BBC HDTV: DOG Level
First of all, though: an apology. Turning up the level of the BBC HD DOG was not my first act on coming into the job - but it is probably the first thing that I need to apologise for.
Somehow or other, as some new channel branding was introduced last Saturday night, the level of the DOG got turned up from its usual semi-transparent state to 100% white. It wasn't supposed to happen and as soon as I became aware of it, we investigated and ensured the level was adjusted back down.
I agree with those viewers who contacted me - or, like Blake Connolly, posted on DigitalSpy - that the white DOG was extremely irritating and obtrusive, and I can promise you that - barring further technical glitches - it won't be reappearing in that form.
What I do want to do is to ask for your help in ensuring that BBC HD really works for its audiences. I can allay Bill Taylor's concerns - Andrew Marr's Britain from Above will be shown on BBC HD, and over the next month we're also giving lots of airtime to the first Olympics and Paralympics to be broadcast in HD, as well as showing the CBBC programme M I High.
Over the coming months, we have a huge range of programming to be shown on the channel, but I'm also keen to hear from you about the kinds of things you'd like to watch and when you'd like to watch them. Also do let me know when you watch something that you love, or hate, that you think works really well in HD, or that you think might just as well have been shown in SD. For the BBC, and for me in particular, there's lots to learn about migrating programmes to HD and making an HD channel work. Sometimes I'm going to want to try out new things which may not work. But I'd ask you to bear with me - and although I can't promise to always respond, I will try - let me know what you think.
Danielle Nagler is Head of HDTV, BBC Vision.