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  1. Closing the BBC Radio Blog

    Tuesday 22 October 2013, 17:33

    Paul Murphy Paul Murphy Senior Producer, A&Mi

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    This is the last post on the BBC Radio blog as we’re closing the blog to new posts. You’ll still be able to access the archive but in future we’ll be publishing news about developments in BBC Radio elsewhere.

    How to keep up to date with BBC Radio

    You can get the latest news about developments in BBC Radio including iPlayer Radio on the About the BBC blog, the BBC Internet blog and from the BBC Media Centre.

    Network Radio blogs

    There's also the Radio 4 blog that has weekly updates from Radio 4's Feedback programme featuring the view and opinions of BBC Radio's listeners as well as regular posts from the network's presenters, producers and commissioners.

    For news on developments, programmes and events such as the Proms at Radio 3 as well as the BBC orchestras visit the Radio 3 blog.

    The 5 live blog covers the station's news and sports reporting. You can find a full list of all the BBC's blogs including presenters' blogs and the blogs for BBC Nations and Regions on the Blogs Homepage.

    BBC Radio on Twitter and Facebook

    You can also keep in touch with BBC Radio developments by following @BBCiPlayerRadio on twitter.

    The BBC Radio networks are also on Twitter and Facebook.

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  2. Launching the BBC iPlayer Radio mobile app on Android

    Wednesday 24 April 2013, 09:59

    Mark Friend Mark Friend Controller

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    Key features of the BBC iPlayer Radio app

    Today is an exciting day for me and my team as we are launching the BBC iPlayer Radio app for Android devices. It will bring all the same great features that are in the iOS version together with some further enhancements which utilise the specific navigational paradigms of the Android platform. Features include:

    • A touchscreen dial that beautifully shows the breadth of our radio, allowing easy access to all 57 BBC radio stations and their live streams.
    • An alarm clock to let you wake up to your favourite BBC Radio station.
    • Access to catch-up content, video and audio clips, podcasts, and for music shows, the details of the tracklist.
    • The ability to set programme alerts to tell you when specific favourite shows are on.
    • The option to favourite tracks and share them with friends via email and Twitter.

    The app is available now in the Google Play store and via the Amazon app store. This app is also available on Android tablets (not just smartphones), including the very popular Amazon Kindle Fire HD. We are using the HLS audio format which is supported by Android version 3.0 and above. For a more detailed explanation of what devices will support the BBC...

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  3. Voice Week on BBC Radio 2

    Friday 12 April 2013, 18:18

    Andy West Andy West Producer, BBC Radio 2

    All next week, with the return of The Voice UK on BBC One, Radio 2 will be celebrating and exploring the most magical, incredible, beautiful instrument ever created: the human voice.

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    Hear the trailer for our week of special programmes celebrating the human voice.
    For me, producing this series has been an extraordinary experience; forcing me for the first time to consider the joy and complexity of the sound we make when we open our mouths. In song and in speech, our voices tell the rest of the world how we think and feel. They educate, inform, attract, entertain and offend.

    The Voice on Radio 2 will showcase the full sweep of issues relating to human speech and song. The Jeremy Vine Show will look at losing one's voice and selective mutism, as well as exploring freedom of speech and the origin of British accents.

    At the end of the week, Jeremy will be inviting the UK’s best-loved and best-known voices to take part in an extraordinary broadcast. Imagine sharing a drink with The London Underground, Tony the Tiger, Postman Pat, Siri, Big brother, the National Lottery and Mr X Factor all in one studio at the same time. The Radio 2 Voice Party will be at 1pm on Friday 19 April. 

    ...

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  4. The Lost Letters from America Found

    Tuesday 26 March 2013, 13:27

    Zillah Watson Zillah Watson Producer

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    Roy Whittaker (on the left) and David Henderson Roy Whittaker (on the left) and David Henderson When Radio 4’s Broadcasting House launched an appeal for lost recordings of Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America, last October, no one could have imagined that it would lead to over 620 missing programmes being restored to the BBC’s archive.

    Fortunately two listeners - Roy Whittaker, from Cornwall, and David Henderson, from Warwickshire, heard the programme and contacted Broadcasting House. They both loved listening to Alistair Cooke and recorded Letter from America every Friday night for years.

