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Mary Beard, Presenter, Front Row Late
Mary Beard tells us about the new series of Front Row Late, and the trials and tribulations of filming at home.
Whether it’s explaining the latest in Coronavirus, or events around the world and the UK, the nation’s children have never needed a news source they can trust and understand more than they do now.
No audience is clearer about how they want to consume their news than the UK’s children.
Today is an exciting day for BBC Children’s as we look to preserve Newsround and deliver public service journalism for the next generation.
Newsround has a really important job to do. That’s why we welcome Ofcom’s decision to allow us to adapt how we do that job. In short, the headline is a simple one: We will give more kids, more news, in more places.
Today’s announcement means we can deliver more news online to the UK’s children, which is where we know they are consuming it. Our Newsround online audience averages 1m users every week. During Lockdown we set a new weekly record of an incredible 1.7m users. The number of children watching the bulletins on CBBC TV channel have been declining for a number of years so we need to shift resources to where the kids are. The changes are being led by them.
From September, when most of the UK’s schoolchildren begin to go back to the classroom, there will…
By acting now, we can ensure fair and free news - along with Britain's voice and values - continue to resonate powerfully around the world
The past few months have proved just how priceless are the values of traditional journalism in the ‘fake news’ age. Two forces in particular have brought this home in no uncertain terms.
First, the massive “infodemic” of online misinformation that has grown up alongside the coronavirus crisis. The problem is so severe that, even if a safe and effective vaccine is found, global health leaders warn that the drowning out of reliable, authoritative guidance could dramatically hinder take up.
Second, the growing use of disinformation as a tool for democratic disruption. This week’s report into Russia’s activity in the UK has laid the stakes bare. For the state-backed actors of Russia and China, the provision of news is first and foremost an extension of state influence.
The warning bells ring loud and clear. Last year, Russia’s RT was fined for serious…
Publicist, Digital Communications
A quick round up of what's new this week on BBC iPlayer, programmes that are about to become unavailable, plus some hidden gems you might have missed.
In an alternate version of present-day America, witches are deployed on the frontline of military defence. Having ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the government to use magic in the service of national security, they are now enlisted at an early age to train in combat witchcraft under the steely discipline of an all-female command. Full series available as a box set from Sunday 26 July.
Director, Radio & Education
On Sunday 31 of May, I got a text from Lorna Clarke, the Controller of Pop at the BBC. She was updating me on the work her teams had done over the weekend on how to respond to the death of George Floyd.
That weekend’s work led to a series of programmes across the week, from Clara Amfo and Greg James on Radio 1 to a Black Empowerment day on 1Xtra, culminating in a unique, captivating edition of 1Xtra Talks, which grappled with the experience of structural racism in the UK.
The horrific killing of George Floyd had been on the minds and in the conversations of our black colleagues. I had…
Controller, BBC Radio 3
Jon Fosse is one of the world’s most performed playwrights, laden with international awards. But his work is little known and rarely performed in this country.
Writing in Nynorsk, a spare form of Norwegian with a relatively small number of words, his characters live in abstract, poetic worlds characterised by cold, harsh internal and external reality. Like the Icelandic sagas the characters speak…
Director, Radio & Education
Two years ago, we reviewed our education strategy and said we would focus on improving the life chances of kids in the UK. We also said we could only do that by working with partners.
Recent weeks have been challenging for everyone, not least parents and carers who quickly found themselves juggling home schooling and home working. But these unprecedented times have shown how the BBC can make a…
Head of BBC Local News Partnerships
The BBC has recently completed a detailed review of the Local News Partnerships (LNP). It felt a bit like a school inspection, with the director of BBC Northern Ireland Peter Johnston and his team taking a thorough look at partnership and the outcomes it delivers.
The LNP began in 2017; a joint venture between the BBC and the News Media Association (NMA), the body that represents news organisations in the UK. The central aim was to support public service journalism at a local level and in particular improve coverage of local government, which was in decline and becoming increasingly hard to…