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Wednesday 09 September 2020, PM

How Spotify reached No. 1

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 how are you listening to show right now? Maybe listening live in your car or in your kitchen on FM but I know many of you are TuneIn by smart speakers and some of you out running whilst others are catching the podcast that kind of technological inno…

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Wednesday 09 September 2020, AM

Peter Dickson

The radiator day programme with broadcast bionics created of the bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson on this week's radio Today programme voice-over Legend he's also been already at 1 and radio to countless other commercial radio stations doing the voices and you…

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Tuesday 08 September 2020, PM

Digital UK's Jonathan Thompson on the challenges facing new BBC chief Tim Davie – TBI Vision

Jonathan Thompson, who leads the development of the UK's digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview, reflects on the immense challenges facing new BBC chief Tim Davie and explores how he might tackle them. Tim Davie will today be contemplating the end of his first full week as the 17th Director General of the BBC. General consensus across the UK industry, and most importantly for him - within the BBC - is that Tim was the right person for the job. - link
Monday 07 September 2020, PM

To win back trust, TV news needs to get out of the studio and into UK communities | John Domokos | Opinion | The Guardia

Now that everyone can be their own broadcaster, presenting ‘packages’ from behind a desk feels out of touch - link
Thursday 03 September 2020, PM

Tim Davie's introductory speech as BBC Director-General

We have made progress, and I am biased, but BBC Studios has led the way, proving that we can create an organisation that attracts the best talent and creates unmistakably BBC content, while generating competitive returns. As you will have seen in your email, we have reduced the Executive Committee of the BBC from 17 to 11 to streamline decision-making and work as one BBC. Importantly, Charlotte Moore's appointment as Chief Content Officer will mean we work across the BBC to maximise the impact of all our content across audio and video. - link

BBC boss Tim Davie to become stricter on staff airing views on social media

Tim Davie is to crack down on staff posting their views on social media in a move to restore the view of the BBC as impartial, and raised the question of slashing the corporations' output by a fifth, cutting more jobs and potentially shutting TV channels. Davie said that the corporation needs to become leaner, highlighting that staff numbers at the licence-fee funded BBC have actually increased despite a cost-cutting drive. - link

BBC Radio and Education moves to new division – RadioToday

The BBC Radio and Education division is moving to a new single Content division headed by the BBC's new Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore. Charlotte will be responsible for television commissioning for all BBC network TV channels and BBC iPlayer, radio commissioning and production for all ten national radio networks and BBC Sounds, and multi-platform commissioning and production for all children's and education content BBC Proms and Orchestras. - link
Thursday 03 September 2020, AM

700MHz spectrum cleared for auction in January

The low frequency of the 700MHz spectrum band is ideal for carrying mobile signals into buildings and over long distances - including the countryside. Releasing these airwaves will help increase the total amount of the radio spectrum available for mobile services in the UK by 18. Around 1,000 workers from organisations including Arqiva, Ofcom, Digital UK, Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited and the multiplex operators spent more than 2 million hours clearing the spectrum. - link
Wednesday 02 September 2020, PM

Charming the old Gray Lady

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 for the last eight Mark Thompson has been CEO or one of the most story brands in use the New York Times and his leadership The Fortunes of The Old Grey Lady have been transformed 6 million subscribers. It's branched out into podcast and TV programme…

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Wednesday 02 September 2020, AM

Mike Carr - Crowd Network

The radiator day programme was broadcast bionics hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson coming up on the radio Today programme this week will hear from Mike car at formerly of five live BBC Sport he's put together a team and got some funding run a new podcast network with some quite big ambitions find out mor…

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Tuesday 01 September 2020, PM

BBC chief Tim Davie starts role with focus on 'unique value for customers' - TBI Vision

Davie was named director general of the BBC earlier this summer, replacing the outgoing Tony Hall who took much of the UK industry by surprise in January when he revealed he would be exiting the broadcaster. The former BBC Studios CEO had headed up its commercial division for more than seven years, during which he launched production arm BBCS and oversaw its merger with former commercial division BBCWW. Davie, a former marketing chief at Pepsi, also further expanded BBCS's focus away from straight distribution with the roll-out of streamer BritBox into the US and Australia, content deals with Discovery for natural history programming and last year's deal to take full control of UKTV's linear channels. - link
Monday 31 August 2020, PM

