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									 08.06.10 week 23

                                                               The BBC Newspaper

 iN The Thick of SUcceSS
                                                                  BIG BAND WAS NEVER
                                                           LIKE THIS: BBC ORCHESTRAS
                                                               PASS THE BATON Page 4

                                                             The Thick of iT Team celebrates
                                                             with presenter Freema Agyeman,
                                                             after winning three Bafta
                                                             programme and
                                                             awards. The BBC
                                                             scooped a total of
                                                             13 prizes. Page 2

 Network and region          Touring toys help           On screen soon – the
 combine to cover            children tell their own     latest titles from BBC
 shootings Page 3            stories Page 5              films Pages 8-9

         > NEWS 2-4 INSIGHT 10 MAIL 11 JOBS 14 SHOWCASE 15 GREEN ROOM 16 <
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a                                           Think we’re review                                                                                              News bites

                                            crazy? Think again
                                                                                                                                                            raDio 4 has apologised for broad-
                                                                                                                                                            casting a play in which a character
Room 2316, White City                                                                                                                                       shouts: ‘I’ll put a bullet in your brain,’
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS                                                                                                                               the day after the Cumbria shootings.
                                                                                                                                                            ‘The Afternoon Play remained in the
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                                                                                                                                                            schedule, and with hindsight we be-
                                            by Cathy Loughran                                                                                               lieve it should not have been broad-
Candida Watson                  02-84222                                                                                                                    cast,’ said the BBC. ‘We regret any of-
Deputy Editor                               as the BBc Trust chews over public and indus-                                                                   fence caused.’ More than 60 listeners
Cathy Loughran                 02-27360     try responses to the strategy review proposals,                                                                 complained. Cumbria coverage, P3
Chief Writer                                it has launched its seventh service licence re-
Sally Hillier                   02-26877    view, to find out if Radios 3, 4 and 7 could serve                                                              the forthcomiNg run of Last Of The
Planning Manager                            licence payers better.                                                                                          Summer Wine, to be shown on BBC
Clare Bolt                      02-24622        All three networks have increased listening                                                                 One over the summer, will be the
Broadcast Journalists                       figures and their value and distinctiveness were                                                                last. Every single episode of the se-
Claire Barrett                 02-27368     strongly endorsed in Mark Thompson’s strategy                                                                   ries, which started in 1973 and is the
                                            review proposals, which suggest closer alignment                                                                world’s longest-running sitcom, has
Adam Bambury                   02-27410
                                            of Radio 4 and 7, and a rebranding of the digital                                                               been written by Roy Clarke and pro-
Lisette Johnston               02-27630
                                            station as Radio 4 Extra.                                                                                       duced and directed by Alan JW Bell.
Rumeana Jahangir               01 -43756        The trust’s latest 12-week consultation, which
AV Manager                                  closes in August – when trustees also could be                                                                  the BBc channel on YouTube attract-
Peter Roach                     02-24622    delivering their interim conclusions on the                                                                     ed 28.2 million views in May, double
Digital Design Executives                   much broader BBC-wide review – would take                                                                       the previous largest monthly total.
David Murray                   02-27380     Thompson’s proposals into account, said                    added, and five yearly service licence reviews are   The new figure was driven by the Eu-
Gary Lonergan                  02-84229     David Liddiment, who is leading the new serv-              stipulated in the BBC charter.                       rovision Song Contest, which gener-
Team Assistant                              ice licence study.                                            ‘It’s a price worth paying for the extraordi-     ated millions of views.
Graeme Allister                02-84228         ‘For instance, the rebranding of Radio 7 gets          nary privilege of having £3.4bn in public fund-
                                            only a brief mention, so we will ask what licence          ing. We make no apology for what is a right and      herB scaNNell, former president of
                                            payers think about the idea and ask management             proper process which, on outcomes to date, has       Nickelodeon Networks and most re-
 Guest contributors this week               to flesh it out.                                           proved to be constructive and positive. It’s no      cently chief executive of digital me-
                                                ‘In that sense, the service review can act as a sup-   Spanish Inquisition.’                                dia company Next New Networks,
 komla Dumor, World Service                 port to the BBC’s broader thinking,’ he told Ariel.           The new service review would also involve         has been appointed president of BBC
 presenter, looks ahead to covering             A former head of BBC tv entertainment, who             ‘extensive discussions with management’, so          Worldwide America. He takes up
 the World Cup for millions of              commissioned Pop Idol while at ITV and exec pro-           staff wishing to raise issues for consideration      the position immediately, replacing
 ticketless Africans Page 7                 duced Coronation Street, Liddiment admits that             can do so through their line managers or, as         Garth Ancier who left the role at the
                                            there may be a sense of review fatigue, given the          licence payers, via the consultation.                end of March.
 greg mckeNzie, swaps Radio 1’s             number the trust undertakes.                                  A final report will be published early next
 Newsbeat for a stint as a tv reporter          ‘There is a perception that we’re review               year, after the final strategy review conclusions,   the JuNe edition of BBC internation-
 with BBC London Page 14                    crazy, but each has a distinct purpose; they’re not        due this autumn.                                     al journal World Agenda is availa-
                                            reviews for reviews’ sake,’ he said.                          The findings of an earlier service review,        ble in 13 BBC buildings. Highlights
                                                With more than 20 services funded by a com-            into BBC One, Two, Four and the Red Button,          include a look at how World Serv-
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Region and
network join
forces to cover
killings                                                                                      Chris Stewart, North East news correspondent, filed first live tv reports from Whitehaven

Reporters and                              but it quickly became clear there was
                                           something very serious going on and
                                                                                    reporter Ben Maeder was in Egremont
                                                                                    and there were bodies on the street –
                                                                                                                                         dispatched from London, Glasgow,
                                                                                                                                         Manchester and Leeds. Extra camera
                                                                                                                                                                                     Output teams in London ran two
                                                                                                                                                                                 news specials on BBC One, from 2.15

crews moved                                we effectively went into rolling news
                                           mode. Sadly our staff are very prac-
                                                                                    he could see them, even though the
                                                                                    police at that stage weren’t saying
                                                                                                                                         crews, reporters, producers and radio
                                                                                                                                         cars were sent in. Declan Wilson, as-
                                                                                                                                                                                 to 3 in the afternoon, during which
                                                                                                                                                                                 the news came that Derrick Bird had

swiftly to                                 tised at it, because of the floods and
                                           foot and mouth.’
                                                                                    there had been fatalities there.’
                                                                                       Meanwhile the newsdesk in Televi-
                                                                                                                                         signment editor for the North of Eng-
                                                                                                                                         land bureau, came off leave to co-or-
                                                                                                                                                                                 been found dead, and a second from
                                                                                                                                                                                 7.30-8pm. The News Channel took

remote area as                                Dyson, who says one of the roles
                                           of local radio is to connect the com-
                                                                                    sion Centre was re-directing staff and
                                                                                    kit from across the country towards
                                                                                                                                         dinate the coverage on the ground.
                                                                                                                                            While the reinforcements has-
                                                                                                                                                                                 the regional programme Look North
                                                                                                                                                                                 at 6.30. News teams served all BBC

news of shooting                           munity in a crisis, sent reporters to
                                           the different villages as the scale of
                                                                                    the west coast of Cumbria. With the
                                                                                    police working at 30 different crime
                                                                                                                                         tened towards them, Colin Blane,
                                                                                                                                         Chris Stewart and locally based re-
                                                                                                                                                                                 outlets, including World Service and
                                                                                                                                                                                 BBC World, as well as affiliated sta-

spree broke                                Derrick Bird’s murderous journey be-
                                           came apparent. He said: ‘Our district
                                                                                    scenes there were a huge number of
                                                                                    locations to cover. SNG trucks were
                                                                                                                                         porters were almost continuously
                                                                                                                                         on air, updating the story as the ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                 tions from around the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Network news has now scaled back
                                                                                                                                                                                 its presence, as the nature of the sto-

                                                                                                                                         ‘In the weeks
                                                                                                                             pa photos

                                                                                                                                                                                 ry changes, and to allow the commu-
by Candida Watson                                                                                                                                                                nity the time and space to grieve.

BBC News mouNted a colossal oper-                                                                                                        ahead our                                   But as the world moves its gaze
                                                                                                                                                                                 away from Cumbria, BBC North East

                                                                                                                                         output will
ation, both locally and nationally, to                                                                                                                                           and Radio Cumbria will remain, re-
cover the story of Derrick Bird’s fatal                                                                                                                                          flecting the life of the community.
rampage through West Cumbria.                                                                                                                                                    Nigel Dyson says: ‘That is where, if
   Scotland correspondent Colin
Blane was ten miles away in Work-
                                                                                                                                         reflect the                             you like, we come through. We don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                 have the resources of the network to
ington, doing interviews for a forth-
coming Radio 4 documentary on the                                                                                                        mood of the                             cover the story as it develops, but our
                                                                                                                                                                                 role is being there for our audience.
Cumbrian floods. He told Ariel: ‘My
wife was working on the radio news                                                                                                       people of                               We will be there for the legacy, for
                                                                                                                                                                                 the aftermath.’

