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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/eloise_mcnaulty/">Eloise McNaulty | 16:03 UK time, Friday, 31 August 2012

Jamie Angus, senior commissioner for BBC Global news, blogs on how the BBC's expansion of its services in Africa benefits licence-fee payers in the UK as well as our African audiences.

BBC broadcasts in Africa have undergone some significant changes over the summer. Our radio services began in 1938 in both English and Arabic and now include services in Swahili, Somali, Hausa, French and Kinyarwanda.


Komla Dumor, one of the presenters on Focus On Africa

Komla Dumor, one of the presenters on Focus On Africa

A little earlier this summer we launched the BBC's first daily African TV news bulletin in English. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-18428532">Focus on Africa runs on BBC World News every weekday at 1730GMT, presented by Komla Dumor and Sophie Ikenye. It also runs in prime-time on free to air terrestrial TV in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Namibia. That means a whole new set of audiences can now access BBC News for the first time on TV.

This week BBC Swahili launched its own daily TV bulletin for the first time. 'Dira Ya Dunia' (it means Compass of the World) is a 30 minute bulletin of the biggest international news stories for our Kiswahili speaking audience in East and Central Africa as well as the main stories from that region. Presented by Salim Kikeke, it builds on the strong brand of the existing Swahili radio programme of the same name, and is on air in Tanzania and Kenya.

We now have local correspondents from the BBC's African Services able to report and go live in Accra, Juba, Dar-es-Salaam, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Lusaka, as well as from the BBC's existing hub bureaux in Nairobi and Johannesburg. In all the BBC has a correspondent in 48 African countries - that's significantly more than any other international broadcaster.

For the first time over the summer, some of World Service radio's flagship morning English programming also comes live from Africa. The new Newsday programme has a particular remit to serve our English audiences in Africa who in the morning hours make up around 70% of the total audience. And the programme is co-presented by Lawrence Pollard in London and Lerato Mbele in Johannesburg every day, which puts us closer to covering Africa's biggest stories. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2012/07/introducing_world_service_radi.html">Read more information about the new programme.

Lerato Mbele and Lawrence Pollard

Lerato Mbele and Lawrence Pollard

So why have we made these changes? Audiences in Africa are telling the BBC that they appreciate our impartial and comprehensive coverage, and that our radio platforms are strong and stable. But younger audiences are much more likely to seek out news on TV than Radio, so it's important that we are able to offer a selection of TV services that are accessible to mass audiences on terrestrial TV as well as satellite. And for younger radio listeners, the English World Service needs to evolve and present a more accessible sound, while losing none of our highly-valued authority and accuracy. So these changing needs are reflected in the different sound of Newsday.

African audiences are also concerned about the image of Africa presented to the rest of the world by international broadcasters. %3Ca%20href="https://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/26/ian-birrell-emergence-new-africa">And they're not alone in that. Our audiences think the BBC has a particular responsibility to reflect the African agenda fairly, and they understand our strength in influencing other international audiences. That doesn't mean ignoring strong African stories if they happen to involve civil war or food shortages. But it does mean putting them in a wider context, reflecting economic growth, creativity, and African states' growing sense of control over their own resources.

These new services in Africa bring benefit to UK audiences too. Understanding Africa's role in some of the biggest international stories we cover is more and more important. Sub-Saharan Africa has 6 of the world's ten fastest-growing economies; cultural links between African countries and the UK diaspora are significant. UK audiences also want to know whether African states are successful in combating terrorism and piracy, and keeping communities of different faiths living harmoniously side by side, in places where rapid population growth is leading to great competition for natural resources.

Most of the extra video content from Africa is available to UK audiences on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/africa/">BBC News Africa site, and of course Newsday on World Service can be heard in the UK on DAB, and overnight on Radio 4.

Jamie Angus is senior commissioner for BBC Global News



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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/eloise_mcnaulty/">Eloise McNaulty | 13:55 UK time, Friday, 31 August 2012

Welcome to our regular series of posts rounding-up news, blogs and videos from about the BBC over the past week. We look back on past events and highlight forthcoming output.


Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won 11 gold Paralympic medals between 1992-2004. Photo: BBC

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won 11 gold Paralympic medals between 1992-2004. Photo: BBC

1. Paralympics


Kevin Bakhurst, controller of BBC News Channel and deputy head, BBC Newsroom, %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2012/08/the_bbcs_paralympics_coverage.html">provided details around the BBC's Paralympic coverage. He explained that the rights for the television coverage had been awarded to %3Ca%20href="https://www.channel4.com/">Channel 4 but that there would be live commentary and reporting from the Games on %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/"> BBC Radio 5 live and %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/5livesportsextra/">Radio 5 live sports extra.

Dave Gordon, the BBC Sport's head of major events, also %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/sporteditors/2012/08/bbc_committed_to_paralympics_c.html">provided more details around coverage as did %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/5live/2012/08/5-live-at-the-paralympics.shtml">Johnathan Wall, deputy controller of 5 live.

Meanwhile %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ouch">BBC Ouch!, the internet programme which reflects disablity life, explored various paralympic themes. On the Ouch! blog BBC journalist, Damon Rose asked "%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ouch/2012/08/whats_making_these_paralympic.html">Are we ready to embrace disabled sport?" and paralympic sprinter, Libby Clegg, %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ouch/2012/08/13_questions_paralympic_sprint.html">answered 13 "medalling questions". You can follow Libby and daily Paralympic coverage online at the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/">BBC's Disability Sport website.



2. New series of Treasures of Ancient Rome on BBC Four


"Forget about Greece it's all about Rome". Treasures of Ancient Rome returns for a new three-part series on the 3 September on %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour">BBC Four at 9.00pm. Presenter Alistair Sooke charts the Roman Empire through its art, including a visit to one of the best preserved Roman cities in Libya.

Watch an exclusive video on the BBC Press website.



3. BBC Academy: Women in Engineering event


Free tickets are now available for %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/news/view/women_in_engineering_2">Women in Engineering: building the next generation of broadcast facilities . Taking place on the 24 September at BBC Broadcasting House in London, speakers will include BBC News Group director Helen Boaden and Wendy Mars, senior director, data center and virtualisation, at Cisco. %3Ca%20href="https://wie2.eventbrite.com/">How to book tickets.



4. Good Cop on BBC One


%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00szy7c">Good Cop is a drama series about a beat cop whose his life changes forever when his best friend and colleague is attacked. Scriptwriter Stephen Butchard, %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2012/08/good-cop.shtml">explains that he wanted to look at the individual police offcer rather than the rules, "Sav's mind set was also important. He HAD to be a good man, he IS a good man, a Good Cop". The series continues on Thursdays, at 9:00pm on %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone">BBC One and %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbchd/">BBC One HD.

Watch Warren Brown talk about his experience of going out with the police force and playing PC Rocksavage.




5. BBC Africa Debate on BBC World Service


South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world, racially as well as ethnically. In the year of the 18th Anniversary of Africa's multiracial elections%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00x8h4d"> BBC Africa Debate asks whether "black and white" still matters in South Africa.

The programme will be broadcast by BBC World Service at 20:05pm and repeated on Sunday 2 September at 14:05pm. The debate will also be online at %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/africa/">bbcafrica.com, on Twitter #bbcafricadebate, #bbcafrica, on Facebook and Google+ on the BBCAfrica page. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/bbc-africa-debate-18.html">More details on the BBC Press website.



In addition, Jamie Angus, senior commissioner for BBC Global News, blogged this week on %3Ca%20href="https://bbc.in/Rwoqxq">the expansion of BBC broadcasts in Africa.

6. Designing BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360


With this week's release of Radio support in BBC iPlayer, Rae Spencer, acting Senior UX experience designer at the BBC,%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2012/08/iplayer_xbox_360_design.html"> blogs about the design challenges and the project to create a consistent usable design. Rae and her colleague Katherine Aherne, are keen to have your feedback so please add your comments to her blog post.



