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Friday 03 April 2020, AM

#133 - Newspapers fight corona ad blacklists; Sports pages with no sport; Streamlined radio schedules; BBC floats broadb

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Thursday 02 April 2020, PM

Coronavirus support loophole leaves many UK film and TV staff without pay, say MPs

Tens of thousands of film and TV production staff left jobless by the coronavirus shutdown must be included in the chancellor's coronavirus support package, an influential group of MPs has argued. The Film and TV Charity estimates up to half of the 50,000 staff that work in film and TV production, from directors and camera operators to prop makers and researchers, are ineligible for any financial support under these schemes. - link
Thursday 02 April 2020, AM

Apple now lets some video streaming apps bypass the App Store cut

Apple on Wednesday confirmed the existence of a program for streaming video providers that allows those platforms to bypass its standard 30 percent App Store fee when selling individual purchases, like movie downloads and TV show rentals. The program first became public earlier today when Amazon updated its Prime Video iOS and Apple TV apps to allow in-app purchases for the first time. - link

Jack Schofield, Guardian's Ask Jack tech columnist, dies at 72

Jack Schofield, the Guardian's former computer editor and author of its technology advice column, Ask Jack, for almost 20 years, has died aged 72. After moving on from his editing role, Schofield continued to write for the Guardian and in May 2000 launched Ask Jack, an advice column that he would produce first fortnightly and later weekly for the rest of his life. - link
Wednesday 01 April 2020, PM

Keep Calm and Put Radio On

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 but the radio one that's what we are all doing because in the last week. There has been a remarkable surge in radio listening are reporting listener increases of over 50% Yes, that will be tune into the latest news on you know the situation the pres…

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BBC content available for community radio stations – RadioToday

Any Community Media Association member station can now take BBC local radio content for free during the current coronavirus crisis. Make a Difference was launched on all 39 BBC local radio stations on March 17. - link
Wednesday 01 April 2020, AM

Community radio in a crisis

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics discover the world leading brands at radio hello again coming up on this week's podcast from Radio today. Will take you to opposite ends of the country to find out about community radio in a crisis in both senses of the phrase from Zeppelin FM in the n…

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Tuesday 31 March 2020, PM

TV licence fee could be replaced by broadband levy, says BBC

The BBC has said the television licence fee could ultimately be replaced by a monthly levy on broadband connections, in response to the UK government's proposals to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee. The consultation on whether to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee closes on Wednesday, with the BBC warning that the initial cost of creating a new system where non-payment is enforced as a civil debt - similar to a utility bill - would be almost 300m. It estimates that evasion of the licence fee would almost double to about 10 of households as people realised non-payment was no longer a criminal offence, costing the public service broadcaster 200m a year on an ongoing basis in lost revenue and requiring further substantial cuts to BBC output. - link
Friday 27 March 2020, PM

29/03/2020 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello and welcome to feedback this week will be devoting all of our program to an interview with the BBC's director of education James Purnell and put it to him some of the questions you have sent us will try and find out what his priorities are whether further sche…

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Friday 27 March 2020, AM

BBC to give away DAB radios to some over 70s – RadioToday

BBC Local Radio is teaming up with manufacturers, retailers and a loneliness charity to offer free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70. BBC Local Radio says it wants to ensure as many people as possible have access to it, so it will be giving away DAB digital radios to people nominated by listeners. - link
Thursday 26 March 2020, AM

BBC, Channel 4 unveil Covid-19 plans fast turnaround shows – TBI Vision

UK broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC have unveiled a raft of new programming as they look to attract viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown and fill gaps left by the cancellation of major events. The BBC Studios Science Unit is behind Coronavirus A Horizon Special, which will explore how governments have reacted to the crisis, while flagship BBC One will offer daytime series HealthCheck UK Live. - link
Wednesday 25 March 2020, PM

