Interesting Stuff 2009-04-20
The recently launced Wired UK magazine has heralded Anthony Rose as "the man who saved the BBC":
Picture: Wired UK
Rose, who had arrived three months earlier as the iPlayer's latest boss, thought that users would find the service too difficult to use. But first he had to make his case to the BBC's tired Future Media & Technology team. So, pulling a chair up to a computer, he asked his assistant to find her favourite BBC show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. "It was a disaster," Rose recalls. "It went wrong in ways we couldn't even imagine."
From a man who saved the BBC to a woman who has become a Champion. Seetha Kumar, the controller of BBC Online, is now our Online Access Champion:
Seetha will be tasked and resourced to make sure that the BBC plays its full part in helping more people take advantage of online services. The new role complements Seetha's current responsibility for running BBC Online.
The announcement of Seetha's new responsibilities was made at the Digital Britain summit. Read all the BBC related stories here.
Paul Brannan, editor of emerging platforms, has been talking about social networking and journalism.
The BBC Knowledge Exchange blog has a post introducing 'beebac', the network for media professionals and academics:
beebac is a space where academics and media professionals can find people and projects that interest them. It is a network for BBC staff, academics and industry partners. It enables you to find people and projects you want to be involved with, explore areas of mutual interest and exchange ideas and resources.
And in a pretty lenghty post, Yves Raimond from Audio and Music explains some of the latest additions to the Programmes pages.
'My real name is John Ravenscroft, although I have used the name 'John Peel' while working for Radio London," begins a letter to the BBC gramophone department in July 1967.
If that opening paragraph is enough to get your nostalgia senses tingling with glee, then I suggest you have a read of this brilliant article about the BBC archives by Jemima Kiss.
Finally, if you're wondering where iPlayer HD has got to, we experienced "deployment issues" last week. More soon. There's a message board discussion about HD going on here.
Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet Blog, Future Media and Technology.