7. BBC Radio 4 Today: design-a-radio competition


On twitter, %3Ca%20href="https://twitter.com/BBCr4today">@BBCr4today %3Ca%20href="https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/statuses/241074631212158976">reminded us about the winner of their design-a-radio competition. Earlier in the year%3Ca%20href="https://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/default.stm"> they decided to do something a bit different for %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b">Children in Need

The challenge was to design a 'skin' or outer cover for a DAB Radio made by Tivoli Audio and it was open to design students across the UK, as well as amateur designers and Today listeners.%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/profiles/today-programme-design-a-radio-competition"> Read more about the winner and how you can get a copy of the radio which is now in production.



8. Creative & Digital Media Apprenticeships


%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01m5dsk/The_New_Apprentice/">BBC apprentice David Matchett was on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday 29 August to hear stories from young people undertaking apprenticeships across Scotland. Back in July, David %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2012/07/apprentice-david-matchett-blog.shtml">blogged for the About the BBC Blog on his experience of the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes/apprenticeships">Creative & Digital Media scheme and Sharon Mair, Editor of Olympics & Commonwealth at BBC Scotland explained how it %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2012/07/bbc-scotland-apprentices.shtml">provided invaluable industry experience.

Read about the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/news/view/apprenticeships_media">BBC Academy 'Apprenticeships and the Media Conference' held on 20 June at BBC New Broadcasting House



9. Mock the Week


Dara O Briain and regulars Chris Addison, Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons will return at 10:00pm on Thursday 6 September, for Mock the Week's new Autumn run of six episodes and a Christmas Special. "The infrastructure is in place: we've got the right national flags, we've refused George Michael's request to replace the theme tune with his new single's B side - and the likes of Micky Flanagan, Greg Davies, Milton Jones, Ed Byrne, Stewart Francis and Andi Osho are all due to appear alongside the established awesome foursome." %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/mtw.html">Read more on the BBC Press Office website.



10. Dr Who


%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0">Dr Who returns on the 1 September on %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone">BBC One with Asylum of the Daleks. Watch Stephen Moffat explain why he's making those Daleks even scarier.




This week's treat for all those die hard Dr Who fans has been %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00wqr12/features/pond-life">Pond Life which has been available to watch online.



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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/richard_klein/"> Richard Klein%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/richard_klein/">Richard Klein | 15:41 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012

I'm currently at Edinburgh where I'm taking part in a Meet the Controller panel session with Muriel Gray.

Looking back on 2012, we've celebrated BBC Four's tenth birthday in March with a disco night; we've taken a Scrapheap Orchestra to the Proms and left a model house to rot in Edinburgh Zoo to study decay in After Life; explored the rich cultural heritage of 20th century America with programmes including Rich Hall's Deep South and Art of America; shined a spotlight on women in history in She-Wolves, England's Early Queens, presented by Dr Helen Castor and Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: a 17th Century History for Girls, presented by Dr Lucy Worsley; and paid tribute to an eclectic range of music - from Bowie and Punk Britannia to Symphony and The Story of Musicals; all united by the channel's trademark wit, intelligence and spirit.

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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/zai_bennett/"> Zai Bennett%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/zai_bennett/">Zai Bennett | 11:52 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012

The %3Ca%20href="https://www.mgeitf.co.uk/home/MGEITF/what-is-MGEITF.aspx">Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival has kicked off and it's one of the few times in the year when the TV community takes time to discuss the challenges facing the industry.

I've now been the Controller of %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree">BBC Three for just over a year and my plans are taking a firm shape. It's been an amazing year in which we won two BAFTAs (for factual and drama series) and have just co-hosted the London Olympics out of which we are launching our biggest ever Autumn season. In a session earlier today I was interviewed about the year so far and my vision for the channel.

For me, BBC Three should have a creative or social purpose in everything that we do. Creatively we are a channel that should take risks, our mantra at BBC Three is that we are never afraid to try new things. Myself and the team are working hard to ensure we try to fulfil that promise in our programming, our online and social media offerings, as well as in our marketing and promotions. It is a mantra that informs everything we do on the channel.

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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/janice_hadlow/"> Janice Hadlow%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/janice_hadlow/">Janice Hadlow | 11:12 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012

I'm in Edinburgh at the moment for my '%3Ca%20href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/23555677@N05/7844150554/in/photostream/">Meet the Controller' session at the %3Ca%20href="https://www.mgeitf.co.uk/home/MGEITF/what-is-MGEITF.aspx">Television Festival.