'You don't want people judging your decor': hosting TV news at home

Journalists presenting major news broadcasts from their homes ensures programmes remain on air throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but it also offers nosey viewers a chance to indulge one of Britain's major obsessions snooping around other people's houses. Channel 4 News and other news programmes have attracted record audiences since the coronavirus outbreak, and the image of a journalist or guest expert broadcasting to the nation in front of a well-stocked bookshelf in a Victorian house has become a well-established trope. - link

World locks down, media steps up

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 as the world around the media is Stepping Up demand for news and entertainment has never been greater but making it has never been harder today. We're looking at the ingenuity that that's keeping the shows on the road and some parts of the media. It…

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BBC News suspends 450 job cuts to ensure Covid-19 coverage

BBC News has suspended plans to cut 450 jobs as it faces the demands of covering the coronavirus pandemic. A planned modernisation of BBC News was due to contribute 40m of savings toward an overall target of 80m. The DG said it would be inappropriate to pursue this target while BBC News was so stretched in covering the pandemic. - link

PSBs issue joint plea to government for freelancer support

The very nature of the freelance community is that they do not have a single anchor employer they work for the industry as a whole across TV and film, which makes them particularly vulnerable in current circumstances and therefore worthy of government support. We are aware of the communication that you have received from various trade bodies and unions representing the freelance sector in the UK creatives industries and we would also urge the Government to take measures to protect the long term health of the UK creative industries, by providing a package of support to freelancers. - link
Wednesday 25 March 2020, AM

Radio's response to Coronavirus and Sean Dunderdale

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics creators of The Bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, we're still here. Hope you're doing all right this week on the radio Today programme OSO much tougher going to talk to Siobhan Kelly from ready. I said to find out what help they been i…

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Tuesday 24 March 2020, AM

Connected TVs get dedicated BBC Sounds app – RadioToday

The new BBC Sounds TV app is being rolled out on YouView and Virgin devices from today, with other TV platforms coming in the future. The BBC Sounds TV app will be rolling out from today on Virgin devices and YouView devices, including some Sony TVs, and is coming to some Samsung TVs later this week, plus many more connected TVs and devices in the coming weeks and months. - link
Monday 23 March 2020, AM

BBC launches kids portal within iPlayer – TBI Vision

The BBC has launched a children's version of its iPlayer. Measures introduced specifically for children include a daily education programme for different key stages, an expansion in BBC Bitesize content, an increase in education programming on the BBC iPlayer, and the creation of two new daily education podcasts. - link

ITV slashes production by $120m, suspends long-running shows – TBI Vision

The cuts come amid news that production on long-running ITV soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street was being suspended immediately. There is one piece of good news coming out of ITV today, with its variety show Ant Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway attracting the largest-ever viewing figures of its 16 season run. - link
Friday 20 March 2020, PM

22/03/2020 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello has schools closed exams at cancelled cities become ghost towns many confined and the country faces unprecedented challenges, what's the role of the British Broadcasting Corporation we all need to pull together we need to use all our available resource is to i…

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#132 - Pandemic Broadcasting, Remote Working and Freelance Precariousness

Hello and welcome to the media podcast Time Olly Murs lots of news, but just one story today as we reflect on the medias response to the global Corona virus pandemic broadcasters are changing their output to meet you demand and the precarity of being a freelancer plus breaks inside the Big Brother…

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5 Live to simulcast Radio 4 for six hours a day – RadioToday

BBC Radio 5 Live is changing its schedule to simulcast more hours with Radio 4 because of the pressure of COVID-19. Initial changes to the BBC's news output were announced earlier this week, but 5 Live will now simulcast with Radio 4 for six hours in the evening and overnight from Monday. - link
Friday 20 March 2020, AM

Netflix to cut streaming quality in Europe for 30 days

Netflix will reduce the streaming quality of its service in Europe for the next 30 days. The move is aimed at reducing the strain on internet service providers. - link
Thursday 19 March 2020, PM

