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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 15:28 UK time, Friday, 9 October 2009

On the Internet blog we spend a lot of our time keeping track on what's being said, discussed and debated about the things the BBC's up to in the online and digital space. Often the good stuff is found on people's personal blogs where they get to share aspects of their Beeb work.

On his blog the Managing Editor for the BBC's Mobile Platforms Jason DaPonte shares the slides from his Over the Air presentation showing some of the things the Beeb's up to in the mobile space as well as Jason's predictions for the next big things in his area.

The Guardian reported that:

"The BBC Trust has frozen the budgets of three of the BBC's online learning services pending a review of their market impact. The investment freeze follows a complaint from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) which was partially upheld by the trust."
Read the BBC Trust's findings.

The BBC Trust has also released new draft editorial guidlelines for public consultation. The Editors Weblog rounds up some of the background to the new draft but wonders:

"How many members of the public actually read through the 190-page document is another question, and obviously it is impossible to say how much attention the BBC Trust will actually pay to suggestions."

There's an interesting debate on the use of open codecs developing over on the Radio Labs blog in response to a post on the phasing out of RealMedia on BBC services. Elsewhere on the Radio Labs blog there's Duncan Robertson's intriguingly titled post: Fun with Quartz Composer in Snow Leopard and the BBC Radio Schedule.

Finally, the team putting together the TV documentary history of the Web currently known as Digital Revolution (working title) are asking for suggestions for a new name. They've also made available rushes of interviews with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Howard Rheingold  under a permissive licence if you fancy editing them into your own Web documentary.

Acorn teamUPDATE (PM): It's just been pointed out to me by my colleague Jonathan that while many of this blog's readers are no doubt interested in the latest findings of the BBC Trust (see above) he was rather suprised that we hadn't even mentioned BBC4's Micro Men shown last night. It's a comedy drama about inventor Clive Sinclair, ex-employee Chris Curry and the nascent British home computing market of the 'eighties. You can watch it on the Micro Men programme page for the next six days.
Sam Wollaston gave it a very good review on the Guardian website and Drobe has an interview with its producer and a review which ends neatly with this:

One final thought: before the film was shown, the continuity announcer warned us there will be some strong language; I guess I was the only one who thought, 'Perl as well as 6502 assembler?'

Paul Murphy is the Editor of this blog.



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