desk in Glasgow and she rang and
told me there’d been a shooting in                                                                                                                                               They will want answers
Whitehaven, and it sounded serious.’                                                                                                                                                The interwoven lives of a local radio
   Blane and producer Lucy Adam                                                                                                                                                  station and its audience are illustrated
abandoned their schedule and head-                                                                                                       tent of Bird’s rampage was revealed.    by the sad fact that Cumbria breakfast
ed for Whitehaven. Blane, who keeps                                                                                                      The Newcastle SNG was supplying         show presenter Mike Parr, who grew
an M4 sat-dish in the boot of his car                                                                                                    both network and local news out-        up in Seascale, was taught at nursery
at all times, was the first network cor-                                                                                                 put. Blane was working between his      school by one of Bird’s victims.
respondent on air. He was filing to 5                                                                  Cameraman                         M4 and the local Radio Cumbria stu-        Phil Roberts, head of regional and
live, the News Channel and WATO, by                                                                    Martin Jones and                  dio, as all BBC teams on the ground     local programmes, North East and
1240.                                                                                                  correspondent                     pulled together.                        Cumbria, paid tribute to the profes-
   Minutes after him Chris Stewart,                                                                    Allan Little on                      Producer Kristin Hadland from        sionalism of his staff as the story un-
senior reporter for North East TV                                                                      the scene in                      daytime tv’s Helicopter Heroes was on   folded, and said: ‘In the weeks and
news, was filing the first live pictures                                                               Whitehaven                        a routine filming assignment with       months ahead our output will reflect
from the scene. He provided live re-                                                                                                     Yorkshire air ambulance paramedics      the mood of the people of Cumbria,
ports for the News Channel, network                                                                                                      Tony Wilkes and Colin Jones when        and how they move forward after this
and regional bulletins. He had been                                                                                                      they were despatched to Egremont.       tragedy so soon after a tragic school
in the area to cover the funeral of one                                                                                                  They arrived to find two bodies cov-    bus crash and a flood that devastated
of the school children killed in a bus                                                                                                   ered by blankets.                       the region. They will want answers but
crash on the A66 the week before. An-                                                                                                       ‘It was a surreal experience,’ she   they will want to look to the future.
drew Cooper, North East TV news edi-                                                                                                     says. ‘There we were in this beauti-    We have to balance both.’
tor, said: ‘We sent Chris and his crew                                                                                                   ful place, with the sun shining, and       Helen Boaden, director of news,
and the satellite truck to Whitehaven                                                                                                    two dead people lying in the road.      said: ‘It’s just over a year since News
as quickly as possible, then sent a fur-                                                                                                 The weird thing was the quietness –     and the English Regions came togeth-
ther four reporters and crews from                                                                                                       it was eerily silent.’                  er and our collaboration on this sto-
Newcastle.’                                                                                                                                 The air ambulance crew, who do       ry demonstrates the strengths of our
                                                                                                                                         not transport people if they are be-    partnership. It would have been easy
Voice of community                                                                                                                       yond treatment, were sent on to         to speculate or sensationalise an al-
   Radio Cumbria had staff swift-                                                                                                        Gosforth, where they confirmed the      ready dramatic and awful story but we
ly in place. Editor Nigel Dyson said:                                                                                                    death of another of Bird’s victims,     avoided those traps. I was proud of the
‘The police called us within ten min-                                                                                                    shot outside a pub. They then flew      way we gave our audiences accurate
utes of the shooting in Whitehaven          Newsgathering deployment editor James Buchanan discusses logistics                           to Whitehaven to transfer a woman       information and powerful testimony
to say there was an incident, and we        with news organiser Rachel Ford and assistant Sophie Woodcock                                who had been shot and wounded to        while demonstrating respect for those
put that in the 11am news bulletin,                                                                                                      hospital in Newcastle.                  caught up in the tragedy.’
 4 News                                                                                                                                                                           a 08·06·10

                                                     Orchestral manoeuvres will
                                                     see ambitious six-city relay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PHOTOGRAPH: JON PARKER LEE
                                                    by Candida Watson

Wales mourns
                                                    tHe BBc’s perfOrmiNg groups
                                                    will be handing the conductor’s
                                                    baton round the UK on Saturday

Stuart Cable                                        June 13, in a relay of classical mu-
                                                       Radio 3 is clearing its schedule
by Lisette Johnston                                 for the Big Concert, ten hours of live
                                                    music from top to bottom of the
radiO Wales presenter Stuart Cable,                 nation. More than 400 musicians,
former drummer with the band                        across six cities, will perform work
Stereophonics, has died at the age of 40.           spanning 400 years of music.
    Host of Saturday Night Cable on the                Andrew Connolly, general man-
station since April, he was discovered              ager of the BBC Concert Orchestra,
dead at his home near Aberdare,                     said: ‘We began preparing for this
Cynon Valley in the early hours                     a year ago. Our first idea was to
of Monday morning. South Wales                      play at the Eden project, but that
Police are not treating the death as                didn’t work out so we are going to
suspicious.                                         Plymouth, where we can draw in
    Cable quit the Stereophonics in                 people from both Devon and Corn-                                                                                              The BBC Philharmonic will
2003, going on to present Cable TV                  wall.’                                                                                                                        perform the opening leg from
and Cable Rock radio shows for BBC                     The relay begins in Salford with                                                                                           Salford on Saturday June 13
Wales. He had been involved in pro-                 the BBC Philharmonic at 11.30am,
ducing a day of coverage devoted to                 moves to the BBC Symphony Or-
singer Tom Jones on his 70th birthday               chestra at Maida Vale in London,         tra. Roger Wright, Radio 3 con-           highlights including Brian Bless-        undertaken by the performing
on Monday, which was cancelled as a                 then heads to Glasgow and the            troller, said: ‘The BBC performing        ed narrating a musical re-telling of     groups with children and adults
mark of respect.                                    BBC Scottish Symphony Orches-            groups are a cornerstone of Brit-         Roald Dahl’s Three Little Pigs, and      around the UK.
    Steve Austins, editor of Radio                  tra. The BBC National Orchestra          ish musical life. I’m delighted that      the BBC Singers performing clas-            From Wednesday, footage of
Wales, paid tribute to an extraordinary             and Chorus of Wales continue the         we are providing a unique, sched-         sic choral works from the forties.       rehearsals for the Big Concert can be
man: ‘He was well loved by both col-                relay in Cardiff, before it goes to      ule busting day to put them in the        There will also be the UK premiere       seen on the Showcase page on Gate-
leagues and listeners and he will be                the BBC Concert Orchestra in Ply-        spotlight on Radio 3.’                    of a new piece by Scots composer         way.
deeply missed.’                                     mouth, then back to London for              As well as popular symphonies          Sally Beamish, played by the BBC
    Cable had formed a new band called              a BBC Singers performance in St          from composers including Sibel-           Scottish Symphony Orchestra.   
Killing for Company, who were due to                Paul’s Knightsbridge. The finale is      ius, Bartok and Korngold, the day            Non-musical output will in-           wayCMS01Live/mark_thompson_
play at Donington Park on Saturday.                 in Belfast, with the Ulster Orches-      will include some more unusual            clude a look at some of the projects     homepage/showcasing_content.aspx

                                                                                                                                    Global audience for New
Live from Preston:
Nasreen Ahmed,
event producer;
Hamel Dalal,
broadcast assistant;
Manish Pradhan,
                                                                                                                                    Orleans victims of oil spill
senior content                                                                                                                      by Sally Hillier                          ded at WWNO – the main public radio
producer; Gareth                                                                                                                                                              station in New Orleans.
Aston, senior live                                                                                                                  a WOrld Have YOur saY special                 ‘WWNO kindly offered to share its
events producer;                                                                                                                    on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico    insight and huge local knowledge,’
Nisha Nath, Blast                                                                                                                   generated a lively debate among           she explains.
trainee (with                                                                                                                       people around the globe.                      Bresnahan, who works on World
microphone); and                                                                                                                        The World Service interactive         Update, the early morning news and
Mintu Rahman,                                                                                                                       programme was broadcast on Friday         current affairs programme that is
content producer                                                                                                                    live from New Orleans, as BP was          targeted primarily at US audiences,
                                                                                                                                    trying to stop the leak, and includ-      spent her two week stint chroni-
                                                                                                                                    ed contributions from a number of         cling, in a series of broadcasts and
                                                                                                                                    guests including a coastal scientist,     blogs, how the community was

Summer Melas are here to stay
                                                                                                                                    a chef concerned about the future of      dealing with the oil slick five years
                                                                                                                                    the seafood industry, and other peo-      after Hurricane Katrina wreaked
                                                                                                                                    ple directly affected by the disaster.    havoc along the same stretch of
                                                                                                                                        As usual with the World Have Your     coast.
Overcast skies failed to dampen spirits in Preston        thrilled that this year we’ve [got] a stronger and big-                   Say format, questions and comment             She got an early idea of the im-
on Sunday when the Asian Network’s largest ever           ger Mela campaign than ever before,’ says Mark Strip-                     were invited from the audience. Re-       pact of the latest disaster when she
Summer of Melas got off to a colourful and enthu-         pel, head of music and events, Asian Network.                             sponses ranged from astonishment          arrived in the city and the taxi driver
siastic start.                                               But what of the future, given that the network is                      that BP ‘would even contemplate           who drove her from the airport told
   Fronted by Tommy Sandhu, the Preston event,            earmarked for closure as part of the strategy review?                     starting an oil well a mile below the     her: ‘It’s devastating for New Orle-
featuring performances by some of the biggest                The proposals include launching Asian Network                          surface of the ocean without the          ans. We were just getting over Kat-
names in Asian music, was the first in a series of        franchises in regional areas with high Asian popula-                      slightest inkling as to how to turn it    rina, and now this.’
BBC visits to 12 towns and cities across the UK, fin-     tions, and connecting more closely with local audi-                       off’, to indignation over the media           In one of her blogs, Bresnahan
ishing on August 8 at the London Mela, where an           ences, and Strippel says that ‘community-facing Mela                      focusing on stricken birds and fish       wrote: ‘It seems the oil spill is the
eight-hour broadcast will be complemented by a            events’ will remain important elements.                                   but not showing ‘pictures of the mil-     first thing on everyone’s lips… many
live web-stream.                                             ‘Our aim is to continue delivering these events in                     lions of [animals] that die each year     cafes and diners are showing BP’s
   Throughout the season, the centrepiece concerts        quality and across multi-platforms to the widest pos-                     so people can eat meat…this is a          live webcam feed of the spill on big
will be accompanied by a range of other activities in-    sible audience,’ he adds.                                                 case of selective outrage’.               screens. People watch intently over
cluding, for the first time, workshops for budding           Pictures and videos of the Summer of Melas are                             Friday’s broadcast was the cul-       coffee and donuts.’
djs and journalists; these will take place at the Brad-   available at                                  mination of a two week ‘experiment’           The BBC project with WWNO was
ford, Leicester, Manchester and London Melas.                In addition, tv viewers will be able to watch perform-                 which saw World Service producer/         mounted by Global News, Newshour
   ‘[We] place real importance on connecting with         ances from this year’s events on a special Red Button                     reporter Robyn Bresnahan embed-           and the Americas region.
the roots of the British-Asian audience and I’m           programme from Monday August 16 for seven days.
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Soft toys tour
helps children
learn about each
other in new
CBeebies show
by Rumeana Jahangir

