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  1. Rose tinted memories of BBC Backstage

    “I’m pretty sure it’s no longer enough for organisations to be ‘open’ because no matter how hard you try, eventually that just becomes PR and marketing fluff. Much better to aim to be porous.”

  2. Corbyn in the Media - Paul Myerscough (London Review of Books)

    This is good on the Guardian being out of touch, in denial, with all those who voted for Corbyn, and on the “impartiality” of the BBC.

  3. Brian Sewell: the BBC’s factual television is an insult to the nation

    Very good. So rare to find a documentary that is complex or deep and isn’t full of daft re-enactments or the presenter pretending to “discover” something.

  4. Light Entertainment (London Review of Books)

    Andrew O’Hagan on Jimmy Savile etc. Quite good on the general difference in TV and radio culture in the 50s/60s/70s, although it still feels like a very brief skim over the hard-to-grasp era/topic/atmosphere. (A bit late to this, catching up.)

  5. Scoop! The inside story of the news website that saved the BBC • The Register

    The story behind building the BBC News website, back in the day, some of it apparently accurate.

  6. BBC - Weather - Get BBC Weather on your mobile

    “Go to the web application on your mobile phone menu and type in www.bbc.co.uk/weather/mobile” I’M IN THE WEB APPLICATION! THIS IS A WEB PAGE! It’s not even a clickable link.

  7. BBC Dimensions: How Many Really?

    Lovely thing from BERG that “compares the number of people involved in key historical events or situations to the people you know through Facebook or Twitter.” Very good.

  8. BBC - WW2 People’s War

    At least one of those BBC sites, a good one, threatened with deletion/archiving/whatever is already archived by the British Library here. I haven’t looked for others.

  9. YouTube - BBC Town Planning Programme circa 1961

    Featuring the Barbican area, London Wall, etc. A shame the clip is so short. More, more!

  10. BBC - About the BBC: BBC Genome: The Complete Broadcast History of the BBC

    Wonderful - the BBC is OCRing and making computer-readable, all the programme listings from the ‘Radio Times’ going back to 1922. (via @catfunt)

  11. Information is beautiful: The BBC-O-Gram | News | guardian.co.uk

    Useful to get an overview of where the BBC’s money gets spent. Cutting 6Music and Asian Network doesn’t save much compared to the total.

  12. Channelography

    “Creates statistics about BBC Programmes by reading and analysing the captions.” Like the start of a way to search the “text” of programmes.

  13. Fader | iPlayer Grabber, the iPlayer downloader for Mac OS X

    iPlayer has ceased to function on my G4 PowerBook - it gets about one frame per second. But iPlayer Grabber lets me watch things on it. Hurrah!

  14. Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: Saving Britain’s Past

    This really is a good programme, with a nice balance of old and modern. And no struggling to make stories over-dramatic, like too many documentaries these days.

  15. BBC - BBC Internet Blog: A Christmas Present from the HD Channel!

    A way to calibrate your HD TV, but mostly for the links to Flickr pictures of HD-sized versions of the traditional BBC test card with girl and clown.

  16. Hacker News | The BBC’s Glow effort has always confused me. They were using jQuery on the main…

    John Resig, the chap behind jQuery, wondering (like many people I imagine) why the BBC wrote its own bespoke JavaScript framework. (via Haddock)

  17. Notes.husk.org. The show, which is currently in production with an….

    BBC4 “comedy drama” about the rivalry between Sir Clive Sinclair and Acorn Computers head Chris Curry. Why a sodding *comedy* drama? Let’s laugh at the funny 1980s and their silly computers! Well, might be good.

  18. Pulse Laser: Shownar

    This is what I’ve been working on, off and on, for the past while, with the lovely folks at Schulze & Webb. Is good.

  19. Welcome To The North » A whole lot of nothing

    A transcript of an interview with Doncaster’s new mayor, whose election manifesto might as well have been written by people who post the BBC’s Have Your Say comments. (via Haddock)

  20. BBC News | Entertainment | BBC Two to show US TV’s The Wire

    Showing every night!? Sheeeeeeeeeeeeit, why does BBC2 screw up every single decent US show it gets its dumb hands on?

  21. BBC - BBC Three - TV Listings

    TV listings done as a slowly whizzy (and pointless) Flash thing. Is there really *nothing* more useful that BBC staff could be doing? (via Haddock)

  22. BBC Internet Blog - BBC iPlayer On iPhone: Behind The Scenes

    I’m liking this blog when it gives some insight into how things work behind the scenes. Shame about all the dumb comments though.

  23. Tiny.swf

    The little analogue clock from the new BBC homepage, all BIG. (via Alan Connor)

  24. BBC drops Grange Hill | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Damn. I’ve still been enjoying recent series, and the next one will be the last. I bet you it (and Top of the Pops) will be brought back by future BBC decision makers, like Dr Who was.

