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Community For Breakfast

3 September 2004

Community Channel: New Freeview Breakfast slot for Charity TV One of the oddities of the Freeview lineup has been the Community Channel – a channel dedicated to inspiring people to…

Asset disposal

30 August 2004

Channel 4 and BBC discuss alliance Much has been speculated about Channel 4’s future – commercial or otherwise – since the channel now relies almost totally on advertising revenue for…

Goodbye to DIY?

27 August 2004

BBC shows Changing Rooms the door The recent high profile failure of ITV’s “The Block” helped to underline the fact that the love affair with makeover shows seems to be…

The Logoround

25 August 2004

Media Guardian: New Sky One Logo Thanks to the Media Guardian, we can see the new Sky One logo. After all, they’ve only been using the current one for about…

Going through the motions

23 August 2004

ITV apologises for Ramsay outburst All this is rather pointless, to be honest. ITV gets a slap on the wrist from Ofcom (Ouch! That hurt, er, not a lot…) for…

Running out of ideas. Fast

18 August 2004

ITV renovates schedule by dropping The Block The Block must have looked good on paper – with the series format outperforming Big Brother in Australia – but ITV just expected…

Just part of the furniture

12 August 2004

Media Guardian: Television ‘a wallpaper medium’ There was a time when watching television was a rarity – a family event. I can still remember the excitement when my parents brought…

Seen it all before

11 August 2004

ITV Sales: ITV announces launch Of ITV3 Before everyone stops reading this in expectation of sheer boredom, there’s an interesting point to be gleaned from this news story press release….

Ghetto blaster

10 August 2004

‘Documentary soap’ blighting BBC The rise and rise of the ‘docusoap’ has been well documented over the last few years; it’s a format which has been made possible in recent…

“…and now we’re so desparate, we’ll give anything a go.”

5 August 2004

ITV’s Block flops in ratings “Obviously, it was not what we would have hoped for the launch episode, but there are certainly not any alarm bells ringing at the moment….

ITV and Sky shares in the red

4 August 2004

If you are a shareholder of ITV or BSkyB, then Wednesday 4th August 2004 will not have been a good day for you. ITV plc shareholders may have only seen…

Disney to launch ABC1 on Freeview.

4 August 2004

Well, you wait ages for a decent Freeview channel to come along, and suddenly, there is a rush of them. Hard on the heels of the news of ITV3’s launch,…

ITV3 on Freeview, but who goes?

4 August 2004

Both Media Guardian. and Sky Digi Online are reporting that ITV is to launch ITV3 onto the Freeview platform on DTT, as well as the usual launches on Sky and…

They will have Sky… Or else.

4 August 2004

Media Guardian.co.uk: BSkyB – ‘We will have 10m homes by end of decade’ So Sky think 80% of the population will have pay-TV. Goodness knows how. Are there that many…

Just you and five other people watching.

4 August 2004

Media Guardian diary A little aside in the Media Guardian Diary revealed the comparative fortunes of the three main news channels in the UK… As Media Monkey explained to readers……

Swear box

29 July 2004

ITV boss hits out at swearing (contains strong language) It has frequently been said that television is only a reflection of what happens in real life, but on closer inspection…

All together now

26 July 2004

BBC plans another Perfect Day Launched in the autumn of 1997, the BBC’s ‘Perfect Day’ campaign was hugely memorable and distinctive, though its impact was mainly due to an inspired…

Keeping S4C Switched On.

23 July 2004

Digital Spy: S4C announces switchoff strategy For the traditional broadcasters, analogue switch off presents a multitude of challenges – not least for welsh language station S4C. It’s Welsh only digital…

A tale of two analogue switch offs

23 July 2004

Media Guardian: Digital switchover put back to 2012 Wired.com: Digital TV with a German Accent Compare and contrast. In August 2003 Berlin became the first major city to turn off…

Fairly balanced, falling upwards

22 July 2004

BBC news chief Sambrook moves job In what is presumably one of the final bits of fallout from the toxic nuclear waste (painted with whitewash to fool us, of course)…

One CBBC too many?

