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Worst Eurovision ever?

15 May 2004

The production was fine, the live voting via satellite was flawless, and apart from a live link to outside the venue and up until the last few minutes after the…

ITV property show crashes out of peak time

13 May 2004

Now isn’t that always a brilliant headline to see?

Keating to get BBC 2 job

13 May 2004

Keating set to take BBC2 job Well, it has looked likely all along, but Roly Keating is set to take the BBC2 job when Jane Root leaves for Discovery. I’m…

Now, there’s lucky for you

13 May 2004

Voting fault hits Eurovision heat Deutsche Telekom, owner of the UK’s T-Mobile brand, appears, according to the BBC, to have dropped the ball when it came to tabulating the results…

Finally they start to do something…

13 May 2004

The Scotsman: Towns to Trial Digital TV Switchover Finally it looks like someone has got off their backside in government and is thinking properly about analogue switch off. The DCMS…

Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final

13 May 2004

Eurovision Song Contest So last night was the first ever Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final where 22 countries for the first time, competed for 10 places in the main Grand Prix…

Spending spree

12 May 2004

BBC’s £15m advertising under attack The last few months have been a particularly tough time for the BBC, so any fresh criticism of what the BBC does is likely to…

Any excuse?

11 May 2004

Digital Spy: ‘Enders win was due to ‘superior website’ First the writer has to admit something. He doesn’t watch either Corrie nor EastEnders. Although he did once watch Corrie and…

Mr. Murdoch comes to Ireland

10 May 2004

Tonight, Sky News launched a new twice-nightly news bulletin for Ireland, called Sky News Ireland. For 30 minutes at 7pm and 10pm each weeknight, the Murdoch empire takes its first…

The last oddity

10 May 2004

MediaGuardian: ITV buys GMTV stake from SMG It’s an era where one company own the entire of ITV in England and Wales (and a small part of Scotland). 24 hours…

Taking the survey

10 May 2004

YouGov’s Channel of the Year Online Survey Here’s an interesting survey which has been created for the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in conjunction with BBC Broadcast. There are four…

BBCi Online.co.uk

7 May 2004

BBC Online, no wait, BBCi, sorry, bbc.co.uk Good old BBC. Just a couple of years after the all encompassing BBCi branding was introduced to cover Interactive TV and the Website,…

Costing behind the scenes

5 May 2004

BBC slashes documentary jobs Perhaps too easy to overlook is this story that could potentially have deep and very serious repercussions for the quality of factual programming in the UK;…

NTL cut losses with radical concept in money making

5 May 2004

BBC News: NTL losses cut by new subscribers Media Guardian: Customer drive boosts NTL hopes Well what do you know? Persuading people to pay for your service apparantly can make…

ITV’s All Old Dumbest Blunders

5 May 2004

Black Tuesday for ITV as ratings crash Whilst a ‘ratings crash’ can happen to any channel at any time, it was rather amusing to notice that ITV1’s share of the…

Idiot Toyota ad chief attacks BBC ‘sabotage’

1 May 2004

Typical MediaGrauniad non-story This story digested in case you’re short of time: An advertiser today complained that the BBC wasn’t playing fair. They exist and therefore interrupt the stream of…

Lazy BBC

29 April 2004

The BBC are very, very lazy. On News 24 today they are covering a news story involving a crackdown on youth drinking. As is the norm with the news, they…

Sense and sensibilities

26 April 2004

Avid readers of this occasional column will notice that it has been a while since we last looked in on the old Victorian mansion where Madame Arcati and our fellow…

Pass the parcel

26 April 2004

Thompson issues public service challenge Whilst it is good that ITV should be forced to account for the reason(s) why it should throw away the remainder of its ‘public service…

What’s In A Name?

24 April 2004

Digital Spy: TBS to relaunch on June 4 No. Don’t worry. It’s not this TBS. Nope. The Transdiffusion System is not planning a revamp on June 4 at all. Especially…

Watch the auction arrow

22 April 2004

Metro: 60 Seconds Interview with Peter Simon Seems strange to imagine, but yes we live in a world where former kids TV presenter Peter Simon can get 1 million viewers…

Planning a drama?

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…

Happy 40th Birthday BBC2!

20 April 2004

40 years of quality broadcasting The launch night that never was Well, it’s the 40th Birthday of BBC2 today, and what better way for BBCi to advertise it with a…

BBC Local Radio, available on the internet.

