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Friday 31 March 2023, AM

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BBC to cut 1,000 hours of TV increases savings target to $495m as licence fee freeze bites

The BBC has revealed it is cutting 1,000 hours of programming from its slates in a bid to achieve a revised savings target that has soared from 285m to 400m. The news emerged in the UK pubcaster's annual plan, which was published on Thursday, and will see around 500 hours of sports programming being cut from schedules, partly because there are fewer major events this year. The decision comes as the BBC faces considerable challenges to its model, largely because of the ongoing prize freeze of the TV licence fee, which has come at a time when programming costs have been rising rapidly. - link
Wednesday 29 March 2023, PM

Britain's Best-Connected Editor

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 what does the future hold for newspapers few people are more qualified to answer that question but my guest on the media show this week and it's where to get an interview with him Geordie Greig has sat in the editor's chair as some of the country's b…

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Monday 27 March 2023, PM

Update on changes to BBC One HD on Freeview/Youview in England

We will be retiring the red slate that previously advised viewers to go to channel 1 for local programming, as viewers will no longer need to switch to channel 1 for local news and then back to 101 for BBC One in HD. Making BBC One HD available on a regional basis is a major undertaking for BBC teams and our suppliers, so we are going to launch regional versions of BBC One HD in two phases. The final place we need to ensure BBC One HD for the English regions is fully available is on BBC iPlayer. - link
Friday 24 March 2023, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello should Radio 4 on BBC sounds to uncovering the story of how shamima Begum then just 15 years old ran away from her London home to join Isis in a conversation and liberal minded person. I'm insulted to the BBC seems fit to hear this program including commentary …

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Friday 24 March 2023, AM

Freeview HD fully regionalised after 13 years > RXTV info

Engineering work has been taking place to allow Freeview HD to offer fully regional TV for the first time in its 13 year history. With the launch of ITV1 HD on the platform, Freeview HD was regionalised based on ITV's macro advertising regions in England and BBC nations in Wales and Northern Ireland. - link
Thursday 23 March 2023, AM

New, audience-focused BBC operating licence fit for digital future

For the first time, the licence sets comprehensive new requirements on the BBC's online services - BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds and the BBC website - which are increasingly important for reaching audiences. Retain a condition in the operating licence for BBC News to provide high quality local, regional, national, UK and international news to UK audiences hold the BBC to its commitments on local radio in England relating to news and travel, breaking news and major incidents, and its contribution to local democracy retain the quota in the operating licence for 100 of content to be speech during the breakfast peak on local radio in England and. - link
Tuesday 21 March 2023, PM

Opinion: What's driving the convergence of film and TV

Where films used to rely on a theatrical release and festival premieres, the ways in which audiences consume film and TV are now very much intertwined. These adaptions have shaken up industry norms around what makes a script fit for film or TV. And from a stylistic perspective, TV series more and more are resembling specific effects and creative choices from popular films. - link
Friday 17 March 2023, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello welcome to the program the impression is that the Lister and the music industry of being misled and the BBC's intention is to abandon, its public service role in classic musical moments in the UK response to interview with the BBC head of orchestras and choirs …

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Writing a First Draft of History

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 my guests today has the most defining stories of Our Time Gary young briefly became part of Nelson Mandela's Entourage joined Revellers as President Obama was elected and there's about much else to the Windrush scandal and the black lives matter move…

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Wednesday 15 March 2023, PM

The Great Impartiality Debate

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello and special longer edition of the media show after the last week we felt we need an hour to talk about Gary Lineker and the BBC and all of the questions this story has raised about impartiality politics and leadership will also be joined by the…

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Friday 10 March 2023, PM


Hello and welcome to a new series of feedback, so has anything big happened well, we've been offered. I have loved being here with you. Thank you so much and maybe meet again somewhere. It's Radio 2 on the BBC latest in a long line of BBC Talent to abandon, the beef for pastures new the host of the…

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UK's ITV to close kids channel CITV as ITVX takes centre stage