Meet Mish, Mogo, Moosh and their
friend Nisha Anil – the stars of Same
Smile, the new CBeebies series that
aims to reflect the lives of little ones
across the UK.
   Targeted at the demanding au-
dience that is the country’s two to
four-year-olds, the show has visited
nurseries in all four nations, where
preschool children take the cuddly
pandas home and introduce their
lives to the characters.
   The programme’s premise sprang

                                                                A smile A dAy
from a disability and diversity work-

                                                                Above: Nisha           rectors and crew have to be quite or-
                                                                Anil with Moosh        ganic and go with the flow, and I
                                                                Mogo and Mish          think that’s allowed these special
                                                                                       moments to come shining through,’
                                                                Above right:           continues Harkins; ‘The kids haven’t
                                                                Lucy, Mish and         got lines. We’ve got an idea of what
                                                                director Lotte         they’re going to be doing on the day
                                                                take a break           but what they say is not scripted, it’s
                                                                from filming ‘My       genuinely coming from them.’
                                                                Pet’                      Having to deal with that sponta-
                                                                                       neity is tv newcomer Nisha Anil, who
                                                                Left: William and      has previously worked in theatre,
                                                                Moosh during           mime and puppetry. Harkins is full
                                                                filming for ‘I love    of praise for the presenter: ‘Nisha’s
                                                                to play’               just been so full of happiness. She’s
                                                                                       gone into every nursery, she doesn’t
shop attended by the show’s execu-         cupcakes with their kids and there’s        know what’s going to happen, but
tive producer a few years ago. ‘At the     another episode where there’s a wee         she’s just been fantastic.
end of it, the facilitator said to the     boy who plays rugby, but he’s practis-         ‘It’s been lovely to work with such
whole group, we’re all the same but        ing with his mum.’                          enthusiastic new talent.’                  Ruby and Mogo during filming for ‘My Favourite Shop’
different and that was the genesis of         Naturally, the old adage about              Although Same Smile is produced
the whole idea,’ says Sara Harkins.        never working with children and ani-        from Glasgow’s Pacific Quay, the se-          ‘I think possibly, logistically, you   different crews that we have worked
   The show also unintentionally re-       mals goes out of the window for CBee-       ries has been made in close collabo-       could say it was more complicat-          with along the way have come at
veals the diversity in current fami-       bies, whose ethos is learning through       ration with colleagues in England,         ed but it’s been fantastic,’ says Har-    it with different suggestions and
ly lifestyles. ‘We didn’t go in search-    play. And it worked to the show’s ad-       Wales and Northern Ireland.                kins. Despite the fact that keeping       thoughts and I think that’s made the
ing for a child with x, a child with y,’   vantage when the crew spotted a dog            Researchers were employed in each       everyone in the loop was considera-       project stronger.’ Different, but with
explains Harkins. ‘But actually what       bouncing on a trampoline during the         of the nations to help find young con-     bly more time-consuming, Harkins          a smile on its face.
we’re finding is, of course, dads make     filming of an episode on pets. ‘The di-     tributors and provide local context.       believes the effort was worth it. ‘The    Same Smile, CBeebies, weekdays 9am

 glastonbury archive online
  by Lisette Johnston                                  Highlights include Radiohead’s set in 1997, Pulp       saying he’s running the festival to pay off
                                                       in 1995 and a performance by Ian Dury.                 his overdraft. And we’ve mined the audio
  as glastonbury celebrates its 40th an-                   Each year features a list of that festival’s key   archive, which goes back to 1985. Andy
  niversary, a new website depicting the history       events and the musical line up. Visitors can           Kershaw’s description of the message
  of the festival and the BBC’s involvement with it    input their festival experiences and upload            wall, which people used to find each oth-
  has been launched.                                   photos.                                                er before mobile phones, is a reminder of
      Each of the 26 festivals held since 1970 has         Senior content producer Tim Clarke says            how technology changes culture.’
  its own webpage on Glastonbury – Established         now is the ideal time to launch the site: ‘It is the      Alongside the historic broadcasts are
  1970, which showcase the BBC’s presence in           40th anniversary, so there’s a lot of work in tv       video interviews with 6 Music present-
  Pilton, Somerset.                                    and radio around the history and it made per-          ers recalling their favourite Glastonbury
      Visitors to the site, which was unveiled on      fect sense to join up these activities.’               moments. The station is clearing its
  Monday, can access BBC archive footage of                ‘We also have new technical systems, like          schedule this summer to offer 40 hours
  interviews with founder Michael Eavis, Radio 1       iBroadcast, which allow us to future proof and         of continuous coverage of the festival,
  coverage from 1985 to 1997 and BBC Two pro-          easily reuse the video we upload. We’ve got            with headliners including Muse, Orbital
  grammes spanning the past decade.                    really early stuff from 1970 with Michael Eavis        and Stevie Wonder.
6 Features                                                                                                                                                             a 08·06·10

                        Heat is on but energy
                    BILLuse is down in the Den
                                                   Everyone knows

