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Dave Lee | 12:55 UK time, Monday, 20 April 2009

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.


  • Comment number 1.

    Dave - your link to the Wired article seems to be broken. Try this one instead. :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Dear Dave,
    Hello, my name is Ki-hyun Kim from South Korea. I’m studying a master’s degree on European communication studies at University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I’m preparing a thesis concerning the role of interactivity on broadcasting web sites (focusing on the difference between public and commercial broadcasters). For this thesis, interviewing with the key person involved in implementing and conducting BBC web site strategy is necessary. While reading BBC internet blog posts, I thought that you may be the most relevant interviewee for my research. However it is impossible to find your email address on the BBC web site thus I didn’t have any choice but to write a comment on your post.
    Could you kindly send me an email (to amorsui@gmail.com) and let me know whether you can accept this interview request? An interview will be conducted via email therefore you will not have to spend much time for that. Also, it is guaranteed that personal information that you will kindly provide me will be used only for the academic purpose. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    P.S. Sorry for the irrelevant comment, I’ll delete this comment when I get your email.

  • Comment number 3.

    You refer to beebac as a place for academics and media professionals. Since the previous comment is from South Korea, do you plan to recognize participation by academics from other countries? The beebac sign-up page has menu selections to identify your institution but lists UK universities and the BBC only. Could we have a category for international associate members as done with the old BBC Networking Club?

  • Comment number 4.

    In response to chotank, first of all sorry for the delay in responding to you. Big push for an upcoming event at the moment the details of which will be posted up on the Knowledge Exchange blog soon.

    The idea of extending the beebac model overseas does appeal but for now we've decided to keep the service UK based mainly to do with our ability to handle the volume of traffic. beebac is a beta project and we feel that at present we are better able to deliver a quility service with a smaller user group. Also it's about assessing the site's scaleability before we roll it out further. It's all very exciting at the moment but we've got to be realistic about what we can achieve on the resources we have.

    Thanks for the suggestion about the associate members. I'll have a look into how viable it is and let you know. Any more comments are more than welcome.


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