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Sky brings on Freesat

9 June 2004

BSkyB Press Release Ever since Freeview launched there have been rumours that Sky would laugh a competing service but with the BBC and Ofcom recently talking about a freesat service…

Soap overload

7 June 2004

Soap bubble is near bursting It’s interesting that David Liddiment (of all people) should write a piece of this very nature since he was Coronation Street’s producer at the time…

It’s the way they sell ’em

29 May 2004

Digital Spy: UTV “significantly outperformed ITV peers” Whilst ITV plc has been preoccupied trying to erase all of its former regional identities to create a sea of blandness in order…

Big Brother is Public Service Broadcasting

28 May 2004

I haven’t been able to find any actual press release or web story yet on it, but BBC Radio Five Live are reporting that Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for…

As dull as watching paint dry

28 May 2004

Watching Paint Dry Well, UKTV Style seem to have some up with the perfect antidote for Big Brother crazyness (which starts tonight) – Watching Paint Dry. Yep. Someone paints a…

A history lesson

28 May 2004

Broadcaster gets apology from BBC as history repeats itself Here’s a news item which is quite amusing to read since it is obvious that only a junior researcher would make…

Variety act

24 May 2004

Investors tell ITV to ditch Allen for Dyke You can almost feel sorry for Charles Allen at this point; his ITV plc has spent a lot of time and effort…

Mark Thompson gets DG

21 May 2004

Channel 4 boss lands BBC top job Well, is this a good or bad thing? Channel 4 seems to be a lot more entertainment oriented than it used to be,…

An obvious post

21 May 2004

Thompson named BBC director general Choosing Greg Dyke’s long term replacement was never going to be easy, especially under the circumstances of the selection process and the requirements imposed by…

Labour’s commitment to an independent BBC: from lip-service to mouthpiece in one simple war?

20 May 2004

AzerTAj, an example to us all Ok, so the parallels aren’t really there: the BBC is a state-owned broadcaster but (thank you thank you thank you) remarkably independently minded. AzerTAj…

Top Churn TV

20 May 2004

Media Guardian: Top Up TV signs up 20,000 viewers Top Up TV may well have signed up 20,000 viewers in its first month. The more interesting question will be… how…

I’m sorry, I don’t need to read that again

17 May 2004

Japan’s Daily Yomiuri on the BBC’s Pronunciation Unit At last count, I had some 1,127 reasons for the continuation of the BBC (and 2 for ITV, but that’s a different…

Bulk buying

17 May 2004

Sky boss hits back at Channel 4 If it wasn’t obvious before it should be by now; I’m talking about the fact that Sky seems to exist in a parallel…

Worst Eurovision ever?

15 May 2004

The production was fine, the live voting via satellite was flawless, and apart from a live link to outside the venue and up until the last few minutes after the…

ITV property show crashes out of peak time

13 May 2004

Now isn’t that always a brilliant headline to see?

Keating to get BBC 2 job

13 May 2004

Keating set to take BBC2 job Well, it has looked likely all along, but Roly Keating is set to take the BBC2 job when Jane Root leaves for Discovery. I’m…

Now, there’s lucky for you

13 May 2004

Voting fault hits Eurovision heat Deutsche Telekom, owner of the UK’s T-Mobile brand, appears, according to the BBC, to have dropped the ball when it came to tabulating the results…

Finally they start to do something…

13 May 2004

The Scotsman: Towns to Trial Digital TV Switchover Finally it looks like someone has got off their backside in government and is thinking properly about analogue switch off. The DCMS…

Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final

13 May 2004

Eurovision Song Contest So last night was the first ever Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final where 22 countries for the first time, competed for 10 places in the main Grand Prix…

Spending spree

12 May 2004

BBC’s £15m advertising under attack The last few months have been a particularly tough time for the BBC, so any fresh criticism of what the BBC does is likely to…

Any excuse?

11 May 2004

Digital Spy: ‘Enders win was due to ‘superior website’ First the writer has to admit something. He doesn’t watch either Corrie nor EastEnders. Although he did once watch Corrie and…

Mr. Murdoch comes to Ireland

10 May 2004

Tonight, Sky News launched a new twice-nightly news bulletin for Ireland, called Sky News Ireland. For 30 minutes at 7pm and 10pm each weeknight, the Murdoch empire takes its first…

The last oddity

10 May 2004

MediaGuardian: ITV buys GMTV stake from SMG It’s an era where one company own the entire of ITV in England and Wales (and a small part of Scotland). 24 hours…

Taking the survey

10 May 2004

YouGov’s Channel of the Year Online Survey Here’s an interesting survey which has been created for the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in conjunction with BBC Broadcast. There are four…

