UK Broadcasting

Will Virtual Headsets Become The New Reality For Eurovision?

Chris Lawrence | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Lawrence

Despite a crisis which saw over 20 staff members quit a couple of months ago, Eurovision fans should breathe a sigh of relief: the show will go on. While die-hard fans will have spent a significant amount of money to travel to the Ukraine this year, most of Eurovision's 180 million viewers will be tuning in to watch it in their own homes.

Remembering A Lone Voice - My Homage To Glyn Worsnip

Ed Green | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ed Green

A random experience on the morning commute made me think of the most inspired piece of radio I've ever heard. Stepping off a busy tube at St Paul's, ...

Sky Sports, And The Pitfalls Of Partying In The Lobby

Jack Peat | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Sport
Jack Peat

One of the things I find myself wondering every time the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes round is; if an event of that size and stature is on the "fringe" of something, what the hell is the main event?

What Made Terry Wogan A Radio Great?

David Lloyd | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Lloyd

"They'll probably have to drag me away from the microphone when they decide to elbow me. I shall cling to it. There'll be a lot of tears and screaming...

Making the Most of Your Media Opportunities

David Spencer | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
David Spencer

Two weeks ago, the first radio station I worked at was turned off with little fuss and little attention...

If You Don't Watch Live TV, You Just Cost The BBC 1,000 Jobs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Steven Hopkins | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

The BBC is to cut more than 1,000 jobs, including many managerial roles, because of a £150 million shortfall in its licence fee income. Staff were...

Women in Music - There's Still a Problem (and I'm Part of It)

Lliana Bird | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lliana Bird

There are currently six women presenting solo shows at Xfm London. There are fourteen men. So comparatively we are bucking the trend at 30% females (versus the national average of 20%). Imagine a male DJ joining a station and finding himself one of only six men amongst fourteen female presenters. Do you think for one moment he would proclaim to his friends that he is "lucky to be amongst so many male presenters"?

A Note From the Owner of the BBC

Steve Doran | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Steve Doran

Without the license fee, the BBC wouldn't have been able to establish the web services leaving other broadcasters in the shade - my service users would consider that a reason for keeping the fee, not abolishing it, and like any business owner I should put them first, surely?

BBC Licence Fee: Supports Commercial Broadcasters, too

Tony Ballard | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Ballard

The Committee suggests that the licence fee should be extended to cover catch-up TV and that some BBC services might be provided on subscription. But beyond this it recommends only "careful thought".

Last Chance for the BBC Trust?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Paul Blanchard

Is Rona Fairhead doomed to be the very last chair of the BBC Trust? The chair is a basket-case of a job in which you can please no one, achieve nothing and the chances are high that you'll end up wondering why you ever applied in the first place.

Why Do We Need Women's Only Sport Awards?

Sarah-Jane Mee | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Sport
Sarah-Jane Mee

Whilst I'm not a fan of positive discrimination, women's sport needs a platform to highlight its achievements and to encourage change. The recipients of next week's awards are the trailblazers that will get us there. Maybe in the future we won't need women's only sport awards, but right now without it some of

The World's Worst Job: Chairman of the BBC Trust

Paul Blanchard | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Paul Blanchard

The job of chairman of the BBC Trust is up for grabs. On paper it looks like a dream job. Not too taxing; perks of being a civil servant; good pay; great working environment; interesting, high-profile, semi-altruistic organisation. However, unless you've been living on Mars for the last 15 years, you'll know that this is, in fact, the job from hell.

Bear Grylls' 'The Island Of Lost Blokes': Is It Really Sexist?

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara McCorquodale

As a feminist, I do feel frustrated by the lack of women in broadcasting but also think exploration of masculinity is just as valid as that of femininity. One is as important, complex and relevant as the other.

Peter Young, DJ: A Master of Spin

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Picture it. The kitchen radio, a glistening hunk of bakelite, its alignment of valves producing a sound that commanded attention. You're a kid busy hanging onto your mother's skirt as she cooks the evening meal. It's a moment of inspiration.

Why I'm Welcoming the BBC Ban on All-Male Panel Shows

Lauren Bravo | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Bravo

Before you splutter all over the comments section, let's be clear that the end goal isn't a rigid 50/50 gender split of everything that ever goes on telly. Nobody's advocating shoehorning extra women into every possible scenario, just to make a statement.

Philosopher Alain De Botton Asks What's The Point Of News?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Philosopher and author Alain de Botton's narrates a five-minute film for Newsnight, questioning the point of broadcasting and publishing current affai...

Radio 1 Is Chris Morris' Biggest Joke Ever

Gareth Ellis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Gareth Ellis

The genius behind this massive endeavour is Chris Morris, who orchestrated it all from his lavish secret office under BBC Broadcasting House.

Enabling Justice to Be Seen to Be Done

John Battle | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Battle

The broadcasters have always stated that cameras in court will have significant public benefit and give real effect to the right to see justice being done. There will be greater understanding of our justice system on issues such as sentencing or what happens in a court, it will better prepare the public if they have to appear as a witness or juror.

Celebrating 40 Years of Commercial Radio

Torin Douglas | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Torin Douglas

There's nothing like a 40th anniversary to make you feel old! This week's celebrations for LBC Radio and the start of legally authorised commercial radio in Britain have taken me right back to October 1973 - long before I joined BBC News, where I was media correspondent for 24 years.

Henry VIII Rules, Not OK

Tony Ballard | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Ballard

Public service broadcasting in the UK is the result of some 90 years of deliberate and carefully considered policy. In the Communications Act, Parliament for the first time incorporated that policy comprehensively in legislation and set up the review and reporting process to support it.

Queen Photobombs Newsreaders: Best Viral Memes

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK

The Queen officially opened the BBC's new broadcasting house on Friday but appeared at one point to photobomb newsreaders, appearing in the centre of ...

What Did The Queen Think Of The New BBC?

Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

Queen Elizabeth II has officially opened the BBC's newly rebuilt Broadcasting House in London, marking the occasion by giving a rare speech on live ra...

Coronation TV - The Breakthrough From Posh to Popular Culture

Roz Morris | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roz Morris

Now that we are all looking at the Coronation again on its 60th anniversary, I can see that the Coronation being broadcast on TV was the real start of the new era when posh began to give way to popular culture.

Should We Ban Anjem Choudary And Tommy Robinson From The TV?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

Campaign group Liberty has warned against a broadcast ban on hate preacher Anjem Choudary. Shami Chakrabarti said politicians had to be "very caref...

'Combination Of Sexism And Ageism'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK

Older women are barely visible on TV because of a "combination of ageism and sexism", it has been claimed. New figures released by Labour deputy le...