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a                                           One big move as peak                                                                                           News bites
                                                                                                                                                           BBc scotlaND has taken a fly-on-



                                            shows lead way on HD
                                                                                                                                                           the-wall documentary series off air
                                                                                                                                                           half-way through its run, after one
Room 2316, White City                                                                                                                                      of the participants was arrested. The
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                                                                                                                                                           ing estate in a deprived area of Kil-
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Editor
                                            by Candida Watson                                                                                              the highest viewing figures in Scot-
Candida Watson                  02-84222                                                                                                                   land so far this year for a programme
Deputy Editor                               BBc oNe goes HD this autumn, with the chan-                                                                    made for BBC Scotland.
Cathy Loughran                 02-27360     nel’s full schedule being broadcast on a dedi-
Chief Writer                                cated channel, separate from BBC HD.                                                                           seaN HaNcock, producer/director
Sally Hillier                   02-26877        Announcing the move last Friday, Jana Ben-                                                                 of BBC One’s Over the Rainbow, be-
Planning Manager                            nett said: ‘These changes are important next                                                                   comes an executive producer for BBC
Clare Bolt                      02-24622    steps in improving HD service still further, pro-                                                              Three next month. Hancock, who
Broadcast Journalists                       viding an opportunity to showcase the wide va-                                                                 began his tv career in 2001, has
Claire Barrett                 02-27368     riety of BBC programmes in the highest possi-                                                                  worked on All Star Family Fortunes, Ce-
                                            ble quality.’                                                                                                  lebrity Big Brother, Strictly Dance Fever
Adam Bambury                   02-27410
                                                Peaktime, popular programmes such as Eas-                                                                  and How Do You Solve a Problem Like
Lisette Johnston               02-27630
                                            tEnders, Holby City and The One Show will move                                                                 Maria.
Rumeana Jahangir               01 -43756    to HD in time for the launch, while non-HD
AV Manager                                  format programmes will be upscaled for the                                                                     mark tHompsoN’s updated website
Peter Roach                     02-24622    simulcast. It is also planned that a further                                                                   has gone live on Gateway. Among the
Digital Design Executives                   range of output, from Songs of Praise to Match of        Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) in EastEnders          new features are a regular message
David Murray                   02-27380     the Day, will move to HD.                                                                                      from the dg, industry and audience
Gary Lonergan                  02-84229         Welcoming the development, BBC One con-                  This autumn is the first phase of moving BBC      news, and a digest of what’s happen-
Team Assistant                              troller Jay Hunt said: ‘HD is the gold standard          One to HD. Most of the evening programmes in          ing in the media environment. The
Graeme Allister                02-84228     for broadcasting and it’s right that we bring            the network schedule will be in the format by         site is also an archive of Thompson’s
                                            all the excitement of it to BBC One, the most            then, and by 2012 the majority of the channel’s       all-staff emails, blogs, interviews and
                                            watched channel in the UK.’                              titles, across all hours, are expected to be in HD.   presentations.
 Guest contributors this week                   Trust chairman Michael Lyons noted the im-           The showcase BBC HD Channel will extend its
                                            portance of HD in serving audiences. He said: ‘As        regular broadcast hours from nine a day to 12         a project which saw Radio Kent join
 james simcock, executive                   we move towards digital switchover this is a high        over the coming months.                               forces with Margate’s Turner Contem-
 producer for mobile, explains why          profile commitment to the provision of HD servic-            BBC One HD will be available to all digital       porary gallery has won a prize in the
 context is everything Page 6               es, which will help fulfil the BBC’s public purpose      tv platforms offering HD: Freesat, Freeview, Sky      Adult Learning Awards. ‘The Time of
                                            of delivering the benefit of new technologies.’          and Virgin Media.                                     our Lives’ asked 17 people between 60
 juliaN miglieriNi, Mexico                                                                                                                                 and 85 what being teenage meant to
 correspondent, tries to get to grips

                                            Share the moment – on iPlayer
                                                                                                                                                           them. Radio Kent journalist Jo Burn
 with mad traffic, high pollution and                                                                                                                      and engineer Rom Cordani helped
 the drugs war Page 15                                                                                                                                     record the volunteers’ thoughts.

                                            The latest ‘evolution’ of the             ‘It is by no means clear if      are creating a better, higher       a New ipHoNe app which gives au-
Ariel mail
                                            BBC iPlayer has launched with         this is a winner or not,’ Antho-     quality experience for audi-        diences access to BBC radio broad-
Candida. Watson@bbc.co.uk
                                            fanfare, offering a host of new       ny Rose, head of technical ar-       ences, while creating an en-        casts has been launched in the US
Ariel online explore.gateway.bbc.uk/ariel   features, including the ability       chitecture and product plan-         vironment where consumers           and Canada. More than 20 new doc-
BBC Jobs                  0370 333 1330     to customise the page, access         ning, said of the chat element.      can find content they are in-       umentary, magazine and discussion
Jobs textphone           028 9032 8478      social media and connect to           ‘We have tried to sculpt it so it    terested in,’ he says. ‘We hope     programmes from Radio 4 and the
BBC Jobs John Clarke          02-27143      other broadcasters’ sites.            doesn’t bug people who don’t         most of the time that would be      World Service will be made available
Room 2120, White City, London W12 7TS          Initially available only in        like it and those who do can         BBC content but there is a lot      every week through the BBC Listener
                                            beta, the new look enables            switch it on and embrace it.’        of choice, so we want to guide      app. Users will also have access to ar-
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                                            users to do things like select            Radio and tv now have sep-       people even if that means           chive footage featuring some of the
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                                            one episode of a favourite pro-       arate sections making it easier      sending them [elsewhere].’          best audio documentaries from the
www.bbcarielads.com                         gramme and have the iPlayer           to channel hop and browse for            He says the main aim is         last 10 years.
Printing                                    automatically download the            content and, from the summer,        to make the site more user
Garnett Dickinson Group                     next available episode, while         the iPlayer will provide links to    friendly, connect with audi-        tHe orgaNisatioN Gay Surrey has
Rotherham                   01709 768000    links to Facebook and Twit-           rival channels such as ITV Play-     ences and allow them to con-        given BBC Surrey a ‘Heart of Equal-
Subscribe to Ariel                          ter mean you can comment              er, 4oD, Clic, Demand Five and       nect with each other. ‘Watch-       ity’ award, in recognition of its bal-
Six months: £26, £36, £40                   on what you are watching and          Seesaw. So viewers can search        ing content has always been a       anced coverage of issues affecting the
                                            recommend output to your              for any programme and iPlayer        social experience; with iPlay-      gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen-
Twelve months: £50, £60, £68
                                            friends online.                       will link to it, helping drive up    er we made it a more personal       der communities in the county.
(prices for UK, Europe, rest of world
                                               In the coming months the           traffic to external sites.           experience, but it’s still impor-
respectively)                               BBC will experiment further               Erik Huggers, director of        tant to connect our audienc-
Cheques to: Garnett Dickinson Print,        with social media by adding           FM&T, stresses the develop-          es around our content, allow-       juNe 16 is the closing date for ap-
Brookfields Way, Manvers,                   Windows Live messenger so             ment of the ‘pioneering’ site        ing them to share the moment        plications for Stepping Stones, the
Wath Upon Dearne, Rotherham S63 5DL         users can log in through iPlay-       is not about the BBC having a        and share their emotions.’          BBC Academy’s development scheme
Tel 01709 768199                            er and chat while they watch.         monopoly on technology. ‘We             Dream behind iPlayer, P6         which offers staff the chance to build
INFORMATION IN AN EMERGENCY                                                                                                                                their own ‘bespoke’ 3-6 month place-
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                                            Salford to be ‘filter not fortress’                                                                            within another department or from an
                                                                                                                                                           external company.
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Communications for people at the BBC        you may Not Be moviNg to Salford, but you                they expected a credible picture of the place.        http://explore.gateway.bbc.co.uk/
                                            are going to be seeing a lot more of the north              A whole episode of the next Tracy Beaker se-       steppingstones/stepping_stones/
                                            following a promise from Peter Salmon to                 ries will be set on an outward bound course in        development.aspx
                                            boost location filming and programme making              Northumbria. The popular CBBC show is filmed
                                            across the region.                                       in Newcastle and producers hope to make Tracy         tHe tHirD wave of Hot Shoes North
                                               The director of BBC North made the pledge in          as synonymous with the Tyneside city as Doctor        is launched this week. Staff can apply
                                            a speech at Sunderland University, saying the new        Who is with Cardiff. The programme will also          to do short placements in one of the
                                            base at Salford would be ‘a filter, not a fortress’ in   be involved in various outreach projects with         five London departments moving to
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                                            getting more output made in the north.                   school pupils in the north east.                      Salford next year or output already
                                               ‘Traditional methods of employing ac-                    Primetime detective series George Gently,          based in Manchester. Around 500
                                            tors with all purpose northern accents in pro-           which is set in the region, is being filmed in        people applied during the previous
                                            grammes made and set in the south, or in a tv            Durham for the first time, and Hartlepool poet        two waves of the scheme which
                                            ‘no place’ are just not good enough,’ he said.           Michael Smith will make a documentary on the          offered placements at Newsround, 6
                                               He pointed out that viewers loved to see              Baltic and Viking heritage of the north east for      Music and Radio Drama.
                                            their home town or region on screen and that             BBC Four’s Great Northern season this autumn.

