03Dec

Sacred and profane at Broadcasting House

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Fascinating gathering last week in the sombre 1932 Council Chamber at Broadcasting House. Hugh Garry – who ‘makes interesting digital things happen’ at Radio 1 – organised a session as part of his mission to popularise Twitter at Radio 1 and elsewhere. He and others in the audience (including me) provided case studies and encouragement [...]

03Dec

Six Common Platform projects for the next few months

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Three months into my journey round the BBC I’ve come up with a list of six projects I’d like to tackle in addition to recording stuff here on the blog and generally challenging the BBC to open up. I think it’s safe to say that not all of these projects will materialise. In fact Nick [...]

21Nov

The BBC could save local media

posted by Steve Bowbrick

The BBC Trust has terminated the Corporation’s plans for a big new local news service. Here’s the nub of it: In the case of the Local Video proposition therefore, we have judged that the proposal would not create enough value to the public to justify the investment of their licence fee monies and that this [...]

14Nov

Matt McDonnell and the mother of all gateways

posted by Steve Bowbrick

This is a pretty long post based on a chat with the BBC’s head of search. If you’re interested in search, though, I reckon it’s worth ploughing through. I really learnt a lot from talking to Matt McDonnell: he has a very interesting and very important job working right at the heart of the future [...]

30Oct

Twittering the Shadow Culture Minister

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Here’s a quick note to log the speech on public service broadcasting made by shadow culture minister Jeremy Hunt that I attended yesterday morning at the LSE. I twittered throughout. I like twittering live events but mostly like to provide a comic commentary (“get a load of that syrup” kind of thing) because Twiitter obviously [...]

29Oct

Handling Ross/Brand in an open way

posted by Steve Bowbrick

How should the BBC have handled this incident? As your semi-official BBC openness monitor I think it appropriate that I chip in with some practical tips for dealing with maverick multi-million pound talent. 1. Let people listen to the show: Some people think the Daily Mail waited nearly a week to go large on the [...]

28Oct

Mark Friend, Controller A&Mi

posted by Steve Bowbrick

In a really interesting hour with Mark last week we covered a lot of ground but two really important issues, both of which I think are pretty newsworthy: access to attention data and the BBC’s speech radio archive. Attention data The BBC is a lot like Tesco: continually accumulating useful data about you and your habits. [...]

26Oct

Electric Proms – some questions

posted by Steve Bowbrick

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I’ve been watching the Electric Proms on the TV (click play above to see one of them). The whole thing turns out to be a very fine thing: another example of what you get when you crunch together the BBC’s guaranteed audience with unparalleled cultural clout and production values to die for: would any artist [...]

23Oct

Writing up a fascinating chat …

posted by Steve Bowbrick

  …with Mark Friend about attention data, syndication and opening the BBC’s huge archive of speech radio.

23Oct

Ryan Morrison, a BBC new media…

posted by Steve Bowbrick

…producer based in Jersey suggests on the internal Yammer system that the corporation’s libel course be published on the web site. He’s weary of deleting comments from the general public that are potentially libelous and thinks that encouraging people to read the BBC’s staff libel course might help…