BBC Local Radio moves to standardised schedule – RadioToday

All BBC local radio stations are moving to a new schedule format with programmes in four-hour blocks every day, RadioToday can exclusively reveal. BBC Local Radio has a large number of specialist programmes which are one, two or three hours long. - link

BBC boss not ruling out further delay to end of free TV licences for over-75s due to coronavirus

The end of free TV licences for over-75s could be pushed back further due to the coronavirus outbreak. His comments come as filming of EastEnders and top BBC dramas were halted amid the Covid-19 outbreak. - link
Thursday 19 March 2020, AM

Return of the expert

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 in these extraordinary times the need to hear from experts has never been greater but we are largely Reliant of course on journalist to help us with that be at the TV producers who put them on are all the reporters who summarise message so today. I …

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Wednesday 18 March 2020, AM

BBC Studios suspends filming on continuing dramas | News | Broadcast

EastEnders cut to two episodes a week - link
Tuesday 17 March 2020, PM

Health Info Radio and remote broadcasting

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics creators of The Bionic studio the smarter way to make Stuart Clarkson it's a packed podcast this week will hear from Duncan Barkes about health information radio new DAB service has gone live this week's report the facts found coronavirus bro…

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BBC Planning To Ditch Audiences Press On With Big Studio Shows During Coronavirus

The BBC is drawing up plans to persevere with some of its most famous studio shows during the coronavirus crisis — even though it will have to sacrifice a live audience to make them happen. - link
Monday 16 March 2020, AM

Lord Hall: Why the BBC matters

Independent research shows that there is an exceptionally high correlation between places where people are aware of the BBC and places where people think positively about the UK. More than that, the BBC helps UK trade. Already we have announced more of BBC News and BBC Sounds will be based in Salford, up to 150 new roles in Bristol and a brand-new tech hub in Newcastle. - link
Friday 13 March 2020, PM

13/03/2020 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts the BBC's coverage of the Corona virus epidemic or pandemic has the world Health Organization has certainly been extensive but has it sometimes being from the reporting of absolute numbers without giving adequate context by also reporting relativities is in my view …

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Thursday 12 March 2020, PM

Government stand-off with BBC over free TV licences costs it extra £600m

Government stand-off with BBC over free TV licences is costing it an extra 600m A YEAR, as over-75s rush to claim pension creditFree TV licence perk to be axed in June for over-75s not claiming pension credit. It is calling on the Government to carry on funding free TV licences for over-75s, to prevent the BBC or pensioners having to shoulder the cost. - link

Freesat 4K TV Recorder Review

For those without an aerial or suffering poor reception, Freesat has been able to provide an alternative way to get free-to-air TV - although its set-top boxes have always lagged behind Freeview units for features - but the Freesat 4K TV Recorder aims to redress the balance. Freesat has launched two products a smaller 4K TV box without recording facility and a larger 4K TV Recorder that I'm reviewing here. - link
Wednesday 11 March 2020, PM

Panic and the truth

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 withhold the truth, it's a concept that goes against everything out trade stands for but the spread of coronavirus is posing some huge ethical questions for journalism. Let me give you one specific example the weekend the newspaper corriere della Se…

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Wednesday 11 March 2020, AM

ARIAS 2020

Hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson it's a podcast packed with radio people this week as we take you to the London Palladium for the audio and radio industry Awards 2020. We've got arya's red carpet chat with the likes of Scott Mills Jeremy Vine and Matthew Wright and the late here are the winners of 20 of…

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Monday 09 March 2020, PM

Former BBC Radio 1 DJs join NOW 70s TV channel – RadioToday

A number of former BBC Radio 1 presenters are hosting programmes on the new NOW 70s television channel on Freeview, satellite and cable. NOW 70s is available across the UK on Freeview channel 78, as well as Sky 373, and Virgin 348. - link sits down with mobile big four to formalise plans for rural shared 4G network The Register