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Question Time panel ‘not    Best ever
                            in-house
subject to government veto’ WOCC total
by Lisette Johnston                                                                                jection that bears scrutiny.’
                                                                                                      The row meant there was neither a gov-
The execuTive editor of Question Time has                                                          ernment minister or an opposition MP ap-         by Cathy Loughran
defended the BBC’s decision to go broad-                                                           pearing during the week of the Queen’s
cast without a cabinet minister on the pan-                                                        Speech. Instead the Tories were represent-       BBc iN-house production has increased its
el, after Downing Street tried to have Alastair                                                    ed by backbench MP John Redwood who sat          share of business won in the WOCC, with Chil-
Campbell removed from the show.                                                                    on the panel alongside former Lib Dem MP         dren’s taking half of all competitive commis-
    Gavin Allen said the government told the                                                       Susan Kramer and journalists Piers Morgan        sions last year while Drama’s tally dropped by
programme they would only put up a minis-                                                          and Max Hastings.                                half, despite home-grown successes like Crimi-
ter if the former Labour spin doctor was re-                                                          Host David Dimbleby explained the sit-        nal Justice and Five Days.
placed by a shadow cabinet member.                                                                 uation at the start of Thursday night’s pro-        The in-house total won in the Window of
    Writing in The Editors blog on the BBC                                                         gramme.                                          Creative Competition edged up to 30 percent,
website Allen said in three years in the job                                                          ‘Downing Street said a cabinet minister       from 27 percent in 2008/9 (26 percent in year
he’d never had such a request and it was re-                                                       was available for tonight and would join us      one of the WOCC, 2007/8).
fused as a point of ‘fundamental principle’.                                                       but only on condition that our Labour pan-          While independent companies, with 70 per-
    ‘It is for Question Time, not for political                                                    ellist was not Alastair Campbell, but a La-      cent, still dominate the quarter of network tv
parties, to make judgments about imparti-           David Dimbleby:                                bour frontbencher.’ he told viewers.             hours up for grabs – once the in-house guaran-
ality and to determine who is invited to ap-        ‘up to us to decide’                              ‘Of course, it is for Question Time to de-    tee of 50 percent and the indie quota of 25 per-
pear in the interests of the audience.’ he                                                         cide who should be on our panels not for         cent have been filled – there are competitive
wrote.                                                                                             Downing Street, so we refused to replace         swings within the five genres included.
    Parties are free, of course, to accept or re-   resentative or a front-bencher.’ he went on.   Alastair Campbell which means we have no            Having won nothing at all in 2007/8, Chil-
ject those invitations, but they do not have           ‘Labour ministers regularly appeared        member of the government here tonight.’          dren’s climbed to 50 percent, up from 30 per-
a right of veto over other panellists. Licence      when the then opposition was represent-           Downing Street had questioned the Camp-       cent in 2008/9, thanks to in-house hits like
fee payers rightly insist that the BBC must         ed either by someone outside of the front      bell booking, a spokeswoman confirmed: ‘Be-      Deadly 60 and Hai! Karate. Knowledge too saw
be free from political interference.                bench or by an unelected panellist – some-     fore a final decision was made on who might      an increase, from 25 percent to 30 percent:
    ‘No 10’s objection to Alastair Campbell         times even a prospective parliamentary         appear on behalf of the government, the BBC      Comedy stayed stable with 23 percent (24 per-
was that he was not an elected Labour rep-          candidate. It is not an argument or an ob-     directly booked John Redwood to appear,’         cent in 2008/9); and Entertainment saw a five
                                                                                                                                                    percentage drop to 36 percent.
                                                                                                                                                       The biggest movement was in Drama – down



Manford was always a safe bet
                                                                                                                                                    from 41 to 21 percent. But in a year that saw
                                                                                                                                                    indie-produced ratings winners like Spooks,
                                                                                                                                                    Hustle, Occupation and Ashes to Ashes, from Ku-
                                                                                                                                                    dos alone, director of Drama Production Ni-
                                                                                                                                                    cholas Brown remained upbeat.
by Rumeana Jahangir                    porter Matt Allwright, Country-
                                       file presenter Matt Baker and co-                                               Jason Manford:               creativity through competition
AfTer oNe of the most talked-          median Paul Merton stood in for                                                 instantly at home on         Criminal Justice, Five Days, Desperate Roman-
about tv replacements since            Chiles while a more permanent                                                   The One Show sofa            tics, Larkrise to Candleford, The Last Days of Leh-
David Tennant’s departure from         replacement was sought.                                                                                      mans and Turn of the Screw had demonstrated
Doctor Who, the BBC announced              Salford-born Manford said he                                                                             in-house range and quality, he said: ‘While,
that the comedian Jason Man-           was thrilled to be selected: ‘My                                                                             like any other producer we are always pursu-
ford will join The One Show after      Dad put £10 at 500/1 that I’d get                                                                            ing every possible commission, winning more
former presenter Adrian Chiles         the job so it just made sense.’                                                                              than 20 percent in competition with some
left for ITV.                              BBC One controller Jay Hunt                                                                              large and strong indies is a good result.’
   Manford will co-host the            said: ‘Jason looked instantly at                                                                                 Director of Vision Jana Bennett believed
primetime programme with               home on The One Show sofa. His                                                                               that in its third year, the WOCC was achiev-
Christine Bleakley on Mondays          intelligence and humour strike                                                                               ing what it was designed to do – ‘stimulate
to Thursdays from July 12. Chris       just the right tone for the pro-                                                                             creativity through competition for a £250m
Evans will join Bleakley on the        gramme and he is an exciting                                                                                 programming budget’, and deliver some of
sofa every Friday to present one-      addition to the team.’                                                                                       the BBC’s highest quality ratings.
hour editions of the show.                 The programme, which reg-                                                                                    Pat Younge, Vision Productions’ chief cre-
   Chiles left in mid-April after      ularly attracts more than 5m                                                                                 ative officer said the best ever in-house re-
the BBC announced Evans’ new           viewers, will also introduce                                                                                 sult was ‘great news, because in house pro-
role, saying he was disappoint-        some new features and guest                                                                                  duction is a defining characteristic of the
ed by the controller’s decision        slots after the World Cup, when                                                                              BBC, part of its core mission’. The Thick of It,
to make changes. Watchdog re-          it will be off air.                                                                                          Miranda, How the Earth Made Us, Life, Wonders
                                                                                                                                                    of The Solar System, Strictly Come Dancing, and
                                                                                                                                                    EastEnders Live were among the successes.


Taxi bills on generous side, says review
BBc expeNses policy on taxis           book minicabs from preferred            ‘The nature of these expens-     a 24-hour broadcaster, the BBC
is ‘particularly generous’, com-       suppliers for journeys of up to 40   es could leave the BBC open to      has a late night/early morning
pared with other organisations,        miles.                               criticism if scrutinised by the     transport policy to enable staff
a new study has found.                    KPMG admits that it had           ‘man on the Clapham omni-           to travel to and from work at
   But most of the rules around        been difficult to get detailed       bus’, who might not readily ap-     hours when public transport is
BBC expenses are in line with          comparable information from          preciate the operational need       not available. The value of this
best practice in the private and       other companies in order to          for such expenses,’ the review      was recognised in the report.’
public sector, the benchmark-          comment accurately. But they         says, recommending an analy-           On 12 other areas reviewed,
ing review by accountants KPMG         judged that the BBC was ‘par-        sis of journeys above 25 miles.     including business travel, enter-
concludes.                             ticularly generous to employ-           The senior executive taxi bill   tainment and overseas expens-
   The BBC-commissioned report         ees when compared to other           for the last quarter of 2009 was    es, the BBC was broadly in line
draws special attention to the         employers’. Comparator organ-        £39,000, according to the last      with best practice, and had low-
late night/early morning trans-        siations included other media        BBC expenses disclosure.            er limits on overnight accommo-     Drama tally fell, despite the success of
port policy which allows staff to      companies and the Treasury.             A BBC spokeswoman said: ‘As      dation than some companies.         commissions like Desperate Romantics
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Forum will consider
future use of TVC
by Sally Hillier                          of which are listed, would then ‘be-      diaCityUK in Salford and Pacific Quay
                                          come home to independent produc-          in Glasgow, the BBC is keen to work
With the future of Television Cen-        tion companies, other media or-           with local creative organisations to
tre again under the spotlight, the        ganisations and performing arts           create centres of excellence and re-
BBC has released details of an event      companies’.                               generate areas,’ it explains. ‘[We are]
it will host later this month which           In fact, the intention to sell was    the catalyst to drive the new creative
will explore the potential for a ‘crea-   made public some years ago, before        quarter in west London, to the bene-
tive cluster’ in London.                  the current economic downturn, and        fit of the whole creative industry in
   The corporation’s plans for W12,       if a buyer comes along, the BBC says it   the UK.’
where ultimately it wants to vacate       will be up to that individual/group to        Other speakers at the June 21 con-
TVC and develop what has been de-                                                   ference include BBC chief operating
scribed as a new ‘creative quarter’,
will be on the agenda at the Creative
                                          ‘We are the catalyst                      officer Caroline Thomson, who is re-
                                                                                    sponsible for all major infrastructure
London conference in White City on
June 21.
                                          to drive the new                          projects; former transport minister
                                                                                    Steve Norris; Transport for London
   The one-day forum, to be attend-
ed by around 150 business and crea-
                                          creative quarter in                       managing director Michele Dix; De-
                                                                                    sign Council chief executive David
tive industry representatives, will in-
clude a session entitled Regeneration
                                          west London’                              Kester.
                                                                                        With the creative sector a key driv-
in the West with Chris Kane, head         decide how to develop the site within     er of the economy, generating, for ex-
of BBC Workplace, among the pan-          the constraints of listing.               ample, £14.5bn in foreign earnings
ellists. He will be joined by Stephen        Despite its plans to vacate TVC        in 2005, speakers and delegates will
Greenhalgh of Hammersmith and             (a long process that will involve the     consider how to fulfil the govern-
Fulham Council, Nigel Buck of Impe-       phased moves of staff to the north in     ment’s ambition of making the UK
rial College and Deyan Sudjic of the      2011 and to central London in 2012),      ‘the world’s creative hub’.
Design Museum.                            the corporation says it remains com-          In trying to understand some of
   Last week the Guardian reported        mitted to west London and that it         the key issues, trends and opportuni-
that the BBC intended to sell Televi-     sees itself having a long term future     ties, they will examine likely future
sion Centre to developers and that        there.                                    changes to transport, commuting             Helios, the iconic statue at Television Centre
parts of the building, some sections         ‘As with other projects such as Me-    patterns and the way people work.




