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June (15 posts)

  1. Caroline Thomson: Profit will never be put before programme integrity

    Friday 29 June 2012, 10:45

    Caroline Thomson Caroline Thomson Chief Operating Officer

    There have been some stories in the papers in the last few days that have suggested that the BBC is embarking on a new strategy in which we are asking programme makers to 'commercialise' some of our news and current affairs programming with a view to making money.

    It has been said that staff are being...

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  2. What the BBC spends on television content - a response to today's Ofcom report

    Thursday 28 June 2012, 10:34

    John Tate John Tate Director, Policy and Strategy

    Ofcom published its 2012 PSB report today and I'm pleased that, once again, it shows audiences continue to rate the BBC very highly for quality - with BBC One and BBC Two by far the highest-rated, and BBC Three and Four comparable with ITV1 and Channel 4.

    I'm disappointed though that Ofcom has chosen...

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  3. The Exhibitionists: A collaboration between BBC Cymru Wales and The National Museum in Cardiff

    Wednesday 27 June 2012, 14:45

    Eloise McNaulty Eloise McNaulty is a digital content producer in BBC Archives @eloisemcnaulty

    In a new four-part TV series of BBC Two Wales, members of the public gain access to the National Museum of Wales and set about curating their own art exhibition for the very first time.

    In a special post for the About the BBC Blog, Commissioning Executive, BBC Wales, Phillip Moss throws light on how...

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  4. Uniting communities and the nation throughout the summer

    Monday 25 June 2012, 17:58

    Peter Salmon Peter Salmon Director, BBC North

    At the weekend Manchester, Salford and Trafford became part of Olympic history when they hosted the Olympic Flame on its way to its final destination in East London.

    In recent weeks it has travelled through the North East - Alnwick, Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Middlesbrough, Hull, York and Carlisle...

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  5. Aung San Suu Kyi visits BBC Broadcasting House

    Thursday 21 June 2012, 14:39

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

    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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  6. Re-designed BBC College of Journalism website launches

    Wednesday 20 June 2012, 10:30

    Jonathan Baker Jonathan Baker is head of the BBC College of Journalism

    No other media organisation has anything quite like the BBC College of Journalism website. Online training aids are common, of course. But for its sheer ambition, scope and authority, the College site is in a league of its own.

    That's why newsrooms and journalism schools around the world pay a subscription...

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  7. Controller, Ben Cooper, blogs about the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend

    Tuesday 19 June 2012, 11:37

    Ben Cooper Ben Cooper Controller

    2012 is a special year for the UK with London playing host to the Olympic Games. Here at Radio 1 and 1Xtra we wanted to make sure that we marked this in a fitting way, and in one that would give young people from London and beyond, who might not necessarily be engaged with the games, a chance to...

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  8. Review of the BBC's Performing Groups

    Monday 18 June 2012, 14:46

    Tim Davie Tim Davie Director of Audio & Music

    Last year, as part of the BBC's Delivering Quality First (DQF) strategy, I asked John Myerscough to conduct an independent, external evaluation of the BBC's six 'performing groups': the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra...

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  9. The Biggest of Big Weekends

    Friday 15 June 2012, 13:13

    Sam Bailey Sam Bailey Interactive editor


    On 23rd and 24th June, Radio 1 will be presenting its biggest ever live music event: Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012. It's an extension of the station's annual Big Weekend festival, which lands in a different town every year, bringing the world's biggest music stars with it. As we all realise by...

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  10. Selecting the 2012 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers

    Friday 15 June 2012, 11:48

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

    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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