Out of his box

This is the kind of thing those insrutable Finns were after when they abducted Matt Jones and sequestered him in their arctic circle underground think-o-tron. I think it’s quite a good idea.

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Archiving Al-Qaeda

Speaking of hijacking license payer-funded audio, I learnt a huge amount from this 13 minute, middle-of-the-night gem at the weekend. It’s one of the World Service’s ‘Instant Guides‘. This one’s about Al-Qaeda (quiz: did you know that Al-Qaeda was originally a bureaucracy – a kind of Mujihideen recruitment agency? Did you also know that Al-Qaeda… Continue reading Archiving Al-Qaeda

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Ofcom FAQ

A handy primer for Ofcom’s review of public service broadcasting in Q&A form from Maggie Brown in Media Guardian.

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Keeping an eye on Ofcom

I can’t tell from his weblog what Luke Gibbs does for a living but I think he’s going to save me a lot of effort by trawling the media to keep me up to date with the activities of Britain’s new ‘media super-regulator’, Ofcom. He also links to Russ Taylor’s Media Frenzy, which is mainly… Continue reading Keeping an eye on Ofcom

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Beeb to Charter renewal opponents: ‘give up now’

According to Dan Milmo and Maggie Brown in The Guardian: “The BBC has begun a three-year battle to secure its future and retain the ?2.5bn licence fee by appointing a team of 50 to work on a new royal charter.” Most UK businesses and many of the corporation’s most important competitors, especially online, employ fewer… Continue reading Beeb to Charter renewal opponents: ‘give up now’

Dyke kicks Sky into touch

A great rift has opened up between the BBC and Sky and more than a decade of servitude is over. The BBC will, from the end of May, broadcast its channels unencrypted on a new Astra Satellite with a smaller, UK-only, footprint. Most people, including me, don’t really understand what this means (do I have… Continue reading Dyke kicks Sky into touch

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For the record…

You’ll have read this in dozens of places already (like, for instance, The Hollywood Reporter and The Bristol Evening Post) but I thought I ought to mark the really quite important news that the BBC is making deep cuts at BBCi, its online and interactive division, and that these cuts will come principally from the… Continue reading For the record…

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Wonks on the BBC’s future

Policy wonks (what is a wonk exactly?) Damian Tambini and Jamie Cowling survey the increasingly obstacle-strewn path to charter renewal for the BBC in FT Creative Business (you’ll need to subscribe to FT.com to see the article). It is fascinating to watch the quick collapse of the corporation’s untouchable status over the last few months.… Continue reading Wonks on the BBC’s future

Docherty on BBCi

David Docherty, until recently head of broadband content at Telewest, defends the ?200M invested in BBCi so far. From Media Guardian.

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