16 April 2004

Almost inevitably, in the wake on Michael Grade’s statement about broadcasting not using the net well enough as a distribution medium, the BBC has announced that it will be broadcasting…

It really is the end of regional ITV as we know it (and I feel fine)

14 April 2004

Jermey to head ITV regional news Buried in an article about ITV plc appointing its first ever executive in charge of all ITV1 regional news bulletins in England and Wales,…

Multi-channel TV comes of age… it says here

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…

Interactive TV – less difficult than an aeroplane?

13 April 2004

Using Attitude Based Segmentation to Better Understand Viewers’ Usability Issues with Digital and Interactive TV (pdf) From a snappily titled paper presented at a 2004 European Conference on Interactive Television…

The (almost) lost generation

13 April 2004

MediaGuardian: Viewers desert BBC channels Another day, another “BBC is down the pan” story, but this time the news is both good and bad. Good in that considering the 300-plus…

Missing Believed Wiped interview on BBC4’s website

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…

CHUM acquires Craig Media, to expand into Western Canada.

12 April 2004

From the Intertel section, comes word that the company which owns CityTV, CHUM Limited, is acquiring Craig Media Inc. for $265 million Canadian. The deal, subject to regulatory approval from…

Pirate DJs take to the waves again

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…

Fighting it out for ITV3

8 April 2004

ITV3 lined up for September debut In the swirling mists of the past there Granada and BSkyB and they had a gangcalled GSkyB. And it did have TV channels called…

Watch this space

8 April 2004

ITV plans ‘blank screen’ gameshow Given that staring at a blank screen is infinitely more entertaining than the majority of current ITV programmes, it was perhaps inevitable that the idea…

Constant diet of Reality TV works. Constant diet of Friends doesn’t.

7 April 2004

Reality ratings boost ITV2 So a constant diet of formulaic TV reality TV (I’m a Celeb, American Idol etal) has sent ITV2 spinning to become the second most popular entertainment…

“Broadcasters failing to embrace net” – Grade

6 April 2004

Media Guardian is reporting that Michael Grade is urging broadcasters to embrace the net, or face the sort of piracy issues that have been dogging the music industry. When the…

There’s really no need for this

5 April 2004

BBC and C4 face threat of analogue charges The scenario: The pace of digital takeup has probably now slowed down again after a promising period late last year with the…

Broadcasting in the World Unseen

3 April 2004

Early yesterday morning, we were surprised by a knock at the door. On stumbling downstairs and opening it, I was astonished to see Madame Arcati. She was so excited at…

Making the Grade

2 April 2004

Michael Grade is new BBC chairman My first instinct was that I wasn’t quite sure that he would be entirely suitable for the post (remembering how Channel 4 went downhill…

Michael Apted and his Granada “Seven Up” programme returns to ITV1

2 April 2004

Pioneering socially experimental documentary strand begun on World in Action spearheads ITV’s 50th Anniversary J. Nigel Pickard, ITV’s Director of Programmes has brought Granada’s mammoth documentary project, back to ITV1…

Sliced and diced

1 April 2004

ITV backs ‘top slicing’ BBC licence fee Yet another highly predictable outcome, though the only logic here is that ITV wants to see a weakened BBC but not a neutered…

Get That Date Set!

31 March 2004

Name the analogue switch-off date, urges Carter Is there anyone… anyone… anyone out there involved with running broadcasting who doesn’t want the analogue TV switch-off to be set? Apart from…

Pay your Bill.

31 March 2004

Now viewers can order The Bill online Freemantle’s plan to launch downloadable episodes of The Bill – at a price naturally is notable that the pay-TV on demand concept hasn’t…

Ondigital style crisis unfolds as TV racecourse channel deal trips on the hurdles

29 March 2004

TV racing channel reins in coverage Attheraces the TV channel set up to provide digital TV coverage of races not covered by the major TV networks, itself a consortium of…

Act The Closed Shop.

27 March 2004

Equity anger over BBC film plan Actors union Equity are up in arms over a BBC plan to make a film with 100 people who have never worked in the…

Ariel’s Organ

27 March 2004

Well, Madame Arcati still has some work to do on her apparatus for receiving voice messages from The World Unseen, if last night’s efforts are anything to go by. Attempting,…

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