Round up week 5 (26 January - 1 February)

Digital Content Producer, About the BBC

The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show launched BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition

On Tuesday, Zoe Ball launched the short-story writing competition for children aged between 5-13 years of age. Zoe revealed that this year’s live final will take place in the spectacular surroundings of Windsor Castle on Friday 14 June.

Famalam back for a second series

Hit BBC Three sketch show Famalam is set to return this spring for a second series. The show will revisit a range of popular characters such as grime MC Scribbler P, the warring aunties and thwarted Nigerian philanthropist Prince Alyusi.


Kevin Pietersen is on a mission to save our most iconic animal species from extinction. The former England cricketer was a divisive character when he played, as famous for his outspoken views as for his skill as a batsman.

The BBC is launching a huge search for new broadcasting talent as it seeks to reinvent its local radio stations. Open auditions will be held across England to find new presenters. The aim will be to offer successful candidates regular shows on their local station.


At an event this evening to celebrate the BBC’s factual content, Alison Kirkham, BBC Controller Factual Commissioning, gave an impassioned speech outlining her plans for the years ahead.


Jenny Campbell will step down as a Dragon at the end of the current series of Dragons’ Den with her last episode airing on Sunday 3 February 2019 on BBC Two. Jenny, who joined the Den in 2017, is a banker turned entrepreneur.


Children can learn and discover with their favourite CBeebies characters in a new app, Go Explore, which launched in app stores on Monday.

Brand new pre-school show Moon and Me joins CBeebies Bedtime from 4 February 2019 as part of the newly re-vamped CBeebies Bedtime from 4 February.


Across the next 12 months the BBC will shine a light on faith, belief and values in modern Britain.

World Service

On Friday 1 February, BBC News Persian will roll out content across its TV, radio and digital platforms, taking a new a look at the events which led to the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, and exploring various dimensions of the revolution’s legacy.


Former British and Irish Lions and Ireland player Jamie Heaslip along with Scotland captain John Barclay are the latest rugby union stars to join the BBC’s line-up for the upcoming 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship.

Northern Ireland

BBC Sport NI has extended its deal to broadcast the Fonacab International North West 200 in association with Nicholl’s Oils for a further five years.


BBC Scotland have released full details of where audiences can find its new channel, which launches on 24 February 2019.


Naja Nielsen has been appointed Digital Director for BBC News. Naja joins the BBC with over 20 years’ experience in journalism and digital development, most recently as Chief Journalism Officer for ORB Media in Washington DC.

The Government has confirmed that from 1 April 2019 the cost of the annual television licence fee will increase from £150.50 to £154.50.

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