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1   / News and Comment / Anyone worked on BBC D.I.Y. programmes?
 on: Yesterday at 2:54pm 
Started by bbc.co.uk historyofthebbc | Post by bbc.co.uk historyofthebbc  
Dear Members,

Did anyone out there work on BBC DIY programmes?

bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc and https://www.derbymuseums.org/locations/silk-mill

.. are joining together to create a tribute to BBC DIY programmes, anything from Barry Bucknell to Carol Smillie! If anyone worked on any of these, please contact john.escolme@bbc.co.uk would be great to hear your stories!

2   / News and Comment / TV Centre takes first bookings
 on: Yesterday at 1:21pm 
Started by Delboy | Post by Delboy  
The re-vamped (now only 3 studios) Television Centre has announced it will open on Sept 1st.
Strictly Come Dancing spin off It Takes Two and ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show will be among the first productions to use the studio and post-production facilities.
See: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/first-shows-confirmed-for-re-vamped-tv-...

3   / News and Comment / BBC Store closing
 on: Yesterday at 12:07pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
The BBC Store will close on 1st November.

According to this Radio Times site, the "Corporation admits defeat in the face of streaming service rivals".

The official BBC announcement is here.

The Daily Telegraph story is here.

4   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Nick Hartree
 on: May 23rd, 2017, 2:04pm 
Started by JohnW | Post by JohnW  
Just to let people who knew him know .. that Nick Hartree has passed away, on 27th April 2017, of a brain tumour. He was aged 69.
He leaves a wife, Mayuko.

He joined the BBC in January 1970 on TO Course 33, and spent many years working in LCR, during which time he also did work for BBC Radio London, as well as much travelling.
He became a News SM in 1989.

Here are funeral details:

Wednesday, 24th May 2017 at 2.30pm

Honor Oak Crematorium,
Camberwell New Cemetery,
Brenchley Gardens,
SE23 3RD


5   / News and Comment / Re: BBC Records and Tapes
 on: May 22nd, 2017, 3:26pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by WG  
The article should perhaps should have said more about the labels tremendous success with comedy.  Adaptations  from radio (Hancock and The Goons etc). In addition, the massive sales of TV advertised edits from Not the Nine o'clock News and Fawlty Towers, 6 of which which made the album charts making stacks of £dosh for BBC Enterprises.

6   / News and Comment / iPlayer Abroad? Latest.
 on: May 19th, 2017, 10:02am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
The European Commision has finally ruled that EU citizens will be able to access their online services while in other member countries.

Content providers must check the user's member state of residence and then make the home country material available even though the user uses an IP address in a different EU country.

The definition of "temporary presence' has been clarified to say 'limited time period'.

It is expected that these new regulations will take effect from 2018, and the content providers have been allowed nine months to get their act together. The European Council and Parliament still have to formally confirm the new changes.

How (or even IF) this will affect BBC iPlayer isn't stated in this TVBEurope article.

Bearing in mind "Brexit", it probably won't!

Online providers such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, SKY's NOW TV will be mandated to make their material available.

7   / News and Comment / BBC Records and Tapes
 on: May 18th, 2017, 4:03pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
"The extraordinary, untold story of the world's weirdest record label",

claims  this BBC Music web-page.

From The Wombles, Enya to Death and Horror sound effects the BBC Recods and Tapes Label was 'different'.

8   / News and Comment / Re: Charles III on BBC 2
 on: May 16th, 2017, 9:22am 
Started by Burstner55 | Post by chris west  
I suspect you may be right, although it has been running as a successful theatre production for some time, so maybe someone thought it wasn't "new" enough. I thought it was a seriously fine piece of TV.

9   / News and Comment / A "warning " for British Broadcasters
 on: May 15th, 2017, 2:00pm 
Started by JohnW | Post by JohnW  
You can read this "interesting" text of Andrew Neil's address to the DTG summit (on Sunday 14th May 2017) at http://informitv.com/2017/05/14/warning-for-british-broadcasters/

10   / News and Comment / Re: iPlayer adds password controls
 on: May 14th, 2017, 8:13pm 
Started by JohnW | Post by Mikej  
So how are people who access (quite legally) iPlayer on a freeview box, a freesat box or a TV with "on demand" thingys? How can one login without any form of keyboard entry on most of these devices? A while ago, the BBC changed the iPlayer system thus making my old (good and simple interfaces)  Freesat box and the replacement with all those nasty pictures/menus everywhere also probably doesn't enable login!