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Tuesday 4 March 2014, 12:09
To mark International Women's Day, Hannah Khalil considers gender roles - a topic close to her heart since having a little girl two years ago. The blog includes an audio interview with CBeebies controller Kay Benbow, who addresses this theme and how it influences decisions she makes when programming...
Friday 7 March 2014, 16:14
Hurray, spring is knocking on the door and we're banishing the winter gloom this week. Asian Network's Big Comedy Night Out will get you laughing and kids can let their hair down with CBBC's 4 O'Clock Club Rap-along. As always sports fans have ample reason to press red, with Six Nations highlights and a Formula 1 preview on offer.
Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night Out.
Laugh out loud with the cream of Asian comedy in BBC Asian Network's Big Comedy Night hosted by Tommy Sandhu and featuring Romesh Ranganathan, Anil Desai, Superwoman and many more.
Mon 10 March, 10pm-6am
Tues 11 March, 6am-7am, 8pm-10pm
Wednesday 12 March, 12am-7am,7.30pm-6am
Thursday 13 March, 6am-7am, 7.30pm-10pm, 12pm-6am
Friday 14 March, 6am-7am, 7.30pm-6am
4 O’Clock Club Rap-along
If you’re a 4 O’Clock Club fan and fancy joining Josh Carter for a rap or two, then press red for the 4 O’Clock Club karaoke. Follow the lyrics at the bottom of the screen and join the gang in detention to rap along to some of your favourite tunes from the latest series.
Mon 10th March, 4pm-7.30pm
Tues 11th March, 7am-1.30pm, 3.45pm-7pm
Wednesday 12 March, 7am-7.30pm
Thursday 13 March, 7am-7.30pm
Friday 14 March, 7am-7.30pm...
Friday 7 March 2014, 00:01Oliver Postgate with Bagpuss in 1974
The viewing habits of children aged 5-11 and what their parents enjoyed watching when they were children inspires @ArchiveAtBBC latest selection of pictures on Flickr. It also forms the basis of TV Licensing’s latest TeleScope survey, which Head of Revenue Management Pipa Doubtfire introduces below.
Back in December when I blogged about the publication of TV Licensing’s annual report for 2012/2013 I explained a little about our work. Today with the launch of Telescope 2014, I’m able to share another major publication from TV Licensing.
TeleScope is an annual TV industry report produced by TV Licensing and one which presents an insightful snapshot of the nation’s viewing habits. It also provides us with an opportunity to emphasise to people that amid the ever-changing technology landscape, a TV licence is still needed to watch or record live television.
Now in its fourth year, the TeleScope survey changes its focus annually. The first report in 2011 highlighted how we’re watching more TV than perhaps we realise. In 2012 we learnt (amongst other things) that the mainstream growth of second screen technology had created the phenomenon...
Thursday 6 March 2014, 21:59
Below are extracts of an email sent to staff earlier today by the BBC Director-General, explaining in detail proposals to close BBC Three as a broadcast TV channel in 2015. The email is printed in full on the Media Centre website.
"...the organisation has had to look for savings - so that we, like everyone else in these difficult economic times, can live within our means. My concern - along with that of everybody I meet inside and outside the BBC - is to ensure that the quality of what we do is not compromised along the way. We are here to produce exceptional and distinctive programmes and services for Britain and the world. But I do believe, as I said only last week, that the BBC has taken incremental change as far as it can. Something has to give."
"...the BBC is, by its nature and history, an organisation that constantly reinvents itself, an organisation that takes the idea of public service broadcasting - to inform, educate and entertain - and makes it relevant for each generation...I believe the iPlayer is a key part of the future for public service broadcasting. It's the gateway for people who increasingly want to watch and listen to what they want, when they want it - on tablets...
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 15:26Original Drama Shorts on iPlayer: Tag
Next week, a series of special dramas made for BBC iPlayer are made available online. In this post, Executive Producer Hilary Salmon throws light on how BBC Drama Production operates, explains how writers and scripts were selected and the resulting online drama shorts made.
Why did a strand of three short films by new writers and directors feel like one of the most exciting and challenging new commissions of 2013 for BBC Drama Production? After all, the films would be small with low budgets and would 'go out' on BBC iPlayer not on BBC One. It seems a...
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 12:14
BBC Research and Development's technologist Rosie Campbell has been shortlisted in the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. Ahead of the awards ceremony - when the winners will be announced - on 19 March, Rosie writes about her career journey and what it's like to be a woman working in R&D.
When I tell people I work as a Technologist at BBC Research & Development (R&D), I usually get one of three reactions. Sometimes, their eyes glaze over at the first mention of technology, so I change the subject. Sometimes, they’re fascinated and we have an animated conversation about robots and virtual reality...
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 15:28
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 12:09
It’s International Women’s Day on Friday and my Editor asked me to write something – anything I liked – to mark it. If he’d asked me two years ago I might have struggled. In my twenties I was dismissive of the ‘female condition’. I lived in the UK – the battle for women’s rights had been fought and won – hadn’t it? I didn’t really think about it – but that’s because two years ago I wasn’t mother to a little girl. Since my daughter was born on New Year’s Eve 2011 what it is to be growing up as a girl in this world has preoccupied me.
I actually thought...
Monday 3 March 2014, 16:44Character Invasion Day
Recently, we blogged about Radio 1's Access all Areas - one of many outreach projects mounted by the BBC.
Corporate responsibility, outreach and partnership work are central to the BBC. Many departments across the organisation regularly run outreach projects which bring us into contact with our audiences in a way that broadcasting sometimes can't. Diane Reid gives us an update on recent projects.
BBC Outreach and Corporate Responsibility has been, well, reaching out abundantly in 2014. Here’s a whistle stop tour of where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to, and...
Friday 28 February 2014, 17:03
Didn’t get tickets for BBC Radio 6’s inaugural music festival? Tune in to the Red Button from Saturday, as we bring you an amazing line-up of artists including Kelis, Brit nominee Jake Bugg, Damon Albarn and more.
. 6 Music Festival
For the first time ever, BBC Radio 6 Music is hosting its own festival. With more than 30 artists and DJs across three stages in Manchester, the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival brings together an inspiring line-up of artists with an alternative spirit. Catch up with highlights of the festival at the weekend, and from Monday we'll bring you features on various acts...
Friday 28 February 2014, 16:39
A quick round-up of BBC-related announcements and blog posts which appeared this week, plus a look forward to some selected highlights on TV and radio.
World War One at Home, a UK-wide BBC project, in partnership with Imperial War Museum, launched this week, telling the hidden war stories from the Home Front. Anneli Shearsmith, Broadcast Co-ordinator, BBC Yorkshire wrote a blog for us about the project and reveals some amazing untold stories – like Lizzie the ex-circus elephant who was put to work in Sheffield.
The Winter Olympics came to a close at the weekend and Barbara Slater...