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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.
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 three key areas of creative innovation we’ll be focussing on in the coming months:
New Talent Opportunities
New talent is the BBC’s life blood. We want BBC iPlayer to be where the best up and coming British talent choose to showcase their first work, because we’ll give them the creative freedom to tell the stories they want to tell, supporting them with all the expertise the BBC has to offer. We want BBC iPlayer to be the place audiences go first to see the most exciting work from the big names of the future.
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...
Sunday 9 March 2014, 14:34
We thought we’d try something a little different for our weekly round-up on About the BBC this week. Sometimes just listing links can be a little dull. So to mark our 10th post, we’ve struck out of our usual boundaries and taken a look further afield. Kind of.
This is partly down to a chance discovery on Facebook earlier this week. Peter Sumpter who works in BBC News has captured an image which I suspect many of us who spend time busying ourselves in New Broadcasting House now take for granted (be sure to take a look at his selection of pictures for some other stunning shots from around the...
Sunday 9 March 2014, 12:59
Alexander Bone was named winner of the first BBC Young Musician Jazz Award staged at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. The final will be broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 23 May and is presented by Josie D'Arby and Soweto Kinch as part of a season of jazz programming on the channel.
The five finalists performances with the Gwilym Simcock Trio were judged by Julian Joseph, Django Bates, Jason Yarde and Trish Clowes who praised Alexander's "passion, beautiful sound, good control, ability to guide the band, stage-craft, choice of programme".
The BBC Young Musician Jazz Award runs alongside the existing Young Musician competition which has been running since 1978.
Sunday 9 March 2014, 12:37
BBC Three is changing. In the future it will no longer be a broadcast channel, but it will have an exciting future online. The channel that brought you Gavin and Stacey, Little Britain, Bad Education and, right now, Bluestone 42, will still create great shows, but they will now be shown first on the BBC iPlayer. The best of BBC Three will also be shown on BBC One and BBC Two – that is a fantastic opportunity for these programmes to reach a wider audience.
So why have we done this? We all face tough economic times. Families are feeling the squeeze, and so is the BBC. So just as many people are...
Saturday 8 March 2014, 11:36
Changes to BBC Radio Cymru's daily schedule come into force on Monday. In this post, BBC Radio Cymru editor Betsan Powys introduces those changes to listeners of the station. An English translation appears at the end of this post.
Wrth i BBC Radio Cymru lansio amserlen newydd fore Llun, Mawrth 10, dyma'r Golygydd Rhaglenni, Betsan Powys yn edrych ymlaen at bennod newydd.
Pan ddaw bore Llun, fe fydd pethau’n newid ar Radio Cymru. Fe fydd rhai lleisiau’n mynd, eraill yn dod ac ambell lais cyfarwydd iawn yn trio rhywbeth newydd sbon.
I ddechrau felly, diolch. Diolch i’r lleisiau sydd wedi bod...
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...