   Appoint                                                                                    Tucked up waiting for polar bears
   a BBC
                                                                                              by Frank Gardner                        try to scare him off but if that          I strapped my rucksack on
                                                                                                                                      doesn’t work then the rifle is the    the back, swung my legs off my
                                                                                              Our NOrWegiaN guide got                 last resort.’                         wheelchair and settled into the

   religion                                                                                   straight to the point. ‘The polar
                                                                                              bear is a beautiful animal but he
                                                                                              can be very dangerous. A few years
                                                                                                                                         At 78 degrees north, Svalbard
                                                                                                                                      is remote, cold and pristine. Far
                                                                                                                                      north of Iceland, this is the last
                                                                                                                                                                            saddle. Fortunately those hours
                                                                                                                                                                            in the gym after emerging from
                                                                                                                                                                            hospital paid off as my core ab-

   editor,                                                                                    ago one attacked a girl while she
                                                                                              was camping up on that moun-
                                                                                              tain just there. He was only a cub
                                                                                                                                      piece of dry land before the polar
                                                                                                                                      icecap – the perfect place to train
                                                                                                                                      for anyone determined enough to
                                                                                                                                                                            dominal muscles have recovered
                                                                                                                                                                            enough for me to keep control of
                                                                                                                                                                            this hugely powerful machine.

   says                                                                                       but he still ate her alive.’
                                                                                                 The fact that polar bears out-
                                                                                              number humans on the Norwe-
                                                                                                                                      try walking to the North Pole on
                                                                                                                                      a prosthetic leg. But it threw up
                                                                                                                                      plenty of challenges for me too.
                                                                                                                                                                                Sleep doesn’t come easily in
                                                                                                                                                                            Svalbard. By May the sun is into
                                                                                                                                                                            its summer circuit and it doesn’t

   Bolton                                                                                     gian Arctic territory of Svalbard
                                                                                              made for an interesting addition
                                                                                              to the BBC risk assessment form.
                                                                                                                                      Unable to totter more than a few
                                                                                                                                      steps on my own paralysed legs.
                                                                                                                                      since being shot while on assign-
                                                                                                                                                                            get dark again until Septem-
                                                                                                                                                                            ber. So there we were, yawning
                                                                                                                                                                            our heads off at 2am in broad
                                                                                              Filming the team of British am-         ment in 2004, I grabbed at the        daylight, burrowing into our
                                                                                              putees training for the North Pole      chance of using a local snowmo-       Survival Store sleeping bags in
   the BBC Needs an editor for            religion correspondent, and                         with producer Mark Georgiou             bile. I know this probably looked     a tent lined with reindeer skins.
   religion, in the same way that it      topical religious and ethical                       and shoot/edit Duncan Stone, we         like a thinly disguised adventure     The last words I heard the guide
   has specialist editors for subjects    affairs stories are featured across                 had to have an armed guide with         holiday to anyone watching our        say before drifting off were: ‘If
   like sport, art and business. So       all BBC networks. There is no                       us at all times. ‘It’s the law here,’   output on Breakfast but it really     a polar bear does come into the
   says veteran broadcaster and           downward trend in our religion                      said Stian who last year won the        was the only way the team and I       camp then you all run behind
   presenter of Radio 4’s Sunday          and ethics television output with                   Amundsen race across the Ant-           could get around the frozen val-      me.’ Luckily, he never showed
   programme, Roger Bolton, who           over 164 hours broadcast last                       arctic to the South Pole. ‘First we     leys and glaciers of Svalbard.        up.
   was handing out prizes at the          year.’
   Sandford St Martin Trust Awards            The SSMT Premier award                                                                                 Guide Stian Aker, producer Mark Georghiou,
   for religious programmes.              for radio was in fact won by a                                                                             security correspondent Frank Gardner
   Bolton, who also presents              BBC programme; Twin Sisters:                                                                               and shoot/edit Duncan Stone.
   Feedback, said the appointment         Two Faiths, made by Ladbroke
   of a religion editor would             productions for Radio 4. Chair of
   improve the understanding of           the radio judging panel, Rabbi
   religious matters across output,       Roderick Young described it as
   particularly in television, which in   ‘spiritually uplifting, heartbreaking
   his view was in the hands of the       and heartwarming.’
   ‘secular and sceptical’.                   The first episode of the
       In response the BBC said:          BBC Four series A History of
   ‘The BBC’s commitment to               Christianity, presented by
   religion and ethics broadcasting       Diarmaid McCulloch was runner
   is unequivocal. BBC news and           up in the tv category, and also won
   current affairs has a dedicated        the Radio Times Readers Award.
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                                                                                               Partners in crime:
                                                                                               presenters
                                                                                               Ginny Buckley and
                                                                                               Rav Wilding




Crimewatch is out to nab the bad
guys with a four-week roadshow
by Sally Hillier                              One case that made a particular
                                           impact was the theft of equipment
‘We’re doing an armed robbery              from a riding school for disabled peo-
in Lincoln and a casino raid in Bir-       ple. ‘It generated a huge response,’ re-
mingham,’ says producer Alan Hol-          calls presenter Rav Wilding, joined
land brightly.                             this year by former Sky News anchor
   Eh? Don’t worry, they’re only re-       Ginny Buckley. ‘Some viewers were so
constructions – for Crimewatch Road-       angry and upset that they donated                                                                                              different aspects of their work,’ says
show, a second series of which starts      money to buy new kit for the riders.’                                              assistant producers, rather than pro-       Wilding, himself a former detective.
on BBC One Daytime on Monday.                 Ponies,     parrots,    paintballing    with BBC centres around the coun-       fessional camera crews, and no actors          ‘In this series, for example, we’ve
   It will be broadcast live every week-   parks… not the kind of stories that        try; local radio is heavily involved    are employed for the reconstructions.       got a nice, warm story about the
day for four weeks from four areas of      would make it onto the flagship            and a tv correspondent from each           There is good use of imagery in-         mounted police.’
the UK: Lancashire, Kent, Humber-          monthly Crimewatch whose post-wa-          region will join the roadshow for a     stead and if, say, a close-up is needed        The show’s popularity extends to
side and West Midlands.                    tershed slot enables it to feature mur-    week, bringing regional knowledge       of somebody’s hands, a volunteer is         criminals who, it is said, attach a cer-
   The Roadshow was a big hit last         ders and sexual assaults, but ideal for    and insight. Additionally, local news   found among the production team.            tain kudos to being ‘done’ on Crime-
year, its appeals for information re-      the lighter-touch roadshows, which         teams will provide updates through      Similarly, if a shot is required of a po-   watch and its spin-offs. Wilding con-
sulting in the identification and suc-     go on air at 9.15am.                       the day via their regional bulletins.   lice car driving away, a real police of-    firms there is some truth in this.
cessful prosecution of 17 villains.           ‘The focus is on everyday crime            ‘It’s a network production but has   ficer will get behind the wheel.               ‘The programmes are widely
Crimes covered included the suspi-         that could affect anyone, from van-        a strong local feel,’ says Holland.        The co-operation of the police is es-    watched in prison and lots of informa-
cious disappearance of explosives          dalism and graffiti to distraction bur-       In another notable difference from   sential, of course, and the BBC enjoys      tion comes from prisoners,’ he says.
from a paintballing park, a fatal hit-     glary,’ explains Holland.                  the main Crimewatch programme, and      a good relationship with the force.            Once the Roadshow starts rolling, it
and-run and even – squawk, squawk –           With many such crimes rooted in         as a consequence of ‘tight budgets’,       ‘The programmes fly the flag for         might not be long before more peo-
parrot rustling.                           communities, there is a strong tie-in      every film is shot by researchers and   the police and provide an insight into      ple are joining them in the cells.
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cutting                                             Dream that drove iPlayer
                   edge                             I hate football. It’s so boring.
                                                    And the Afghanistan war – why             Anthony Rose, the man
                    JAMeS
                                                    does every news bulletin insist
                                                    on trying to spoil my day with an-        behind the evolution, tells us
                    SIMCOCk
                                                    other sad tale of a life cut short. I
                                                    just want happy news, tech news,          how it came about
                                                    news about stuff I’m interested in.
                                                    Of course you may love football,