It's presented an opportunity to look back at 2012 on %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo">BBC Two. The amazing resurgence in drama has continued with the success of %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00s90hz">The Hollow Crown which received some of the most wonderful reviews I've ever seen. And then we had %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k9pm3">Line Of Duty - the channel's best performing drama series since 2002.

Actress Julie Walters being made-up during shooting for BBC Two's The Hollow Crown.

Actress Julie Walters being made-up during shooting for BBC Two's The Hollow Crown.

Comedy is also on a high with the success of %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01f87nh">Twenty Twelve, %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/clips/p00pxfy9/the_sarah_millican_television_programme_sarah_millican_learns_to_project_her_voice/">The Sarah Millican Show and %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0178fhq">Rev; documentaries have gained incredible access and tackled tough subjects in a sensitive way, from %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bskrq">Protecting Our Children to %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kqz5p">Britain In A Day; and we've filmed live from the edge of a volcano, seen the last interview with Lucian Freud and learnt how to bake the perfect Victoria sponge.

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A freeze frame from Planet Dinosaur.

 

Nigel Paterson is series producer for Planet Dinosaur. Here he blogs about what was involved in making the 3D version of BBC One's award-winning Planet Dinosaur.

It was very early on in the production of Planet Dinosaur that the embryonic thought of a 3D version was seeded. It was when we realised that we were creating absolutely everything in the virtual world of a computer (where we had absolute control and could do anything we liked) rather than the real world (where things tend to be untidy and un predictable) that it seemed that this was a project almost tailor made for 3D. We made a very short 'proof of principle' clip as much for ourselves as for anyone else. Now, the gulf between an idea and its execution can often appear unbridgeable, many end up dashed on the rocks of the reality chasm, but we were lucky and were blessed with a commissioner who saw the potential and gathered support to take a punt and give us the materials to make our metaphorical bridge.

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Editor's Note - Sian Healey is Head of Communications and Policy for TV Licensing. In this post she writes about the BBC's use of RIPA - the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

I wanted to correct some news reports this week that wrongly stated that the BBC is one of several public bodies refusing to disclose whether they use the %3Ca%20href="https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/23/contents">Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), the legislation which regulates the use of surveillance.

The story originated from %3Ca%20href="https://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/files/ripa/RIPA_Aug12_final.pdf">a report published by Big Brother Watch, which sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to public bodies asking a number of questions, including how many times these powers have been used and for which offences. The report noted that a number of public authorities, including the BBC, "refuse to disclose how often, for what purpose and what type of surveillance they have undertaken".

In our response to %3Ca%20href="https://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/">Big Brother Watch we were entirely open about the fact that the BBC does use these powers through its %3Ca%20href="https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/">TV Licensing team to detect evasion, a criminal offence. This happens only as a last resort when other less intrusive enforcement methods have been exhausted. This information has been confirmed by the BBC on many occasions in the past and is documented on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/about/foi-administering-the-tv-licensing-system-part-2-AB20/">TV Licensing website under the fourth heading 'Detection'.

However, we do not release details of exactly how and when detection is used. This is in order to ensure that people without a TV licence do not use this information to their advantage when attempting to evade the licence fee.

As these reports correctly state, the use of RIPA is perfectly legal. It is also worth noting that the BBC is inspected every two years by the %3Ca%20href="https://surveillancecommissioners.independent.gov.uk/">Office of Surveillance Commissioners, the independent body which monitors legal compliance of RIPA. Their two most recent reports praised the responsible and professional way in which the BBC conducts RIPA investigations.

The BBC's sole use of RIPA is to detect TV Licence evasion on behalf of the vast majority of the population (95%) who pay their licence. Used responsibly, transparently and when there is no other option, we value the legislation as a useful way of helping to reduce evasion levels still further and enforce the law.

Sian Healey is Head of Communications and Policy for TV Licensing

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For the first time ever, the Last Night of the Proms will be screened live in %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/summer-of-3d.html">3D in selected Odeon cinemas on Saturday 8 September.

