and congratulated us on a move that had been a "well managed and effective transition".
We remain mindful however that there is still a great deal to be done. We must continue to deliver value for money through greater efficiencies and firmly establish our presence across the region...
Thursday 13 June 2013, 10:43
Wednesday 12 June 2013, 12:32
Later this week, the documentary filmmaking world will descend on Sheffield for the 20th Sheffield Doc/Fest. This year, I’ll be heading there to take part in The BBC Interview alongside one of the stars of The Great British Bake Off, presenter and comedian Sue Perkins. We’ll be talking about documentaries and the phenomenal impact they’re having on the BBC Two schedule.
Wednesday 12 June 2013, 09:33
Craig Robinson leads the Afghanistan research team based in Kabul and London for BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity which uses media to improve health and help people understand their rights in developing countries.
For the past 19 years a radio soap opera has been quietly changing people’s lives in Afghanistan. Called New Home, New Life, it provides not only entertaining drama to the 4.5 million listeners who tune in each week but also the vital information that people need to improve their own lives.
So as well as your usual storylines of love and family...
Tuesday 11 June 2013, 11:13
It’s been an exciting week at the BBC; not only did her Majesty the Queen officially open New Broadcasting House, but there’s also been lots of TV, Radio and online announcements too.
BBC Two have announced seven new documentaries, including Piper Alpha, marking 25 years since one of the world's worst offshore oil disasters; and a reinvention of the iconic documentary series Modern Times for the 21st century. There’s drama news from the network too, as Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Coleman are confirmed for the adaptation of Diane Setterfield’s best-selling novel The Thirteenth...
Monday 10 June 2013, 15:48
I’m writing with some exciting news about the BBC’s plans to offer you additional coverage of great sporting and musical events this summer, including additional HD.
There will be extra courts from Wimbledon and extra stages from Glastonbury. And on top of that, we’ll be offering you HD coverage of a range of other events too numerous to list in full, so make sure you keep an eye on the Red Button what’s on. But to give you a taster I can tell you that it will include the British F1 Grand Prix, Women’s Euros, Diamond League Athletics, Moto GP and the Confederations Cup.
The main purpose...
Friday 7 June 2013, 13:49
2013 marks the 10th anniversary for the BBC Performing Arts Fund. Over the decade, £4million in grants have been awarded to emerging individuals and community groups involved in performing arts activity across the UK.
The shape and nature of the Fund has changed quite significantly over the years, but activities happening across this coming weekend give a fitting demonstration of the work we do. First up, on Friday 7th June, The Voice UK goes live for the first time this series. The Fund is the official...
Thursday 6 June 2013, 19:23
It’s threatening to rain in Bradford the day I visit to attend the first rehearsals for BBC Three’s Bollywood Carmen Live. It’s the first time I’ve been to Bradford, so I end up taking the circuitous route via the National Media Museum, through what will be the ‘set’ for the open-air show – City Park – and on to the rehearsal venue Kala Sangam.
I’m a few minutes inside where the production team and cast have set up for the next ten days and I’m still no closer to getting a handle on what exactly Bollywood Carmen Live will be when it’s broadcast. That’s because this hour...