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Tuesday 14 August 2018, PM

Building A Public Service Internet

Our model of a Public Service Internet is centred on four key themes, all of which relate to the BBC's core principles but are also relevant to other public service organisations, including public service broadcasters as they move online. The Public Service Internet activity provides a multidisciplinary and collaborative platform for research and development to address emerging challenges, explore new opportunities and alternatives, and ultimately, re-imagine the internet to deliver new forms of public of value. - link
Friday 10 August 2018, PM

Foreign News in Extraordinary Times

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Thursday 09 August 2018, AM

Media Masters - Emma Tucker link
Wednesday 08 August 2018, PM

Big tech deletes Alex Jones link
Friday 03 August 2018, PM

Why are listeners leaving Today behind? And the Radio 1 interview that never aired. link
Thursday 02 August 2018, AM

Media Masters - Lisa Smosarski link

Is campaigner-funded journalism really journalism? link
Wednesday 01 August 2018, PM

Apple chief predicts cord cutting boom as it preps TV projects – TBI Vision

Apple's revenue from digital content and services - including the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, AppleCare and Apple Pay - climbed 31 year-on-year to US9.5 billion. Other products, which include sales of Apple TVs, Apple Watches and AirPods, accounted for US3.7 billion in revenues during the quarter. - link
Monday 30 July 2018, AM

Executive summary 1.1 When we established our framework for licensing local TV in 2012, we said that we would advertise licences for local TV services in all of the locations in which the successful applicant for the local multiplex licence, Comux, had committed to building its transmission infrastructure. As noted above, it remains open to prospective local TV providers with the support of Comux to ask Ofcom to advertise a licence for a specific location 3.14 With regard to SBC's comments on the arrangement of the multiplex itself, Ofcom consulted upon the local TV multiplex model before commencing the licensing of local TV. 4 Statement Local TV licensing - Decision not to advertise or re-advertise certain local TV licences We concluded in our original local TV policy statement that we would advertise a single multiplex licence for local TV.2 Ofcom subsequently invited applications for the local multiplex licence in a competitive process, and assessed applicant's proposals against the statutory criteria and Ofcom's general duties. - link
Friday 27 July 2018, PM

Michael Howard and Ed Miliband, Evan Davis's 'Sweet Reason', 'Where's the F in News' link
Thursday 26 July 2018, AM

Virgin Media could lose ITV programmes in long-running dispute

Virgin Media's 4 million pay-TV customers face losing hit ITV shows including Coronation Street and Love Island as a longstanding dispute with the broadcaster comes to a head. ITV is understood to have written to Virgin Media warning that it could remove its channels as soon as this weekend if an agreement cannot be reached. Virgin Media and ITV have been in protracted and at times tense talks over a range of issues including the carriage of ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, video-on-demand rights and guarantees of the prominence of its programming, as cable viewers increasingly watch programmes on demand from Netflix, Amazon and broadcasters' own streaming services. - link

Media Masters - Katherine Bell link
Wednesday 25 July 2018, PM

Plotting the future of history on TV link

Carolyn McCall triggers ITV overhaul to take fight to US streaming giants

ITV boss Carolyn McCall on Wednesday pressed the button on her shake-up of the broadcaster as she looks to take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Total revenues from Studios, its production arm, increased by 16 from 692 million to 803 million. - link
Friday 20 July 2018, PM

Cliff Richard vs the BBC, Brexit coverage, Accents in politics link
Thursday 19 July 2018, PM

Comcast turns focus to Sky after exiting battle for 21st Century Fox

Comcast has pulled out of its pursuit of 21st Century Fox, turning its focus to trumping Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take full control of Sky. With Comcast out of the Fox hunt, it is not clear if Disney will decide it needs to also own the 61 of Sky not already owned by Murdoch's company. - link
Thursday 19 July 2018, AM

Media Masters - Sari Botton link
Wednesday 18 July 2018, PM

Privacy, liberty and Cliff Richard link

Ofcom warns broadcasters could go the way of high street retailers

So fascinating, but what has clearly unsettled Ofcom is the squeeze this is putting on public service broadcasters. The remedies may include obliging the manufacturers of Smart TVs to promote the content made by public service broadcasters on their homepages in the way they are required to in France. - link
Wednesday 18 July 2018, AM

Netflix and Amazon become more popular than pay-TV services

Britain's growing appetite for services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime has seen the number of subscribers to streaming services overtake those signed up to pay-TV providers such as Sky, BT and Virgin Media for the first time. Within this, subscription on-demand revenues - mainly viewers paying for Netflix and Amazon - leapt by 38 to almost 900m. Growth has been explosive in 2012, the year Netflix launched in the UK, subscription on-demand revenues were just 52m. While Netflix and Amazon spend more than 10bn annually on content, with a significant proportion on original content such as Stranger Things, the Ofcom report found that spending by the UK's main free-to-air channels on homegrown shows hit a 20-year low the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 spent 2.5bn on UK-made shows last year, a 28 fall on the peak of 3.4bn in 2004. - link
Saturday 14 July 2018, AM

#100 Yet Another Culture Sec A Sky High Bid link
Friday 13 July 2018, PM

1Xtra music row, the Proms launch, the Infinite Monkey Cage at 100 link
Thursday 12 July 2018, AM

