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The Blue Room at The Consumer Electronics Show

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Richard Robbins | 10:54 UK time, Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hi, my name is Richard and I'm a technologist working in the BBC Blue Room.

It's my job to highlight immediate consumer technology trends and game changing media consumption devices and to bring them to the attention of our editorial, technical and management teams.

In the Blue Room we often find the strongest way to convey the importance and impact of new electronic equipment and content services is to put them in the hands of our colleagues and allow them to discover the potential for themselves.

Ultra High Definition TV screens at The International Consumer Electronics Show 2013

The Blue Room is our den of devices where colleagues can touch, test and trial new consumer cameras, emerging displays, fresh forms of digital content and connected experiences across mobile, tablet, PC and televisions.

One of the biggest events in the technology calendar is the International Consumer Electronics Show. It features 20,000 product launches, more than 150,000 attendees and over 3,250 exhibitors.

With the exception of Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft nearly every technology company from start-up to the multi-billion dollar global brand have a presence in Las Vegas in January.

My fellow Blue Roomer, Lindsey Suter and I were there too.

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What's on BBC Red Button 19-25 January

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Sorcha Clifford Sorcha Clifford | 06:00 UK time, Saturday, 19 January 2013

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We're busy on the Red Button this week preparing to host a maelstrom of great music for your viewing pleasure. It's an eclectic offering - from stadium rockers Bon Jovi to Asian Network collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic to the very best of Northern Ireland's music scene. Add to this insider exclusives from eccentric new comedy Blandings and firm favourite Miranda and we hope you'll agree it's a great week to stay on red!

Here's a look at what's in store - and if you want to stay updated throughout the week, why not follow us on Twitter or visit our Red Button page.

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi play live for BBC Radio 2

Bon Jovi fans listen up - we've got a real treat in store this week as we bring you the band in concert from the intimate BBC Radio Theatre. Watch on your Red Button as they play some of their stadium-filling hits as well as an early taster of their new material.

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External Supply Review

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Richard Smith Richard Smith | 12:30 UK time, Friday, 18 January 2013

 

I'm Richard Smith and I look after feedback and public accountability for BBC Online (including managing the small team who produce this blog and plan and deliver our BBC Online Industry Briefings.)

Part of my role involves working with BBC commissioners and external suppliers to facilitate the working relationship between BBC Online and the UK's digital industry, whether these are big players or start-ups.

BBC Online is subject to a quota which ensures that we spend at least 25% of our eligible budget with external suppliers, with the aim of creating the highest quality service and the best possible value for money.

In 2011 the BBC Trust asked us to report back with answers to six key questions relating to what our quota aims to achieve and how we work with the digital industry.

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