BBCi Online.co.uk

7 May 2004

BBC Online, no wait, BBCi, sorry, bbc.co.uk Good old BBC. Just a couple of years after the all encompassing BBCi branding was introduced to cover Interactive TV and the Website,…

Costing behind the scenes

5 May 2004

BBC slashes documentary jobs Perhaps too easy to overlook is this story that could potentially have deep and very serious repercussions for the quality of factual programming in the UK;…

NTL cut losses with radical concept in money making

5 May 2004

BBC News: NTL losses cut by new subscribers Media Guardian: Customer drive boosts NTL hopes Well what do you know? Persuading people to pay for your service apparantly can make…

ITV’s All Old Dumbest Blunders

5 May 2004

Black Tuesday for ITV as ratings crash Whilst a ‘ratings crash’ can happen to any channel at any time, it was rather amusing to notice that ITV1’s share of the…

Idiot Toyota ad chief attacks BBC ‘sabotage’

1 May 2004

Typical MediaGrauniad non-story This story digested in case you’re short of time: An advertiser today complained that the BBC wasn’t playing fair. They exist and therefore interrupt the stream of…

Lazy BBC

29 April 2004

The BBC are very, very lazy. On News 24 today they are covering a news story involving a crackdown on youth drinking. As is the norm with the news, they…

Sense and sensibilities

26 April 2004

Avid readers of this occasional column will notice that it has been a while since we last looked in on the old Victorian mansion where Madame Arcati and our fellow…

Pass the parcel

26 April 2004

Thompson issues public service challenge Whilst it is good that ITV should be forced to account for the reason(s) why it should throw away the remainder of its ‘public service…

What’s In A Name?

24 April 2004

Digital Spy: TBS to relaunch on June 4 No. Don’t worry. It’s not this TBS. Nope. The Transdiffusion System is not planning a revamp on June 4 at all. Especially…

Watch the auction arrow

22 April 2004

Metro: 60 Seconds Interview with Peter Simon Seems strange to imagine, but yes we live in a world where former kids TV presenter Peter Simon can get 1 million viewers…

Planning a drama?

20 April 2004

Telephone Numbers for drama purposes (TV, Radio etc) A lot of water has passed under the bridge since VINcent XXXX was the dramatist’s number of choice. OfGums, showing more imagination…

Happy 40th Birthday BBC2!

20 April 2004

40 years of quality broadcasting The launch night that never was Well, it’s the 40th Birthday of BBC2 today, and what better way for BBCi to advertise it with a…

BBC Local Radio, available on the internet.

16 April 2004

Almost inevitably, in the wake on Michael Grade’s statement about broadcasting not using the net well enough as a distribution medium, the BBC has announced that it will be broadcasting…

It really is the end of regional ITV as we know it (and I feel fine)

14 April 2004

Jermey to head ITV regional news Buried in an article about ITV plc appointing its first ever executive in charge of all ITV1 regional news bulletins in England and Wales,…

Multi-channel TV comes of age… it says here

14 April 2004

BBCi takes an interesting line… …not backed up by their own figures. Success stories: Arsenal vs Newcastle United, Sky Sports, Sunday – 1.6 million viewers Friends, E4, Thursday – 1m…

Interactive TV – less difficult than an aeroplane?

13 April 2004

Using Attitude Based Segmentation to Better Understand Viewers’ Usability Issues with Digital and Interactive TV (pdf) From a snappily titled paper presented at a 2004 European Conference on Interactive Television…

The (almost) lost generation

13 April 2004

MediaGuardian: Viewers desert BBC channels Another day, another “BBC is down the pan” story, but this time the news is both good and bad. Good in that considering the 300-plus…

Missing Believed Wiped interview on BBC4’s website

12 April 2004

Interview with producer/director Jo Haywood Would someone – anyone – like to explain the meaning of the following quote from Jo Haywood? …but ITV have also lost a lot of…

CHUM acquires Craig Media, to expand into Western Canada.

12 April 2004

From the Intertel section, comes word that the company which owns CityTV, CHUM Limited, is acquiring Craig Media Inc. for $265 million Canadian. The deal, subject to regulatory approval from…

Pirate DJs take to the waves again

11 April 2004

The Scotsman – of all things – on the BBC Essex free radio celebration. This is a busy year for broadcasting historians – the 40th anniversaries of Radio Caroline, Rediffusion…

Fighting it out for ITV3

8 April 2004

ITV3 lined up for September debut In the swirling mists of the past there Granada and BSkyB and they had a gangcalled GSkyB. And it did have TV channels called…

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