                                                                                                                                                                                                      photographs: mark BassEtt
How open                                           that dragons are
                                                   green; now, as
can an                                             Lisette Johnston
app be?                                            has been finding
                                                   out, the BBC is
The Technology world is currently wit-
nessing one of those near-religious dis-           making sure their
putes about the nature of the one true
online way that seem to break out every five       den is green too
years or so.
   this time it’s whether the trend for
content providers and developers to offer          The laTesT series of the popular
small self-contained programmes called             entrepreneurial programme Drag-
‘apps’ – instead of web pages – will dam-          ons’ Den is using pioneering tech-
age the growth of the open internet.               nology to make the production
   most commonly found on smartphones              more environmentally friendly
and devices like apple’s ipad, now publish-        and to cut energy use.
ers, games developers and even the BBC                The ‘greening’ of the Den in-
are rushing to develop them.                       cludes a new set floor made from
   some people don’t like apps because             sustainable wood, tapeless record-
apple insists on approving anything dis-           ing and trials of rechargeable bat-
tributed through the itunes store and              teries. And, in what is believed to
seems to apply a set of constantly chang-          be a television first, a solar-pow-
ing and arbitrary rules, although there are        ered electricity generator sup-
no such constraints on apps designed for           plied energy for the key lights
non-apple systems such as google’s                 which illuminated the dragons on
android.                                           camera. Usually reserved for out-
   a more serious concern is that apps             door events, the solar panels were
are outside the web, cannot be linked to           erected on a trailer in the car park
or referenced like web pages, and do not           at Pinewood Studios during a day         Daniel Spencer,
use web standards to deliver content or            of filming last week.                    Andy Meade from
services. the result of their widespread              The programme team also               Firefly (generator
adoption, it is feared, will be islands of un-     plans to trial low energy lighting       suppliers)
linkable data and the fragmentation of the         as the final block of filming be-        Charles Sim-
emerging web-based universe of data.               gins, which will be used for next        monds and Sam
   although it sounds like an arcane sub-          year’s series if it proves success-      Lewens
ject that will interest only sandal-wearing        ful.
geeks, this one could have a significant im-          The man behind the project is
pact on the online strategies of broadcast-        Charles Simmonds of the BBC En-
ers like the BBC, because an app-shaped            vironment team, who specialises
world is different from a web-based one.           in sustainable productions.
   television relies on internationally               ‘I went to the Dragons’ Den team
agreed standards and is not therefore con-         and they were very enthusiastic.’
trolled by one broadcaster or company.             he says. ‘We are just trying things
But it has historically been a closed sys-         out with programmes so we need
tem, with specialised hardware designed            people who are really behind the       in budget, there’s no real reason    how we work,’ says Lewens. ‘For      use around 850 tapes, so as well
to encode and decode signals that make             concept because we are experi-         not to do it.’                       a start it meant the crews are       as saving on all that plastic they
exclusive use of their broadcast medium,           menting.                                  One particular challenge for      working for longer because they      are also saving production time
rather like an app with very limited func-            ‘Ultimately, there are cost sav-    the team has been going tapeless     don’t have the natural breaks        because the tapes no longer have
tionality and no real user interface.              ings to be made, especially with       – despite trials during the past     they would if they were chang-       to be ingested – a time consum-
   the advent of digital television allows         things like rechargeable batter-       two series, tapes were still being   ing tapes.’                          ing process.
systems like iplayer and 4oD to treat a pro-       ies, and generally if you are mak-     used as back-up until this pro-         However, he points out that in        The Dragons’ Den team have
gramme as simply another file type to be           ing environmental savings you          duction run.                         the course of a series of Dragons’   been happy to be guinea pigs for
moved around the internet for download             are also making cost savings. The         ‘It meant a real change to        Den, the production team would       the new ideas, and are delighted
or streaming, but leaves open the question         priority is to achieve the same re-                                                                              to share their experience. Staff
of whether it should be wrapped up in a            sults and not compromise on the                                                               The Dragons        from other programmes have
website, as it is for the iplayer on the desk-     quality of content and I think they                                                           and floor man-     been to see the new ways of work-
top and even on the mobile phone, or as a          have done that – it’s the same                                                                ager Dave Allen    ing. Lewens says: ‘I feel there is
standalone app.                                    programme and people at home                                                                  on the set with    a responsibility for the bigger
   today the BBC works hard to ensure that         won’t see a difference.’                                                                      its sustainable    brands to try things out for oth-
online content conforms to open standards             His sentiments are echoed by                                                               wood floor         er programmes, and whatever we
because it is the best way to ensure com-          Sam Lewens, executive produc-                                                                                    can do to help other productions
patibility across platforms and a pathway          er for Dragons’ Den, who describes                                                                               is very important.’
for future development. I suspect that web-        the move as ‘common sense.’                                                                                           Elsewhere in the BBC the En-
based thinking will get us nearer to a solu-            ‘It was a very exciting day                                                                                 vironment team is trialling three
tion than app-based thinking, no matter            when we used solar power and                                                                                     types of low energy lighting in the
how cool things look on my shiny new ipad.         the experience has been excel-                                                                                   Birmingham Mailbox, and look-
            Bill thompson is a technology writer   lent,’ he says. ‘If the technolo-                                                                                ing for ways to make other pro-
                                                   gy works and you can do it with-                                                                                 ductions greener.
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   It’s an event of two halves
   Presenter Komla Dumor on
   reporting the World Cup for
   millions of ticketless Africans
   This has been billed as Africa’s              on Nigerians, and so on – unless, of
   World Cup, and it’s hard to escape            course, they play one another.
   the notion that the whole continent               As to South Africa herself, there
   somehow owns the tournament.                  is the inevitable talk about this
   But while there is undeniably a pan-          tournament marking the end of the
   African spirit in the air, it is easy to      country’s journey from the dark
   overplay this aspect of the 2010              days of Apartheid. Certainly, people
   event. In reality, this is FIFA’s and the     are drawing comparisons with the
   South African football authorities’           Mandela Springboks moment, when
   World Cup, and the other African              a mostly white South Africa team
   federations have had very limited             lifted the Rugby World Cup. But it is
   involvement.                                  easy to forget that this tournament
       First time visitors to South Africa       is really about football. After the
   may be struck by how much the                 winning nation lifts the trophy and
   country has in common with Europe,            the whole circus moves on, it’s un-
   and there’s no question that the              likely to leave a long term economic      Prime spot:
   tournament will force many people             benefit for the country’s major-          Komla Dumor in
   around the world to re-examine                ity. For many of South Africa’s poor,     Durban’s Moses
   their prejudices about the conti-             mostly black, citizens the fact that      Mahdiba stadium
   nent. But there is also a sense that          they are hosting the World Cup is
   African fans, up there with the most
   passionate in the world, may feel                                                      ising committee CEO Danny Jordan,        crime rate is alarming, but the se-     the occasion. It will certainly add a
   remote from the action. The US$80             It’s easy to forget                      neither of whom had any doubts           curity minister has been at pains to    Cinderella story to the tournament
   match tickets and the cost of air                                                      that the country is ready. In terms of   reassure the world that people will     if that happens, and I’d be thrilled to
   travel and hotels will price many             this tournament                          infrastructure, the country has built    be safe. Probably the best advice       see one of them in the final stages.
   Africans out of direct participation.                                                  some of the most beautiful stadia        for anyone going to the tourna-             I’ll be based in Soweto for most
   Ironically, for the majority of Afri-         is about football                        I have ever seen. I have been lucky      ment is to avoid doing anything you     of my coverage. I’ll take in a game or
   cans Africa’s World Cup will be much                                                   enough to watch the FA Cup Final         wouldn’t do in your home city.          two, meet up with some old friends
   like previous tournaments, experi-                                                     from a private box at Wembley, and          And the chances of an African        and hopefully make some new ones.
   enced primarily via radio and tv.             exciting, but it will have only a lim-   the boxes at Moses Mahdiba stadium       winner? It would be fantastic to see    Wish me luck!
       One thing that is distinctive about       ited impact on their lives. As to the    in Durban are just as classy, if not     an African team do well, and Euro-
   African football is the cross-border          state of race relations, we will have    better. Likewise, the new King Shaka     pean fans will be familiar with stars
   solidarity. It is hard to imagine a fan       to wait and see.                         airport in Durban is impressive. But I   such as Didier Drogba and Samuel        Komla Dumor and Ros Atkins will
   from England supporting Germany                  Nevertheless, World Cup 2010 is       have heard more than one complaint       Eto’o. Of the African teams, Ivory      present The World Today on World
   in a match against, say, Mexico, but          a fantastic PR opportunity for South     about the cost of accommodation,         Coast are favourite to progress to      Service from Soweto during the
   you can be sure that Ghanaians will           Africa. I recently met FIFA general      and security is also an issue. There     the next round, but Ghana, Cam-         World Cup. Komla will also report
   back Ivorians, Senegalese will cheer          secretary Jerome Valke, and organ-       is no denying that South Africa’s        eroon or Nigeria also may rise to       for BBC World News.

Speedy rollout is good way to score with viewers
A few sharp moves mean half the
                                                                                                                                                                             in time for the final week of Wimble-
                                                                                                                                                                             don. ‘Everyone was saying, ‘Oh it’s

UK population can watch in HD on
                                                                                                                                                                             wonderful – you can see who is hav-
                                                                                                                                                                             ing lemonade or orangeade,’ remem-

terrestrial tv without subscription
                                                                                                                                                                             bers then controller of BBC Two Dav-
                                                                                                                                                                             id Attenborough.
                                                                                                                                                                                But competition of a different kind
by Adam Bambury                                figure is twice what it would have                                                                                            provided an ulterior motive for the
                                               been had the BBC not decided to                                                                                               date, which was originally planned
Big sporTing events and new tv                 accelerate the planned roll-out of                                                                                            for December that year. When the
technology make natural bedfellows.            new digital transmitters so that a                                                                                            BBC learned that France was going
What better time to sell your shiny            greater proportion of the country                                                                                             to introduce colour tv in the autumn
new boxes and establish a new for-             could access Freeview HD in time for                                                                                                with a satellite transmission
mat as a viable market force than              the tournament. Provided, of course,                                                                                                 of the Revolution Day Parade
amid the collective euphoria of inter-         they buy a dedicated Freeview HD re-                                                                                                 from Moscow, they quickly
national competition? Otherwise reti-          ceiver and have an HD-ready tv.                                                                                                      changed schedule to beat the
cent consumers, suddenly conscious                Not to be outdone, that much-                                                                                                     rest of Europe to broadcasting
of how much time they will be spend-           vaunted format of the future, 3D tv,                                                                                                 the first regular colour trans-
ing in front of the screen, will dig deep      is also being showcased at the tour-                                                                                                 missions.
into their pockets in search of living         nament. FIFA and Sony have plans                                                                                                        The introduction of Freeview
room based sporting nirvana – particu-         to film 25 matches in 3D, though                                                                                                     HD might not have had quite
larly if they’re having their mates over.      these will only be seen by viewers in                                                                                             the same impact on our continen-
   This World Cup the trend contin-            the UK at ‘selected cinemas and enter-                                                                                        tal neighbours, but for football fans
ues. Half the UK population is now             tainment venues’.                                                                                                             unwilling to put up a satellite dish it
able to watch it in high definition on            Even colour television was first in-                                                                                       could prove to be a game-changing
terrestrial tv with no subscription. The       troduced by the BBC on July 1 1967                                                                                            development.
 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9

to a screen
near you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Left: Om Puri
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with his roots in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    West is West;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Right: gemma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arterton as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tamara Drewe,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mayhem in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    writers’ retreat

Whether they’re big at the box office, the talk of                                                                               for the first time. ‘His adaptation was
                                                                                                                                 so confident, and he was so clear on
                                                                                                                                                                             WE nEED tO tALk
                                                                                                                                                                             AbOut kEvin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      after a break of several years. ‘It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      great to get her back out there – she’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the ultimate taboo – did she ever love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                her son?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         day’s best-selling novel, it has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         adapted by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ter – and the terrible secret that he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is hiding.

