Ten things from this week #7

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My trot around the BBC in this week’s Ten Things features an award, a blog post round-up, a new development in radio and a radio debate on the Licence Fee.  Oh, and a little music too.

1. Radio 5 Live have been in Sheffield all week at OctoberFest, broadcasting live discussions and debates in addition to the usual schedule. The Five Live Igloo in Tudor Square gave visitors the chance to try their hand at radio and TV weather presenting too.  In the Crucible where some of the programmes were broadcast from, 5 Live’s Richard Bacon was joined by Jarvis Cocker for a hasty game of billiards before they went on-air. Octoberfest concludes on 13 October. Catch-up via the Radio 5 Live website.  

2. BBC Look East presenter and journalist Stewart White was awarded the 2012 Nick Clarke Award for his interview with disgraced Essex peer Lord Hanningfield in November 2011. The award is in memory of former World at One presenter and journalist Nick Clarke who died of cancer in November 2006.

3. On Monday our colleagues in Audio & Music unveiled the new iPlayer Radio app for the iPhone alongside the redesigned Radio website. The new app includes an alarm clock function, the ability to ‘favourite’ tracks and access to 7-day catch-up and the BBC’s podcast service. The app reached number one in the iTunes Free App Chart this week. Other mobile platforms are to follow. 

4. Earlier this week the Director-General George Entwistle asked Director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie to talk to journalists working on Newsnight about the dropping of a report into Sir Jimmy Savile. 

5. A wealth of posts to catch-up on across the BBC Blogs network including the 2012 Soundstart Scheme which offers actors and actresses opportunities in the BBC’s Radio Drama Company, a personal insight into reporting on the search for April Jones from Mark Hutchings on the 5 Live Blog, and on the College of Journalism journalists on the BBC’s Hausa service reveal how they’ve discovered a straightforward and cost-effective to get vital language-specific characters into their scripts. The Radio Scotland blog shared the Drama Newsletter published this week, detailing radio dramas produced in Glasgow for network radio. 

6. The BBC’s Media Centre website announced a joint-production between BBC Afrique and Africa No.1 in France that will see the Francis Laloupo (Africa1) and Liliane Nyatcha (BBC) co-present a joint weekly current affairs debate programme. The show is part of a new partnership agreement between the BBC Afrique and Africa No.1 Paris. 

Edith Bowman and Adam Buxton present a new weekend morning show for 6 Music running 10.00am – 1.00pm from 17 November until Christmas. 

7. The BBC announced the awarding of a new audience research contract with the Television Research Partnership

8. This week’s Moral Maze put the BBC under the spotlight as a variety of debate “witnesses” offered their arguments for and against the Licence Fee and public service broadcasting. We dare you to listen to the programme via BBC iPlayer and count how many times ‘BBC’ is mentioned in 45 minutes. 

9. Filming started on the third series of the BBC One sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys in Studio A at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. The show is filmed in front of a live audience

10. Presenters at 6 Music have marked the month of programmes dedicated to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground by remaking the classic Perfect Day mimicking …  

See 6 Music's special version of Lou Reed's seminal track 'Perfect Day'- #velvet6music

… the original Perfect Day Video made by the BBC and subsequently released as a CD single 15 years ago this month. 

Jon Jacob is Editor of the About the BBC website

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