It’s all about                                      can’t get enough of it, really want
                                                    to know the latest war news. Every-
                                                    one to their own, I guess.

context                                                So what has this got to do with
                                                    the latest iPlayer release, known as
                                                    iPlayer V3? Well, the nice people at
as the bbC’s executive producer for Mo-             Ariel asked me to write a personal
bile, people ask me all the time what phone         piece on iPlayer and its evolution,
they should buy next. I don’t think answer-         and instead of one of those oh-so-
ing this is really part of my job description,      predictable ‘in the future every-
but being the kind of person who does his           one will be wearing 3D glasses and
best to make others happy, I’ll generally try       Tweeting while they watch on their
to respond in a helpful way. The problem is         iPad’ articles, I thought I’d take the
that there is no simple answer to that ques-        opportunity for a from-the-heart
tion. It all depends on your personal mobile        article on what got me to join the
                                                                                             Getting personal: Anthony Rose has reinvented the iPlayer to respond to individual tastes
‘context’ – i.e. are you a Mac user? Are you a      BBC and how I used that privileged
Google webtools convert? Are your needs             opportunity to help shape the way
rather simple, and battery life more impor-         that we’ll get our news and enter-       in iPlayer V3 were a pipe dream,          country – the ability to select your       <insert iPlayer URL>’, it became
tant to you than speedy access to the BBC           tainment in the future.                  something we’d aspire to build in         favourite programmes, a server-            clear that social recommendation
iPlayer? One size rarely fits all.                     It all started when Erik Huggers      the future. Back then the problems        based personal recommendation              would be a great way of enhancing
    I spend a lot of my working life think-                                                  were more basic – make streaming          system, a website able to serve per-       the discovery experience – hence
ing about context. It’s the real differentia-                                                work, create an efficient web pub-        sonalised pages to millions of us-         us partnering with Twitter and Fa-
tor between desktop and mobile web for
instance. When I’m sat comfortably at my
                                                    ‘Whatever you                            lishing system, make it scalable,
                                                                                             improve the video quality.
                                                                                                                                       ers every day. To realise this vision
                                                                                                                                       in iPlayer we need just one more
                                                                                                                                                                                  cebook.
                                                                                                                                                                                     But for me the real goal is per-
pc, with a nice big screen, a cup of coffee
at my side, multiple navigational options,
                                                    want, it’s magically                        Cut to July 2008 and iPlayer V2.
                                                                                             The video now played fairly relia-
                                                                                                                                       tiny ingredient – the ability to play
                                                                                                                                       your favourites back to back. And
                                                                                                                                                                                  sonalised and socialised every-
                                                                                                                                                                                  thing. Why not create our news
and time to browse, then my context for
web use is very different to when I’m on the
                                                    there for you.                           bly, we had regionalisation, we had
                                                                                             an efficient and scalable publish-
                                                                                                                                       that’s coming real soon now.
                                                                                                                                          Plus, sensitive souls that we are
                                                                                                                                                                                  bulletins as a series of clips instead
                                                                                                                                                                                  of one long bulletin. Alas I’m prob-
bus, with a small mobile screen and just my
thumb for navigation. I have to think beyond
                                                    What’s more                              ing system, iPlayer remembered
                                                                                             your last played programmes. Now
                                                                                                                                       in the iPlayer team, we constantly
                                                                                                                                       monitor Twitter during the day to
                                                                                                                                                                                  ably not going to see this dream
                                                                                                                                                                                  realised on my shift at the BBC
just repurposing a desktop website to fit on
a small screen and think more about what a
                                                    public service?’                         we moved to getting iPlayer onto
                                                                                             your mobile phone, your tv set,
                                                                                                                                       see what iPlayer users are saying
                                                                                                                                       about the service – ‘thank god for
                                                                                                                                                                                  as I now take on the job of CTO at
                                                                                                                                                                                  Project Canvas.
user in that scenario might actually need.                                                   HD. But we were still a long way          iPlayer’, ‘waiting for Doctor Who to          I’m honoured to have been able
    So with my personal context, as a con-          gave me a call back in June 2007         from realising the vision.                arrive’, ‘iPlayer slow today’, etc. It’s   to work at an institution that has
textual thinker, floating between the con-          – ‘How would you like to join the           And now comes iPlayer V3               a great early warning tool for spot-       all the pieces to change the world,
texts of ‘sitting at a desk’ or ‘on the move’,      BBC?’ to which I replied, ‘The BBC?      which, finally, has almost all the        ting problems and seeing what              and to have left my small legacy
it’s hopefully pretty clear that I see context      What stock options do you offer?’ I      ingredients to offer a customised         the people think. And with Tweets          that will allow my successors to
as rather important (have I used the word           knew the answer to that, of course,      BBC for every licence payer in the        from people saying ‘Watching               complete the journey.
enough already? Never!).                            and it really didn’t matter, because



                                                                                              It matched me with Norman
    Today I read an article from a prolific blog-   a few moments’ thought made it
ger who suggested that DAB radio was as             clear that the BBC was the dream
good as dead, and that radio should be de-          place to be if one wanted to rein-
livered by the internet. Yet again, this made       vent television. I figured as follows:
me think about context. Do we put too much          Lots of companies (Google, Micro-
credence on what bloggers have to say about         soft) have great technology. Lots         When random tWeets along                                                                 At one point I got a touch of
non-internet services, such as DAB? A prolific      of companies (Facebook, Yahoo)            the lines of ‘I’ve just recommend-                                                  stage fright. While logging on I
blogger, by the very nature of that descrip-        have lots of traffic. Lots of compa-      ed Ashes to Ashes’ started appear-                                                  opted to synchronise my BBC log-
tion, is likely to have the personal context        nies (Warners, Disney) have great         ing on my Twitter feed from BBC                                                     in (the same one you use across
of spending a lot of time in front of a pc or       content. But very very few compa-         folk in FM&T, I knew something                                                      the site, for commenting on blog
Mac. In that context, it makes sense for the        nies have great technology, lots of       was up. Last week all was revealed                                                  posts etc) with Facebook and
internet, via a desktop pc, to be the deliv-        traffic, great content and – most         – the BBC iPlayer has gone social.                                                  Twitter, in order to share my fa-
ery mechanism for radio listening, but what         importantly – also make content              Gone is that moving strip of                                                     vourite shows. What, I wondered,
about those whose life is not spent on the net?     themselves. And so if one wanted          promoted programmes along the                                                       was parading itself across my so-
    When Radio 1 recently had their ‘free           to create a news channel that had         top – the quaintly titled ‘carou-                                                   cial network profiles?
MMS day’ we received some 45,000 photos             no football, no endless series of de-     sel’. Its successor, a user-friendly                                                     The sync with other social net-
of listeners in their present context. What         pressing stories, just happy stuff,       series of tabbed blocks, offers a                                                   works means you are immediately
we were quite surprised to see, was how             tech news, breaking news stories          selection of programmes either                                                      connected with friends via the
many of those people were obviously a long          about my suburb then, well, there         from the ‘featured’ box, most            under the new regime was pretty            BBC and can see their recommen-
way away from a desktop computer. There             was only one place to be. The BBC.        popular, recommended and, even           minimal. At this stage I had clicked       dations. I’m looking forward to
were guys working in the streets, a lady in             And so, for me, every step of         more tempting, ‘friends’ sec-            on a friend’s Radio Solent show            the introduction of Instant Mes-
the hairdresser’s salon, van drivers, even a        the iPlayer evolution has been part       tion where you can see what your         and an episode of Working Lunch. It        senger alongside live streamed tv
fighter pilot in his aircraft.                      of a carefully planned journey to         mates are up to.                         didn’t have a lot to go on.                in the next few weeks – I just wish
    The real world is still much bigger than        build an iPlayer experience cus-             Of course, in order to see that           Based on that history, iPlayer         it had been in time for eurovision.
the ‘World Wide Web’. I would ask my ‘mul-          tomised for everyone. An endless          bit, you need to log in. It’s worth it   decided that the first series of                Tv has always been a conver-
tiplatform’ and digital service colleagues to       playlist of news, drama, sport, en-       just to see what iPlayer thinks you      Porridge and Norman Wisdom                 sation starter. It’s a logical step to
consider the context, the dramatically dif-         tertainment… whatever you want,           might want to watch. In my opin-         classic, Just My Luck (1957) was           bring that playground/watercooler
ferent audience needs and behaviours when           it’s magically there just for you.        ion the ‘recommended’ section of         right up my street. Like Alex Drake        moment online. The BBC has said
developing for different platforms – talk to        What’s more public service than           any website is generally hilarious       in Ashes to Ashes, I had woken up          it is not committed to starting its
real end-users once in a while, and don’t           giving every licence fee payer a          because auto-generation isn’t            in the wrong era. My husband               own social network – but in a way,
rely on web-based surveys (again – think            service built specifically for them.      quite there yet, and this is no          started watching Never Mind the            it’s been doing just that for years.
about the context!).                                    In 2007 the first step of that        exception.                               Buzzcocks and was recommended                         Zoe kleinman is technology
      James Simcock is exec producer, BBC Mobile    journey was ‘just make it work’.             To be fair, my iPlayer profile        Later with Jools Holland, a better fit.                        reporter, BBC News
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                                                  week@work                                                                                                                             Features 7


