Eclecticist: The BBC
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From the Show
Broadcast: 27th June, 2015
Last update: 24th June, 2015
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps, one topic at a time.
- Who Benjamin de-Campos (designer, believer), Geoffrey Campos (railroad engineer, devil’s advocate).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion, publish the notes.
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this show is the Beeb
The British Broadcasting Corporation is the largest, oldest, most innovative [okay, whatever] and most revered media broadcasting organisation in the world. From its royal charter inception in the early 1920s, the BBC has steadfastly remained a publicly owned and financed service with national and international commercial reach. How will modern day attitudes change regarding its unique funding, allegations of bias and increasing competition from a disruptive and distributed internet? Do we love Auntie enough to continue funding her unfair advantage over the best of the rest?
(What we’re not talking about.)
- Tattoo removal at the Vatican
- What is the BBC? ‘The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain.’ From Inside the BBC
- 10 national television channels (BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News, BBC Parliament, BBC Alba, BBC HD)
- BBC Red Button interactive TV
- 10 national radio stations (Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra, 6 Music, BBC Asian Network)
- National TV and radio services for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and over 40 local radio stations for England
- BBC Online www.bbc.co.uk live in December 1997
- BBC World Service
- Around the world, there are separate commercial ventures whose profits help fund BBC public services, including BBC Worldwide, and BBC World News.
- (Section 4) The Public Purposes of the BBC are as follows
- (a) sustaining citizenship and civil society;
- (b) promoting education and learning;
- (c) stimulating creativity and cultural excellence;
- (d) representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities;
- (e) bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK;
- (f) in promoting its other purposes, helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services and, in addition, taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television.
- The BBC strives to be fair to all - fair to those our output is about, fair to contributors, and fair to our audiences. BBC content should be based on respect, openness and straight dealing. We also have an obligation under the Ofcom Broadcasting Code to "avoid unjust or unfair treatment of individuals or organisations in programmes". - Rule 7.1, Ofcom Broadcasting Code BBC Editorial Guidelines
- Outdated? The words 'lumbering' and 'creaking' spring to mind
- Current Director General Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead, previously the director of the royal opera house
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/taster BBC innovation lab now open to the public
- BBC iPlayer
- Binaural sound technology
- The BBC engineered the world’s first live broadcast in September 30, 1929
- Live 4K broadcasting directly over ethernet
- BBC2, 1979: the world's first computer generated ‘ident’
- Sanctimonious, balance, euphemism, smug, blames western society and particularly america for everything wrong with the world
- Multicultural diversity metropolitan middle class left misrepresenting ideas counter to their agenda as bigotry and racism
- Revenue ¼ from BBC World international sales
- License fee ‘Everyone in the UK who watches or records TV programmes at the same as they are shown on TV needs to be covered by a TV licence. This includes TVs, computers, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and DVD/VHS recorders.’
- Currently £149.50 per year or £49 if you can prove you only have a black & white telly. According to a 2014 blog post on the National Media Museum web site, there are less than 12,000 B&W tellies actively being used.
- Programming highlights
- Panel programmes
- Jimmy Saville
- Top Gear
- Richard Bacon’s cocaine fracas
- Jonathan Ross et al.
- Chris Evans et al.
- Two Pints of Lager and Packet of Crisps Please (groan)
- Loads of other stuff, I cannot possibly list everything that sucks ass
- The Beeb
- Licence fee payer Anyone with equipment capable of receiving and displaying live broadcasts
- Ident Identifying logo
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Climate change
- Outro music choice - BBC Radio 4 Theme. This medley was broadcast before the early morning farming programming between 1978 and 2006. It comprises a medley of classical themes.
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
Peter Sissons going off on one about the BBC. Surprisingly interesting despite being in the Daily Mail.
The Royal Charter (PDF)