Round up week 42 (13-19 October)

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Star presenters for BBC Children In Need 2018 have been announced

A round up of BBC announcements, press releases and blogs, plus some highlights from our TV, radio and online output from the last week.

Children In Need star presenters for 2018

Rob Beckett is set to join Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes live on 16 November

Highest new Doctor Who series launch ratings

The first episode of BBC One’s Doctor Who, with the new and Thirteenth Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker, attracted 10.9 million viewers. 

Future of free TV licences for over-75s

A discussion paper was published looking at inter-generational fairness and the media landscape since free TV licences for over-75s were introduced in 2000, ahead of a full report and consultation. 

Announcements and blogs


BBC One and Netflix are teaming up to co-produce Dracula from Sherlock producers Hartswood Films, and a live episode of Inside No. 9 will air for Halloween. Further images from a forthcoming production of Les Miserables have also been released.   


BBC Radio 1 named its three Teen Heroes of 2018, the young winners all proving dedication to helping others through selfless, brave and exceptional achievements. BBC Radio Wales is extending its FM coverage to an additional 400,000 people.


New plans were unveiled to make the BBC a more inclusive workplace for staff from all socio-economic backgrounds.


More than 100 hours of television made outside of London will air during the next 12 months. A documentary series entitled Why Slavery? was announced with The Open University to coincide with International Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October, highlighting the plight of the estimated 40.3 million people living in slavery today.  


This weeks' blogs were: The next major update for BBC SoundsChanges to our HD portfolio and satellite transpondersGrassroots football on the BBC: why we're streaming FA Cup qualifying roundsTransforming lives through media around the world; and the weekly BBC iPlayer highlights

Broadcast highlights

Blue Peter celebrated its 60th birthday with quite a party

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