CHAnging PLACes                                          BBC IN ACTION
u BEn riCH, deputy editor of BBC One’s Six and
Ten o’clock news programmes, has written ‘and
finally..’ to his life at the BBC. He is taking up a
new career in the law.
   After more than 15 years as Manchester Big
Screen manager, SArAH griFFitHS has left.
JErEMy Buxton takes over the controls of
the large outdoor screen in the city’s Exchange
Square.
   Jo DEAHL, bj at BBC Tees, is now on attach-
ment to Five Live Breakfast as a producer.
After waving ELEri Siôn off on her maternity
leave, Radio Cymru’s morning show host Dafydd
Du welcomes CAryL PArry JonES as co-pre-
                            senter.
                                 Radio Cornwall bj
                                    KAty young is
                                      moving to
                                        Tobago for a
                                          new life and
                                          new oppor-
                                           tunities.
                                           MArK HAy-
                                           MAn’S
                                          (pictured)
                                        attachment as
                                       tv editor, West
                                    Midlands, has
                                  been extended until
                              the end of 2011.
                                                         There was a monster at large in Glasgow’s           The writer was answering children’s ques-          Children emailed questions, and           one

rESourCE                                                 Pacific Quay last week. But the schoolchil-         tions at an Authors Live webcast, organised        shrewd girl in the audience asked if it was
                                                         dren gathered there to meet him weren’t at          by BBC Scotland Learning and the Scottish          easy to write stories.

Of The week                                              all scared of the Gruffalo.                         Book Trust.                                        ‘Not very, if I’m honest,’ came Donaldson’s
                                                         What’s a gruffalo, some of you may ask?             Hosted by radio presenter Janice Forsyth,          frank reply. ‘It’s easy to have a vague idea…
                                                         Well, he has terrible claws and terrible teeth      the event was attended by eight and nine-          but hard to make up a story.’
u As the country gears up for the World Cup kick         in his jaws, and he’s the eponymous charac-         year-olds and streamed online to around            An experience which many a programme-
off on June 11, the World Service is looking for         ter of Julia Donaldson’s best-seller.               75,000 youngsters across the UK.                   maker may empathise with…
help in breaking a record. Fans’ Football Favour-
ites wants global audiences to help build the




                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PhotograPh: Lorenza IPPoLIto
                                                                                                          SHAMELESS PLUG
world’s biggest virtual football collection.
Housed in the cyber-stadium of BBC World’s
online site will be an archive of football memo-
rabilia, and an album of listeners’ favourite snap-                                                       ANGUS MACFADyeN – LIGHTING CAMerAMAN                 perate for a simple commodity that we here
shots of themselves with soccer legends. Fans                                                                                                                  take for granted – water.
are asked to go to the site and upload an image                                                           u I am going to swim the English Channel to              These people are my inspiration for this
of their favourite item or player, along with a                                                           raise money to bring fresh water to communi-         swim. I hope to raise both funds and the profile
paragraph explaining the story behind the im-                                                             ties in South Africa.                                of the charity Lawrence’s Roundabout Well Ap-
age and why it matters to them. Fans can email                                                               I have practically abandoned my career            peal (LRWA). It buys Playpumps, which combine
pictures to mybbc@bbc.co.uk and the online                                                                in order to finish a challenge that began            a children’s roundabout with a water pump. As
album of football fans with famous players will                                                           three years ago, when an accident left me on         the children play they can raise up to 1400 litres
also be available on bbc.com/worldcup                                                                     crutches for three months. During the fight to       of fresh water from the well into a holding tank,
                                                                                                          get fit that followed, I found this challenge.       providing around 2000 people with a clean sup-

 Ai INdex                                                                                                    Every week I swim 26 miles, run, and work-        ply. LRWA gives children the chance to play and
                                                                                                             out in the gym, which adds up to more than        the community the priceless gift of water.
                                                                                                                17 hours of training.                              Lawrence Prifti died from a rare degenera-
 u Plenty of viewers were happy to stay in on                                                                        I could hardly swim before and I’ve       tive condition when he was eight; with your
 a Friday night to learn the truth about non-pc                                                                   learnt front crawl from scratch over the     help his life will be remembered by changing
 eighties northern copper Gene Hunt in the                                                                         past two and a half years. I am now in      the lives of other children for the better.
 final episode of Ashes to Ashes. A total of 5.83                                                                  the middle of five months of prepara-           With three months to go I have got just
 million tuned in to BBC One at 9pm on May 21,                                                                      tion. Winter training included swim-       £1500 in the charity bank. I hope to raise be-
 giving the police drama a 27.3 percent share                                                                       ming in virtually freezing sea tempera-    tween £7000 and £14,000 – which is a long
 of the audience and an AI score of 89.                                                                             tures in Brighton and a big increase in    way to go. With three years of my life dedi-
                                                                                                                     an already very tough training regime.    cated to this project, I hope that people will be
                                                                                                                         For my solo swim I will leave Dover   generous and write a cheque, go online or do

LEArning CUrve                                                                                                        for Calais at the end of August.         whatever they have to do to pledge their sup-
                                                                                                                          My work with the BBC has taken       port and help change others lives forever.
                                                                                                                        me to many parts of the world; I’ve    My website is http://www.channelangus.
u Want to know how to get your play com-                                                                                looked into the eyes of those des-     co.uk
missioned as a radio drama? Or how to begin
to write one? Kate Rowland, creative director,
New Writing, will host a masterclass and Q&A
session with writers Rebecca Lenkiewicz and
Sebastian Baczkiewicz to talk about writing for
radio drama. There will also be the chance to ask
questions of Kate, who commissions The Wire on
Radio 3.
   The event is free and runs from 6 to 7:30pm
on June 10 at The Drill Hall, 16 Chenies Street,
London.
   To reserve your places, please email
writersroom.events@bbc.co.uk with the subject
‘Radio Drama Masterclass’.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   written for Newsjack in the past, from  er the tape – literally just to put in




making radio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   one line to a whole sketch. There’s     and press play. He’d done all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   now an outlet for people to hear their  mixing and the recording himself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   stuff on the radio, and I think it’s allThere will be others who won’t send
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the better for it.’                     you a script, who won’t let you know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘We get about a thousand sketch-     what’s happening, are vague about




comedy happen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   es a week, which we have to read in a   who they want to cast – at that point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   day. It’s quite a task, but you get usedyou need to sit down and say ‘okay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to it,’ he continues. ‘There’s obvious- we really need to crack through this’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ly a lot of madness out there but you   Some people are incredibly propri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   can quite quickly work through the      etorial, others say they don’t really
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bad stuff. Then again, you also don’t   care. It just depends.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   want to miss a gem – that one perfect      ‘You just have to get the best out of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   one. So we read every single sketch,    that writer, help them fulfil that po-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   but some we tend to linger over more    tential to say what they want to say,’

Radio comedy is a serious business. Long seen as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   than others.’                           reckons McKenzie. ‘It takes quite a bit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of maturity from a writer to accept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    keeP it firm but friendly
the link between the club circuit and mainstream tv
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that feedback.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Working with a writer is a difficult    ‘You learn together – all that hard

superstardom, writers and comedians vie for space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   business – you’ve got to balance the work you put in during the early days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   needs of the network with their artis- when a writer might never have done

in what is both an intensely competitive market and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tic instincts, as well as making sure a narrative before. It’s really lovely af-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   they’ll come back for more if the se- ter you’ve done a first series and they

