The ones that are official BBC outlets for programmes, strands or presenters are complied in line with BBC guidelines. We do encourage BBC staff who are using twitter in a personal capacity to make a disclaimer to this effect and not to include BBC in their username if it is a personal account.
There is a view that there is no need to include a disclaimer on a personal account as they are not claiming to be speaking as the BBC in their personal space on a third party site and that people viewing this are capable of differentiating between an official BBC output and a personal one.
Perhaps a good example here is the difference between @bbctms and @alisonmitchell. The former is an official account that Alison manages as an addition to TMS when she is involved, the latter her personal account where she muses on her passion for cricket and her other interests. I believe the vast majority of our audiences are capable of differentiating between the two types of account.
With regard to guests on programmes, we aim to include information on guests on the schedule in each programme’s page as far in advance as possible.
We know that this is a popular part of the site and when audiences are searching we want them to come to the show page as the destination where they can listen to the show rather than having to make a further click to listen. Some guests aren’t arranged until very close to the time the programme goes out which makes it difficult to announce them in advance. Where this happens we aim to update the billings to reflect the guests once the programme becomes available on iPlayer.
If we were to use the blog for guest information, it would draw away from its central purpose and also result in a duplication of effort and resource for information that we are already trying to make available in a more appropriate place elsewhere on the site.
@Dr_Bean Yes, theoretically we could put the full two hours video online, but given the processing time it would take we believe that given the likely numbers who will sit through the full two hours, it doesn’t serve audiences well to devote effort to this as they can already listen to the programme in full online or download the podcast. Also video is currently restricted to UK audiences on the 5 live site, so many who are unable to watch the live stream would also miss out on the on demand video.
At some point in the future, maybe we will be in a position to offer the full show as on demand video with very little extra effort which would be great, but as it stands, we’re focused on reaching the biggest possible audience with highlights which we know there is a strong demand for.
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