ITV commissions using the now defunct BFI Young Audiences Content Fund will also appear on ITVX Kids, including sustainable arts and craft series Makeaway Takeaway, science show HOW and Happy The Hoglet. ITV pointed to BARB viewing data that shows while the average amount of broadcast TV minutes of kids TV channels watched by 4-15 year olds per week has declined by -62 since 2019, unmatched viewing - consumption that BARB cannot measure including SVOD and through gaming devices, amongst others - has risen by 30 over the same period. - link
Wednesday 08 March 2023, PM

We Need to Talk About Gary

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 today will look at how Elon Musk Twitter fight with a sacked employee and then ended up saying sorry will talk to Kara swisher on that will also look at algorithms. They play a huge part in deciding what media content we…

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Monday 06 March 2023, AM

The BBC news channel revamp has been a PR disaster

It is fair to say, as a former BBC head of television news has, that BBC number crunchers had been eyeing the duplicate costs of running two live news channels for a long time. Of course, the quest for young viewers does risk making BBC executives look a bit sad. In 1997, BBC News 24 made corporation history, not for launching Auntie into the brave new digital age, but for the appearance of the BBC's first jacketless news presenter. - link
Wednesday 01 March 2023, PM

Covid's back in the news

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 to 21st. We have what the Telegraph calling the lockdown files thousands of WhatsApp messages that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock sent and received he gave them to the journalist Isabel oakeshott, so she can help w…

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Tuesday 28 February 2023, AM

More sat channels switch to MPEG4 and HEVC > RXTV info

7 of channels on its satellites were broadcast in HEVC. MPEG4 is increasingly also used to broadcast standard definition channels. SD satellite channels serving the UK and Ireland aren't able to make the switch to MPEG4 as older Sky receivers don't support MPEG4. - link
Wednesday 22 February 2023, PM

The 'shameful' coverage of Nicola Bulley

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 today, what does the story of Nicola bully tell us about the media yesterday the broadcast regulator Ofcom wrote to ITV and Sky News after the bully family issued a criticism of them this afternoon the police and crime commissioner for Lancashire lau…

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Wednesday 22 February 2023, AM

BBC HD upgrade completes on Freesat > RXTV info

Viewers with a Freesat TV or box can now access over 30 HD channels with the completion of the BBC's HD upgrade on the platform. BBC One South East became the last remaining regional service to switch to HD this afternoon, completing a month-long upgrade that has seen all remaining regional BBC channels, plus BBC Parliament, BBC Red Button and BBC Alba become available in HD. The news was shared to viewers of South East Today at lunchtime. - link
Wednesday 15 February 2023, PM

Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent... and more!

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts on one of the pioneers of reality TV looking for charisma uniqueness nerve or tendon, Bailey's behind rupaul's drag race described by Time Magazine as one of the most influential reality TV shows of all time the company he founded World of Wonder has made documentari…

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Tuesday 14 February 2023, AM

Richard Sharp 'must fall on his sword and resign as BBC chairman', says Jonathan Dimbleby

The new calls came after a report from the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said Mr Sharp failed to declare to MPs his role in facilitating the arrangement when he was applying for the job. Mr Sharp has apologised for introducing his friend Sam Blyth, a cousin of Mr Johnson who wanted to help the then-prime minister with his financial troubles, to the Cabinet Office. - link
Sunday 12 February 2023, AM

Boris Johnson: BBC chair Richard Sharp made 'significant errors of judgement' over £800,000 loan

Late 2020Before the end of the year, Richard Sharp and Sam Blyth met with Boris Johnson for dinner at his country residence, Chequers. January 2021At the start of January, the government announced Richard Sharp as the preferred candidate to be BBC chairman. - link
Friday 10 February 2023, AM

Erik Huggers appointed Chairman of Everyone TV

The UK's leading public service broadcasters - the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - have appointed Erik Huggers as the new Chairman of free TV platform operator, Everyone TV. Huggers is a highly respected senior executive with a wealth of international leadership experience gained across a variety of media and tech businesses. About Everyone TV. Everyone TV is responsible for the day-to-day running of free TV platforms - Freeview and Freesat - as well as leading free TV's evolution for a digital age. -
Wednesday 08 February 2023, PM

Free speech at GB News

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello Auntie Media show we're talking about shamima Begum there's a new BBC TV documentary and 10 podcast series about the woman who joined Isis age 15 whenever it's reported Josh Baker and one of the Producers with us, we're going to ask, what are t…

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Friday 03 February 2023, AM

When does my area switch?