very British institution…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ries is a success.                      turn round and say how much they’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Sometimes they’ll want to                     learnt. If you get a chance to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have a lot of input, sometimes                       do a second series you can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   they won’t,’ says Michell.                             automatically reap the
but how do you sort the wheat from            ‘The fact you can stand up in front    think formats and know                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘There was one show in                                   benefits of that. It’s
the chaff, and how do you then turn        of God knows how many hundred             your networks                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the past where the guy                                     a really rewarding
that wheat into a tasty comedy loaf        people and make them laugh at one             Does your comic have the kind of                                                                                                                                                                                          just sent the produc-                                       part of it.’
loved by millions? adam bambury            joke after another is brilliant, but it   all-purpose wit and strength of per-
asked three radio producers from the       won’t necessarily turn into a Radio       sonality to appear on a panel show?
bbC’s in-house radio Comedy unit,          4 show,’ says Caroline Raphael, com-      Or perhaps their performing tal-
plus radio 4’s commissioning editor        missioning editor for comedy and          ents are a little lacklustre, and it’s
for comedy, for their top tips on          entertainment at Radio 4. She is the      in the delicate crafting of a sitcom
finding, keeping and getting the best      gatekeeper with the comedy keys to        script that they can really flex their
out of top new comedy talent.              the station, and both indies and the      comedic muscle. Choosing the right
                                           BBC’s in-house Radio Comedy unit          format and station for their talents is
Cast the net wide (and go                  must win her approval if a series,        key, or you may find yourself swiftly
to edinburgh festival)                     one-off or pilot is going to be aired     being shown the door.
    First of all, you need to find some-   on Radio 4.                                   ‘I think you’ve got to watch a tal-
one to be funny on the radio in the           ‘There are new comedians coming        ent for some time to really find their
first place. It seems the Edinburgh        onto the scene all the time,’ explains    voice, find what is holding it all to-     bbC radio Comedy
fringe festival, with its month’s          producer Sam Michell, ‘but it takes       gether,’ says Raphael. ‘Because this is    producers:
worth of non-stop comedic talent vy-       them about three years to get estab-      Radio 4 I’m asking – do people have        sam michell, Julia
ing with each other for outside atten-     lished. The one exception I can think     an attitude about the world that           mckenzie and tilusha
tion, is the place to quickly sum up       of is Laura Solon, who came on to the     they’re growing up in and are citi-        ghelani
who’s hot and who’s not.                   scene, won the Perrier and then went      zens of that they can then express re-
    ‘Lots of us go to Edinburgh, look-     straight into the mainstream, but         ally lucidly?’
ing for either writing or performing       that happens very rarely.’                    ‘Last summer I saw Tom
talent,’ confirms Julia McKenzie. She                                                Wrigglesworth in An Open
produced recent Radio 4 sitcom Party,                                                Letter to Richard Branson,
written by Tom Basden and based on                                                   about him taking on Rich-
his production of the same name that                                                 ard Branson and his pol-                                                    enough, but it doesn’t mean        hard graft ahead to make it work         broader about the themes he was dis-
McKenzie first saw at the Fringe.                                                    icy that if you’re on the                                                   they want another one.             when coming out of a box in some-        cussing,’ she explains. ‘So in the se-
    But don’t stop there – comedy                                                    wrong train you’re penal-                                                      ‘Ideas are often quite em-      one’s kitchen rather than the dedi-      ries we do a decade-by-decade look
comes in many forms. ‘There’s also                                                   ised by being charged the most                                               bryonic when they come in         cated – and rather more visual – en-     at his life and decided that when he
try out nights, full-length shows,                                                   extortionate fair,’ she continues. ‘The                                      and that’s fine,’ says Rap-       virons of a club or theatre.             talked about a place, he’d actually go
stuff on the internet, scripts from                                                  good thing is that Tom has a feeling                                        hael. ‘There is nothing worse         Tilusha Ghelani is the producer of    there, speak to people, and really re-
agents, even a book that you read,’                                                  for rights and wrongs and morality                                        than discovering at the pre-of-      Micky Flanagan – What Chance Change?     live some of his experiences. It gave a
she says. ‘Also it doesn’t always have                                               with a small m. There’s a show be-                                       fer that there’s already a pilot,     currently airing on Radio 4. She came    little bit of an insight into where his
to be new people – it could be a more                                                ing worked on that we may com-                                        a script, masses of work and mon-        across Flanagan at the Edinburgh         stand-up act comes from.’
established performer who hasn’t                                                       mission this round that builds                                    ey, and I could have told you within       Festival, and decided that his mate-
done radio before or wants the                                                           on that, which feels like an                                  half a nanosecond that it wasn’t go-         rial had enough depth to survive the     don’t be afraid to
opportunity to flex a differ-                                                             organic progression.’                                        ing to get bought. People will always        translation to radio – with a little     ask for helP
ent muscle.’                                                                                                                                           argue that it’s somehow different,           expansion.                                  If inspiration is falling flat, then
                                                                                         don’t make                                                    but my standard response is that, for           ‘Some people may have dis-            why not open up the field to uncom-                                                                   laura solon
Play it Cool                                                                             ‘that show’                                                   the listener, it’s still ‘that show’. They   missed it as just club comic materi-     missioned writers? Sam Michell pro-
    So you’ve found your com-                tom wrigglesworth                              If you don’t want                  micky flanagan          won’t even remember the title most           al, but I saw him and it was really      duces Newsjack, a topical sketch show
ic. They’re engaging, erudite,                                                          your idea to fall at                                           of the time – ‘it’s that show about a        well thought out,’ says Ghelani. ‘It     on Radio 7 presented by Miles Jupp
and their fractured take on                                                             the first hurdle in the                                        grumpy old writer’ – we already have         was quite biographical – he was talk-    which is coming back in June for a
modern life had you snorting                                                            commissioning proc-                                            one Ed Reardon, why would we need            ing in very funny terms about class,     second series. Acting as a showcase
your drink out of your nose                                                             ess, make sure your                                            another?’                                    about how he went from being a Bill-     for new comedy writing, anyone can
onto the person in the next                                                              idea isn’t just a                                                                                          ingsgate fish porter to getting an ed-   send in sketches or lines to the show,
row, who was enjoying them-                                                              pale imitation of                                             Convert                                      ucation later on in life. He became      and if their idea gets recorded, they
selves too much to care. But                                                              something that                                               or die                                       a teacher and eventually turned to       even get paid.
hold on – have they got what                                                              already exists                                                  Perhaps the act, or the play, that        stand-up, which has led to some bril-       ‘We try to nurture writers – we ask
it takes to sustain a second                                                             in the sched-                                                 you saw was so good you feel it would        liant observations.’                     people to come into the department
act, let alone a radio series, or                                                       ule.      People                                               stand on its own two feet in the sched-         ‘From the beginning I wanted          to write,’ says Michell. ‘We’ve got
have they just got lucky?                                                              may like it well                                                ules. There’s still going to be a lot of     to say something a bit bigger and        around a hundred writers who have
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                                                                                                                                            n radio 4
introducing ariel’s
pocket guide to the
                                                                                                                                            reith leCtures
                                                                                                                                            hear lord rees, president of the royal
BBC week ahead. From                                                                                                                        society, deliver this year’s reith lec-
                                                                                                                                            tures. taking ‘scientific horizons’ as his
red Button to radio                                                                                                                         theme, he’ll address the role of scientists,
                                                                                                                                            politicians, civil servants, journalists
drama, we’re shining a                                                                                                                      and the wider public in creating a more
                                                                                                                                            sophisticated debate about science and
spotlight on the pro-                                                                                                                       technology. For exclusive audio and video
                                                                                                                                            clips, visit the showcase homepage on
grammes and services                                                                                                                        gateway..
                                                                                                                                            Tuesday June 1, 9am, Radio 4
that you’re working
on – email Clare Bolt if
you’ve got something
to shout about



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Food at your                                                                                                                                World Book
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With a spread of 12,000 recipes and an           n bbc tWo, hd & red button                                                                 World service invites the globe’s great
improved recipe search function which                                                                                                       authors to discuss their best known novel
lets you navigate between chef, ingre-
dient and programme, BBC Food has
                  unveiled its all-singing,
                                                 Springwatch Wild Day Out                                                                   in World Book Club, a monthly programme
                                                                                                                                            presented by harriett gilbert which also
                                                                                                                                            includes questions from World service
                    all-dancing new web-         Watch the daily dramas of the animal         look out for ‘springwatch Wild days           listeners. this
                    site. For the trickier       world unfold live - and for the first time   out’ which are taking place around the        week, listen to
                     recipes, you can click      in hd - as springwatch starts its three      country. it’s a day out aimed at families     author david
                      to watch profes-           week run on monday, may 31. the team         and anyone who wants to find out how          mitchell talking
                         sional demos by         has rigged more than 50 mini cam-            to build a bat box, charm a worm or cook      about his novel
                          the likes of the       eras and miles of fibre optic cables to      up a feast for local birds. Find your near-   Cloud atlas which
                           hairy Bikers, via     bring viewers intimate animal tales, all     est wild day out at bbc.co.uk/breathing-      was shortlisted
                             iplayer.            of which will be streamed live at bbc.       places.                                       for the 2004
                                bbc.co.uk/       co.uk/nature/uk – without disturbing the                                                   Booker prize.
                                 food            animals.                                     Springwatch starts May 31 at 8pm on           Saturday June 5,
                                                 on the weekends of the three weeks           BBC Two and BBC HD daily, as well as          8.05pm, World
                                                 of springwatch (particularly June 5-6)       coverage on Red Button                        Service


n bbc three & online                           n bbc tWo                                       n radio 2 & iplayer                          n red button