Tim Davie faces battle to find new BBC funding model

The BBC has looked at whether the licence fee could ultimately be replaced with a new special income tax, based on the Swedish model for funding public service broadcasting according to two executives at the corporation, with a new funding model set to be one of the key issues facing incoming director general, Tim Davie. One of the BBC insiders said it would be a tough sell to add a new tax to people's payslips in the current political environment, especially with concerns that the government could force the BBC to share more of its funding pot with other broadcasters. - link
Sunday 30 August 2020, AM

TikTok teens are obsessed with 'Criminal Minds'

In turn, TikTok prolongs the series' lifespan by keeping viewers engaged, especially upon multiple viewings, and by bringing it to the attention of potential new viewers - the most viral TikTok posts are peppered with user comments asking what show the clips are from. A 2016 New York Times project counted the drama among the 50 TV shows with the most likes on Facebook. - link
Friday 28 August 2020, PM

Tim Davie returns to BBC hotseat facing familiar set of hurdles

The last time Tim Davie was director general of the BBC, he found himself dealing with a crisis over the corporation's news output, divisions over its internal culture, and a hostile government. A competitive marathon runner, he has been known to invite BBC colleagues to take part in long-distance races near his home. - link

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival – TBI Vision

Aside from diversity, the other big issue on the plate this year was the impact of Covid-19 on the TV industry. One positive development for UK talent to come out of the festival was the creation of the TV Coalition For Change, comprised of broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky, as well as the union Bectu and industry bodies like John McVay's Pact and Directors UK. The coalition pledged to hold quarterly discussions to find solutions to the problems faced by those out of work due to the pandemic, with the first meeting to take place at the end of September or early October and continuing every quarter until December 2021. - link
Wednesday 26 August 2020, PM

Trevor Dann

The radiator day programme with broadcast bionics working with the world's leading broadcasters and equipment suppliers to transform industry standard technologies and workplace. Hello, my name is Stuart Clarkson this is the weekly podcast from Radio can we have this time? We're going …

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Tony Hall's Exit Interview

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 Tony Hall is the director-general of the BBC it's his last week in the job, but before he goes he's agreed to sit down with the media show for the next half an hour and much longer if you're listening to us in the BBC Sounds app Tony all the talking…

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Tuesday 25 August 2020, AM

David Olusoga: his Edinburgh television festival speech in full

In the time I have been in television the vast majority of the senior black industry figures I have come across working within the UK broadcasters have moved to the indie sector or left the industry. One of the sessions at this year's Edinburgh television festival asks when will television have its first black channel controller. - link

Sky Arts reveals more information about free-to-view TV channel | WhatsOnStage

Sky Arts has revealed more information about its free-to-view TV channel coming next month. Initial programming for the series will include Tim Marlow's Sky Arts Late, a monthly programme that will include debates, performances and more from the arts sector. - link
Friday 21 August 2020, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts this the last series of feedback to an interview with the controller Radio 4 Extra and Radio 4 podcast he is the multitasking mohit bakaya to have been in charge for almost exactly a year now having been a commissioning editor at the network since 2008 welcome to fe…

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Friday 21 August 2020, AM

DAB radio to be standard in all new passenger cars – RadioToday

DAB Digital Radio will be installed as standard in all new passenger vehicles by the end of this year following new regulations passed through Parliament. As of Q2 2020, 93.9 of new cars registered in the UK were fitted with DAB digital radio as standard, and the new regulation will require the remaining 6 of new cars to be fitted with digital radio. - link
Thursday 20 August 2020, PM

Ofcom UK Aim Next 5G Mobile Spectrum Auction at January 2021

The UK telecoms regulator has today confirmed that their much delayed auction of the 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz radio spectrum bands, which could boost new 5G mobile network coverage and mobile broadband speeds further into the Gigabit territory, will not now take its first bids until January 2021. The final outcome will ultimately depend upon who bids for what, but more spectrum tends to equal better mobile broadband speed and that's going to be key for 5G. At present EE, Vodafone and O2 only have access to a 40MHz, 50MHz and 40MHz slice - respectively - of the 3.4GHz mobile band for their 5G services. - link
Thursday 20 August 2020, AM

