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Tuesday 15 April 2014, 08:59
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.
Friday 7 February 2014, 16:56
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.
Friday 7 February 2014, 12:57
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.
Friday 10 January 2014, 08:43
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.
Monday 30 December 2013, 14:07
Graham Stewart looks back on Scotland’s longest-running radio programme as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Tuesday 28 May 2013, 13:58
Matt Verrill reveals how the BBC documented the Queen's Coronation coverage 60 years ago.
Wednesday 10 April 2013, 11:26
Matt Verill shares more treasures from his BBC memorabilia collection.
Thursday 4 April 2013, 13:19
Radio drama fans owe a debt to Sir John Gielgud's big brother Val, Hannah Khalil reveals why.
Thursday 28 March 2013, 15:26
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Coordinator, Rachid Errtibi remembers the BBC's White City building as it closes.
Tuesday 26 March 2013, 15:51
A collection of links from around the BBC marking 90 years of weather forecasts.
Thursday 7 March 2013, 13:21
As BBC Television Centre prepares to close its doors, Matt Verrill remembers the building through his collection of BBC Handbooks.
Tuesday 5 March 2013, 10:15
Graham Stewart shines a light on Radio Scotland's humble but ambitious beginnings.
Tuesday 12 February 2013, 12:53
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.
Friday 1 February 2013, 15:11
BBC Arabic celebrated it's 75th anniversary in January. One of the Arabic service's editors Adel Soliman talks about his experiences.
Friday 3 August 2012, 12:42
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...
Monday 30 April 2012, 16:05
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...
Wednesday 2 November 2011, 09:54
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...
Wednesday 23 March 2011, 10:18
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...
Tuesday 15 February 2011, 08:31
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...
Wednesday 12 January 2011, 18:00
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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"
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"
Festival to bring UK closer to Middle East (Ariel)
"BBC Arabic is giving Arab cinema, documentaries and journalism a UK showcase."
BBC Worldwide CEO re-joins BBC executive board (Digital TV Europe)
"Davie will replace BBC HR director Lucy Adams"
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)
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"
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"
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