platForm three                                 When romeo                                      Feelin’                                      CBeeBies red
supernatural drama pulse, Bristol-based
comedy drama dappers and ensemble
                                               met Juliet                                      groovy                                       Button
drama stanley park are three new drama         What happens when you bring two very            radio 2 celebrates                           CBeebies have relaunched their interac-
pilots vying to be the next Being human.       different groups of school children             the swinging six-                            tive red Button service which is now
Commissioned by danny Cohen, the trio          together to perform shakespeare? paul           ties, marking the                            available on the CBeebies channel and via
kicks off with pulse on June 3 – but you       roseby, artistic director of the national       50th anniversary                             page 5900 on other channels. Children’s
can watch them now on the bbc.co.uk/           youth theatre, finds out in When romeo          of the decade                                favourite characters are at the heart of
bbcthree, and leave feedback on the            met Juliet. Casting the Capulets from           that changed the                             the experience and a new carousel now
          channel’s blog.                      Coventry’s leafy suburbs and the mon-           world forever with                           greets visitors providing easy access to
                         Thursday June 3,      tagues from the inner city, paul has eight      a series of special                          games, other children’s interactive ser-
                              9pm, BBC         weeks to get them to love the bard and          documentaries.                               vices such
                               Three or        learn to act. For an exclusive look at the      mick Jagger tells us                         as karaoke
                                online now     series trailer and links to the BBC Bitesize    about his influences                         or quizzes,
                                               gCse revision pages, visit the showcase         in Jagger’s Juke-                            birthdays
                                               homepage on gateway.                            box (now available                           and star of
                                               Friday June 4, 9pm, BBC Two                     on iplayer) and Brian                        the week
                                                                                               matthew profiles the                         messages.
                                                                                               hollies.
                                                                                               Tuesday June 1, 10pm,
                                                                                               Radio 2 or on BBC
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In response to recent letters, pest                                                                                                                                   wide range of production genres.
control measures are in place in ar-                                                                                                                                     Submissions for the 2011 awards
eas of Television Centre in line with        As a woman who deals                                      women in key broadcasting positions and as role                will be invited from this October
current legislation, using profession-                                                                                                                                with a closing date of December 1.
                                             primarily in words for a                                  models in public life generally.
ally recognised suppliers. As is the                                                                                                                                  See www.focalint. org/focalawards.htm
case with buildings across the world,        living, my choice of one                                  Ceri Thomas and his team are obviously not the                 Sue Malden
we have an ongoing challenge to              in particular was careless                                demons in this debate and I regret making them                 chair, Focal International
control birds and a duty to keep the         when last week, in an                                     seem so. I love the Today programme, wake up to
building safe and pest-free.
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                                             interview, I described the
                                             producers of the Today
                                                                                                       it every morning and think the presenters all do
                                                                                                       an excellent job, male and female.
                                                                                                                                                                      Social security...
writer David Larner directly to                                                                                                                                       Last week I saw a soft top car with its
offer a walk about of TVC and to dis-        programme as ‘misogy-                                     I won’t stop saying that the BBC needs to enhance              top wide open in TVC’s Horseshoe
cuss the alleged issues, which were          nists’. It was an inflam-                                 its representation of women on screen and on air,              car park. On the back seat, on clear
not raised through 047 or the local          matory choice, based on                                   but I will certainly refrain from pointing my                  display, were a staff ID card and a
facilities management team.                  no factual evidence and it did nothing to further         finger at innocent parties in future.                          rucksack. I thought I’d report it to se-
   Regular proactive checks at TVC                                                                                                                                    curity to prevent a theft.
are carried out, but we encourage            necessary discussion about the absence of mature          Mariella Frostrup, presenter                                      I located the security office on the
staff to help by reporting issues to the                                                                                                                              TVC Star Terrace and went in. I saw
FM team. We are happy to speak with        a major part of our transmission       network programmes, and additional                                                  five security people lounging, and a
colleagues with concerns and to show       area. Now we have had our account      costs like these can make a difference   Old gold                                   woman – not in uniform – jumped
them the steps we are taking.              facility with the local ferry compa-   between doing a programme and not.       Our awards are relatively young            up shouting that I should not have
Kate Smith                                 nies withdrawn, an online booking      Neil Sackley                             (launched in 2004) when compared to        come in and that I should leave. She
customer service director, BBC Workplace   facility would be most useful from     leisure producer, Radio Solent           Prix Italia, RTS etc, so we were pleased   hounded me from their comfy room.
                                           a time consideration (I have experi-                                            to see the letter from Michael Lyons in       It’s no wonder that theft takes
                                           enced up to a 20 minutes wait for      Jilly Glenny, senior category man-       Ariel (May 11) – we felt our awards had    place at TVC when the security staff
Cross-purposes                             the telephone to be answered) and      ager, Procurement, replies: Currently    truly arrived on the big scene.            seem more interested in looking af-
There doesn’t appear to be an option       from a cost perspective.               American Express does not provide           Archives are often the hidden, un-      ter their own welfare and comfort
to book ferries online, yet booking by        I have today withdrawn a booking    an online booking service to the BBC     dervalued elements of a media organi-      than anything else.
telephone incurs an admin charge           with Amex in favour of buying direct   for ferry travel and we are consider-    sation. The Focal International Awards     Bob Prabhu
which adds around 59 percent to the        from the supplier, simply because I    ing if this is something that could be   are designed to promote the use of         TVC
cost of a journey.                         can’t justify a £10 admin charge on    introduced. The transaction fee for      archive images in the creative media,
   We make numerous crossings to           a £17 crossing. Local Radio does not   telephone bookings reflects the time     and it is encouraging to see such pro-     Ariel asked BBC Workplace for a
the Isle of Wight as the island forms      have anywhere near the budgets of      taken.                                   fessional and imaginative use being        response and is awaiting a reply
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                                                                                                                                                            ing five feet across to the other side of the news-
                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                        room in Plymouth would make. My previous job
                                                                                                                              had been as a producer at Radio Devon. No co-ordi-
                                                                            
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                                                                                                                                                                  nated outfits, perfect makeup or brushed hair re-
                                                                                                                                           quired. In the playground, I was a mum from the
                                                                                                              village with the usual traumas associated with get-
                                                                
                                                                                                                                                    ting two small children into school before work
                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                              at 9am. Suddenly I was having conversations with
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                     burly cameramen about my lipstick, hair and out-
                                                                                          

                                                                                         
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            

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘I knew I
                                                                                                                                                                                                   was
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                                                                                                                   
                                                           
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                   going to
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                                                                                                                     
                                                                 
                                                                                                 
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          

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                                                                                                                                                                                        love it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   I’ll never
                                                                                                
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                                                                                                                 
                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                   forget it’
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                                          
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                     
                                                                       
                                                                               
                                                                                                                    fits. What happened to the journalism? I could
                                                     
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                         do that!
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                                                                                                                                               I soon realised that step across the newsroom
                                                                                                                  
                                                                           was huge. Re-training the brain to think in pic-
                                                                                                                                             tures, cutting them together and telling the story
                                                                                                                   in just a minute and 30 seconds was a challenge,
                                                                                                 but the moment I saw my first piece lead the bulle-
                                                                                                  tin, I knew I was going to love it. I’ll never forget it
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                                                                                                                    either. The entire newsroom cheered as I ended my
                                                                                                                    report on breast cancer services at a local hospital.
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                                                                                                                                It was the same colleagues who helped me
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                                                                                                                                                            progress throughout my attachment. Their pa-
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                        tience and grace were invaluable, particularly
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                                      
                                                                                                                                                              when it came to the technical side of television.
                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                I am now back producing Good Morning Devon,
                                                                                                                turning up to work with that ‘just got out of the
                            
                                                                                                                       shower look’ at 5am each day. I also have three
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                                                                                                                              hours of airtime to fill with a lot fewer resourc-
                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                             es than tv, but my time at Spotlight means I have
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                                                                                                                                           a better understanding of how we can make sto-
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                             ries work for us all. Every day we lead Good Morning
                                                                                                        Devon with a strong local story. This often means
                                                                                                                         
                                       
                                                                                                                                       it runs on Spotlight breakfast bulletins and can be
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                                                                                    cross-promoted.
                                                                                                    And my secret is out in the playground now.
                                                                                             They all know I work for the BBC and often com-
                                                                                                                                         ment on what they’ve heard on the show, partic-
                                                                                                                     ularly if I’ve been outspoken about issues which
                                                                           matter to people here in Devon.
                                                                                                                 I also have to contend with regular cries of
                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Mum, you’re soooo embarrassing!’ Nothing like
                                                                                                                   an eight year-old to put things into perspective.
                                    
                                                                                                    
                                                                                           Been anywhere nice? Send your attachment
                                                                                             stories to Clare Bolt
                            
                                                       
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XenIa BorrIsova-DemIDova                                                                                                                                          foreign
BUSINESS MANAGER, OVERSEAS NEWS BUREAUX
                                                                                                                                                                             bureau
Give me a flavour of what you do   es in Ramallah and Gaza.            my mother and his mother,                               settlement. What a heroine!
I’m part of Newsgathering Ope-     Understanding cultural dif-         is an artist. My own child-                             On the more sombre side,
rations, where I concentrate       ferences is essential.              hood was nomadic. I moved                               one great grandfather was
on negotiating the commerci-       Coming from Russian cultu-          around places like Dagestan,                            sent to labour camps twice
al and legal interests of more
than 30 bureaux overseas.
                                   re, where sitting on the fence
                                   is not acceptable, I find it fas-
                                                                       Chechnya and Kabardino-Bal-
                                                                       karia – changing schools con-
                                                                                                                               as a political prisoner and
                                                                                                                               the other one was assassi-                                 JULIAN
The job can cover anything         cinating and familiar wor-          stantly or disappearing from                            nated during the ‘Doctors                                  MIgLIERINI
from co-managing a con-            king in the Middle and Near         school for months on end.                               plot’ fabricated by Stalin.
struction project in Kabul to      East. Doing business is about                                                                                                  CoRRESPoNDENT, MExICo
procuring armoured vehi-           long term relationships and         Just how prominent are the                              What brought you to the UK?
cles in the US, to looking for     not everything’s on paper.          Demidovs?                                               I came here permanently aged       even If meXIco cIty is almost as far from
new premises in Cairo, where       From Amman, I negotiated            In 1720, they were presented                            17 and studied law at the Uni-     my native Argentina as London, coming back
we currently have three of-        the future lease of our bu-         with titles and estates by Peter                        versity of London. I wanted        to Latin America after nearly five years in
fices but would prefer one.        reau in Baghdad. Next stop          the Great and given responsibi-                         to specialise in alternative       the UK felt a bit like coming home. Although
We’re a foreign organisa-          is Paris, where we’re selling       lity for running ironworks and                          dispute resolution techniqu-       Mexico City, with its population of almost
tion and we’re perceived as        our existing bureau and are         gunmakers at a time when Rus-                           es, so went on to study in-        20 million people, mad traffic, high pollu-
having lots of money, so I         preparing for the new offi-         sia was at war with Sweden.                             ternational arbitration and        tion and some rough edges is an odd place
have to tread carefully – fin-     ce to be opened by the Pre-         My ancestors commissio-                                 mediation at Queen Mary.           to call ‘home’.
ding out about local process,      sident Nicolas Sarkosi.             ned art and built houses for                                                                   But after about three months here, I am
nurturing professional con-                                            the poor. In Florence there’s                           How many languages do you          glad to say, it is – sort of. The overwhelm-
tacts, liaising with London.       But then, your background           even the church of the De-                              speak?                             ing bureaucracy makes settling in a little bit
                                   is pretty international             midovs. Best of all, one of my                          I speak French, Polish, some       more complicated. The process of renting a
So plenty of globe-trotting?       You could say that. I was           great, great uncles married                             German and Serbo-Croat, and        flat included a two-hour meeting of six peo-
At least one trip a month.         born in St Petersburg into a        Napoleon’s niece Matilda and                            specialised in contempora-         ple at a lawyers’ office (the game changer
I’m just back from the Midd-       well-established family. My         when they divorced, she be-                             ry Semitic languages at SOAS       was the fact that the landlord was a fan of
le East, finalising arran-         father is from a line of Po-        came one of the first ex-wives                          (London’s School of Orien-         Planet Earth – thanks, Sir David); to get a local
gements for new faciliti-          lish landowners. He, like           in history to win a divorce                             tal and African Studies). I can    phone, I had to put my signature to a con-
                                                                                                                               read and write Arabic and have     tract 18 times.