BBC Director General Tony Hall to Speak at Edinburgh TV Fest Opener

Outgoing BBC director general, Tony Hall, will deliver the opening address at the Edinburgh TV Festival, in what will be one of his final public appearances in the position before he steps down in September. This year's Edinburgh TV festival, sponsored by YouTube and Freeview, will be a digital event as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and will take place Aug. 24-27. - link
Wednesday 19 August 2020, PM

Our love-hate relationship with the tech giants

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio for the biggest beast in tech this week apple Facebook and tiktok have all had their share of bad publicity this summer apple and Facebook recording to appear before Congress when they were told they had too much power and killing the US economy tikto…

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Wednesday 19 August 2020, AM

Graham Torrington

The radiator day programme with broadcast bionic created of the bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson thanks for your lovely comments about last week's podcast this time right Martin is back. David Lloyd is back with more fantastic radio moments at the end of the p…

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Friday 14 August 2020, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello lies damned lies and statistics so said the so when it comes to covid deaths which statistic should we believe people offering one to have one number that summarise a story but that's not how life has the government to lose the weight calculate cubic deaths. I…

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Thursday 13 August 2020, AM

Freeview viewers complain of fewer channels after retune

Freeview viewers are complaining that they lost channels after planned changes were made to the network. Viewers in these areas may need to retune their TV or box if they find they are missing channels. - link
Wednesday 12 August 2020, PM

June Sarpong: What is diversity?

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 today we're going to get one of the most ubiquitous and least understood ideas in media diversity, and we're going to do it with possibly the two people in media who spent more time thinking about it than anyone else what exactly is diversity. Why i…

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Wednesday 12 August 2020, AM

Rombalds Radio

The radiator day programme with broadcast bionics creators of The Bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Quentin our guest hosting the radio today podcast this week Ryan David both on holiday, but as you'll find out at the moment. I'll guess this week is a very familiar voice This …

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Saturday 08 August 2020, AM

TBI Weekly: Are we in the midst of a watershed moment for streaming? – TBI Vision

Streaming has become the prevalent force among content-hungry consumers over the past few years, but developments this week suggest we may well be in the midst of a watershed moment. It's been a busy week for NBCUniversal and probably not a particularly pleasant one for many of its employees, after the company started cutting staff as it combines its TV and streaming divisions under Mark Lazarus. - link
Friday 07 August 2020, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello the long wait is over. I'm glad to say that we have introduced from this week and listen is already or responding to that in a positive way. Yes the archers of stop talking to themselves and they're actually talking to each other. I'll be talking to Alison hind…

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Thursday 06 August 2020, AM

ITV hit by tumble in ad revenues, suspends dividend

THE slump in advertising revenue during lockdown hit ITV hard, and the future is so uncertain it cannot give guidance to the City on how trading will go. ITV is targeting cost cuts, but still expects to spend 960 million on programming this year. - link
Wednesday 05 August 2020, PM

Succession and shakedown for Murdoch and TikTok

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello today succession and Shakedown at two of the world's most talked-about Media Empires on Friday drama at the house of Murdoch James Murdoch resigned from the family firm sighting disagreements over any content and over the weekend at tiktok Pres…

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Monday 03 August 2020, PM

TBI Tech Analysis: Where next for UK broadcasters in a post-Covid world? – TBI Vision

As Evans points out, Omdia's Channels Programming Intelligence Service data suggests that broadcasters will see a drop in spend on originals in 2020 compared with 2019, with the figure then remaining relatively stable moving into 2021 and 2022. The UK's position, following several years of original programme spending growth, is now comparable to a wider trend in Europe, where Western European programme spending on both acquired and originals is expected to continue its downward trajectory. - link
Friday 31 July 2020, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts, don't you miss this what's inside the party should be rather than punishing someone's been to couples therapy studio at home alone in BBC comedy coping to just get on with it like the rest of the country had to adapt really quickly so I think it's just the adrenalin…

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Friday 31 July 2020, AM

Help us: Cast Some Light on Where You Watch TV and Video

The perceived quality of a television image is affected by the viewing conditions in the place where the video content is being watched. We would really value your input on our investigation into ambient lighting for content viewing which will help inform our research into TV content quality perception. - link
Thursday 30 July 2020, PM

Northwich to get ultra-reliable broadband from Openreach

RESIDENTS across Northwich could soon have access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in Europe. Openreach has outlined plans to make ultra-reliable and gigabit-capable full fibre broadband available to homes and businesses across town. - link

Why Sky Arts went free |

Earlier this week, Sky announced that Sky Arts will become a free-to-air channel in September. That's why this September, we are making Sky Arts free for everyone to watch, becoming the only space on terrestrial TV dedicated solely to arts and culture. - link
Wednesday 29 July 2020, PM

Whose truth is it anyway?