Cannes, Oscar contenders or tv favourites, BBC Films                                                                             what he wanted to achieve, we felt he
                                                                                                                                 was the right person to direct. We’re
                                                                                                                                                                             Who’s in it: Tilda Swinton, John C
                                                                                                                                                                             Reilly and Ezra Miller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a wonderful auteur,’ Langan judges.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BBC Films’ involvement: Developed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ready or not: Currently shooting         Millionaire). Oscar-nominated Lasse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hallstrom is directing and Paul Web-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘No single film adaptation since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Orson Wells seems to have nailed

keep hitting the spot. Claire Barrett looks ahead to a                                                                           very much in the business of sup-
                                                                                                                                 porting and nurturing new British
                                                                                                                                                                             Who’s behind it: Adapted by Lynne
                                                                                                                                                                             Ramsay and Rory Kinnear from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this one from scratch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What’s the story: Just before he turns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SALMOn FiShing in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thE YEMEn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ster is producing for Kudos Pictures.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         BBC Films’ involvement: Developers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   this evergreen novel,’ says Langan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘We are trying to achieve a seminal

new slate of titles for which expectations are just as high                                                                       talent,’ points out Langan. It’s pro-
                                                                                                                                   duced by Paul Webster.
                                                                                                                                                                             Lionel Shriver bestseller, the film is
                                                                                                                                                                             produced by Jennifer Fox, Luc Roeg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      16, Kevin embarks on a horrific ram-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      page at his school. Swinton is his tor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who’s in it: Ewan McGregor, Emily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blunt, Kristin Scott-Thomas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         What’s the story: It’s a romantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         comedy around a bizarre scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   adaptation for this generation and
                                                                                                                                   BBC Films’ involvement: Co-pro-           and Bob Salerno. Ramsay also directs     mented mother, forced to confront         Who’s behind it: Based on Paul Tor-      to take fresh water salmon to the         Ready or not: It’s just wrapped, after
                                                                                                                                    ducers.                                                                                                                                                              desert. The protagonist, fisheries sci-   a shoot in Derbyshire and Yorkshire.
tAMARA DREWE                               reinvents herself as a smouldering         to hire and I loved the sound of the          What’s the story: Brighton Rock                                                                                                                                      entist Dr Alfred Jones, finds himself     It will be out next year.
Who’s in it: Gemma Arterton, Luke          femme fatale in a rural idyll. ‘Tama-      project.’                                     charts the fall of a disadvantaged                                                                                                                                   pursuing an agenda against his will.
Evans, Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam         ra is the catalyst, kicking up a storm     What’s the story: It’s about a group           teenager with a religious death                                                                                                                                     ‘But it’s a bigger story,’ argues Lan-    FiRSt gRADER
and Tamsin Greig                           of envy and sexual tension wherever        of women who worked for Ford at its             wish, and the love story between                                                                                                                                   gan, ‘about hopes, dreams and swim-       Who’s in it: Naomie Harris and Oliv-
Who’s behind it: Adapted by Moira          she goes,’ says Langan. ‘It’s a bit like   Dagenham plant in the late sixties              him and an innocent young wait-                                                                                                                                    ming against the tide.’                   er Litondo
Buffini from Posy Simmonds’s graph-        a French comedy, which may be why          and who, with the help of Labour MP              ress.                                                                                                                                                             Ready or not: About to start shoot-       Who’s behind it: Directed by Justin
ic novel and directed by Stephen           it performed so strongly in Cannes.        Barbara Castle, fought for equal pay.             Ready or not: In post produc-                                                                                                                                    ing, after many pre-sales in Cannes.      Chadwick, following his debut film
Frears. A Ruby Films production, pro-      It has definite art house appeal, but      ‘There were only 187 of them among                tion, cinema release in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                              The Other Boleyn Girl. Produced by
duced by Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits        with a wide release this autumn,           50,000 male employees,’ says Langan.                                                                                                                                                                               JAnE EYRE                                 Richard Harding, Sam Feure and Dav-
and Tracey Seaward.                        we’re hoping it will resonate with a       ‘There’s a bit of the mouse that roared       WESt iS WESt                                                                                                                                                         Who’s in it: Mia Wasikowska (Al-          id M Thompson. Ann Peacock, who
BBC Films’ involvement: ‘We de-            mainstream audience.’                      story about their enfranchisement.          Who’s in it: Om Puri, Linda Bassett,                                                                                                                                   ice in Wonderland), Michael Fass-         adapted The Chronicles Of Narnia:
veloped it from scratch with Ruby          Ready or not: World premiere at            They weren’t particularly political or     Aqib Khan                                                                                                                                                               bender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sal-      The Lion, The Witch And The Ward-
Films,’ says Christine Langan, crea-       Cannes, in cinemas from September.         educated, but they found their voice       Who’s behind it: Written by Ayub                                                                                                                                        ly Hawkins                                robe, has written the screenplay.
tive director. ‘It’s a true grass roots                                               to overturn a timeworn hypocrisy.          Khan Din as a follow up to his success-                                                                                                                                 Who’s behind it: Adapted by Moira         BBC Films’ involvement: Developers.
development that just wouldn’t             MADE in DAgEnhAM                              ‘It’s a very mainstream film so         ful East is East. Directed by first timer                                                                                                                               Buffini – who also adapted Tamara         What’s the story: A charming story
have been made without our involve-        Who’s in it: Sally Hawkins, Bob            we’re hoping for a big release,’ asserts   Andy de Emmony, it’s produced by                                                                                                                                        Drewe – from the Charlotte Brontë         of an 84-year-old Mau Mau veteran
ment. We optioned the graphic nov-         Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geral-        Langan. ‘It’s a very British story.’       Leslee Udwin and Assasin Films.                                                                                                                                         novel, it’s directed by Cary Fukuna-      who demands the right to an educa-
el, which was also a Guardian strip,       dine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea          Ready or not: It’s out in October.         BBC Films’ involvement: Co-produc-                                                                                                                                      ga. Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits are     tion by turning up to an elementary
and were involved in choosing the          Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Kenneth                                                     ers.                                                                                                                                                                    producing.                                school.
writer. I was very keen to work with       Cranham and Jaime Winstone                 bRightOn ROck                              What’s the story: It takes place five                                                                                                                                   BBC Films’ involvement: Developers.       Ready or not: In post production.
Stephen again following The Queen          Who’s behind it: A dramatisation of        Who’s in it: Sam Riley, Andrea Rise-       years on from East is East. Youngest                                                                                                                                    What’s the story: Jane Eyre
and felt this material would be per-       a true story, it was written by Bil-       borough, Helen Mirren, John Hurt,          son Sajid, now 15 and a trying teen-                                                                                                                                    (Wasikowska),       flees   Thornfield    Next month BBC Films launches on
fect for him.’                             ly Ivory, directed by Nigel Cole (Cal-     Nonso Anozie, Phil Davies, Andy            ager, is taken to Pakistan by father                                                                                                                                    House, where she works as a govern-       BBC Two with the UK tv premieres of
What’s the story: An ensemble piece,       endar Girls) and produced by Eliza-        Serkis                                     George to ‘sort him out’. It turns into                                                                                                                                 ess for wealthy Edward Rochester          The Damned United; Is Anybody There?
it’s set in a writers’ retreat in Dorset   beth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley at        Who’s behind it: Adapted from              a coming of age story for both father                                                                                                                                   (Fassbender). As Jane reflects upon       with Michael Caine; and thriller East-
and is loosely based on Far From the       Number 9 Films.                            Graham Greene’s 1939 novel by              and son, and reflects on the feeling of                                                                                                                                 her past and recovers her natural cu-     ern Promises set in the deadly world
Madding Crowd. ‘It’s a comic riff on       BBC Films’ involvement: ‘We came           Rowan Joffe, who also directs              not really belonging. ‘It’s very funny                                                                                                                                  riosity, she will return to Mr Roches-    of the Russian mafia. BBC Two will
Thomas Hardy’s classic novel,’ says        on board a bit later for this one,’                                                   and very moving with universal ap-                                                                                                                                                                                become the principal home for BBC
Langan. Darkly funny, it’s the sto-        says Langan. ‘The producers came to        > tilda Swinton plays the                  peal,’ Langan reflects.                                                                                                                                                 < Fighting for equal pay for women        Films as part of its strategy to bring
ry of a once shy, ugly teenager who        me for advice about which director         mother of a murderer                       Ready or not: In post-production.                                                                                                                                       in Made in Dagenham                       more quality drama to the channel.
 10 Insight                                                                                                                                                                                   a 08·06·10

    Get real, but never (ever)