16 July 2004

Limit child TV viewing to an hour each day, study urges With evidence such as this proposing that children should watch as little television as possible, the future of the…

No change there, it seems…

15 July 2004

ITV to reprise TV classics OK, so BBC One has recently – and perhaps rightly – been criticised for “lack of variety”, but it’s a hotbed of cutting edge innovation…

Freedom of speech

15 July 2004

Ofcom to allow TV shock jocks Recently Ofcom has come under pressure from broadcasters (particularly Channel Five) to allow the equivalent of ‘shock jocks’ on British television, and although the…

Bias

14 July 2004

A week in the life of BBC One After praising the BBC for it’s impartiality in an article I have just written, I do think this article reads a little…

Innovate or die

13 July 2004

Grade orders review of BBC1 schedule I’m glad that I’m not the only person in the world to feel that BBC One has become rather dull as of late, with…

Necrolog

12 July 2004

Inge Meysel dies at 94 [English] Ah, but for the transitory and temporary nature of television. Inge Meysel was so ubiquitous and so much the face of post-war West German…

Don’t forget – recycling helps the earth.

9 July 2004

Digital Spy: ITV plans soap spinoffs for teatime Perhaps it says something about the imagination of the commissioners at ITV, that they seem to think the answer to their problem…

Misbegotten beliefs

5 July 2004

BBC online services: redefining the remit “The BBC has just under four months to redefine the remit for its online services, the government has said. The Graf Report, commissioned by…

Every cloud…

3 July 2004

Digital Spy: Sky ‘tries to keep’ ITV3 off Freeview Whatever you think of the tactics of BSkyB, this move may actually be doing Freeview viewers a favour. Of course it…

Get busy with the Zappy!

1 July 2004

VG Nett: Fjernkontrollen fyller 50 It’s 50 years since the first remote control was unleashed on the world, by all accounts – well this Norwegian account anyway. But the fact…

Keep our Nottingham Studios!

28 June 2004

Media Guardian: NUJ and viewers bid to save ITV’s Nottingham studios. Four months after ITV plc announced its plans to close down Central TV’s Nottingham studios and move regional programming…

Maximising production efficiencies

25 June 2004

Media Guardian.co.uk: ITV job losses to top 1000 The cost of the merger of Carlton and Granada is a depressing one. By 2005 there will be no networked production in…

Game, Set, Match

21 June 2004

bbc.co.uk Weather: 5 Day Forecast for Wimbledon bbc.co.uk Sport: Wimbledon goes interactive Yep the summer is here and Wimbledon is on the box so don’t forget you can go press…

Reality disaster

17 June 2004

Big Brother descends into chaos and violence Reality series such as Big Brother may gain good viewing figures, but this latest incident illustrates exactly what can happen when broadcasters raise…

Cut out and keep guide to page numbers

17 June 2004

Media Bulletin: Teletext to close loss-making website with 45 jobs axed Teletext is the latest broadcaster to realise that the web doesn’t pay and as such is closing down its…

Rock. Hard place. BECTU.

16 June 2004

Ballot for action on BBC pay Pity the poor BBC. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t – by everyone. Things are made worse when they start to argue…

Welcome to TV Licensing

16 June 2004

TV Licensing website To the young, hip things, there’s nothing more ludicrous than paying a licence in order to watch television. Thatcher’s children (for it is she) have been brainwashed…

High definition

9 June 2004

The announcement that Sky will be offering HDTV channels by 2006 will be interesting not only for people with expensive flat screen TV’s but could also fundamentally affect the future…

Blogging Dictionary Definitions 2

9 June 2004

Always remember not to go into autopilot when spell checking. Especially when the dictionary thinks that Ofcom should actually be obscene…

Sky brings on Freesat

9 June 2004

BSkyB Press Release Ever since Freeview launched there have been rumours that Sky would laugh a competing service but with the BBC and Ofcom recently talking about a freesat service…

Soap overload

7 June 2004

Soap bubble is near bursting It’s interesting that David Liddiment (of all people) should write a piece of this very nature since he was Coronation Street’s producer at the time…

It’s the way they sell ’em

29 May 2004

Digital Spy: UTV “significantly outperformed ITV peers” Whilst ITV plc has been preoccupied trying to erase all of its former regional identities to create a sea of blandness in order…

Big Brother is Public Service Broadcasting

28 May 2004

I haven’t been able to find any actual press release or web story yet on it, but BBC Radio Five Live are reporting that Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for…

As dull as watching paint dry

28 May 2004

Watching Paint Dry Well, UKTV Style seem to have some up with the perfect antidote for Big Brother crazyness (which starts tonight) – Watching Paint Dry. Yep. Someone paints a…

A history lesson

28 May 2004

Broadcaster gets apology from BBC as history repeats itself Here’s a news item which is quite amusing to read since it is obvious that only a junior researcher would make…

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