BBC Online: improving partnerships

Chief Operating Officer

Improving BBC Online for audiences is the job of everyone who works here. Given the nature of the web, which is built on connections and partnerships, improving how we work with partners - the wider digital media industry - is going to be critical if this goal is going to be met.

It's with this in mind that we host today what will be the first of two annual engagement days with partners. Over 175 people from a crosssection of digital media companies will convene at BAFTA in London this afternoon for a session of talks and workshops. Delegates have been invited to tweet using #BBCOnline. BBC Online has far more partners than that (we are oversubscribed for this event), so we're going to open this event up to others by sharing material from it here on the Internet Blog over the next few days.

Today is another important step in our continuing attempts to create a new, more open engagement with the digital media industry: the second of these events will take place in the BBC's new Salford base, MediaCityUK, in October. I wrote yesterday at /commissioning to give some context to the event and explain about the various process reviews we've undertaken to improve our relationship with partners.

Clearly this event takes place at a particularly important time for BBC Online. The event builds on the announcements we made in January as part of BBC's Delivering Quality First strategy. We made a number of significant commitments; to do fewer things better, be clear on boundaries, set out the areas we were not going to enter, and to introduce Product Management as a common way of working across the BBC.

This afternoon we want to put a little more detail to that bigger ambition. And we want to share our plans for this financial year 2011/12. So it's a broad agenda this afternoon, and for those who can't make it, here's a summary of this afternoon's presentations - most of which we'll be making available on this blog throughout next week.

Ralph Rivera - Connected Storytelling. The new director of BBC Future Media, Ralph Rivera, will open the day. He'll be talking about how BBC Online is being re-shaped as one service, comprising ten products and delivered seamlessly across four screens - PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs. See his post on the About The BBC blog for more.

Holly Goodier who leads one of our audience teams will talk about how audience behaviour is changing in a digital world.

Jane McCloskey - Making it easier to work with the BBC. The audience today will include many of our hundreds of suppliers. We have a special session devoted to some of the practical changes we're proposing to make it easier to work with us.

Simon Lucy, Building on our technical platform. If you're a regular reader of this blog you may have noticed the occasional tantalising mention of BBC Online's new technical platform. Simon will be giving a technical presentation on what partners need to know, as well share details of an event we're planning for later in the Summer for developers.

Daniel Danker, TV & iPlayer. Daniel will share his thinking about how the product will evolve over the next two years.

Sinead Rocks and Phil Fearnley, Knowledge & Learning. Phil and Sinead will be sharing some early thoughts on how the current diverse set of Knowledge and Learning websites will be knitted together into a new product.

We are keen to make sure this stuff is discussed by as many people as possible so the presentations from the event will made available here on the blog throughout next week. And I'd like to know what you think, whether you were at the event or not, so please add your thoughts below or Tweet using #BBCOnline.

Andy Conroy is General Manager BBC Online


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