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Bridget Middleton Bridget Middleton Blog posts in total 14

  1. A new editor for the blog

    Tuesday 29 March 2011, 17:30

    Today is my last day as editor of About the BBC. I am handing over to Steve Bowbrick who many of you already know from the radio blogs and Emily Commander who has been an occasional contributor to this blog.

    I've really enjoyed my time as editor and am looking forward to watching the blog and the website...

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  2. Is the background music too loud?

    Tuesday 15 March 2011, 09:39

    Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One blogs about background music and the Vision Audibility project on the TV blog.

    "One of the most common complaints to BBC television in recent years has been that some people find it hard to hear the dialogue in our shows.

    They cite many reasons for this, the most common...

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  3. New digital programmes - and a new name for Radio 7

    Tuesday 1 March 2011, 16:45

    Tim Davie, Director of Audio & Music talks about the new radio programmes announced today and the reasons for changing the name of Radio 7 to Radio 4 Extra.

    "Today we announced a series of new programmes which will be appearing on our digital radio stations. Also, we confirmed that we are changing...

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  4. The enduring value of live radio

    Wednesday 23 February 2011, 12:46

    Tim Davie, Director of Audio & Music talks about the announcement that Radio 3 will broadcast live concerts every weekday for 46 weeks of the year

    "It is rare that passionate radio listeners overwhelmingly and immediately support the scheduling changes that we make to a well-loved BBC radio station....

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  5. "This website is nice": CBBC website relaunched

    Thursday 10 February 2011, 16:30

    Phil Buckley, Portfolio and Product Manager for BBC Children's and BBC Future Media & Technology chronicles the history of the CBBC website since its inception in 1995.

    "Last week, one section of the CBBC website was relaunched in a radically improved and more easily navigable format, so I'd like to...

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  6. Painful day for BBC World Service

    Wednesday 26 January 2011, 14:50

    Peter Horrocks has just posted on The Editors.

    "It's been a painful day for the BBC World Service and the 180 million audiences around the world. This morning I announced a fundamental restructure to the BBC World Service in order to meet the 16% savings target required by the UK government's Spending...

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  7. Erik Huggers to leave the BBC

    Tuesday 18 January 2011, 17:41

    Mark Thompson has just sent an email to staff announcing that Erik Huggers is leaving. This is what he said:

    Dear All,

    After nearly four years with BBC Future Media & Technology, Erik Huggers is to leave the BBC at the end of February to become Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel's...

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  8. Delivering quality first - staff consultation

    Thursday 13 January 2011, 13:05

    This morning Mark Thompson launched a consultation with staff on how the BBC can deliver the highest quality programmes and content to audiences to the end of the Charter in 2017.

    He said:

    "The BBC is being realistic taking prompt action to make sure it meets future funding limits, while continuing...

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  9. New home page for BBC blogs

    Thursday 13 January 2011, 10:15

    Jessica Shiel, Product Manager for Blogs, User Services, Programmes and On-Demand wants to know what you think about the Beta version of our newly designed blogs homepage.

    You can read her blog and to take part in the survey, on the Internt Blog.

    Bridget Middleton is the Editor of About the BBC

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  10. The Pope to Broadcast Thought for the Day on Christmas Eve

    Wednesday 22 December 2010, 17:45

    BBC Radio 4 has just made this announcement:

    Pope Benedict XVI, will deliver his Thought For The Day on Radio 4, Friday 24th December at 7.45am.

    Pope Benedict's Christmas message to the British people follows his UK visit in September. In an unprecedented move - the Pope has not presented material specifically...

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  11. New for Christmas on BBC TV

    Friday 3 December 2010, 11:58

    Last week some national newspapers wrote about the number of repeats on the BBC this Christmas. Not that they actually knew anything because we hadn't published our schedules at the time and it was only this week that we confirmed what was going to be on.

    Far from being full of things you've seen before...

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  12. BBC iPlayer on BT Vision

    Friday 12 November 2010, 12:43

    "Yesterday we announced that we will start to roll out BBC iPlayer across the BT Vision platform next month. By April next year, every one of the 520,000 BT Vision set-top boxes installed should be able to access our catch-up video on demand (VOD) service at no extra cost.

    In order to support BBC iPlayer...

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  13. Impartiality is in our genes

    Monday 20 September 2010, 16:10

    'I always think that impartiality is in our DNA - it's part of the BBC's genetic make-up.

    Anyone who thinks differently doesn't really understand how the organisation works and how seriously we take issues around balance and impartiality.'

    Over at The Editors, Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, defends...

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  14. Mark Thompson looks ahead

    Tuesday 5 January 2010, 12:29

    Mark Thompson talks about pay, content and funding in this article published today in Ariel, the BBC staff magazine.

    Mark Thompson looks ahead to a year when the size and shape of the post-switchover BBC will emerge; the Canvas internet TV partnership should forge ahead; some of question marks over BBC...

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