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1   / News and Comment / Re: BBC and Regional Papers
 on: Dec 12th, 2017, 9:16am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Burstner55  
I see that <tradingaswdr> has tweeted some further development  i.e. The BBC paid for reporter working for Worcester News will have to report to a "local editor"....who the firm is making redundant three days before Christmas!  <bit.ly.2kmZ0pM>.   How utterly unforeseeable. But at least the poor chap can apply to be his own subordinate!

2   / News and Comment / Re: Smart Speakers?
 on: Dec 12th, 2017, 7:19am 
Started by Administrator | Post by WG  
"Alexa-Please switch to Radio 2 while the BBC1HD test card is showing at the end of the News"

Not a chance!

3   / News and Comment / Ritson's live "Hypo attack"
 on: Dec 11th, 2017, 3:21pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
Alex Ritson- World Service  journalist and newsreader - writes about the event here.

At the beginning of December, Alex was reading the 0500 World Sevice / Radio 4 news bulletin when his worst dream came true. He was suddenly struck-down with the wierd symptoms which he describes so vividly in the article.

He was supported by the rest of the team, and after a large dose of sugar, he was able to rejoin the programme six minutes later.

4   / News and Comment / Smart Speakers?
 on: Dec 11th, 2017, 10:53am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
"Talk to your speakers".

The BBC Media Centre, here announces.. that..

"The BBC today launched its first full voice app for voice-controlled smart speakers, an Amazon Alexa skill for Echo devices, with other smart speakers coming in future.

Through a single voice service, the BBC can provide easy access to all of its live radio and on-demand podcast content across the BBC. The BBC will also launch brand new voice experiences exclusively for smart speakers through the service in future."

5   / News and Comment / Re: BBC and Regional Papers
 on: Dec 9th, 2017, 3:19pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
The Press Gazette lists where the 150 new BBC funded "Local Democracy" reporters will be located.

Trinity Mirror, Newsquest and Johnston Press will have most of the new staff under this arrangement.

The London Evening Standard and Manx Radio will each host one reporter.

Here are the councils to be covered by the new posts.


6   / News and Comment / Re: BBC and Regional Papers
 on: Dec 8th, 2017, 10:17am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Burstner55  
That is a pitiful salary for what, if done properly, is quite a technical and demanding role. It also points to a failure of editors/managers in the last two decades to maintain what, in the early days of local radio, was a staple diet of newsgathering but was shovelled aside to make way for skate-boarding-duck type stories. In the same way, local newspapers have withdrawn from council coverage for two reasons i. their accountants don't want reporters claiming overtime for evening council meetings and ii. local authorities have become rich sources of advertising income and proprietors don't want to upset them by criticising their decisions and accountability.  Thus the great British public have been denied access to democracy....and given that for many people council tax is their largest single monthly out-going that is a shameful state of affairs and no wonder local election turnout is mostly less than 30 per cent. I just wish I were young enough to start again and shake them up. But I would happily give tuition on "milking the minutes" if they ask me! Done properly, local government stories are never boring!

7   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: Phil Longman
 on: Dec 8th, 2017, 9:35am 
Started by chris west | Post by Administrator  
This is from Phil’s son, Luke:

The funeral will be held next Wednesday 13th December at 14.15, at West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Rd, Thatcham RG19 4LD. Afterwards, everyone's welcome at our house for food and drink (20 Hillside, Whitchurch on Thames, Reading, RG8 7HL).

8   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: Phil Longman
 on: Dec 8th, 2017, 9:18am 
Started by chris west | Post by AmandaA  
Any word yet on his funeral?

9   / News and Comment / BBC and Regional Papers
 on: Dec 7th, 2017, 6:15pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
This is the begining of the new BBC / Regional Publisher initiative.

"55 local democracy reporters based in our (Trinity Mirror) offices throughout the UK."

Here you can see the locations for the positions of "Local Democracy Reporters"

Job Introduction (In this case North West):-

Local Democracy Reporter – North West (5 x Manchester / 1 x Bolton)

Salaries starting from £22,000 per annum

As part of a UK-wide ground-breaking initiative between the BBC and regional publishers, we are seeking to recruit six Local Democracy Reporters based across the North West initially for a two year period.

About the Scheme:

This unique scheme is designed to increase coverage and scrutiny of local authorities across the UK. Funded by the BBC and run by media publishers, the reporters will offer in-depth coverage of our local authorities. The key aim will be to ensure deep scrutiny of the way our local government institutions operate, decisions they make and how they spend public money. Successful applicants will play a vital part in launching the scheme and ensuring it is a success, with the aim of expanding it in future years.

Acting as a trusted source of news and ambassador for the scheme, the successful applicant will be adept at identifying issues and stories buried in council agendas which need to be brought to the public’s attention. Reporting to the local Editor, this role offers the chance to get involved at the start of a high-profile initiative and help shape the future of the scheme.

(Anyone interested please apply before the 28th December 2017)

10   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: Phil Longman
 on: Dec 2nd, 2017, 1:03pm 
Started by chris west | Post by Administrator  
As that excellent obituary points out, Phil had an extraordinary number and range of jobs - and he was pretty much the best at everything he did.
His father was Bob Longman, a very senior BBC engineer who died in 2011.