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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…

Freeview hits 3million homes.

20 February 2004

MediaGuardian: Freeview in almost 3m homes It seems like there’s one of these stories every couple of weeks, so here’s another one then. By the end of December 2003, 2,996,700…

Self service

17 February 2004

Viewers shun Vaughan debut This is another somewhat predictable outcome based solely on overnight viewing figures (something BBC Two controller Jane Root is wisely trying to steer clear of, but…

It ain’t broke

17 February 2004

Leaving aside for the moment the possibility that recently-leaked government documents might have oozed out deliberately to minimise their chances of ever coming to pass, the whole idea of breaking…

Sunday Times Report: BBC could be broken up regionally.

16 February 2004

So, the Sunday Times reports that the BBC could be broken up into 4 seperate broadcasters for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a leaked government document. Now,…

Note to self.

16 February 2004

Beware. If you’re spell checking a blog entry, remember to pay attention as it will try to convert "MediaGuardian" to "mediocrities"…

Planning a demise of analogue.

16 February 2004

Media Guardian: Millions could face BBC TV switch-off in 2007 We all know it. Some may deny it. Some may stick their fingers in their ears and go "lar-lar-lar-lar-I can’t…

Johnny likes to offer more.

16 February 2004

MediaGuardian: ‘What you’ll see in my shed’ When it comes to defending BBC Three against the bashers, you don’t often find its stars saying much, but todays Media Guardian sees…

Sky ‘Solus’ cards

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…

Culling the shots

12 February 2004

ITV Nottingham to close? We always knew ITV would start cutting costs. We also knew that after Crossroads ended, Nottingham would have a vastly reduced workload. ITV have put two…

Time to get tough

10 February 2004

MediaGuardian: Watchdog raps Channel 4 and Top of the Pops It seems that new media regulator Ofcom already has its work cut out with TV channels either breaking rules through…

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