Media Masters - Melissa Kirsch link
Wednesday 11 July 2018, PM

Will the BBC ever solve its pay problem? link
Friday 06 July 2018, PM

Media Masters - Carla Buzasi link

Sarah Sands, Eddie Mair leaves PM, Ed 'Death Metal' Miliband returns link

Committee of Public Accounts

Balancing the tensions between commercial and public purpose objectives. List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament. - link
Friday 06 July 2018, AM

Paramount Network UK – is a line-up of axed shows and standard definition movies really what 2018's audience is looking

A new free to air channel from one of the world's largest names in entertainment should be something to get get excited about, but the UK launch of the Paramount Network is sadly a pretty damp squib. Available to Freeview, YouView and Sky viewers, the channel arrived earlier this week with a measly standard definition-only version and a schedule littered with shows that have already been axed or ended. - link
Wednesday 04 July 2018, PM

How to win in sports journalism link
Monday 02 July 2018, AM

Introducing the first version of BBC Sounds

Today we're releasing the first version of a brand new audio app from the BBC. Available to download for free from Apple, Google and Amazon app stores from later today, BBC Sounds brings together our live and on demand radio, music and podcasts into a single personalised app. Every user's experience of BBC Sounds will be unique as it's designed to learn from your listening habits, providing one-tap access to the latest episodes of your favourite BBC podcasts and radio shows and introducing you to new audio you wouldn't otherwise have discovered from the 80,000 hours available. - link

BBC in talks with Channel 4 to launch £500m bid for UKTV

The BBC is in talks with Channel 4 tomount a 500m bid to take control of UKTV , which broadcasts channels including Dave and Gold. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, wants control of UKTV because it is the biggest driver of its profits and source of funds it funnels back to the licence fee-funded BBC each year. - link
Sunday 01 July 2018, AM

Winter Hill fire could disrupt radio services – RadioToday

Radio stations in the North West of England have been put on alert that their services may be disrupted due to the fire on Winter Hill. It carries regional and local FM radio services for Heart on 105.4, Smooth on 100.4, Rock FM on 97.4 and BBC Radio Lancashire on 103.9 FM along with all of the BBC's national services on FM - Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4. - link
Friday 29 June 2018, PM

BBC Sounds, Reith Lectures, 'Gove in Government' link

#99 - IGTV, BBC Sounds, Google Podcasting - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann link
Thursday 28 June 2018, PM

Media Masters - Simon Cole link
Wednesday 27 June 2018, PM

BONUS Seymour Hersh link

What makes a reporter? link
Tuesday 26 June 2018, PM

BBC Sounds: the broadcaster is ditching its iPlayer Radio app for the podcast age

The live radio section has retained the virtual tuning dial used in the iPlayer Radio app - a feature that was well loved by users. After the release of Sounds, the app will run in parallel with iPlayer Radio for a few months while it acquires more features and the existing users move over, before iPlayer Radio is then shut down completely. - link
Friday 22 June 2018, PM

Covering Corby, My Dream Dinner Party, News for Millennials link
Friday 22 June 2018, AM

BBC must 'change faster' to compete with global players, says Purnell – TBI Vision

The BBC has also shared its live-streaming technology with the Manchester International Festival and sports bodies like British Swimming. On the radio front, Purnell said that the BBC's regulatory obligations to meet quotas for the number of hours of genres broadcast on its radio networks should be scrapped in favour of 'impact'-based regulation. - link
Thursday 21 June 2018, AM

Media Masters - Les Hinton link

Guy North to step down as Freeview boss

Guy North is to step down as managing director of Freeview in October. North will continue to lead Freeview until October 2018. - link
Wednesday 20 June 2018, PM

The Media Show Revolutions: News link

Freeview retune in Norfolk has left people tearing their hair out

MORE Freeview viewers in Norfolk describe signal loss as 'very annoying'. MORE Freeview viewers in Norfolk and north Suffolk advised to retune. - link
Monday 18 June 2018, AM

BBC wants to work closer with Commercial Radio – RadioToday

The BBC has since told RadioToday it will continue striving for bigger audiences but confirms fighting over the share of a cake which is not getting any bigger will not serve any of the broadcasters well. We have the strength of BBC Radio - the best in the world, and a way into the lives of 7 out of 10 people in the UK every week. - link
Friday 15 June 2018, PM

Drivetime Radio 2, Grenfell Inquiry Podcast, Brexit Vote link
Friday 15 June 2018, AM

#98 - Local TV, Dacre s legacy hope for Audioboom - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann link
Thursday 14 June 2018, AM

Media Masters - Tim Shipman link
Wednesday 13 June 2018, PM

How to keep your exclusive, exclusive link
Tuesday 12 June 2018, PM

BBC staff accept new pay deal after two years of negotiations

As a result BBC will staff benefit from a backdated pay deal under which wages rise by 2 in 2017/18, 2 in 2018/19 and at least 2.5 in 2019/20. Union leaders say the deal includes an increase in the BBC minimum salary from 15,687 to 20,000 as of August, increased sick pay and wellbeing arrangements, and a simpler, more transparent pay structure. - link
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