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Hurricane Danny

1 November 2012

BLOG: Danny Baker is lost

Nothing on television tonight?

27 October 2012

BLOG: Other places to find Transdiffusion goodies if “Strictly” leaves you cold

Ceefax gone

23 October 2012

BLOG: So, farewell then Ceefax…

Farewell, Pages From Ceefax

22 October 2012

BLOG: Goodbye Ceefax

A design Year Zero

30 August 2012

BLOG: I love the 1980s. If you agree, you were born between 1970 and 1978, at a guess.

Thompson’s tactical errors

23 August 2012

BLOG: BBC Director-General gone

The name’s 007. Sky Movies 007.

7 August 2012

BLOG: Sky’s new channel

Farewell, Bvsh Hovse

12 July 2012

BLOG: The BBC World Service’s main studios fall silent for the first time since 1940

Isn’t it shocking?

11 June 2012

BLOG: How posting to YouTube turned into a quagmire of uncertainty thanks to cwilliams1976

Sailing in the wrong direction?

7 June 2012

BLOG: It’s certainly not unusual for the BBC to be the subject of criticism when it comes to the coverage of any royal event apart from the most straightforward occasions. Getting the tone exactly right is an absolute nightmare and you are never going to satisfy everyone all of the time, especially when dealing with something that’s the least bit contentious.

Let’s go Nationwide!

4 June 2012

BLOG: Nationwide joins the duck on the skateboard of history

ITV’s regional news u-turn

26 May 2012

BLOG: Remember a few years ago when ITV plc decided that 17 regional news programmes was unsustainable and that to make commercial sense they should only have nine in England and Wales? Well that was in 2009. Now it’s 2012 and it seems ITV have had a change of heart.

Second rate or second to none?

7 May 2012

BLOG: Does BBC Two have a point?

Storify: what’s wrong with BBC commissioning and scheduling

27 March 2012

BLOG: A discussion on Twitter about the BBC’s incomprehensible scheduling policies of late

Thompson’s legacy

14 March 2012

BLOG: Preparing to say goodbye to Mark Thompson

ITV: Running forward just to stand still?

5 March 2012

BLOG: ITV appoints Adam Crozier

BBC Four saved…at a price

26 February 2012

It’s one thing wanting the closure threat of

The strange case of HD Thames

29 January 2012

BLOG: An interesting exchange on Twitter about a strange subsidiary of Thames from its post-franchise days

Woe is Channel 4

25 January 2012

With the news that Channel 4 is to report its first annual loss for more than a decade, How on earth did Channel 4 manage to drop the ball so…

Obligatory showing of teeth

23 January 2012

BLOG: Local radio is almost saved

Sorry Hazel, but what did you expect?

18 January 2012

BLOG: Well recently the BBC released some figures and they showed that 3,172 people from Salford applied for jobs with the BBC at MediaCity and just 24 people were successful. Local MP Hazel Blears is demanding an enquiry and calling the figure “incredibly disappointing”. Well sorry Hazel, but what did you expect?

Necrolog 2011

31 December 2011

BLOG: A list of some of those we have loved and lost in 2011.

Frosty reception

15 November 2011

BLOG: The Frozen Planet ‘scandal’

I’m with Matthew Wright. Are you?

14 November 2011

BLOG: The BBC’s Delivering Quality First initiative has certainly caused a few headlines for its treatment of local radio, however much less discussed has been its impact on the BBC’s regional TV output. However its changes there have been no less controversial.

Redefining Auntie

6 October 2011

BLOG: Delivering Quality First is coming

The s-word

21 September 2011

BLOG: Stop saying “synergy”

Boris Johnson – more knowledgeable about TV production than broadcasters themselves

19 September 2011

BLOG: From the “Boris Johnson is clearly an expert on making television – better at it than even the BBC” file comes this rather farcical story….

Reshuffling the news

13 September 2011

BLOG: It’s been the way it has been for so long that we just accept it. However I can’t be the only one who finds the fact that at 6pm ITV1 shows the national news after the regional news?

You can’t beat a good daily start-up

9 September 2011

BLOG: The Socialist paradise (ahem) of North Korea’s NCTV starts the day with a march. Literally a march.

Cut out to keep

28 August 2011

This year’s Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival may have been relatively free of controversy It seems that after all the noises relating the BBC having to close down at…

TV’s most boring ident?

20 August 2011

Tyne Tees? HTV? Who has the most boring ident of them all?

Twin dilemma

19 August 2011

Much has been said this week about proposed cutbacks that may (or may not) affect BBC Four, the ‘highbrow’ digital TV channel that has a relatively small but fiercely loyal…

BBC News 24 timelapse video

16 August 2011

Can you believe it but ten years ago BBC News 24 rebranded and went all beige? Okay, so it’s rebranded several times since and now isn’t even called BBC News…

Heat of the moment

10 August 2011

When there’s a major event taking place, it’s natural that television viewers will want to seek out the most comprehensive coverage that’s currently available, therefore Sangat TV’s coverage of last…

Charged debate

7 August 2011

The BBC’s popular and occasionally controversial Top Gear programme has been back in the news again for apparently upsetting car company Nissan; this is on top of another dispute over…

The Camera That Changed the World

4 August 2011

We don’t normally bother with such trivialities as television programmes on Transdiffusion. I mean, they’re not the most important thing on the goggle box now are they?! However every now and then we spot an excellent programme that’s well worth mentioning.

Formula won

29 July 2011

Aside from those wanting Rupert Murdoch’s influence to be curtailed, the News Corporation phone hacking saga so far hasn’t been bad news for BSkyB either, despite the fact that it’s…

The yearbook mystery

23 July 2011

When researching for Transdiffusion features, I often come across titbits of information that don’t fit anywhere. Here’s one of them in an experimental video format.

The naked truth

13 July 2011

If you wanted excitement, intrigue and unpredictability in the world of media news then this past week simply had the lot, starting off with what seemed like a minor escalation…

The improbable coming true

11 July 2011

Never has a week seemed like such a long time in news. Go back a month and if anyone had said that the News of the World would soon be no more and that News International would be fighting for its reputation and survival, you’d think they were mad and would be preparing to get the doctors with the straight jackets.

Buying time

6 July 2011

Can News Corporation still achieve its dream of taking over BSkyB despite what now appears to be difficult if not insurmountable obstacles that have been placed in its path? Up…

A place to call our own

13 June 2011

From a purely practical and logistical perspective, the BBC’s Television Centre is nowadays a large, old-fashioned and under-utilized building that must cost a fortune to heat and to cool, as…

Closing time

10 June 2011

As the BBC continues to wrestle with the prospect of making significant cost savings, the subject of channel closures (television or radio) has reared its head yet again, but this…

A narrower perspective

5 June 2011

As a television channel, BBC Four has been the subject of much scrutiny as of late, and not just because it happens to be a digital-only TV channel with a…

See. Saw. Didn’t bother again.

27 May 2011

For me, SeeSaw always had one big problem. You had to view content on your PC. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a nice big TV with decent sound. Plugging the PC into the TV is a pain in the backside. If you’d put SeeSaw on my TV set, well then that may have been a different proposition.