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                                                                                                    PHoTogRAPH: MARK BASSETT




                                                                                                                               some knowledge of Hebrew.              But in its chaotic way, the city can be
                                                                                                                                                                  charming. And it’s not only the amazing
  Education: LLB Hons Law from                                                                                                 Where did you first take your      food, the warm welcome and the more than
                                                                                                                               negotiating skills?                decent weather. I grew up believing it to be
  the University of London;                                                                                                                                                                      the mecca of Latin
                                                                                                                                                                  There are
                                                                                                                               I didn’t fancy a straightfor-
  PGDIP Intl ADR SOAS                                                                                                          ward legal career, and as l had                                   American litera-
  Career landmark: the last two                                                                                                                                                                  ture, and I haven’t
                                                                                                                                                                  thousands of
                                                                                                                               done a diploma in fine art
  years in Newsgathering have                                                                                                  while at school in Russia, I ap-                                  been disappoint-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ed. Reading The
                                                                                                                                                                  stories – from
                                                                                                                               proached Christies, the auction
  been completely fascinating                                                                                                  house. They gave me a work                                        Savage Detec-
  First job: aged 15, multi-lingual                                                                                                                                                              tives (by Roberto
                                                                                                                                                                  the quirky
                                                                                                                               placement which led to a pro-
  interpreter for Navy officials at                                                                                            per job, which, still new to the                                  Bolaño, an ‘adopt-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ed’ Mexican) while
                                                                                                                                                                  to the tragic
                                                                                                                               country, was a small miracle.
  the Cutty Sark                                                                                                               I worked in art object valua-                                     in Mexico City is
  regatta in St Petersburg.                                                                                                    tions and then in business                                        like reading Nick
                                                                                                                               development for Christies in       Hornby while living in Islington (only better).
                                                                                                                               Russia at a time when Rus-             And, more crucially to a BBC correspond-
                                                                                                                               sian art was really booming.       ent expected to file in English and Spanish,
                                                                                                                                                                  for video, radio and online as part of a pilot
                                                                                                                               How did you get from there to      project of World Service language staff con-
                                                                                                                               the BBC?                           tributing to Newsgathering, Mexico is the
                                                                                                                               Via a spell at financial news      source of thousands of stories. From the
                                                                                                                               and data company Bloom-            quirky – like the Mexico City assembly mem-
                                                                                                                               berg, looking after Russian        ber who, with the aim of fighting child obes-
                                                                                                                               and CIS clients. Bloomberg         ity, suggested banning school homework so
                                                                                                                               sells sensitive products so the    kids can do sport – to the tragic: the more
                                                                                                                               job was about due diligence        than 22,000 people killed since the govern-
                                                                                                                               and negotiation of contracts.      ment launched a military offensive against
                                                                                                                               It didn’t suit me for long but     drug cartels in late 2006.
                                                                                                                               I was exposed to state of the          This ‘drugs war’, which dominates news
                                                                                                                               art technology and the way         coverage and small talk here, is almost im-
                                                                                                                               Americans do business.             perceptible in the streets of the capital. As
                                                                                                                               I’d always been interested in      our brilliant local producer Alberto ex-
                                                                                                                               the media and then, four ye-       plained once over a 50p foam rubber map
                                                                                                                               ars ago, I spotted an adver-       of Mexico, each cartel has its clearly defined
                                                                                                                               tisement for a commercial          area of influence and the violence increases
                                                                                                                               manager in BBC Workplace.          every time one of them steps into another’s
                                                                                                                               The two years I spent in that      territory: when the fighting flares up, he
                                                                                                                               job was a great way to le-         said, it’s because they’re fighting over a key
                                                                                                                               arn how the BBC works, but         drugs route into the US.
                                                                                                                               my current role could have             The anxiety about this violence adds to
                                                                                                                               been tailor-made for me.           some intense soul-searching among Mexi-
                                                                                                                                                                  cans. This year marks 200 years since its
                                                                                                                               What do you do to relax?           independence from Spanish rule and 100
                                                                                                                               Away from work, I see fri-         years since the start of the Mexican Revolu-
                                                                                                                               ends, read, relax, swim, stu-      tion. Beyond the large-scale celebrations
                                                                                                                               dy for my MBA, do the occa-        already under way to mark those dates, Mex-
                                                                                                                               sional run and I also act as       ico is a country deciding what it is and, more
                                                                                                                               agent for my artist parents.       importantly, what it wants to be.
                                                                                                                               Interview by Cathy Loughran

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   GrouP A                    GrouP B                                                            GrouP c                        GrouP D
 SOUTH AFRICA               ARGENTINA                                                          ENGLAND                        GERMANY


 MEXICO                     NIGERIA                                                            USA                            AUSTRALIA


 URUGUAY                    KOREA REPUBLIC                                                     ALGERIA                        SERBIA


 FRANCE                     GREECE                                                             SLOVENIA                       GHANA

   GrouP E                    GrouP F                                                            GrouP G                        GrouP H
 NETHERLANDS                ITALY                                                              BRAZIL                         SPAIN


 DENMARK                    PARAGUAY                                                           KOREA DPR                      SWITZERLAND


 JAPAN                      NEW ZEALAND                                                        CÔTE D’IVOIRE                  HONDURAS


 CAMEROON                   SLOVAKIA                                                           PORTUGAL                       CHILE




  KNOCKOUT 1                                                                                                                              KNOCKOUT 3
 WINNER GROUP A                                                                                                                           WINNER GROUP B

 v 2ND PLACE B      QUARTER                                                                                      QUARTER                  v 2ND PLACE A
                    FINAL A                                                                                      FINAL C
                  WINNER KNOCKOUT 1                                                                             WINNER KNOCKOUT 3

  KNOCKOUT 2      v WINNER KNOCKOUT 2                                                                           v WINNER KNOCKOUT 4       KNOCKOUT 4
 WINNER GROUP c                                                                                                                           WINNER GROUP D

 v 2ND PLACE D                                                                                                                            v 2ND PLACE c
                                              SEMI-                THE                    SEMI-
                                              FINAL 1              FINAL                  FINAL 2
                                             WINNER OF A         WINNER OF 1             WINNER OF c

                                             v WINNER OF B       v WINNER OF 2           v WINNER OF D
  KNOCKOUT 5                                                                                                                              KNOCKOUT 7
 WINNER GROUP E                                                                                                                           WINNER GROUP E

 v 2ND PLACE F      QUARTER                                                                                      QUARTER                  v 2ND PLACE F
                    FINAL B                                                                                      FINAL D
                   WINNER KNOCKOUT 5                                                                            WINNER KNOCKOUT 7
                                                                   THIRD
  KNOCKOUT 6       v WINNER KNOCKOUT 6                             PLACE                                        v WINNER KNOCKOUT 8       KNOCKOUT 8
 WINNER GROUP G                                                  RUNNER UP 1                                                              WINNER GROUP H

 v 2ND PLACE H                                                   v RUNNER UP 2                                                            v 2ND PLACE G




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JApAn             CôtE D’ivoirE           mExiCo                pArAguAy             frAnCE                    portugAl                 sWitzErlAnD
KorEA Dpr         gHAnA                   unitED stAtEs         uruguAy              gErmAny                   sErbiA
KorEA rEpubliC    nigEriA                 ArgEntinA             nEW zEAlAnD          grEECE                    slovAKiA
AlgEriA           soutH AfriCA            brAzil                DEnmArK              itAly                     slovEniA

				
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