Articles by Redvers

Planning a drama?

Published 20 April 2004

Telephone Numbers for drama purposes (TV, Radio etc) A lot of water has passed under the bridge since VINcent XXXX was the dramatist’s number of choice. OfGums, showing more imagination…

Multi-channel TV comes of age… it says here

Published 14 April 2004

BBCi takes an interesting line… …not backed up by their own figures. Success stories: Arsenal vs Newcastle United, Sky Sports, Sunday – 1.6 million viewers Friends, E4, Thursday – 1m…

Missing Believed Wiped interview on BBC4’s website

Published 12 April 2004

Interview with producer/director Jo Haywood Would someone – anyone – like to explain the meaning of the following quote from Jo Haywood? …but ITV have also lost a lot of…

Pirate DJs take to the waves again

Published 11 April 2004

The Scotsman – of all things – on the BBC Essex free radio celebration. This is a busy year for broadcasting historians – the 40th anniversaries of Radio Caroline, Rediffusion…

The best defence is offence

Published 11 March 2004

DCMS starts S4C Review Television is the plant forever being plucked out of the ground to examine its roots. But S4C, despite difficult birth pangs, has so far escaped the…

Dimbleby on shortlist for BBC chairman

Published 11 March 2004

Guardian Politics on BBC succession More likely to be true than if it had been in the Grauniad’s Media pages, this is, finally, is a piece of good news for…

The joy of email… er…

Published 7 March 2004

Getting email from the BBC Google is the world’s best website. Simple, easy to use and giving you what you want when you want it with no faff and no…

A researcher writes

Published 26 February 2004

Mass Observation through the years Typically, I find my evening taken up with researching for future Transdiffusion projects. Tonight, it’s the turn of Sean Day-Lewis’s (ed) 1989 book “One Day…

The spectre of unemployment

Published 20 February 2004

Chris Stacey on being unemployed from the media industry at 44. One can’t but feel sympathy for people like Chris Stacey. Bitten by the media bug, he wants to do…

Sky ‘Solus’ cards

Published 12 February 2004

Shropshire Star confused ‘news’ report Leave it to dire local news sheets to miss a point with such accuracy (can you hear the true story whistling as it passes their…

MediaGrauniad non-story of the week

Published 4 February 2004

Pay TV for Freeview Ignoring the fact we’ve seen this story ages ago on DigitalSpy (but two cheers for the Grauniad for being second with the news… as usual) would…

BBC Apologises to Police Chief Who Walked Out on Paxman

Published 4 February 2004

Er, why?

All the colours of darkness

Published 28 January 2004

Reuters ‘short’ on the resignation of Gavyn Davies The main news story here is not that Gavyn Davies has resigned, but that the Chairmanship of the BBC is in the…

Hutton

Published 27 January 2004

BBC News Online – Nick Higham on Hutton Not wishing to prejudice the Hutton report, but this article is a must read. Whatever side of the political spectrum you are…

BBC’s Hutton ‘Google AdWords’ buying spree

Published 26 January 2004

Media Grauniad story The Grauniad’s well-known and much, much regretted rabid anti-BBC stance (made worse because it is evidently all from a biased view that the BBC is a ‘competitor’…

Bankrupt for ideas? Moi?

Published 26 January 2004

Puff-piece pretending to be news ‘ITV mulls soap spin-offs’ So, ITV1 isn’t doing too well. We need a solution, and fast. I know! More crappy soap operas! They’re not at…

Nice work if you can get it

Published 13 January 2004

BBC to broadcast silent orchestra My latest artwork is 4’34” long and is also completely silent, save for a distant sound of someone giggling whilst rolling about on a pile…

FX UK

Published 12 January 2004

A new channel for people with no lives A rousing two cheers for Murdoch’s latest venture – FX-TV, a ‘lad’s channel’ which will launch all too soon with a mixture…

Artsing about

Published 12 January 2004

Arts host says BBC should share licence fee with any pretentious idiot who would like some free money for tat. Of all people, Melvyn Bragg should know better. You’d think….

Are you ready for love?

Published 8 January 2004

I’d sooner eat worms.

Scottish politics coverage to have even worse coverage.

