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March (14 posts)

  1. A new editor for the blog

    Tuesday 29 March 2011, 17:30

    Bridget Middleton Bridget Middleton

    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. Connect & Create works with Fairbridge

    Thursday 24 March 2011, 12:00

    Glynn Ryland Glynn Ryland Manager of BBC Connect & Create

    As the team who work daily to place BBC staff as volunteers with charity partners, we know all too well that the "V" word can sometimes be misunderstood. Occasionally seen as a dusty, worthy word, it can conjure images of coffee mornings and bric-a-brac stalls. So its not always as easy as you might...

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  3. BBC milestone moments

    Wednesday 23 March 2011, 10:18

    Robert Seatter Robert Seatter

    I took some News trainees round Broadcasting House in central London the other day. I was trying to get them to imagine how new and utterly undefined broadcasting was in the early days. How did you know how to build a new broadcasting centre, when hardly anyone else had ever done it? Colonel Val Myer...

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  4. The real value of Continuing Drama

    Tuesday 22 March 2011, 09:40

    John Yorke John Yorke Controller Drama Production

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    Going to EastEnders was "the best decision I ever made in my life". Not me - though I'd happily say it too - but Oscar winning film director Tom Hooper, who between 1999 and 2000 directed a series of brilliant episodes of the BBC's most consistently popular drama.

    As the National Audit Office (NAO...

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  5. Read all about it - School News Day

    Monday 21 March 2011, 12:45

    Alec McGivan Alec McGivan Head of BBC Outreach

    School Report is the project from BBC News which sees young students all over the UK developing news reporting skills - using lesson plans and materials from the School Report website. With support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School...

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  6. Launching the College of Production

    Thursday 17 March 2011, 17:35

    Myles Runham Myles Runham Head of Online, BBC Academy

    This podcast is my current favourite item on the new BBC Academy College of Production site. To me, it's a good summary of what we are trying to achieve: useful, simple, short, authoritative advice and experience from experts. All the basic objectives are easy to state yet hard to pull off. Getting...

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  7. BBC North - bringing it home

    Thursday 17 March 2011, 11:35

    Peter Salmon Peter Salmon Director, BBC North

    It's been a bitter-sweet time recently.

    I don't think anyone with a heart can not have had it broken by the terrible scenes from Japan. Our news outlets continue to report from the region, with Shelagh Fogarty's Radio 5 live reports poignantly capturing the concern and shock. It really brings it home...

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  8. Delivering Quality First - exploring ideas

    Wednesday 16 March 2011, 16:25

    Caroline Thomson Caroline Thomson Chief Operating Officer

    There have been various stories in the press this week speculating about proposals emerging from 'Delivering Quality First', which is our wide-ranging consultation with all BBC staff on how the BBC should deliver the highest quality programmes and services under our new licence fee settlement.

    I understand...

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  9. Building digital capacity for the arts

    Tuesday 15 March 2011, 17:11

    Kim Peat Kim Peat Programme Manager

    Last Thursday, 10 March, saw the launch of the Building digital capacity for the arts project, something I've been working on since the end of last year and which has felt a bit like organising a wedding - who should be invited, will they get on, who's going to make the speeches and how long should...

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  10. Is the background music too loud?

    Tuesday 15 March 2011, 09:39

    Bridget Middleton Bridget Middleton

    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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Red Bee creates on-screen 50th birthday party for BBC2 (Design Week)

BBC3 controller Zai Bennett to head Sky Atlantic (Guardian) 

JK Rowling to become Woman's Hour first guest editor for 60 years (Guardian)

Kim Shillinglaw: what you need to know (Broadcast)
"a near-BBC lifer, is known to be a straight-talking, confident operator with a penchant for the odd expletive, which one source described as “quite refreshing

How to tame the BBC behemoth (Daily Telegraph)
"Transferring non-news radio and TV production to the independent sector would save the BBC millions and possibly even the BBC itself"

Cancer specialist and anti-FGM activists named in Radio 4's most powerful woman list (Asian Image)

Marc Warren joins The Musketeers series 2 (Den of Geek)

BBC Radio 1 to count down top 100 downloads of all time (Digital Spy)
"After a decade of legal downloading in the UK, it's time for Radio 1 to celebrate with a countdown revealing the nation's top 100"

BBC charter a key issue for new culture secretary (Broadcast)

Festival to bring UK closer to Middle East (Ariel)
"BBC Arabic is giving Arab cinema, documentaries and journalism a UK showcase."

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III for BBC (Independent)

'I believe it is now the right time to step down': Sir Bruce Forsyth quits Strictly Come Dancing after fronting show for a decade (Mail)

BBC Worldwide CEO re-joins BBC executive board (Digital TV Europe)
"Davie will replace BBC HR director Lucy Adams"

James Corden backs BBC Three online move: 'It is the best place for it' (Digital Spy)

Sandi Toksvig criticises BBC ban on all-male panel shows (Telegraph)
"recruiting more female hosts would be a more desirable way of correcting the imbalance"

BBC's Peter Horrocks: 'It's not that easy to get advertising in Somalia' (Guardian)
"World Service boss on financial pressure, selling ads, transmitting news via brainwaves, and Newsnight's 'brio'"

BBC Radio 2 Eurovision Pop-up station (Matt Deegan Writes)
"I think this is a great idea and something the BBC should do more of ... it makes use of existing technology ... It’s also a technology that nearly half of UK households have, so lots of people can access it."

BBC iPlayer hits record 10.7m daily requests (Mobile Entertainment)

The Village series 2 begins shooting, adds new cast members (Digital Spy)

BBC Radio 1Xtra Live heads to Birmingham (Birmingham Post)
"It’s our aspiration at BBC Birmingham to host more of these big events over the coming years.”

BBC axes The Review Show after 20 years (The Stage)

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller (Guardian)
"Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival"

American superstar Pharrell and The 1975 join the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2014 in Glasgow (Scottish Daily Record) 

BBC boss Tony Hall could be in line for cameo in W1A mockumentary (Guardian)
"Second series role rumoured for director general after BBC2 premiere of first episode pulled in 1.6 million viewers"

BBC Three announces new shows and recommissions (British Comedy Guide)
"a timely reminder that we're still very much open for comedy business"

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