                                                                                                                                                    phoToGrAph: ANNA GorDoN
                                                                                                                                                                              Live for the
    get down with the kids                                                                                                                                                    moment
                                                                                                                                                                              ‘DOES THE BBC TAKE itself too seriously?’ A
                                                                                                                                                                              question for Jana Bennett from 18 year-old
                                                                                                                                                                              Amy-Louise, who also thought BBC news-
                                                                                                                                                                              readers were ‘boring, but in a good way’.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The director of Vision agreed there was
                                                                                                                                                                              a need for a bit of a health check, given the
                                                                                                                                                                              volume of necessarily serious, trustworthy
                                                                                                                                                                              factual output: ‘We need to keep check-
                                                                                                                                                                              ing whether we have enough of a sense of
                                                                                                                                                                              humour about life in general,’ she told an
                                                                                                                                                                              audience of insiders and in-house and indie
                                                                                                                                                                              programme makers.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The pacy Q&A came at the end of a day-
                                                                                                                                                                              long blitz of Live Insight feedback, meetings
                                                                                                                                                                              with producers, ideas bashing and content
                                                                                                                                                                              creation by insiders for the project’s website.
                                                                                                                                                                              Bennett joined Danny Cohen, factual series
                                                                                                                                                                              producer Sarah Waldron and three scarily
                                                                                                                                                                              articulate 16-24s on the panel. Will, 21, want-
                                                                                                                                                                              ed to know: ‘Why can’t BBC Three reflect a full
                                                                                                                                                                              commitment to youth in the way E4 does?’
                                                                                                                                                                                 Because of its broad public service ob-
                                                                                                                                                                              ligations, said the controller. And while
                              BBC Three is taking a novel                                                                                                                     16-24s were the ‘heartland’ audience,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Three’s remit was to
                              inside track to find out what                                                                                                                                             serve 16-34s.
                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Don’t                        ‘E4 is more firmly
                              16-24s really want to watch.                                                                                                                                              targeted and can fo-
                                                                                                                                                                              dilute                    cus on big US shows,
                              Cathy Loughran reports                                                                                                                                                    while 70 percent of
                                                                                                                                                                              factual                   our content has to
What does ‘fame’ mean to you? BBC Three insiders Kate Woollen and Brenden Westhoff record their thoughts for Live Insight                                                                               be UK-made…We’re
                                                                                                                                                                              with C-list               also restricted in
THEY HATE ANYTHING that                                                                                                                                                                                 certain things by
                                                                                                                                                                              celebs’ –
                                     more than current trends – and      el of 50 16-24s was recruited by     Young Butcher of the Year and its
smacks of fakery, being patron-      find what unified that audience,    specialist agency Live Futures       latest series on obesity, Fat and                                                         money, so we focus
ised and overtly targeted be-        rather than what divided it.’       to feed deeper responses, in var-    Fatter, have all benefited from in-                                                       on live music events
cause of their age. Mostly, they        The result has been a sophis-    ious media, into the project’s       sider input.                                                    WAQASS, 22                like Glastonbury…and
hate ill-informed programme          ticated three-pronged approach      website. Subjects range from pol-       If anything, there had been                                                            concerts like Jay-z,
makers trying to get down with       – devised by the Vision audienc-    itics and humour (Jimmy Carr is      a steer to stay away from more                                  because they get more viewers than music
the kids: think ‘Dad at the disco’   es team – that has already paid     the most name-checked comedi-        ‘fat programmes’, says senior                                   show formats.’
on the cringeometer.                 dividends for Danny Cohen’s         an), to hopes and dreams (finan-     development producer Harri-                                        Daniel, 19, was a BBC fan: ‘But how do you
    BBC Three’s meaty audience       channel, although the insights      cial security is crucial to future   et Chalk, part of the prodigious                                show that you understand and value us in
research project Live Insight also   are applicable and available to     happiness) and taboos (racism        BBC Three development team                                      the programmes you make?’
reinforces comedy as a preferred     other BBC channels, as well as      and talking to parents about sex     under Dominic Bird.                                                Sarah Waldron: ‘By not giving content
route into almost any genre, for     to indies.                          topped the list).                       ‘But we found the insiders to                                an agenda, not telling you what to think
16-24s. Target viewers love per-        First, a survey of 1000 16-24        The panellists, or ‘insiders’    be more outspoken and opin-                                     about a subject – tackling subjects that are
sonal stories that relate to them,   years olds produced eight uni-      as they’re known, also regularly     ionated on fat than any other                                   hard to watch via accessible, contemporary
presenters with passion, integri-                                                                             subject. Together with our own                                  stories,’ said the producer of BBC Three’s
ty and experience – and general-                                                                              thinking, this spurred us on to                                 Women, Weddings, War and Me.
ly, they’d rather the BBC played                                                                              develop and pitch a show we                                        Did the age of the programme commis-
to its traditional strengths than                                                                             were passionate about.’                                         sioners affect tone, asked BBC Learning
invaded too much of their own                                                                                    Other programme makers                                       producer Louise Smith. ‘Inevitably,’ said
territory: ‘You’re the BBC, why                                                                               who’ve used Live Insight say it                                 panellist Daniel, ‘and it’s tricky not to pat-
do you want to come into my                                                                                   has helped reinforce their ide-                                 ronise. The more informal and colloquial the
mobile phone?’                                                                                                as as well as surprise them, and                                better,’ he recommended.
    It is hard to recall a time                                                                               save time on going down blind                                      Insiders were critical of a one-track
when the BBC wasn’t, or at least                                                                              alleys.                                                         ‘hoodie’, ‘binge-drinking’ image of them-
wasn’t being accused of, pursu-                                                                                  ‘I have been engaging with a                                 selves in the media: what message did BBC
ing that Holy Grail of audienc-                                                                               generation and have been fasci-                                 Three’s Young, Dumb and Living off Mum give
es, ‘the young’. Justin Bairami-                                                                              nated by their responses,’ said                                 out? Cohen argued that his channel pre-
an, Vision’s head of audiences,                                                                               an enthusiastic Nick Astor, com-                                sented some ‘amazing’ young people too:
commissioned Live Insight for                                                                                 edy production executive.                                       ‘We try very hard to show lives in a positive
Three in 2007 because there was                                                                                  Chalk adds a note of caution:                                light. Being under age and pregnant might
a feeling that 16-24s were a bit     Presenter Kirsten O’Brien fields questions between Sarah Waldron,        ‘You often have to take what in-                                be a tough situation, but not everyone’s an
scary for in-house producers,        Jana Bennett, Danny Cohen and pink T-shirted ‘insiders’                  siders say with a pinch of salt.                                idiot, they’re not all awful people.’
who weren’t winning as many                                                                                   The ideas they hate can be just                                    The audience wish list ranged from a Cul-
BBC Three commissions as they        versal themes, aimed at provid-     meet with programme makers           as useful as the ideas they love.                               ture Show/Buzzcocks hybrid a to a Wife Swap-
ought to have been.                  ing a starting point and a filter   to talk about ideas within gen-      Sometimes they spend a long                                     style role reversal involving parents and
    ‘We tended to view that age      for programme ideas.                res. Guidelines for drama, news,     time talking in detail about a                                  children and a 16-24s only chat show.
range in terms of tribes, not as        They include the tensions be-    entertainment, comedy, factual       show they ‘hate’, but clearly                                      Despite common themes like worrying
a whole,’ says Ally Castle, audi-    tween young people’s principles     and multiplatform have result-       watch. Apathy is the worst reac-                                (but not too much) about student debt and
ence planner in entertainment        and the rules of the adult world;   ed, with authenticity the clear      tion…’                                                          job prospects, the insiders gathered at Lon-
development, who co-manages          having ‘serious fun’; an uncom-     priority from the audience.          A new online ‘one-stop shop’ for                                don’s Media Centre were largely optimistic.
Live Insight with BBC Three re-      promising ‘all or nothing’ view        ‘Insiders are not the tradi-      research into young audiences,                                     Danny Cohen cut to the chase: ‘What is
search manager Alice Kaphan.         of life in black and white; con-    tional focus group. We get to        encompassing Live Insight for                                   the single most important thing in life to
    ‘So we looked for something      trol over their own image, and      look into the whites of their        Three, plus extra youth-focused                                 you?’ ‘Living for the moment,’ came a spon-
different to inspire producers to    who’s watching, on Facebook         eyes, explore ideas and look for     research and commentary                                         taneous reply, widely endorsed. Did it really
get under the skin of the under      and elsewhere.                      stories,’ Castle says.               launches this week at                                           take a research project to discover that?
25s – to understand a mindset,          Next a representative pan-          The channel’s Born Survivors,