Eight cameras will give audiences a unique view on the world-famous event including a remote camera that rotates to 180 degrees and can pan and tilt.

Cinemas relaying the live 3D experience can be found in:

Bath
Belfast
Birmingham
Braehead Glasgow
Brighton
Cardiff
Colchester
Covent Garden
Dunfermline
Greenwich
Kingston
Lincoln
Liverpool One
Maidenhead
Manchester Printworks
Norwich
Sheffield
Silverlinks Newcastle
Southampton
Swiss Cottage
Trafford Centre Manchester
Wimbledon

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The second series of BBC Three's documentary %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00vhs86">Our War starts on Monday 20 August at 9.00pm.

In the audio interview above About the BBC blog producer Eloise McNaulty speaks to executive producer Colin Barr about the making of the programme, how contributors for the documentary series were selected and the steps involved in using the footage obtained from the field.

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This is the first in a regular series of posts rounding-up news, blogs and videos from about the BBC over the past week, looking back on past events and highlighting forthcoming output.


1. Olympics Wrap-Up


At the beginning of the week, the %3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/olympic-viewing-figs.html">Media Centre website released viewing figures from across the BBC's Olympics coverage, confirming the Games as the biggest national TV event ever. Read more here.

The BBC Internet Blog ran a series of wrap-up posts post-Olympics output. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2012/08/digital_olympics_reach_stream_stats.html">Head of Product for BBC Sport and London 2012 Cait O' Riordan includes statistics for online and red button streams. Senior Technical Architect Matthew Clark wrote about the technical strategy he and his team adopted to produce the wealth of digital Olympics products the BBC offered, and Head of Core Services %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2012/08/audio_video_stream_olympics_tech.html">Marina Kalkanis revealed how audio and video streams were maintained during the sixteen days of the Games.

Over on the BBC Sport Editors' blog, Ben Gallop explains how post-Olympics, what the next steps are for %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/sporteditors/2012/08/record_breaking_viewing_figure.html">BBC Sport online.


2. New series of Our War on BBC Three


Our War returns for a second series on BBC Three on Monday 20 August at 9.00pm. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2012/08/making-the-second-series-of-bb.shtml">Executive Producer Colin Barr explained how the programme was made in a special interview for the About the BBC Blog.


3. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts 4'33" of 'silence'


Instructions to turn off the Radio 3 backup system.

Special measures (pictured above) were put in place to stop the Radio 3's emergency automatic playback for a %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/whats-on/2012/august-14/14208">late night performance of John Cage's 4'33" silence, part of the 2012 BBC Proms season. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/">Listen to the entire concert via the BBC Proms website. The season runs until Saturday 8 September.



4. Radio 1 Xtra's 10th Birthday


%3Ca%20href="a%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/">Radio 1Xtra started ten years ago this week. The BBC Radio blog shared a series of birthday messages. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lmpw5">The station celebrated with a special playlist. Jem Stone from Audio and Music Interactive, pulled together tweets, pictures and video from the day in a special %3Ca%20href="https://storify.com/jemstone/1xtra-s-10th-%0A%0Abirthday">Storify.



5. Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks premiere at the BFI


The new series of Doctor Who starts soon on BBC One and BBC HD. Executive Producer Caro Skinner took over the Doctor Who Twitter account on the day of the premiere of the first story Asylum of the Daleks, and %3Ca%20href="https://bit.ly/Oml3qe">she kept a tight grip on the tape. Watch a behind-the-scenes video from the premiere below.



Earlier in the week BBC Radio 5 Live's %3Ca%20href="https://twitter.com/richardpbacon">Richard Bacon questioned executive producer Steven Moffat about %3Ca%20href="https://audioboo.fm/boos/920436-steven-moffat-talks-about-%0A%0Adavid-tennant">the possibility of multiple Doctors appearing in the 50th anniversary drama written by Mark Gatiss %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/doctor-who-50.html">planned for next year.



6. Grab your pinny


Sue, Mel, Mary and the Silver Fox returned to our screens with the third series of %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01m2b1b/The_Great_British_Bake_Off_Series_3_Episode_1/">Great British Bake Off.