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio Four Seasons job to tell the truth to sit on the fence and what is older and younger Jonas clash over what the truth actually is some of America's biggest newsrooms have been by these questions in the last few weeks with huge public rebellions at the N…

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Doctor Fox returns with United DJs

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics working with the world's leading broadcasters and equipment suppliers to transform into a technology and workplace Stuart Clarkson coming up this week foxy is back as Dr fox joined United DJs for new twist on the Sunday chart, show will find out what th…

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Tuesday 28 July 2020, AM

Sky Arts to become free to watch from September

Sky Arts director, Philip Edgar-Jones, said the decision was motivated by a sense of corporate social responsibility rather than money or chasing viewers. Sky said the channel's on-demand library of content would remain exclusively available to Sky and Now TV entertainment pass customers. - link
Monday 27 July 2020, PM

Arqiva supports Freeview Play metadata migration |

This system supports the migration of the Freeview Play service information platform to a highly-scalable public cloud infrastructure. The original metadata management system, which Arqiva built and operated for Digital UK, has been at the heart of Freeview Play since its launch in 2015. - link
Monday 27 July 2020, AM

Is BritBox repeating past mistakes with its original content strategy?

Last week saw the unveiling of a slate of original scripted shows from the UK iteration of the ITV/BBC SVOD service, BritBox. As figures have yet to be released, since the streamer only launched in November, it will be difficult to gauge the potential audience for any newly announced series. Has the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown increased sampling and customer retention to BritBox? - link
Saturday 25 July 2020, AM

Thousands of houses in Darwen missing out on Freeview TV channels | Lancashire Telegraph

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BBC global audience hits record high

A total of 151 million users now access BBC News digitally, according the annual Global Audience Measure which measures how many individuals the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment content in the year 2019/20. BBC global content is also increasingly popular on global platforms like Youtube with a 129 increase in audiences to 47 million a week, overtaking Facebook with a 31 increase to 43 million. - link
Friday 24 July 2020, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts this week a gentle morning for The Corporation from the outgoing editor of The today anything about BBC I would say having observed it as an outsider probably the three years is there is a great impulse towards such as social cohesion and sometimes. I think it would …