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Anthony Rose, the man behind the
                                               Suddenly, though, we’ve been giv-
                                           en a load of ‘own brand’ wipes which
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                                                                                                                                                                         for her outstanding work on Garden-
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new iPlayer, says it is ‘for every         don’t promise to protect against any                                                                was a presenter on            Jean spent most of her working
licence payer’ (Ariel June 1). BBC serv-   particular virus – simply labelled                                                                  the Talkabout arts        life at the BBC in Birmingham, main-
ices are not just for licence payers;      ‘The Bactericidal Range’.                peter wheeler                                              programme for 12          ly assisting Barrie Edgar on Songs of
they are paid for by licence payers,           Are they as good, or are we          Veteran BBC broadcaster Peter                              years and Plain Sail-     Praise, Carols from King’s College
but that is not the same.                  deemed to be less at risk now?           Wheeler has died of a heart attack at                      ing for five.             Cambridge, circus, sport, drama and
   In a similar way, the NHS is not        Kevin Stanley                            the age of 75.                              He was the anchorman for Radio           Come Dancing.
just for tax payers. It is especially      bj, Radio Nottingham                        Peter began his broadcasting          4 North Sports Spotlight for more than          Jean was a true and generous
wrong to say this about the iPlayer                                                 career in BBC junior radio drama         a decade and a newsreader for Ra-           friend to many. She gave a wonderful
because you don’t need a licence to                                                 as a young teenager and went on to       dio 4 North News, while his work for        party to celebrate her 80th birthday
watch (non-live) programmes on it.         Share your suspicions                    host Call My Bluff and Come Dancing.     Radio 2 included presenting Music           – surrounded by colleagues recalling
John Fletcher                              We understand that Bob Prahbu               He was also the chairman for          Through Midnight.                           live broadcasts from the days when
senior technologist R&D                    entered the Security Control Room        Crossword on Two, acted in a number         He later hosted his own breakfast        the BBC was known as ‘Aunty’.
                                           through a door marked ‘No Entry’         of BBC sitcoms with contemporaries       show on Radio Manchester for six                Many former colleagues who tel-
Anthony Rose replies: The BBC is           (June 1). Upon entry he was asked to     such as Ken Dodd, Les Dawson and         years and, more recently, worked in         ephoned after her death have said
paid for by the licence fee, and my        use the alternative entry point but      Peter Sallis, and was the main pre-      the commercial and corporate sector,        that they ‘owed everything they
line was simply reflecting the iPlayer     decided to leave the area.               senter of BBC Two’s Executive Business   providing media training and guid-          knew to Jean’.
team’s contribution to the BBC’s out-         Mr Prahbu spoke immediately to        Channel for seven years, as well as TV   ance for clients around the world.              She spent the last few days of her
put – I had not intended it to read to     another security officer who was pa-     Sports Round-up.                            He leaves a wife, Pat, four chil-        life bravely coping with pain. One
mean that either the BBC or iPlayer        trolling the colonnade and raised his       His work for ITV, and in particu-     dren and nine grandchildren.                of Jean’s favourite programmes, the
was for licence fee payers only. Or, in    concerns about the vehicle. The offic-   lar Granada, made him familiar in           Anyone who wishes to leave a             Radio 4 Daily Service, was played for
logical terms, my line ‘an iPlayer for     er advised that security were already    the north west as a newscaster and       message of condolence can do so at          her in the hospital ward; and in the
every licence fee payer’ does not im-      dealing with the matter and had          interviewer, and he was notable for             afternoon a cd of hymns sung by The
ply that iPlayer is not also available     made contact with the vehicle owner.     a 30-year stint on What The Papers Say                               Chris Wheeler   Priests. Jean’s impeccable timing
to non-licence-fee payers.                    It’s important that staff are vigi-   – a show he described as ‘the fastest                                                never left her – after working on so
                                           lant and report incidents, as Mr         ride on the fairground’ – 850 edi-                                                   many programmes accurately timed
                                           Prahbu did. The security and safety      tions as a narrator on Crown Court,      jean laughton                               to the last second or bar of music –
Come clean                                 of staff and visitors is our priority    and regular voiceover work on popu-      Go lovely rose.. There are not many         she quietly died on the final note of
When swine flu was in the headlines        and we encourage staff to report any-    lar programmes like All Our Yesterdays   people who hold the honour of hav-          Be Still My Soul.
our office was suddenly issued with        thing suspicious using the emergen-      and World in Action.                     ing a rose named after them. The                Jean was a woman of unlimited
supplies of HBV telephone wipes, to        cy number – ext 666 at TV Centre.           Peter’s voice was also regular-       Jean Laughton Rose was grown espe-          kindness and integrity – as lovely as
try to limit any cross infection. They     Andy Bello                               ly heard on the radio. He appeared       cially for one of Pebble Mill’s most        the rose named after her.
seemed to do the job very effectively.     head of risk management                  in numerous Radio 4 dramas, read         popular PAs and presented to her                                      Christine Burn
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                                                                                                                                                           Newsbeat’s Greg
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                                                                                                                                                     I’m an sbJ at Radio 1 Newsbeat and have just spent
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                                                                                                                                      group. Gone were my hoodie and jeans. Suddenly I
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                                                                                                                                                                     From the day I arrived, I was reporting and doing
                                                                                        live-two ways, which I hadn’t expected. It was a long
                                                                                           term ambition of mine and I’m still on cloud nine.
                                                                                                                    On the tenth anniversary of Victoria Climbie’s
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                                                                                                                         death, I was one of two reporters assigned to work
                                                                                                                         on a piece about social workers. There was a lot of
                                    
                                                                                                                ground to cover. I spent the day with a social work-
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                                                                                                                  
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                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                  
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                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                     the jeans
                                                                                                                                                                    and in
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                                                                                                                  
                                                                         
          
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                                                                                                                                                          came
                                                                                                                                                                    the suit
                                                                                      
                                                                              
                                                                      
                                                                                            
                                                                                               
                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                 er from Harrow, to see if social work had changed
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                                                                                                                                               following Victoria’s death and the subsequent Lam-
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                                                                                                                                               ing Inquiry into the failings of social services. Not
                                                                                                                             an easy access story to fix, but we did it. The social
                                                                                                        
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                                                                                                                    worker was nervous about a film crew following
                                                                                                                                           her, but by the end of the day she had relaxed and
                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                             spoke freely and openly to me.
                                                                         
                                                                                                              
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                                                                                                                                                        I discovered that privacy and confidentiality
                                                                                                                                                are problematic in a way they aren’t on radio. Our
                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                        social worker was visiting a foster mother, who was
                                                                       
                                                                                                                                               caring for a child taken from its mother by social
                                                                         
                                                                                        services. We couldn’t identify the woman, her street,
                                                                                                                                               or even the door numbers. I wasn’t sure how we
                                                                                       could build a sequence of pictures, but camera guy
                                                                                                              Iain Pace, a true pro, shot the item in such a way that
                                                                                      we didn’t even need to blur or distort the pictures.
                                                                                                                                 I learned so much that day alone about shooting
                              
                                                                                                                                  complicated sequences, which really helped once I
                                         
                                                                                                                                                     got into the edit. The piece went to air on time and
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                  I was given some fantastic feedback.
                                                                      
                                                                                                                   I also covered lighter stories, such as a rise in de-
                                                                                                                                                     mand for ballroom dancing teachers in London, fol-
                              
                                                  
                                                                                                               lowing the success of Strictly, which was my idea.
                                                                        
                                                                                                                          I think it’s fair to say my editor at London was im-
                                                              
                                                                                                                                          pressed with my ideas and offered to extend my at-
                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                            tachment to an extra month. It was such a different
                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                     way of working from Newsbeat and I am thankful for
                                                                                                     
                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                  the opportunity. I would recommend development at-
                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                              tachments to anybody thinking of testing the water
                                                                                                                                                                  in another department. And it has enhanced my ca-
                                                                                                                   reer. I’ve been offered cover shifts at BBC London tv,
                                                                                                                                                                  which means I’m still building on my tv experience.
                                    
                                                                                        
                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                  Been anywhere nice? Send your attachment
                                        stories to Clare Bolt
                                                       
                         

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n bbc four                                                                                                                                 n bbc Two & bbc hd

La vie Bohème                                                                                                                              You can’t Be
Join mimi and rodolfo in 19th century
Paris for Puccini’s classic opera La
Bohème. tenor rolando villazón stars                                                                                                       andy murray is back to defend his title
in this version, which will go out on BBc                                                                                                  at the Queen’s club as the grass court
Four as part of the BBc’s opera season.                                                                                                    season gets under way with the aegon
                                                                                                                                           championships all this week. But rafael
Friday June 11, 7.30pm, BBC Four                                                                                                           nadal and novak djokovic are among the
                                                                                                                                           seeded players trying to ace him and take
                                                                                                                                           the trophy home this year in this popular
                                                                                                                                           Wimbledon warm up.

                                                                                                                                           From Monday June 7, BBC Two and BBC

n bbc Three                                                                                                                                n radio 2

Who is neLson                                                                                                                              sing When You
mandeLa?                                       n cbbc & bbc hd                                                                             are Winning

                                               The King of Bling
While the rest of the world is focusing                                                                                                    come on you reds! not everyone’s
on football, Being human’s ghost Lenora                                                                                                    favourite chant but radio 2’s World cup
crichlow sets off to south africa to find                                                                                                  programming features a number
out what makes nelson mandela such a                                                                                                       of different takes on the beau-
world icon and                   what his                                                                                                  tiful game, taking in the rich
achievements                        mean       Liberally splattered with blood, guts,      histories website, where you can rap            history of football chants
for the country                                bad taste and silliness, cBBc’s horrible    along with the King of Bling, charles ii and    with contributions from the
today.                                         histories continues its romp through the    celebrate the merry monarch’s addiction         loudest and proudest chant-
                                               ages with new sketches, cartoons and        to partying. all together now: ‘i love the      ers in the country. christian
Tuesday                                        quizzes. adapted from terry deary’s best-   people and the people love me, so much          o’connell also hosts a
June 8, 9pm,                                   selling and profoundly gory children’s      that they restored the english mon- ar-         comedy panel show
BBC Three                                      books, each week you can catch stone        chy....’                                        devoted to the World
                                               age Family Fortunes – where the ug and                                                      cup, mixing proper
                                               ugio families go head to head – and anglo   Tuesday June 8, 5.15pm, CBBC and                football news with
                                               saxon Weather. But our favourite for this   BBC HD                                          footie gossip.
                                               week is to be found on cBBc’s horrible                From Saturday June
                                                                                                                                           13, Radio 2

n gaTeway                                     n                                   n bbc Two scoTland & iplayer                   n radio 4

excLusive: BBc can i dig it?                                                                LandWard                                       ProsPero’s
neWs access    Planted your courgettes yet? Well now’s                                      scotland’s very own countryside pro-           taLe
granted BY mod the time – and makespadefuls of advice
               the ground. there’s
                                   sure they’re nice
               and strong before you plant them out in
                                                                                            gramme is hoping for good weather (and
                                                                                            the resulting good crops) this week as it
                                                                                            pays another visit to the Landward Farm
                                                                                                                                           Legend has it that the statue of Prospero
                                                                                                                                           and ariel sculpted on Broadcasting house
it took four months of negotiation with                           for veg growers on        in montrose. it is the latest in a series of   was given ‘surgery’ after complaints
the ministry of defence, but BBc news                              the dig in website,      regular visits to the farm in angus, which     that artist eric gill had overemphasised
was eventually granted access to headley                           where you can find       shows viewers the realities of agricultural    ariel’s reproductive organ....what we
court, the defence military rehabilita-                            out how to produce       life, with all the highs and lows of working   do know for sure is that gill carved the
tion centre in surrey. having cut through                         your own grub in          a farm in all weathers, and not just when      statue on scaffolding outside the build-
the mod red tape, they spent a week                               whatever space you        the sun shines.                                ing and became something of a celebrity
filming and recording injured person-                            have. the dig in team      Friday June 11, 7pm, BBC Two Scotland          on regent street.
nel, in preparation for a week of live (and                     will also be visiting       or on iPlayer                                  radio 4’s afternoon
unprecedented) broadcasts.                                      Bradford on the last                                                       comedy Prospero,
Watch the Headley Court reports on the                          stop of their tour on                                                      ariel, reith and gill
Showcase intranet page                                           June 12-13 where                                                          imagines conversa-
                                                                 they will be dispens-                                                     tions between the
                                                                ing gardening advice                                                       then dg John reith
                                                                and free dig in seeds.                                                     and the artist, whom
                                                                                                                                           he passed on his
                                                                                                                 way into work each
                                                                   quat                                                                    morning.
                                                                                                                                           Wednesday June 9,
                                                                                                                                           2.15pm, Radio 4
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green room
▲ THE take on life at the BBC:
           ARIELAT0R                                          Push the button: DJ Edu                                                               WE HEAR THAT. . .
                                                              teaches FM&T’s Teresa
  A weekly
▲ who’s up, who’s down, who’s off                             Adesina how to mix
                                                                                                                                                    UnsURE HoW to ‘socialise a problem’? Still think