Cookery writer %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l5pll">Mary Berry's recent appearance on Desert Island Discs is available via the programme's online archive.

7. Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Live


Edinburgh Fringe and BBC Three are hosting a mammoth night of live comedy via Red Button on Friday 17 August featuring more than 40 Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival acts. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/comedy-marathon.html">More information on the BBC Media Centre website.



8. A change for Radio 1 Breakfast Show jingles


Ahead of Nick Grimshaw's new breakfast show starting on 24 September, information emerged about Radio 1's new direction for breakfast show jingles. %3Ca%20href="https://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9744000/9744918.stm">Former Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn talked to Today's Sarah Montague about it, reminding listeners about Radio 2's new package of jingles.



9. The Best Of Men


%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2012/08/best-of-men-paralympics-drama.shtml">The inspiring story of how Dr Guttmann's work rehabilitating World War II soldiers that led to the creation of the Paralympics. Cast member David Proud shares his experience of acting in the drama on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2012/08/best-of-men-paralympics-drama.shtml">BBC TV blog. Scriptwriter Lucy Gannon throws light on the writing process on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/writersroom/posts/The-Best-of-Men-">BBC Writersroom blog.

10. Time-lapse video from the Olympic Park


Finally, take two and a half minutes to watch %3Ca%20href="https://vinnyverse.tumblr.com/post/29456917826/london-2012-a-days-view-from-lund-point-a-day">Duncan McLean's beautiful time-lapse video shot during the Olympics featuring behind the scenes shots of the BBC's Olympic studio in Stratford. %3Ca%20href="https://twitter.com/Imeldaflattery/status/235841335989526528">Thanks to BBC 2012 producer Imelda Flattery for the heads up.




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Over on the BBC Internet Blog, Head of product for BBC Sport and London 2012 Cait O'Riordan has written about the '%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2012/08/digital_olympics_reach_stream_stats.html">BBC's digital Olympics', providing detail on how the Games was viewed online. . She writes:

The BBC's promise was to deliver coverage of every sport from every venue, and we certainly achieved this with our digital coverage: from the blue ribbon events like the 100m final all the way to the first taekwondo heats, the multi-faceted entirety of the Olympics was available to watch throughout the day across online and Red Button.

The BBC Media Centre published %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/olympic-viewing-figs.html">details on viewing figures from across the 2012 Olympics earlier this afternoon.

Every moment of the London 2012 Olympics is available on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video">BBC Sport website until 13 January 2013 (UK only).

Yesterday, %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2012/08/as-a-once-in-a-lifetime-broadc.shtml">Director-General Mark Thompson offered his thanks to staff and audiences on the About the BBC blog.

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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/zarin_patel/"> Zarin Patel%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/zarin_patel/">Zarin Patel | 09:00 UK time, Monday, 13 August 2012

Today, the BBC Pension Trustees have published their %3Ca%20href="https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mypension/en/summary_report_2012.pdf">interim funding check on the pension scheme. I would encourage all members of the pension scheme to read it. As the BBC's Chief Financial Officer I'd like to set out my thoughts on what it means for the BBC.

As the Chair of the Pension Trustees says in the report, this has been a difficult year for all pension schemes including the BBC's. In 2011, for example, Barclays, BT and the Universities Superannuation Scheme revealed funding deficits of £6.4bn, £4.1bn and £2.9bn respectively, and many other companies face similar challenges with increased deficits. With regard to the BBC scheme, market conditions, and in particular falling bond yields, have pushed up the value of scheme liabilities. As a result, in spite of the value of the scheme's assets rising, the overall funding deficit of the BBC scheme has increased to £2.6bn.

Firstly it is important to note that this is an interim funding check, not a full funding valuation. The next full valuation is due in 2013 and at that point the Pension Trustees and the BBC will, if necessary, agree a new schedule of contributions to address any deficit.

The Pension Trustees rightly recognise that the BBC's support for the scheme remains strong. We are fully committed to the deficit recovery plan agreed with the Pension Trustees following the 2010 valuation and have paid the first two years' extra contributions. Moreover the benefit reforms introduced in 2010 were done specifically to help ensure the long term sustainability of the scheme. Had those reforms not been implemented, we estimate that the deficit would now be around £750m higher. It is important to add that the BBC has no plans for any further reforms at this time.

