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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 12:10 UK time, Monday, 2 June 2008

So while the BBC's words are all about "protecting'' the market, its actions are all about "owning'' the market.

Edward Roussel of the Telegraph in the Guardian's PDA blog (and a good discussion in comments).

"BBC Trust review: Your questions" (answered by BBC trustee Patricia Hodgson), from BBC News.

"Report reveals bbc.co.uk is £36m over annual budget": more context from the Guardian.

Never mind whether the BBC will produce 'ultra-local' news hubs, it is Google's infinite budget, spotless brand, and seemingly completely free hand in the UK market that poses a bigger commercial threat to all of the UK's web industry

says Martin Belam at Currybet.net.

David at Webometric Thoughts says the Trust's conclusion that "bbc.co.uk is an excellent service that is highly valued by users... is definitely the most obvious finding ever" and shares some stats for traffic he's had from bbc.co.uk.

Alfred Hermida at reportr.net picks out the section of the review on blogs.


"Good news for websites - BBC told to link out more!": Blogstorm sees a silver lining.

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    I'm glad to see others picked up on the linking issue - though this, like other issues, doesn't seem to be raised in the Trust's reports in the context of benefits for users.

    But what seems to have been entirely missed was this:

    "We are [also] not convinced that BBC management's ambition to be 'part of' the web rather than 'on it' by embedding BBC content on other sites, such as YouTube, plays any role in acting as a 'trusted guide' to the wider web. Rather, this is mainly a way of marketing BBC content to those who might not otherwise access it."

    And this is a bad thing?

    I did put this question in to Hodgson but wasn't picked. I'd be interested to know if this affect your plans to 'eventually' enable embedding, Nick.


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