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  1. Ten things from this week

    Thursday 20 September 2012, 16:00

    This is the first in a regular series of posts rounding-up news, blogs and videos from about the BBC over the past week.

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  2. Apprentice 2012: Invaluable industry experience

    Thursday 20 September 2012, 15:51

    BBC Scotland has given ten teenagers the chance to learn skills for a career in the media. 

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  3. David Matchett learns the ropes on Apprentice 2012

    Thursday 20 September 2012, 15:51

    Production experience, a chance to co-present McAuley and Co and meeting Prince Charles. What it's like to work at BBC Scotland's HQ Pacific Quay, by one of the participants on the apprentice scheme. 

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  4. George Entwistle, Director-General delivers speech to staff

    Tuesday 18 September 2012, 12:07

    BBC Director-General George Entwistle delivered his first speech to staff from Studio B in New Broadcasting House today.

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  5. Ten things from this week

    Friday 14 September 2012, 17:02

    A selection of ten big moments from across the BBC, including launches, thanks and goodbyes during Mark Thompson's last week at the Corporation.

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  6. Making Planet Dinosaur - Ultimate Killers in 3D

    Thursday 23 August 2012, 17:11

    Nigel Paterson is series producer for Planet Dinosaur. Here he blogs about what was involved in making the 3D version of BBC One's award-winning Planet Dinosaur.

    It was very early on in the production of Planet Dinosaur that the embryonic thought of a 3D version was seeded. It was when we realised...

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  7. How does the BBC use RIPA?

    Thursday 23 August 2012, 13:46

    Editor's Note - Sian Healey is Head of Communications and Policy for TV Licensing. In this post she writes about the BBC's use of RIPA - the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

    I wanted to correct some news reports this week that wrongly stated that the BBC is one of several public bodies refusing...

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  8. Where to watch the Last Night of the Proms in 3D

    Monday 20 August 2012, 18:46

    For the first time ever, the Last Night of the Proms will be screened live in 3D in selected Odeon cinemas on Saturday 8 September.

    Eight cameras will give audiences a unique view on the world-famous event including a remote camera that rotates to 180 degrees and can pan and tilt.

    Cinemas relaying...

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  9. Making the second series of BBC Three's Our War

    Friday 17 August 2012, 11:21

    The second series of BBC Three's documentary Our War starts on Monday 20 August at 9.00pm.

    In the audio interview above About the BBC blog producer Eloise McNaulty speaks to executive producer Colin Barr about the making of the programme, how contributors for the documentary series were selected...

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  10. Olympics 2012: Viewing figures, online statistics & video catch-up

    Monday 13 August 2012, 17:32

    Over on the BBC Internet Blog, Head of product for BBC Sport and London 2012 Cait O'Riordan has written about the 'BBC's digital Olympics', providing detail on how the Games was viewed online. . She writes:

    The BBC's promise was to deliver coverage of every sport from every venue, and we certainly...

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  11. Round-up: New acting Director of BBC Vision

    Monday 6 August 2012, 15:04

    We're trying out some new ways of documenting important moments in the BBC's ongoing operations. Roger Mosey's new appointment provided an opportunity to do that.

    Below is a collection of official announcements, tweets and online stories which covered the news of Roger's new appointment, collated using...

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  12. What's the appeal of broadcasting history?

    Friday 3 August 2012, 12:42

    Cameras like the one the BBC used in colour broadcasts in the late sixties and seventies are potent symbols. For people of a certain age, they're a shortcut to childhood memories, in this case the BBC's weekly pop music programme Top of the Pops.

    The camera like that pictured above is one of a...

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  13. RAJARs Q2 2012 published

    Thursday 2 August 2012, 13:27

    Late last night the BBC Media Centre website published a press release about the latest figures for radio listening. The press release includes the network radio data captured by RAJAR - Radio Joint Audience Research.

    BBC News Online reports on the digital stations story, 'BBC digital stations 1Xtra...

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  14. 120 new members of the 2012 BBC Academy Production Talent Pool

    Thursday 26 July 2012, 18:13

    Editor's Note - Simon Smith is the Manager of Creativity and Special Projects in the BBC Academy. In this post, he writes about the new intake of young creative talent who have won places in the BBC's...

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  15. Bruce Forsyth participates in the Olympic Torch Relay at BBC White City

    Thursday 26 July 2012, 17:53

    Strictly Come Dancing presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth carried the Olympic Torch through the BBC White City Media Village today receiving the torch from international banker Antoine de Navacelle (great nephew of Pierre de Coubertin who organised the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896) on the site of...

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  16. Making Volcano Live

    Friday 6 July 2012, 19:07

    Image for Volcano Live

    Lisa Ausden is the Executive Producer of Volcano Live, an exciting new series of programmes broadcast from Kilauea on Big Island, Hawaii. In this post for About the BBC, she writes about some of the challenges the production team faced in making the programme.

    The best live TV, in my experience, is...

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  17. BBC Radio Leeds' Crime and Justice Week

    Friday 6 July 2012, 13:59

    Rozina Breen is the Managing Editor of BBC Radio Leeds. In this post, she writes about the station's Crime & Justice Week which begins this Monday.

    The week of programmes includes interviews, documentaries and debates which ask the question "Is the criminal justice system in the UK working?"

    As I write...

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  18. George Entwistle appointed Director-General

    Wednesday 4 July 2012, 17:26

    BBC TRUST CHAIRMAN LORD PATTEN AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL DESIGNATE GEORGE ENTWISTLE

    The BBC Trust has appointed George Entwistle as the Director-General of the BBC. You can read a full press release on the BBC Trust website.

    Shortly after the announcement George Entwistle sent an email message to all BBC staff. The message read:


    Dear all,

    I'm delighted the Chairman and Trustees...

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  19. Aung San Suu Kyi visits BBC Broadcasting House

    Thursday 21 June 2012, 14:39

    Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dave Lee Travis

    Burmese politician and human rights advocate Aung San Suu Kyi visited BBC Broadcasting House in London on Tuesday 19 June 2012. During her visit she met former radio presenter Dave Lee-Travis who she had listened to on the BBC World Service when she was under house arrest. A slideshow of pictures taken...

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  20. Selecting the 2012 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers

    Friday 15 June 2012, 11:48

    Earlier this week, BBC Radio 3 announced the names of the ten academics who had secured a place on its New Generation Thinkers scheme.

    Working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select the...

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