The report also explains how the Pension Trustees have reduced the scheme's investment risk over the past year, with the ultimate aim of becoming less financially dependent on the BBC. The BBC supports this approach since it will help safeguard the scheme's long term future.

We will of course continue to keep the scheme's position under review and will engage fully with the Pension Trustees following the full funding valuation next year.

Zarin Patel is the Chief Financial Officer at the BBC

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The BBC London 2012 Graphic

As a once-in-a-lifetime broadcasting moment draws to a close, I want to pay tribute to every single person in the BBC who has helped to bring London 2012 to our audiences.

I am very proud of all our staff, from our on-air presenters, reporters and commentators, to all those who have worked tirelessly behind the camera and the mic. It's needed total commitment and great stamina through very long hours, but everywhere I've been over the past fortnight I've seen amazing team-work, passion and utter professionalism. The result has been the best coverage of any event by a broadcaster that I have ever had the privilege to witness.

For most people in this country, their experience of the Games has been through the BBC. Over 50 million viewers have watched our programming. The astonishing opening ceremony (which included several films made by the BBC including that unforgettable 'Good evening, Mr Bond' moment) drew a peak audience of 26.9m (27.1m including red button) and still had over 20m people watching after midnight. That all makes it one of the most watched programmes in the history of BBC Television. But that was only the start. Over the days since then, there have so many individual moments of triumph and drama - some playing to tens of millions of people, some to a few hundred thousand on one of our special Olympic channels, though none the worse for that. And all of them on the BBC.

Work began many years ago with a decision not only that we would commit to broadcast every moment of the games and carry every sport live, but that we would also attempt to reflect all aspects of the games' impact on the UK. In order to deliver this undertaking the BBC 2012 team, led by Roger Mosey, began the job of coordinating with teams across the BBC to ensure we had the resources and the programming to cover the biggest broadcasting event in our 90 year history.

In the years and months leading up to the games we told the journalistic stories behind the huge preparations, good and bad, in our news, current affairs and factual programming. Once the Olympic flame arrived in the United Kingdom on 18th May, BBC teams from across the country made sure every step of its journey was covered. As well as rolling online coverage, our local and regional news teams did a fantastic job of reporting the experience of the torchbearers and the huge crowds that turned out to greet them. This set the scene for the start of the games themselves.

As the sport got under way, an enormous effort swung into place to make sure we offered the most complete coverage of an Olympic games ever. Alongside programming on our main channels, we carried 24 HD streams from around the different venues so fans of every sport, from archery to wrestling, could follow the games live. Dave Gordon, who is working on his tenth summer Olympics for the BBC, has overseen a Herculean effort by Barbara Slater's BBC Sport teams in London and Salford, and at Eton Dorney, Weymouth and all the other locations around the UK, and I'd like to say thank you to all of them.

It's fair to say the coverage has been generally very positively received by the critics. But more importantly than that, it has set a new benchmark for audiences about how we cover big events in the future. In particular, this was the first truly digital Olympics and it gave them more choice and more control than they have ever experienced before.

Our Future Media teams designed and created ground breaking online services. So far we've had over 50 million requests for the BBC Sport's live video interactive streams, there have been 1.9m downloads of the BBC Olympics App, and perhaps most impressively the first week of the games was the most popular ever for BBC Sport Online with a total of 34.7m browsers.

Meanwhile, teams from radio and television have supported the sports coverage, with factual, drama and music programming providing a flavour of the games impact on the whole country.

None of this could have happened without a great deal of work behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly and get the extra channels (both television and radio) on air without a hitch - although sometimes it's taken nerves of steel! Everyone who has worked in the BBC's Operations Group, which ensures the technology, distribution of content, and support services for all our programmes, has played a vital role.

While today sees the end of our Olympic coverage, the Paralympics will be beginning on August 29th and Radio 5 Live will be bringing audiences full coverage of the games, building on their terrific work at the Olympics, that has delivered the station's best ever audience appreciation figures. Our News and Global News teams will continue to bring the stories of the games to our national and international audiences, with the same authority, objectivity and an entirely justified touch of pride that they have shown throughout the Olympics.