    But unlike other people who got it touch,...

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  5. By:Larm 2013

    Monday 25 February 2013, 15:22

    James Simcock James Simcock Executive Producer

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    Sculpture in the entrance to the Hotel Royal Christiana Sculpture in the entrance to the Hotel Royal Christiana

    What is By:Larm?

    By:Larm is a 4 day music event held in Oslo annually. According to an online translation service, the name translates as ‘Urban Noise’.

    What you will find there are lots of panels, seminars and training sessions through the day, and live performances from a diverse range of Nordic and Scandinavian artists performing at a selection of venues around the city by night.

    By:Larm is abundant with networking opportunities for those working both in, and around music, including digital service providers, students, labels, artist...

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  6. Why BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra are opening up to audiences this month for Access All Areas

    Monday 18 February 2013, 16:34

    Piers Bradford Piers Bradford Commissioning Editor Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra

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    Access All Areas on the web

    So far this month we've seen the editor of Newsbeat dance like a loon to the Harlem Shake, the controller of Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra being forced to choose which female DJ he'd like to kiss and Sara Cox wrestle her producer to the ground.

    This isn't exactly what we envisaged when we proposed that February should be Access All Areas month on Radio 1.

    The month had 2 clear objectives:

    1. To be as open and transparent as possible for our young audience
    2. To celebrate and continue the stations digital innovation

    We know how much our listeners like to see behind the scenes and get exclusive backstage access...

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  7. The making of a new version of The Wind in the Willows with a full orchestra

    Monday 18 February 2013, 11:56

    Selina Ream Selina Ream Production Coordinator

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    Ed's note: On Saturday afternoon this new version of The Wind in the Willows was broadcast on Radio 4. You can hear it on Radio iPlayer for the next five days. Here the project's production coordinator Selina Ream describes the process once they got into the BBC studios at Maida Vale a few days before Christmas.

    'Poop-poop! Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The ONLY way to travel!' Toad stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor-car...

    When I asked to work on the new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows just over a year ago, little did I know how different the production process would turn out, but also how moving and unforgettable our time...

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  8. BBC iPlayer Radio app now links through to Radioplayer

    Thursday 14 February 2013, 16:41

    Mark Friend Mark Friend Controller

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    Radio app montage

    Recent listening figures from RAJAR suggest around 20% of the UK has listened to radio via a mobile phone. This figure nearly doubles to 37.6% for 15-24 year olds. It's not surprising then that the mobile apps that the BBC and Radioplayer both launched in late 2012 have proved very successful.

    The BBC iPlayer Radio app on iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) has been downloaded more than 1.4 million times since launch and, along with the Radioplayer app, it is being regularly used and driving up overall radio listening. The UK radio industry is all working hard to increase digital listening and mobile...

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  9. Is that Kraftwerk in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern? No, it's World Radio Day

    Wednesday 13 February 2013, 16:08

    Paul Murphy Paul Murphy Senior Producer, A&Mi

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    BBC Daventry Empire Short Wave Station,1938 The control room BBC Daventry Empire Short Wave Station, 1938.

    "13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves." from The UNESCO website

    • You can find out more about the second World Radio Day on the UNESCO website.
    • The picture is from the BBC archive and the original caption reads: "BBC Daventry Empire Short Wave Station: 1938. Picture shows - High power transmitter. The control...

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  10. Radio 1's Live Lounge website and the Semantic Web

    Tuesday 12 February 2013, 14:53

    Sam Bailey Sam Bailey Interactive editor

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    Live Lounge

    Last week, we re-launched Radio 1's Live Lounge website. It contains an archive of 426 Live Lounge sessions dating back to 2007, showing who played when, where and what they played.  Each entry has photographs, and some of the more recent ones have audio and video.

    The new site looks great on mobile, and from now on all Live Lounge videos will play on your mobile too.

    The Live Lounge is the biggest launch so far on our new events platform, which we lovingly call Eavis (in honour of the man who runs the best festival in the world, Glastonbury's Michael Eavis). 

    The platform has so far hosted...

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