The Five Most Interesting Stories from Our Week
Venue Vu embeds live footage (eg the leftmost court) into a CGI Wimbledon
- The weekend saw Britain triumph at Wimbledon. Not at tennis, obviously, but in broadcasting technology. Not only did it see the BBC’s first ever 3D broadcast and CGI flights over Wimbledon, but thousands of you helped us by taking part in our trial of HD over HTTP. For audio, 5 Live trialled software to let you control the balance between tennis and commentary. If this inspires you (and you are an audio ubergeek) R&D are recruiting a senior audio expert.
- BBC technologist Richard Courtice raised wrote to BBC staff paper Ariel about headline-only RSS feeds for the BBC News blogs. The product manager of the BBC News Website confirmed:
We plan to move to an RSS format that includes the full text of each item over the next few months.
- On Wednesday, BBC Trust chair Lord Patten told the Royal Television Society that the values of the BBC matched the values of the Internet.
Both the internet and the BBC form part of the public realm. Both are fundamentally democratic. Combine the social and personal elements of the internet with the editorial and curatorial ambition of the BBC and we can create something exceptional.
He expressed his concern (about which he might find Prof Tim Wu's NPR interview interesting) that the internet might lose its grassroots diversity
The BBC also has to contend with the threats posed to the online world by the market. The history of all other media is of a fight for greater control, with a risk of oligopoly. We should do what we can to avoid the shrinking of the internet as an open, democratic territory.
- After a two-day delay to say goodbye, and three days after the BBC reply to a Freedom of Information request, the Ouch Messageboard closes today in line with BBC strategy to focus discussions around content. Some messageboard members set up a new community-run forum, Ouch Too.
- And finally, Phil Buckley revealed today in discussions about the new CBBC Newsround website that even being the product lead for CBBC and CBeebies is not enough to impress his children:
they vaguely understand that their dad does something to do with CBBC and CBeebies but they don't think it's that cool; meantime I get loads of free user testing
(Confused reports on Monday about the BBC allegedly banning staff from tweeting do not qualify for this list because they proved to be inaccurate.)
Ian McDonald is the Content Producer, BBC Internet Blog