So I'd like to conclude by saying thank you to all of you for your hard work, but also to our audiences for being there and sharing this unique experience with us. The London games are ending but the story of the BBC and the Olympics goes on. We've secured the rights to cover the winter and summer games to 2020. That means that we'll be in Rio in four years time and our ambition there will be the same as it's been in London. To use our creativity and experience, the latest technology and the oldest story-telling skills to once again offer our audiences the very best seats in the house. Thank you.

Mark Thompson is Director General of the BBC

UPDATE (Monday 13 August 2012): Today, the BBC released up-to-date information on TV and online statistics. Further information and links available %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2012/08/olympics-2012-viewing-figures.shtml">here.

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We're trying out some new ways of documenting important moments in the BBC's ongoing operations. %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/managementstructure/biographies/mosey_roger/">Roger Mosey's new appointment provided an opportunity to do that.

Below is a collection of official announcements, tweets and online stories which covered the news of Roger's new appointment, collated using %3Ca%20href="https://storify.com/aboutthebbc/roger-mosey-appointed-acting-director-of-bbc-visio">Storify.

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%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/jon_jacob/">Jon Jacob | 11:42 UK time, Friday, 3 August 2012

A camera films audience members in the Top of the Pops studio.

Cameras like the one the BBC used in colour broadcasts in the late sixties and seventies are potent symbols. For people of a certain age, they're a shortcut to childhood memories, in this case the BBC's weekly pop music programme Top of the Pops.

The camera like that pictured above is one of a collection that makes up a special exhibition across the UK that tells the story of broadcasting innovation. The exhibition is open to the public and staged alongside demonstration screenings of the 2012 Olympics in Super Hi-Vision in London and Glasgow. Entry to the exhibition and screenings are free. Further details are available on the BBC's Shows and Tours website. Super Hi-Vision screenings are also being staged at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Before a special visit made by representatives from NHK to New Broadcasting House, London, to see the exhibition and for a Super Hi-Vision screening earlier this week, I spoke to Head of BBC History Robert Seatter and BBC Technology Advisor John Trenouth about the appeal of broadcasting history and how the Olympics have helped fuel advances in broadcasting.


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Head of BBC History %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/2012/07/the-olympic-games-and-broadcas.shtml">Robert Seatter recently blogged about the Olympics, Broadcasting Innovation and Super Hi-Vision on the About the BBC blog.

Entry to the broadcast innovation exhibition in the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/whatwedo/aroundtheuk/scotland.html">BBC's Scotland headquarters in Pacific Quay in Glasgow and %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/whatwedo/aroundtheuk/london/">New Broadcasting House in London is free.

Super Hi-Vision screenings are open to the public are free but require a ticket. Book tickets for London and Glasgow on the BBC Shows and Tours website and on the National Media Museum website for Bradford.

Learn more about the BBC's past on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/">History of the BBC website.

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Late last night the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/main-rajar-aug.html">BBC Media Centre website published a press release about the latest figures for radio listening. The press release includes the %3Ca%20href="https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/rajar-q2-2012.pdf">network radio data captured by %3Ca%20href="https://www.rajar.co.uk/">RAJAR - Radio Joint Audience Research.

%3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19084838">BBC News Online reports on the digital stations story, 'BBC digital stations 1Xtra and Radio 4 Extra set record' while BBC staff online newspaper %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/19081030">Ariel picks up on local radio.

Over on the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio/posts/RAJARS-Q2-2012-A-round-up">BBC's Radio blog, editor Paul Murphy has collated some commentator's responses to the RAJAR figures including posts from %3Ca%20href="https://www.mediauk.com/article/33987/rajar-q22012-britains-getting-bigger-but-is-radio-shrinking">Managing Director of Media UK James Cridland and %3Ca%20href="https://www.adambowie.com/weblog/archive/003292.html">Adam Bowie. On the %3Ca%20href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/5live/2012/08/amidst-the-olympic-medal-count.shtml">5 Live Blog controller Adrian van Klaveren takes time away from the Olympics to offer his take on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra's figures.

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