▲                                                                                                                                                   that ‘rolling out’ is something that barrels do?
                                                                                                                                                    Then perhaps you need Chris Booth’s guide to

▲                                                                                                                                                   management speak. The newsgathering edi-
                                                                                                                                                    tor has had to compile a ‘lexicon of managerial
                                                                                                                                                    phrases and neologisms’ in order to explain to
▲                                                                                                                                                   local staff at the BBC Baghdad bureau just what
                                                                                                                                                    is meant by some of the phrases that crop up in
▲                                                                                                                                                   emails from London. It’s currently up on the Col-
                                                                                                                                                    lege of Journalism website, acting as a kind of

▲         UPsIDE A tombstone-shaped trophy was
                                                                                                                                                    internal translation service for anyone bemused
                                                                                                                                                    by some of the terms they may come across in

▲         Natasha Gruneberg’s reward from Society
          of Professional Obituary Writers when she was
                                                                                                                                                    their daily emails. Now we know that the word
                                                                                                                                                    ‘robust’ can be ‘used within management prose

▲         recently recognised at their annual awards cer-
          emony. Judges at the US organisation awarded
          her Outstanding Radio Obit for her profile of
                                                                                                                                                    at will’ since it’s ‘generally syntactically redun-
                                                                                                                                                    dant’, that ‘emerging truth’ is a ‘euphemism
                                                                                                                                                    for reporting unsubstantiated rumour in case
▲         Clement Freud, while her Walter Cronkite piece
          came first in the People’s Pick poll. ‘I am sur-
                                                                                                                                                    it turns out to be true’, and that ‘best practice’
                                                                                                                                                    is ‘sometimes, but not always, a synonym for
▲         prised and pleased,’ says the bj, who began
          writing obits three years ago and is on her third
                                                                                                                                                    ‘common sense’. Best brush up on your lingo
                                                                                                                                                    quickly, or you may be in line for a ‘focused con-

▲         attachment in the job. ‘I am especially pleased                                                                                           versation’, which roughly translates as ‘a bol-

                                                                        school of
          about the People’s Pick, as the voters were                                                                                               locking, delivered with a thin smile over a cap-

▲         mostly American journalists, to whom Cronkite
          was a massive figure.’ But where is she going to
                                                                                                                                                    puccino’. More at tinyurl.

▲         put the, erm, eye-catching award? ‘Not every-

          one has a tombstone, so it’s going to go on top                                                                                           foRgET sPEcU-
          of my telly,’ says Natasha.                                                                                                               LATIon about
▲         A taste of home for Burnley fan Peter Salm-
                                                                                                                                                    Mark Damazer’s
                                                                                                                                                    successor – Jon
▲         on when he dropped in to the Radio Newcas-
          tle Sunderland office for a live interview on
                                                                                                                                                    Snow (right)
                                                                                                                                                    wants to be

▲         his way to the city’s university. The BBC North
          director was greeted by bj Russell Ward (be-        ’Is IT Too fAsT or is it too slow?’         attempt to break the dj relay world
                                                                                                                                                    the next dg,
                                                                                                                                                    the Guardian

▲         low, left) and a small plaque on the door say-
          ing ‘Burnley Supporters Room’ – which cer-
                                                              1Xtra dj Treble T asks me for the
                                                              fourth time. We’re stood in Club TVC
                                                                                                          record on Saturday (which they did).
                                                                                                          To drum up support, the station’s djs
                                                                                                                                                    reports. The col-
                                                                                                                                                    ourful tie-wearing

▲         tainly broke the ice. According to bystander
          Mark Covell, Salmon’s live interview slot was
          nearly missed as the duo ‘swapped old sto-
                                                              behind a pair of intimidating cd turn-
                                                              tables, and I am learning to mix.
                                                                Sweat prickles on my brow – I have
                                                                                                          are giving mixing lessons to staff.
                                                                                                             I realise the time to reveal my mix
                                                                                                          is at hand and, to my immense relief,
                                                                                                                                                    news man made the
                                                                                                                                                    pronouncement to stu-
                                                                                                                                                    dents at Coventry University,
▲         ries about growing up in Burnley, tried to link
          their family trees and ended by sharing their
                                                              no idea. ‘Um… fast,’ I guess, as I strain
                                                              to tell the difference between the
                                                                                                          it sounds like one song is playing
                                                                                                          even though it’s actually two. ‘You’re
                                                                                                                                                    and announced that his first act once in power
                                                                                                                                                    would be to ‘fight like hell for them to put ad-
▲         grief over Burnley’s recent relegation from
          the Premier League’.
                                                              track booming out of the speakers
                                                              behind me and the one in my head-
                                                                                                          in the mix mate,’ exclaims Treble T.
                                                                                                             I feel a rush of excitement – I am
                                                                                                                                                    vertising on Radio 1 and 2’. Perhaps it’s so he
                                                                                                                                                    could afford to pay himself a bigger salary –

▲                                                             phones. Both have 4/4 beats that I
                                                              need to get in time with each other
                                                                                                          a superstar dj! Then I try another
                                                                                                          one and it sounds awful. I clear the
                                                                                                                                                    when asked if he could survive on the dg’s an-
                                                                                                                                                    nual wage, Jon put on a brave face. ‘Well, I really

▲                                                             to produce a seamless mix. If one is
                                                              even slightly out of time with the oth-
                                                                                                          decks to make way for the next pu-
                                                                                                          pil, FM&T’s Teresa Adesina, who duly
                                                                                                                                                    want the job…’ he mused. ‘I’d try.’

▲                                                             er, it’s going to be painfully obvious.
                                                                We’re here in the run-up to 1Xtra’s
                                                                                                          shows me up. It seems I’m not quite
                                                                                                          ready for my own show just yet...
                                                                                                                                                    PEAcock UPDATE: Green Room regulars will be
                                                                                                                                                    familiar with the Wood Norton Peacock, known
                                                                                                                                                    variously as Drew or Captain, whose lovelorn

                                                              smell of success
                                                                                                                                                    cries have been echoing across the campus
                                                                                                                                                    since last year. Operations co-ordinator Chris
                                                                                                                                                    Girling reports that he has been captured and

EARWIggIng                                                                                                                                          taken to the Prinknash Bird Park in Gloucester.
                                                                                                                                                    ‘There he can squawk to his heart’s content

OVERHEARD AT THE BBC                                          Is IT A WombLE? Is it        its teeth.                    tionists as part of a      and lust after peahens rather than the waste
                                                              a Clanger? No – it’s a          It didn’t stop On De-      scheme to save the an-     disposal truck,’ he says. Productivity may be
                                                              Hispaniolan soleno-          mand science report-          imal from extinction.      up at Wood Norton thanks to the raucous randy
                                                              don. Not the most            er Rebecca Morelle            ‘It took a while to find   fowl’s departure, but it seems there now ex-
…That’s not being in touch                                    well known of crea-          (pictured) from hav-          the solenodon – you                                 ists a peacock-shaped
with your feminine side,                                      tures perhaps, but this             ing a hold when        had to trawl the forests                               hole in their hearts.
I’m wearing my mother’s                                       bizarre species of                    she and Simon        in the dead of night                                     ‘Strangely enough
                                                              mammal has been                        Hancock from        – but when we did,                                          we’ve already
knickers...                                                   around a lot longer                    the multime-        it really was incredi-                                        started to miss
 …You may not be my boss any                                  than most – around                     dia news pro-       ble,’ says Rebecca. ‘It                                          him,’ sniffs
                                                              76 million years                           grammes         kept on trying to nib-                                            Chris.
more, but I could still be your                               to be precise. In                            planning      ble everyone, proba-
little furry friend...                                        fact this ‘living                            team final-   bly trying to show off
                                                              fossil’ is so                                ly tracked    its venomous bite to
... You can’t tweet with a dinghy...                          ancient that                                one down       the world. Luckily we                          THE ADs for the public
                                                              it is the only                            deep in the      had very thick gloves.              consultation part of the latest BBC
... ‘The 8.35 guests – how long do you need                   mammal in                                 Domini-          The downside was it        Trust review are being voiced by none other
to warm them up?’ ‘Not long – I just rub                      the world                                  can jungle,     really did smell pretty    than Jonathan Kydd, whose refined tones grace
them’...                                                      that can                                   where they      bad – a very pungent,      the famous ‘ambassador’s reception’ Ferrero
                                                              inject                                    were on the      musky aroma.’ Don’t        Rocher commercials. Let’s hope respondents
... Oi, stop licking my leg – you’re taking my                venom                                     hunt with        get rid of the hamster     show similarly exquisite taste...
fake tan off...                                               through                                   conserva-        just yet, then.

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