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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Published 26 December 2022

A comprehensive record of television and radio schedules during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday 19 September 2022

Everybody needs a place to think

Published 27 May 2022

A rough scan of the introductory booklet for the new BBC Four issued a few weeks before launch

Another chance to see… Top of the Pops

Published 3 February 2022

It’s Number One, it’s Top Of The Pops!

I’d like to teach the world to sing

Published 21 June 2021

The Cardiff Singer of the World competition is something only our BBC could do

We’re riding in a wonderland of snow

Published 21 December 2015

The latest slow TV production from BBC Four

Quatermass and the pits

Published 20 December 2015

When is a live show not a live show?

Best possible taste

Published 15 December 2015

BBC-4’s biopic gets a repeat showing

Andy Pandy To Zebedee

Published 1 December 2015

Archive treats from BBC Four this Christmas

Lack of choice

Published 5 March 2014

BLOG: From rumours to facts – BBC Three is on the closure list

Storify: what’s wrong with BBC commissioning and scheduling

Published 27 March 2012

BLOG: A discussion on Twitter about the BBC’s incomprehensible scheduling policies of late

Redefining Auntie

Published 6 October 2011

BLOG: Delivering Quality First is coming

The s-word

Published 21 September 2011

BLOG: Stop saying “synergy”

Twin dilemma

Published 19 August 2011

Much has been said this week about proposed cutbacks that may (or may not) affect BBC Four, the ‘highbrow’ digital TV channel that has a relatively small but fiercely loyal…

The Camera That Changed the World

Published 4 August 2011

We don’t normally bother with such trivialities as television programmes on Transdiffusion. I mean, they’re not the most important thing on the goggle box now are they?! However every now and then we spot an excellent programme that’s well worth mentioning.

Closing time

Published 10 June 2011

As the BBC continues to wrestle with the prospect of making significant cost savings, the subject of channel closures (television or radio) has reared its head yet again, but this…

A narrower perspective

Published 5 June 2011

As a television channel, BBC Four has been the subject of much scrutiny as of late, and not just because it happens to be a digital-only TV channel with a…

Keeping the distinction

Published 5 July 2010

The announcement that BBC Radio 6 Music has been saved from closure may have dominated today’s media news, but that’s not the only thing that the BBC Trust has been…

Most people like the BBC as it is

Published 3 March 2010

Although the article leads on a poll result that suggest that the majority of the UK population are “broadly in favour” of the proposed BBC cuts, a new poll published…

Beating the retreat

Published 2 March 2010

BBC to cut £100m from overhead costs and axe digital stations BBC Strategy Review document (PDF file) When proposing something as major as the closure of public services like radio…


Published 19 January 2009

“Here comes counsel for the picaninny.” You wouldn’t get away with such language today. Not even a public servant – and even the most obnoxious guard of the cells below…

Corporation crunch

Published 1 December 2008

BBC3 and BBC4 face budget cuts At least the downturn in the commercial property market has prevented the BBC from taking the easy, short-term solution of selling the family silver…

Medi(a)eval Haze

Published 9 May 2008

If you, like me, are an avid BBC Four viewer, you might have seen the extremely cool trailer for the recent Mediaeval (oh, sorry, we are spelling it the American…

Third time lucky

Published 1 January 2004

David Hastings reviews the first few months of BBC Three

Force majeure

Published 1 January 2004

Russ J Graham wonders if BBC4 is a godsend or a ghetto

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