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Friday 24 July 2020, AM

Johnson rushes to put UK junk food advertising on a diet - Financial Times

Boris Johnson is preparing to unveil sweeping curbs on how unhealthy foods are sold in Britain, with advertising, retail and food executives braced for one of the world’s most restrictive marketing regimes. Executives briefed on the government plans, which could be announced as early as next week, expect a ban on online advertising of unhealthy foods, a pre-9pm watershed on television adverts, and tight curbs on in-store promotions. Ministers and officials are still locked in a fierce debate about the precise anti-obesity measures, especially regarding how far to go in requiring more prominent labelling of food and drinks with high levels of sugar or salt. But industry lobbyists are resigned to Mr Johnson and Matt Hancock, the health secretary, proposing far-reaching measures that will transform the promotion of everything from chocolate bars and yoghurt drinks to fast-food chains and mayonnaise.  Among the proposals is a requirement for large restaurants to put calorie labels on menus. The prime minister also wants to launch a consultation on putting calorie labels on alcoholic drinks. Last year Mr Johnson criticised “sin taxes” but his brush with death from coronavirus in April prompted a change of heart from the prime minister, who was convinced that he fell particularly ill because he was overweight. In June he told Times Radio that he had abandoned his “libertarian stance on obesity”, saying: “We will be happier, fitter and more resistant to diseases like Covid if we can tackle obesity.” Mr Johnson has rejected a new round of sugar taxes. Senior Conservatives instead say the obesity strategy will focus on “helping people make better choices” and improving healthy living. Cycling and walking are being promoted by the government. Just as business begins to chart a course back from the severe impacts of Covid-19, such an ill-thought out policy cuts across Treasury efforts to support the sector and risks jobs and livelihoods Phil Smith, chief executive of ISBA An NHS England study in 2018 found that 64 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of children were overweight or obese, a figure barely dented by various government anti-obesity initiatives.  Britain already restricts advertising of so-called “junk foods” on television, in posters and online. But these rules generally seek to limit advertisers targeting of children, rather than ban advertising outright.  Since 2007 broadcasters have been prevented from advertising unhealthy products in programmes that appeal to children. Other rules, applied since 2017, bar advertisers from targeting children with such products in marketing online, in print and in cinemas.  The more intrusive restrictions under consideration would have a big impact on thousands of businesses involved in making, selling and promoting foods.  Broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 4 have warned the government that the intervention would damage their sector, which is already suffering from a post-lockdown slump in advertising budgets. Television executives estimate a ban would affect around £200m of ad spending across the sector.  Senior government figures admit the new restrictions would “hit the commercial broadcasters hard” but they said Number 10 was determined to “throw everything” at the obesity problem. Advertisers fear the breadth of the curbs will hit both big brands and smaller companies, such as fast food restaurants or small manufacturers, which will have to look to new ways to market themselves to consumers. “Brands have partnered effectively with government over the lockdown period to support, develop and amplify public health campaigns,” said Phil Smith, chief executive of ISBA, which represents leading UK advertisers. “Just as business begins to chart a course back from the severe impacts of Covid-19, such an ill-thought out policy cuts across Treasury efforts to support the sector and risks jobs and livelihoods.” Stephen Woodford, chief executive of the Advertising Association, said a ban would be “in direct conflict” with the government’s “own evidence that such restrictions would have minimal impact on obesity levels”. Recommended Camilla Cavendish A chance to reshape UK public health strategy and target obesity The government is expected to propose enacting the reforms before the next election, due in 2024, with primary legislation required for the restrictions on online advertising. The process could take several years to conclude.  “It is a very hard lobby [for anti-obesity], they have been lobbying for years and years,” said one executive heavily affected by the proposals. “We will not give up because we don’t think there is a good case for it.”  Claire Enders of Enders Analysis said a ban on advertising unhealthy foods on television had “no prospect of successfully addressing this health crisis” and would “disproportionately damage broadcasters and advertisers' businesses”.  The definition of foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar — so-called HFSS — can be broad. Brands potentially caught by restrictions range from the Burger King chain and Birds Eye fish fingers to Dairylea Cheddar slices and Tabasco sauce. An executive at a big food company said: “We haven’t seen the evidence base that supports the idea that these measures will actually move the dial on obesity.” Others in the sector warn that without advertising, producers would compete on price and quality, either cutting prices or adding sugar. They pointed to government estimates that suggest restricting placements of sugary and high-calorie food and drinks in stores would cut average daily calorie intake among young children by just 9 calories for boys and 8 for girls. Boys aged 4 to 10 typically consume 1,521 calories, while girls eat around 1,401. The government does warn, however, that these reductions are likely to be “significant underestimates”.  Alan Jope, chief executive of Unilever — the world's largest manufacturer of ice cream, producing brands including Magnum and Ben & Jerry's among other consumer products — said: “We welcome regulation and we welcome certain types of useful labelling.”  He said Unilever had already adopted new voluntary measures in February, such as stopping all TV and radio marketing of food and refreshments to children under 12, and social media marketing to children under 13. It also stopped marketing through social media “influencers” who are under 12. - link
Thursday 23 July 2020, PM

Do Manchester's 'metropolitan elite' feel pandered to by BBC?

On BBC Radio Manchester on Wednesday morning, its septuagenarian phone-in presenter Mike Sweeney was discussing public sector pay increases. Drinking a latte outside an Italian deli in Didsbury, Paul Hartley, a former local BBC presenter turned aircraft dispatcher, was cross. - link
Wednesday 22 July 2020, PM

David vs Goliath

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 please show the absolute biggest Jesus in the world of Media in the last year we had the buses of Disney Netflix many of the UK's biggest broadcasters top editors independent producers and all the rest of it but today we're going to celebrate the lit…

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The great RAJAR pause of 2020

The radiated a program with broadcast bionics created of the bionic studio the smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson coming up this week on the radio Today programme as Rachel announces a Pause will find out what it means for the next rajar data release and they could change the proc…

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