UK ministers are meeting the heads of O2, Three, EE and Vodafone later today to formalise plans for a Shared Rural Network, which would improve coverage in rural black spots. The infrastructure will jointly owned by the four carriers under the banner of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited. - link
Monday 09 March 2020, AM

We Own It Channel 4

This success is linked to Channel 4’s public service broadcasting remit – producing innovative and quality content. Many people do not realise that Channel 4 is publicly owned. It is commercially run which means it funds itself through advertising and doesn’t cost us a penny. In fact, Channel 4 makes up to £2 billion for the economy each year. Profitable and high quality – what’s not to like? - link
Friday 06 March 2020, PM

#131 - Free Speech; ARIA Awards; Coronavirus Spitting Image

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06/03/2020 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts and welcome to a coroner virus-free program apart from noting that cabinet minister, Today programme we started mentioning the Menace again instead we're off to Hambridge to explore the recent child sex abuse storyline which has been much acclaimed has also left one…

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Wednesday 04 March 2020, PM

The Barclay Brothers, bugs, and The Telegraph

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 Secret Millionaire allegations of listening devices at The Ritz and a Daily Telegraph about the extraordinary family feud playing out in the High Court between relatives of David and Frederick Barclay it's a British version of my favourite TV show H…

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Wednesday 04 March 2020, AM

RadioToday Roundtable March 2020

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics working with the world's leading broadcasters and equipment suppliers to transform in technology and workplace welcome to the Round Table from Radio today with guilt free post in Soho which should always be your studio of when you're around this neck o…

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Friday 28 February 2020, PM

28/02/2020 Radio 4 Feedback

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts like just about every BBC News Bulletin for the last 2-weeks with coronavirus and some criticism. I think the BBC should temperate language and remember that some people are very easily frightened by the thought of the spread of disease and infection as the virus sp…

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Thursday 27 February 2020, PM

Small Screen: Big Debate | Small Screen: Big Debate

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Transforming TV by going back to the future

Today, technology, platforms, and behavior put consumers in control of TV in an entirely new way - whether that is through installing ad-blocking software, cutting the cord, downloading, streaming, buying, sharing, personalizing, or commenting on content in real time on social media. There's certainly potential for greater integration of TV content and interactive games. - link

Cable future may not include TV, as Cable One shows

One cable company you may have never heard of - Cable One - is proving that moving away from TV can be good for investors. As a result, Cable One has been shedding cable TV stations for years, refusing to pay increased programming costs on certain channels it has deemed replaceable. - link

Why Traditional TV Is in Trouble - The New York Times

The fanfare will kick off weeks of negotiations, with networks aiming to get advertisers to commit to billions of dollars in spending for the year ahead.But beneath the sparkle and the canaps, the networks are also navigating a serious advertising upheaval. The hottest shows on TV networks - which command the highest ad prices - are attracting older viewers, which is a challenge for brands that want to reach millennials and teens. - link

The Death of TV: 5 Reasons People Are Fleeing Traditional TV

Will anyone care if traditional TV watching goes the way of radio before it - used to watch a select few programs a couple of times a week With all the options available to watch time-shifted programming, I sit down and watch all my favorite shows when I want. - link

Television is dying and it’s our fault

In 2007, Netflix turned its attention to streaming services rather than mail-order DVDs. It was a brilliant business model as it changed the lives of those who frequently miss their favorite TV shows, but it unknowingly changed the course of the television industry. Slowly but surely, Hulu came onto the scene, as did HBO NOW and FOX NOW. However, Netflix was merely just a medium for the majority of the world’s favorite TV shows. - link

Dish Network Is Dying a Very Slow Death

As part of this mega-merger deal, Dish would take over Boost Mobile, Sprint's prepaid cellular service and build out a 5G network. Can Dish transform itself into a twenty-first-century telecommunications giant I would argue the foundation is there, but the big question that hangs over the company is what to do with its struggling satellite business. - link
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