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Expert Women

The Broadcast website has been running a campaign to increase the gender balance in the use of experts on news programmes. The BBC, Broadcast’s monitoring suggests, is particularly bad when it comes to using expert women.

That could soon change with the launch of a database of ‘expert women’ by the BBC, ready to be called upon should the news agenda require an informed opinion or some expert analysis.

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You can follow the Broadcast expert women campaign via their website:


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Posted: April 7, 2013

BBC iPlayer Original content

It’s not just Netflix who are commissioning original content for streaming-only delivery: the BBC have similar plans (if cheaper).


Posted: April 7, 2013

Why we’re watching more TV

There’s a useful overview of the reasons behind an increase in the average TV viewing time for Britons on the Guardian website.

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Posted: March 18, 2013

TV distribution: BBC iPlayer

Here’s a treat: amazing-looking graphs and charts from the BBC about the performance of the iPlayer platform. For those of you studying the TV industry for A2 media studies this is extremely useful context: think what it suggests about how your chosen texts are distributed and accessed. Also, what does it suggest about an issue like regulation?

The Guardian has a summary of the information about iPlayer performance.

The original BBC PDF is not a tricky read and is much more fun.

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Posted: March 4, 2013

BBC3 is 10

The Guardian has a useful article about BBC3 being 10 years old, especially if you’re studying A2 media and the TV industry. The naming decision is just one of the many very handy snippets that would enrich any student’s writing about TV.

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Posted: February 9, 2013

BBC to put iPlayer first

Not everyone is at it: Netflix are leading the way with the move towards a complete collapse of traditional broadcast models and now the BBC are trialling the use of iPlayer for the first broadcasting of programmes to be later shown via conventional methods. Streaming / on-demand via the internet looks increasingly like the future of all TV distribution.

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Posted: February 9, 2013

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