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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,…

Rooted out, and chucked out

26 March 2004

Rooted Out Chucked Out Well the reign of Jane Root, controller of BBC2, seems to soon be over, at least if the above article is to be believed. Apparently she…

Back to the sixties

25 March 2004

Media Guardian: BBC4 to explode myths of 60s TV Just how this will be handled should prove to be very interesting, since it is very difficult to subjectively and accurately…

Freeview to be more popular than Sky?

24 March 2004

Freeview could outstrip Sky by 2007 So the free-to-air digital replacement for analogue that will soon be built into most new TV’s, will, apparently become more popular than a subscription…

Commercial breakdown

21 March 2004

Apparently Portsmouth TV, the local RSL TV station for the Portsmouth area has been off air for the last couple of weeks whilst it has gone into “administrative receivership”, although…

Top Up TV to launch at end of month.

19 March 2004

MediaGuardian: Top Up TV eyes launch date So after weeks of waiting, pay-TV will return to digital terrestrial television (DTT) on Wednesday 31 March. Yep just under a fortnight left…

Arts Council Of the Press? No chance.

15 March 2004

The Observer: Pitfalls of the television money-go-round As the dull-and-worthy sounding ‘arts council of the air’ concept gets muttered about it again (because all public service television is arts, isn’t…

Trust us on this one

15 March 2004

MediaGuardian: Four’s war of independence There has been lots of talk recently about the future of Channel 4, with suggestions ranging from a merger/”reverse nationalisation” with Five to a more…

RTE to officially launch Radio 1 on 252 LW

12 March 2004

Well, in amongst the broadcasting community, this has been one of the least widely reported developments, but from Wednesday 17th March, aka St Patrick’s Day, RTE Radio 1 will be…

Sky Entertainment Section Reshuffle

12 March 2004

At long last, we are going to see some long awaited streamlining of the Entertainment section of the Sky Digital EPG. The huge gap between 152 and 181 was always…

Birt crony in line for the chair, says message from Beyond

12 March 2004

My nautical independent television pioneering, and, sadly, defunct correspondent Captain T.B. has chosen to indicate quite categorically to me, in the latest seance held in our front room yesterday evening…

The passing of the BBC’s one time “mother” at Lime Grove reported

12 March 2004

Joan Marsland, one time “mother” floor manager at BBC Lime Grove has died The Guardian has today reported of the passing of 84 year old Joan Marsland, who until 1979…

The best defence is offence

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

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…

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11 March 2004

Media Guardian: C4 swears by four-letter advert It’s hard to imagine ABC, Rediffusion or even TWW broadcasting a certain word beginning with C, nine times in 30 seconds, which is…