BBC Online Open Meeting
Since I've become Controller I've heard the word 'open' a lot more. No surprises because openness as a philosophy has helped define the web, what with 'open source,' 'open to the web' and 'open id'.
One of the few advantages of taking on a role that was born out of a time of difficulty is the opportunity to start afresh. My role you may recall was created in response to a somewhat critical report from the BBC Trust when it reviewed the Online Service Licence last year. In the past the BBC's online services have been criticised for seeming opaque and perhaps too closed.
Openness and transparency are values the BBC espouses. We are trying to build a more open BBC and build more partnerships across the whole web. Have a look at nature's library.
So, as a first step, I am hosting the first BBC Online 'Open meeting' where myself and colleagues will be sharing the plans we have for the next few months E.g. News, sport, weather, knowledge building, radio and music, entertainment and children's.
It's tomorrow and as we focus our efforts on planning the session, I know we won't get it entirely right. This is fine, because we can only learn how to do so next time.
We'll be reporting back next week and I'd welcome any feedback you have.