Tagged with: BBC History

30 posts about BBC History on this blog

  1. Charlotte Higgins writes about the origins of the BBC

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 08:59

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

    In the first of an eight-part series published in the Guardian today, Charlotte Higgins writes about the origins of the BBC and asks whether ninety years after the organisation was started whether founding director-general John Reith's original aims can still apply today.

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  2. David Jacobs 'cast a special spell'

    Friday 7 February 2014, 16:56

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

    Colleagues and friends congregated yesterday in the Radio Theatre in BBC Broadcasting House to celebrate the life of broadcaster David Jacobs who died last year. Their contributions will feature in a special programme broadcast on Radio 2 on Sunday evening

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  3. 50 years of TV broadcasts from BBC Cymru Wales

    Friday 7 February 2014, 12:57

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

    An extract from Rhodri Talfan Davies article for Wales Online published on Friday 7 February 2014, marking the 50 year anniversary of BBC Cymru Wales.

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  4. BBC Weather at 60

    Friday 10 January 2014, 08:43

    Liz Howell Liz Howell Head of BBC Weather

    To mark the 60th anniversary of the first weather forecast on BBC Television, Head of BBC Weather Liz Howell explains what the role of weather is in the BBC’s output today.

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  5. 40 years of 'Good Morning Scotland'

    Monday 30 December 2013, 14:07

    Graham Stewart Graham Stewart Broadcaster and Journalist, BBC Scotland

    Graham Stewart looks back on Scotland’s longest-running radio programme as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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  6. The Coronation and The BBC

    Tuesday 28 May 2013, 13:58

    Matt Verrill Matt Verrill Technical Project Manager, Children’s Interactive

    Matt Verrill reveals how the BBC documented the Queen's Coronation coverage 60 years ago.

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  7. Looking Back At The 1928 Handbook

    Wednesday 10 April 2013, 11:26

    Matt Verrill Matt Verrill Technical Project Manager, Children’s Interactive

    Matt Verill shares more treasures from his BBC memorabilia collection.

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  8. Val Gielgud’s legacy to Radio Drama today

    Thursday 4 April 2013, 13:19

    Hannah Khalil Hannah Khalil Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

    Radio drama fans owe a debt to Sir John Gielgud's big brother Val, Hannah Khalil reveals why.

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  9. Closure of the White City building

    Thursday 28 March 2013, 15:26

    Rachid Errtibi Rachid Errtibi Facilities Coordinator, BBC Workplace

    BBC Workplace Facilities Coordinator, Rachid Errtibi remembers the BBC's White City building as it closes.

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  10. 90 years of weather

    Tuesday 26 March 2013, 15:51

    Hannah Khalil Hannah Khalil Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

    A collection of links from around the BBC marking 90 years of weather forecasts.

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  11. Television Centre in the BBC’s own words

    Thursday 7 March 2013, 13:21

    Matt Verrill Matt Verrill Technical Project Manager, Children’s Interactive

    As BBC Television Centre prepares to close its doors, Matt Verrill remembers the building through his collection of BBC Handbooks.

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  12. BBC Scotland at 90

    Tuesday 5 March 2013, 10:15

    Graham Stewart Graham Stewart Broadcaster and Journalist, BBC Scotland

    Graham Stewart shines a light on Radio Scotland's humble but ambitious beginnings.

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  13. Welsh voices from the past

    Tuesday 12 February 2013, 12:53

    Ian Pratt Ian Pratt Television Scheduler, BBC Cymru Wales

    Ian Pratt is a Television Schedule Planner at BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff and reflects on an historic anniversary from the early days of broadcasting.

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  14. BBC Arabic turns 75

    Friday 1 February 2013, 15:11

    Hannah Khalil Hannah Khalil Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog

    BBC Arabic celebrated it's 75th anniversary in January. One of the Arabic service's editors Adel Soliman talks about his experiences.

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  15. What's the appeal of broadcasting history?

    Friday 3 August 2012, 12:42

    Jon Jacob Jon Jacob Editor, About the BBC Blog

    Cameras like the one the BBC used in colour broadcasts in the late sixties and seventies are potent symbols. For people of a certain age, they're a shortcut to childhood memories, in this case the BBC's weekly pop music programme Top of the Pops.

    The camera like that pictured above is one of a...

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  16. Eighty years of Broadcasting House

    Monday 30 April 2012, 16:05

    Robert Seatter Robert Seatter

    The BBC made the first official broadcast from Broadcasting House in London on 15 May 1932.

