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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…

Bonsu Booted Out of BBC London

10 March 2004

Henry’s approach was “too intellectual” retorts his ex-BBC boss An unhappy Henry Bonsu, a 32 year old radio presenter who until his sacking yesterday, has broadcast a Sunday night discussion…

Five News heads for the Sky

9 March 2004

MediaGuardian: ITN dumped by Channel Five So Five News will be leaving ITN and are heading off to the sunny ‘delights’ of Osterly, West London. And Sky have got their…

Style trial

9 March 2004

Axed DJ accuses BBC of failing black community There is a danger that this story will be seen by some people purely as a race issue, but here’s a quote…

The joy of email… er… again

8 March 2004

EMC MediaBlog on BBC email lists Having previously detailed my frustrations with the BBC email services (possibly the only weak point in the world’s greatest content provider – Tessa Howler…

Would alternative funding pay for specialised programmes?

8 March 2004

Majority ‘want change to TV fee’ says ICM/Panorama poll According to the BBC’s own research, aired on Sunday in “What’s the Point of the BBC?”, 70% of people in the…

The licence fee. Again

8 March 2004

MediaGuardian gives an old story a new(ish) twist This story about the ICM/Panorama poll appeared on the BBC website last week but has predictably resurfaced, though comments from Sir David…

The joy of email… er…

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…

Open access television

5 March 2004

MacUser: BBC to give free access to archive footage Here’s a piece of good news for a change, with further details of the BBC’s earlier pledge to make clips of…

Define “light touch regulation”…

4 March 2004

MediaGuardian: Ofcom urged to crack down on ‘glib’ ITV The fact that ITV is going through so many changes at the moment has proved to be a testing time for…

ITV ready to kill off another channel?

3 March 2004

MediaGuardian: ITV – we would bid for C4 too After the news that Five and Channel 4 had explored merging, the news that ITV would be interested in getting in…

ONO-Day

1 March 2004

All change in London today as ITN finally got their mits on London Tonight and London Today. Over at the Beeb, the “LDN” branding was abandoned for the BBC’s London…

Top Up TV: The figures don’t add up.

1 March 2004

I have to say I have very real doubts about the viability of Top Up TV They say they need 250,000 subscribers by year end. Well, according to the published…

Dear Sir…

27 February 2004

Times Online: Letters to the Editor A letter from someone who claims to have never watched a commercial TV channel in his/her life. I used to have standards like that…

Merging Four and Five.

27 February 2004

MediaGuardian: Channel 4 in talks with Five over merger It was inevitable. The overly commercial state of the current Channel 4 has meant that someone had to think about it…

A researcher writes

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…

Make your voice heard about BBC Charter Review

26 February 2004

BBC Charter Review – Your BBC, Your Say It has not received a vast amount of attention, but the fact is that not only is BBC Charter Review taking place,…

Nottingham put out of it’s misery.

26 February 2004

MediaGuardian: ITV axes up to 400 jobs as Nottingham studio closes Nottingham studios to close. Central News East to move to Birmingham. 400 jobs to go. Will the last person…

A futile exercise

25 February 2004

MPs back campaign to save ITV Nottingham Unfortunately I feel that the MP’s involved in trying to persuade ITV plc to back down from doing this might as well throw…

Getting the BBC Out of the Way

24 February 2004

Beyond the Charter – The BBC after 2006 “Far-reaching change is needed to enable the BBC to achieve its full potential,” begins the press release announcing the publication of “Beyond…

Never mind the Boat Race

23 February 2004

BBC sunk in Boat Race row This highlights the anomaly that faces a public service broadcaster such as the BBC when faced with sporting events that are determined to become…

The spectre of unemployment

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…

Misleading Headline of the Day.

20 February 2004

MediaGuardian: BBC Manchester plans revealed Well done to the Media Guardian’s headline writers. In an act of genius they have not only provided a completely inaccurate headline (nothing has actually…

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