Published 8 January 2004

Scotsman.com report bizarrely celebrating less political regionalism in the kingdom Perhaps, after all, we can now see how come regionalism, that noble goal of broadcasting in this country since 1922,…

Censorship, or why the world needs the BBC

Published 6 January 2004

allAfrica.com on Zambian censorship of the BBC World Service’s ‘Network Africa’. I’d imagine that corruption, a chained press speaking with one voice, and oppression of those with views other than…

A crime by any other name would still smell of…

Published 5 January 2004

Financial Times report on the blandname ‘ITV’ It seems, although it’s barely believeable, that the brandname ‘ITV’ has monetary value. The FT reports, from that curiously-isolated high-money perspective that it…

My point being…

Published 4 January 2004

Any ‘blog like this can become a place to whinge about the ills of the world. Indeed, I do a lot of that here about television (only as a public…

TV star Michael Aspel has cancer

Published 4 January 2004

BBC News report Former BBC-1 continuity announcer Michael Aspel is suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. The cancer is under control through chemotherapy and other treatments…

It gets grimmer the further north you go

Published 2 January 2004

Tawdry but gramatically interesting piece from the Daily Record about Hogmany television. The verdict: BBC-1 won but were awful. SMG [don’t click this link – it’ll play music at you]…

An Independent choice of words

Published 30 December 2003

Danielle Demtriou twists the words of a BBC spokesperson in order to create a news story that wasn’t there originally. “[The BBC] does not rule them [resignations] in or out”,…

WorldNetDaily: unbiased news for the fourth reich

Published 30 December 2003

Lies, half-truths and utter bollocks about the BBC from an American ‘news source’. Least said, soonest mended on this one. But the fact that Google News is drawing on this…

Casualties of the ITV merger

Published 27 December 2003

An unusually perceptive piece from Nick Higham on BBCi And so it has come to pass. To the surprise of everyone except us ‘amateurs’ who don’t know what we’re talking…

Idiots in anti-licence fee lobby

Published 26 December 2003

BBC licence fee ‘criminalises poor’ says a known group of idiots in the Financial Times. This just in: a group of known freelance idiots calling themselves the Institute of Public…

Those Radio Times

Published 26 December 2003

Xmas TV Listings So this is Christmas, and what have you done… to us? EastEnders (soap), Meet the Parents (film, Ben Stiller) Rio Grande (film), Mastermind Celebrity Special (quiz), Porridge…

BBCi for idents

Published 6 December 2003

BBC-1 BBC-2 Strange that ITV.com don’t offer the ability to download their idents, too. Perhaps we wouldn’t be interested in ‘celebrities’ we can’t quite put a name to and anonymous…

BBC Audience Figures

Published 1 December 2003

BBC Press Office Audience figures are a tyranny. They tell us nothing of use and blind programme makers to the possibilities of television as an artform. They are derived from…

BBC News 24 new look

Published 28 November 2003

Media Grauniad report “…the way we’ve been expressing breaking news on-screen has not been conspicuous enough. Lots of people watch News 24 in offices with the sound turned down,” Rachel…

News 24 relaunch delay

Published 28 November 2003

Media Grauniad report The fallout from today’s power cut continues, with news that BBC News 24 is to miss its planned relaunch date of Monday. The loss of a day’s…

Going quietly unto the dark

Published 27 November 2003

BBC Press Release Westminster insiders are quite clear that the BBC as we know it will not make it through the next Charter renewal. The lobbying efforts of those bastions…

Sunny Belgium

Published 18 November 2003

VRT website A trip tomorrow to Belgium causes me, somewhat sadly, to have a poke around for what I could watch on TV whilst I’m there. Of course, British television…

Paying the piper, or How I learned to stop worrying about the BBC and start begruding Sky’s megaprofits

Published 15 November 2003

Latest Sky financial results press release Is anyone here concerned about BSkyB’s profits being too high? If you consider that the majority of their profit appears – according to their…

Sky’s (infamous) AGM

Published 15 November 2003

Sky Corporate’s press release on the recent AGM. “It is a great honour to be able to stand before you today as Sky’s chief executive, and I am deeply grateful…

LogofreeTV self-destructs?

Published 28 October 2003

Strange testpage A search on Google for Transdiffusion brings up a new look for LogofreeTV. This site, which started out with the admirable aim of campaigning against the various screen…

Don’t bother

Published 24 October 2003

Oddly parochial story from ‘The Scotsman’ All of you people left without access to ITV, Channel 4 and five on Sky will be very pleased to discover that you can…

ITV plc’s new board

Published 10 October 2003

Grauniad speculation Oh good, the same bunch that have made ITV such a success in the last decade will continue in power for the next phase of ITV. Plus a…

Freeview plans

Published 10 October 2003

Reuters speculates… A Disney channel, but not branded under the Disney name. Sky Travel to go General Entertainment, but not until there are 2 million ‘subscribers’ to the Freeview service….

No news is bad news

Published 10 October 2003

Eastern Daily Press news story Of course, you have to expect the regional newspapers, struggling for so long, to welcome – or at least fail to notice the shortcomings –…

The true cost

Published 8 October 2003

Croner news release “Some day a sympathetic writer will have to analyse the effect of mergers – and there are hundreds of them – and the impact they have upon…

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