    In this anniversary blog post, Head of BBC History Robert Seatter explains how the building was designed and constructed, and how it was received by critics at the time.

    You can see more pictures taken during...

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  17. 75 years of BBC TV

    Wednesday 2 November 2011, 09:54

    Robert Seatter Robert Seatter

    On 3 November on top of a hill in North London, an American singer called Adele Dixon, with a diction far away from our contemporary chart-topping Adele, sang these words: 'A mighty maze of mystic magic rays is all about us in the blue...' The rather headily alliterative lyric was attempting its own...

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  18. BBC milestone moments

    Wednesday 23 March 2011, 10:18

    Robert Seatter Robert Seatter

    I took some News trainees round Broadcasting House in central London the other day. I was trying to get them to imagine how new and utterly undefined broadcasting was in the early days. How did you know how to build a new broadcasting centre, when hardly anyone else had ever done it? Colonel Val Myer...

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  19. Elizabeth R, 40 years on...

    Tuesday 15 February 2011, 08:31

    Robert Seatter Robert Seatter

    Elizabeth R hit the BBC airwaves 40 years ago on 17 Feb 1971. It followed of course the huge success of The Six Wives of Henry VIII a year earlier, and adopted the same prize-winning formula: six different screenwriters each taking a different slice of the monarch's life and each writing a 90...

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  20. Open University - 'the embodiment of innovation'

    Wednesday 12 January 2011, 18:00

    Robert Seatter Robert Seatter

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JK Rowling to become Woman's Hour first guest editor for 60 years (Guardian)

Kim Shillinglaw: what you need to know (Broadcast)
"a near-BBC lifer, is known to be a straight-talking, confident operator with a penchant for the odd expletive, which one source described as “quite refreshing

How to tame the BBC behemoth (Daily Telegraph)
"Transferring non-news radio and TV production to the independent sector would save the BBC millions and possibly even the BBC itself"

Cancer specialist and anti-FGM activists named in Radio 4's most powerful woman list (Asian Image)

Marc Warren joins The Musketeers series 2 (Den of Geek)

BBC Radio 1 to count down top 100 downloads of all time (Digital Spy)
"After a decade of legal downloading in the UK, it's time for Radio 1 to celebrate with a countdown revealing the nation's top 100"

BBC charter a key issue for new culture secretary (Broadcast)

Festival to bring UK closer to Middle East (Ariel)
"BBC Arabic is giving Arab cinema, documentaries and journalism a UK showcase."

Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III for BBC (Independent)

'I believe it is now the right time to step down': Sir Bruce Forsyth quits Strictly Come Dancing after fronting show for a decade (Mail)

BBC Worldwide CEO re-joins BBC executive board (Digital TV Europe)
"Davie will replace BBC HR director Lucy Adams"

James Corden backs BBC Three online move: 'It is the best place for it' (Digital Spy)

Sandi Toksvig criticises BBC ban on all-male panel shows (Telegraph)
"recruiting more female hosts would be a more desirable way of correcting the imbalance"

BBC's Peter Horrocks: 'It's not that easy to get advertising in Somalia' (Guardian)
"World Service boss on financial pressure, selling ads, transmitting news via brainwaves, and Newsnight's 'brio'"

BBC Radio 2 Eurovision Pop-up station (Matt Deegan Writes)
"I think this is a great idea and something the BBC should do more of ... it makes use of existing technology ... It’s also a technology that nearly half of UK households have, so lots of people can access it."

BBC iPlayer hits record 10.7m daily requests (Mobile Entertainment)

The Village series 2 begins shooting, adds new cast members (Digital Spy)

BBC Radio 1Xtra Live heads to Birmingham (Birmingham Post)
"It’s our aspiration at BBC Birmingham to host more of these big events over the coming years.”

BBC axes The Review Show after 20 years (The Stage)

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller (Guardian)
"Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival"

American superstar Pharrell and The 1975 join the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2014 in Glasgow (Scottish Daily Record) 

BBC boss Tony Hall could be in line for cameo in W1A mockumentary (Guardian)
"Second series role rumoured for director general after BBC2 premiere of first episode pulled in 1.6 million viewers"

BBC Three announces new shows and recommissions (British Comedy Guide)
"a timely reminder that we're still very much open for comedy business"

Does Mary Berry Cooks mark a breakthrough for older women on TV?Does Mary Berry Cooks mark a breakthrough for older women on TV? (Guardian)"What results is an unapologetically old-fashioned TV show with a presenter who makes no attempt to disguise when she was born"

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