James Purnell

Director, Radio & Education

Blog posts in total 19

Posts

  1. Audiences recommend BBC Sounds and already listen for 2m hours each week

    One month on from BBC Sounds' launch, James Purnell provides an update on how it's being used and what the BBC has in store for users.

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  2. How our podcasts are doing

    James Purnell provides an update on BBC podcasts - in September, in the UK, there were nearly 26.5 million downloads of BBC podcasts.

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  3. How we're renewing our religious content

    James Purnell looks at the place of morality, ethics and religion in the BBC's output and reflects on BBC Radio 4's recent series Morality In The 21st Century.

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  4. Serving everyone, rather than being everything to everyone

    Ofcom published a report last week about UK media consumption. It tells a now familiar tale of the continued rise of on demand digital, especially among the young, accelerated by powerful internet companies.

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  5. We need an industry chart for UK podcasts

    We need a conversation about how we get an industry standard chart for podcasts -  one which includes as many of the different ways that audiences are consuming podcasts, where we can all see all the data, and know how it’s been collected.

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  6. Getting the space to innovate

    James Purnell on how the BBC is experimenting with podcasts.

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  7. Guaranteeing Choice

    James Purnell, Director of Radio & Education, explains the BBC’s role in supporting the future of British radio.

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  8. Some thoughts ahead of the RAJARs

    It’s RAJAR week – that’s when the Radio Joint Audience Research group publishes UK radio listening figures for the previous quarter, in Thursday’s case January-March. The real story this week may be different, as it’s likely that this will be the first time digital listening overtakes analogue...

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  9. BBC Radio and Education – how are we doing?

    James Purnell considers recent audience data across BBC Radio and Education content.

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  10. Voice for Kids

    No, not a rival to ITV’s show. But an update from James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, on what the BBC is doing with voice devices.

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  11. Introducing the Super Movers campaign

    James Purnell explains how a new BBC campaign in partnership with the Premiere League aims to get primary school children exercising to help them learn.

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  12. BBC Ideas - short films for curious minds

    James Purnell, Director Radio and Education, introduces BBC Ideas.

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  13. Preserving serendipity in the digital world

    We’ve innovated over the decades and managed to remain universal. But for this to continue to be the case as technology and people’s habits change, it’s crucial that we at the BBC adapt and help our audiences to discover the wonders we create - regardless of how they consume it.

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  14. James Purnell looks at a new innovation that uses 'smart speaker' systems

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  15. We want to increase our public service role. We just want to do it creatively, rather than as box-ticking

    "Public service has always been at the core of BBC Radio and always will be" James Purnell puts the record straight on recent media stories about BBC Radio.

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  16. The BBC serves neither the market nor the state. We serve the public. We are only here to make good programmes and do good through those programmes. To do that, we need to reach everyone.

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  17. Director of Radio and Strategy James Purnell explains why guaranteeing the prominence of iPlayer on all major TV platforms is important.

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  18. “When there is so much information and misinformation, the BBC can be a trusted guide.” James Purnell writes on how the BBC can help us learn more.

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  19. The Government’s White Paper in May 2016 was a significant milestone on the way to renewing the BBC’s Royal Charter.

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