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iPlayer/DRM Podcast & Interview

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Ashley Highfield | 16:29 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2007

iplayer_podcast.pngThere has been much comment about the iPlayer and our current usage of Microsoft DRM (some of it even good!). I have done a couple of interviews with and our own BBC Backstage to try and move on the dialogue from why we needed to make the decisions we did, to where we go from here, and to how we intend moving forwards towards universal access to our content in the UK. These are intended to open more meaningful conversation based on a mutual understanding of the issues and practicalities we face.

I'd be interested in your thoughts, so please do comment - either on this post or, if you are a subscriber, via the Backstage mailing list.

Ashley Highfield is Director, BBC's Future Media and Technology

It's Good To Talk

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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 16:23 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2007

This blog aims to talk about what the BBC does on the internet and in technology, including BBC websites, internet services and technology products like the iPlayer. It will feature contributions from BBC Future Media and Technology teams, interactive editors, executives, controllers and FM&T's Director along with your comments.

BBC Homepage 1997The BBC wants to be more open and accountable, so this site is a place for everyone to join the conversation. So please do criticize the BBC in your comments (I suspect you will not need much encouragement!), and ask tough questions. When someone makes a point that needs a considered response on this blog, I'll try to make this happen. I welcome comments on this post about what topics you think the blog should cover and how it can be improved.

This blog will also link out to the conversation about the BBC on the wider internet, and to individual blogs. I hope to point to where the good conversations are. As Tom Loosemore outlined in the BBC's Fifteen Web Principles, the web is a conversation. Rather than trying to own or control the conversation, I'm hoping to encourage BBC people to join in (and I may even join in myself!).

As Peter Barron (Editor, Newsnight) has pointed out on the News Editors Blog the technology supporting the BBC's blogs is not working as well as it should. But rather than delaying launching this blog until all the problems were fixed I decided to get something live, even if it's not perfect. Thanks to everyone at the BBC who made it happen.

Comments on this blog will be moderated. Due to the technical limitations mentioned, comments will be premoderated. So comments will be read before a decision is made whether to publish them. I aim to include as many comments as possible, but comments which are abusive, offensive, defamatory or wildly off topic may not be published.

When the current technical difficulties are resolved I hope to move this blog to post moderation so that the conversation can flow more easily.

If you want to discuss what the BBC does editorially on its News websites and its television and radio news services, go to the BBC News Editors Blog. The BBC blogs page shows the full range of where you can talk to the BBC through blogs. If you want to make things with BBC feeds, I recommend a visit to the rather wonderful Backstage blog.

Leaving a comment on the blog, is not the same as making a formal complaint. If you want to do that, this website will help you - and this way, you're guaranteed to receive a formal response.

Let battle commence!

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet Blog.


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Ashley Highfield | 16:10 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Hello and welcome to the BBC Internet Blog. The aim of this blog is to have an open, direct, and hopefully lively conversation about everything we do, and plan to do, on and all our on-demand platforms (such as interactive TV and mobile).

BBC2The BBC has always had a commitment to engaging with our audience, and we now receive millions of inbound messages a day across email, message boards and blog postings, but I think we have been slow to embrace blogs as a way of discussing our strategy and direction. This often leads to the debate happening elsewhere, based often on only half the information, and without our being able fully to join in the debate. We've not done ourselves any favours, and we want to use this blog to re-engage with our friends and critics.

The passion with which people let us know their views shows that they care. We should be much more worried if one day the 'in-coming' fell away: this would mean we'd lost our relevance: what we do, and the decisions we make - from what content we publish over I.P., to how we distribute it, to how we enable our audiences to engage with it and share it - would have become of no interest.

This blog is a small step, a start towards a closer understanding and a deeper level of engagement with the people who pay for the BBC, and who care about the decisions we make. If we get it right, we can perhaps harness the wisdom of crowds (or the Delphi Technique as it used to be called) to arrive at better strategies, products, and services to help keep the BBC relevant in the digital age.

Ashley Highfield is Divisional Director, BBC Future Media and Technology Division

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