  25. Grange Hill Online | Series 31 is coming!

    Being shown “exclusively” on CBBC”, old theme tune returns, age range covered is moving downward for a younger audience, “fantasy sequences” being introduced… doesn’t sound good.

  26. Perl on Rails - Why the BBC Fails at the Internet | I Am Seb

    The only surprising thing about this was that so many people were surprised. A lot of BBC employees’ energies are spent trying to circumvent Siemens, from desktop support to website hosting.

  27. The new BBC homepage on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Lots of people commenting on one third of a design seen in a photo. So we haven’t got past that “design is what it looks like” phase after all then, eh? Bah. (via Haddock)

  28. Adam Curtis: The TV elite has lost the plot | The Register

    ‘Power of Nightmares’ etc creator on the BBC and other media being scared, the faults of blogs, user-generated content. “It’s a time of great technical invention but it’s a time of [artistic] stagnation.”

  29. spEak You’re bRanes

    Amazing but depressing selection of comments left on the BBC ‘Have Your Say’ site. cf Mitchell & Webb’s “You may not know anything about the issue, but I bet you reckon something.” (via Ben Hammersley)

  30. BBC - Programmes

    What I’ve been working on, launched today: a permanent URL for every episode of every TV and radio programme. The data needs much improving and there’s lots more goodness to come…

  31. Pulse Laser: Drawing Olinda

    Splendid piece by Jack Schulze on how they came up with ideas for the form of their exciting-sounding digital radio prototype for the BBC.

  32. Common User: Contact Us

    Summing up 90% of media’s over-excited attempts to be “interactive”. “Why not tell us what you reckon.”

  33. BBC - Writersroom - Scriptsmart - Script Formats

    Different formats for film, TV, radio and stage scripts.

  34. BBC News | Grammatical Triumphs

    Needs more frequent updating, but otherwise splendid.

  35. Memoryshare

    The Time When, which I built as an prototype for the BBC, has now been re-done internally as Memoryshare.

  36. Why the BBC Trust’s decision on iPlayer sells us all short from Guardian Unlimited: Technology

    If Cory’s too much for you, Bobbie’s more English in his disgust. Gahhh. 86% of the public respondents are obviously far less important than the precious “industry stakeholders”. Angry. (via Wonderland)

  37. Boing Boing: BBC Trustees agree to let BBC infect Britain with DRM

    I often find Cory’s anti-DRM rants too much. But sometimes I feel as angry as he does and it all seems quite appropriate. I like the BBC and I don’t want to see idiots slowly destroy it.

  38. BBC Motion Gallery - Home Page

    Very handy for finding clips of animals moving for thespian research purposes. And probably other things.

  39. BBC On This Day | 24 | 1956: Plans unveiled for homes in Barbican

    Wonderful video from 1956 showing the site now occupied by the Barbican, and a gentleman demonstrating an incomprehensible perspex model of an early plan.

  40. BBC - BBC TWO - Everything

    BBC 2’s site has three main navigational items: Home, Everything and TV Listings. And “Everything” isn’t nearly as comprehensive as you might hope. Craziness.

  41. Mixing It

    How ‘Mixing It’ was nastily dropped from Radio 3’s schedules after years and years.

  42. BBC News | Technology | Sony admits to buying grey goods

    This kind of thing makes me angry. Companies are dead set against regulation until they need it. “We’d like a free market please, but only when it suits us.”

  43. CD Times - Various (compiled by Chris Coco & Rob Da Bank)

    Bugger. Blue Room is the only radio I’ve regularly listened to (on Listen Again) since Peel died, and it finishes this month. The last corner of radio that felt like home. What do I listen to now? Suggestions very welcome.

  44. :en Metcalfe Blog » Blog Archive » Finally, BBC Weather RSS and JSON feeds

    What a mess. “Do you know that I have a history of doing this?? It’s expected of me.” This isn’t a successful line of defence in a courtroom and it doesn’t work here either.

  45. iCalShare - BBC Radio 4 schedule

    Nice iCal-able schedule. (via Haddock)

  46. SR2005000136_Pay_Grades_Salary_Ranges.pdf

    Ever thought of applying for a BBC job and wondered how much it paid? Here’s your answer, via Freedom of Information (from 2004-5).

  47. BBC - Freedom of Information - Freedom of Information

    Occasionally interesting collection of responses to FOI requests to the BBC (scroll down to the responses for 2005 and 2006).

  48. BBC - Radio 3 - Mixing It - 8 July 2005

    Brian Eno will be interviewed on Mixing It this Friday.

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