Use the table below to see when we're launching the high-definition version of your local BBC One channel. You will still need to upgrade your device as all the SD versions of the BBC channels on satellite, including BBC One, will be closing in early 2024. -

Some popular accounts likely to disappear from Twitter as Elon Musk ends free access to API

The first hint Twitter would clamp down on use of the API was in mid-January when Twitter suddenly shut off access for Tweetbot, a third-party Twitter app optimised for Apple products. Twitter's move to charge for API access is the latest in a string of changes Elon Musk has made since he took over the company in an effort to make it profitable. - link
Thursday 02 February 2023, AM

BBC News Cuts 10 Presenter Roles Ahead Of Channel Merger

EXCLUSIVE The BBC has told 10 of its most seasoned news anchors that they have lost their prestige presenting roles on the broadcaster's rolling news channel. Deadline can reveal that journalists including Jane Hill, Martine Croxall, and Ben Brown were informed yesterday that they will not be among the chief presenters on a relaunched BBC News channel. - link

Review of the impartiality of BBC coverage of taxation, public spending, government borrowing and debt. Michael Blastlan

We found widespread appreciation for BBC coverage of tax, public spending, government borrowing and debt, and plenty to applaud. But against a test of broad impartiality, we also had concerns – about gaps and assumptions that put impartiality at risk. - link
Wednesday 01 February 2023, PM

BBC's Modi documentary controversy

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 hello and well. We got two subjects today in a minute. Will talk about Spotify it's announce cuts made changes in management the CEO says that they got carried away with new Investments going on and what all of this tell…

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Friday 27 January 2023, AM

U.K. Conference Sparks Public Service Broadcasters vs Streamers Debate – Variety

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Wednesday 25 January 2023, PM

The Story Behind the Nadhim Zahawi Scoop

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 taxi fares still dominating the headlines will be talking to two of the people behind the story and later in the programme Netflix films picked up a load of Oscar nominations yesterday closer to home the stream just bought it's first Welsh language T…

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Tuesday 24 January 2023, PM

Why the BBC chairman says he won't quit

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 British thank you so much to do this interview you said in an email to staff you haven't done anything wrong but with hindsight was there an error of judgement. I think you need to understand the circumstances, so because it has been some miserable …

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Brighton and Hove News BBC South switches to high definition on satellite platforms

BBC South has started broadcasting in high definition on satellite platforms Sky and Freesat today. The BBC said that it was the first region to switch from standard definition on these platforms, with BBC South East expected to follow shortly. - link
Monday 23 January 2023, PM

Richard Sharp: Review begins into BBC chairman's appointment

The process of hiring BBC chairman Richard Sharp is to be reviewed by the Commissioner of Public Appointments William Shawcross. His review follows a BBC board also announcing a review into any potential conflicts of interest. - link
Wednesday 18 January 2023, PM

Investigating Andrew Tate

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 now the chances are that 6-months you haven't heard of Andrew Tate the chances are that you have by now I did a speech about why I have this sword. I take speeches like my YouTube channel text Rich yeah. Talk about how t…

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Monday 16 January 2023, PM

Absolute Radio and the End of AM

Radio Today is reporting that Absolute Radio is set to come off its AM frequencies later this month. The cost was too high to justify given that Virgin and then Absolute had worked hard to transition audiences to digital platforms like DAB. AM radio was really no longer suited to music radio - at least not amongst the audiences that we were targeting. - link
Sunday 15 January 2023, PM

Charities warn of Highland and island TV and radio blackout in decades

Why are you making commenting on The National only available to subscribers That way, all the trolls who post abuse on our website will have to pay if they want to join the debate - and risk a permanent ban from the account that they subscribe with. -
Wednesday 11 January 2023, PM

What the Culture Minister Really Thinks

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 this week, I'm talking with Secretary of State for digital culture media and sport. She is the 11th conservative in the roles that the party took power and she has a huge remit from the Tech companies to museums and art galleries to broadcasters is p…

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Thursday 05 January 2023, PM

The laughable plan to sell off Channel 4 is over

Dorries has said this week that by not privatising Channel 4, the Treasury has lost out on 2bn. In reality, if the channel was to have kept any of its vital public service remit, the money gained would have been much less, while Channel 4's own calculations pointed to a 3bn loss over 10 years and a huge blow to independent television production companies, which produce the channel's output. Critics should look at all those demands laid on Channel 4 and then wonder how it has achieved so many of them over time while costing the nation nothing. - link
Wednesday 04 January 2023, PM

Staying loyal to The Traitors

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 hello and welcome in a moment Stephen Lambert from Studio Lambert on the traitors, which is already been a huge success for the BBC many listening would have seen it. It's about to launch in the US to look at Christmas p…

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UK government drops plans to privatise Channel 4

The UK government has abandoned its plans to privatise commercially funded pubcaster Channel 4. Channel 4 has been owned by the UK government since its launch in 1982, but ministers argued that the rise of streaming services has changed the landscape to such an extent that the broadcaster may be better placed in private ownership. - link
Sunday 01 January 2023, AM

Timeline of changes to Freeview and satellite TV> RXTV info

Sky's contract with satellite operator SES expires in 2028. Sky may sign extensions between now and then, but Sky's recent push to promote its internet based TV service clearly shows change is coming. - link
Friday 30 December 2022, AM

Sneaky withdrawal of BBC Red Button Text coming > RXTV info

Although the BBC is broadcasting red button text on its satellite HD channels, most newer satellite receivers don't support it. Over 12 million people used to use the BBC Red Button back in 2011. - link
Wednesday 28 December 2022, PM

The Magic of Natural History

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello today talking about natural history on TV after what might have been a few frazzled days with family who knows a common natural history might have given you a much needed reflection from sweeping cinematography to the most incredible close-up t…

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Friday 23 December 2022, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, I'm Andrea and welcome to a hypocrite is the controller of radio 4 and St may this year is BBC's director of speech audio. He is responsible for the style tone and direction of radio for more than that he picks the programs the presenters he chooses what to ke…

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Wednesday 21 December 2022, PM

Inside the mind of Elon Musk

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 hello and well now not for the first time. We need to talk about Elon Musk as I'm sure you've heard he bought Twitter in October and it's been quite a ride since he's shared misinformation BSAC lots of staff advised peop…

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Monday 19 December 2022, AM

TV and movie streaming: how UK viewers can save

Whether you pay for several different streaming services or have signed up for a bumper TV, films and sport package through your broadband and TV provider, there may be ways to bring down the cost of watching your favourite shows - while still having far more programmes and movies to choose from than there are hours in the day. For movie lovers, the cinephile streaming service Mubi, which has a collection of films from around the world, offers a seven-day trial, then costs 10.99 a month. - link
Friday 16 December 2022, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, I'm Andrea and welcome to feedback good morning the capital of a city a country under fire rated by war in Europe Jeremy Bowen the BBC's International to talk about his experiences reporting in Ukraine and how the BBC is covering the conflict you have to remin…

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Thursday 15 December 2022, AM

The golden age of the streaming wars has ended

From 1999, with the premiere of The Sopranos, to somewhere in the mid-2010s, there was a Golden Age of TV. Then the streaming wars came, and let's be real it was a blast. The streaming wars opened up more avenues of distribution, which meant more action shows with women as the leads, comedies that didn't need a white dude or a big-time comedian to anchor them, and dramas with a happy ending and a title character that was queer. - link
Wednesday 14 December 2022, PM

Read All About It... in America?

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello a transit program today. We've got the US company that's big in Britain the boss of Google this side of the pond is with us and we've also got the British newspapers. You were trying to make it big in the US will be finding out why the pub of t…

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