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The BBC gets an apology…

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The BBC may actually be forgiven for feeling a little hard done by in the case of the recent so-called “misleading footage” of the Queen.

The rules generally state that the broadcaster is liable for the content, even if they haven’t made it. Its the broadcasters responsibility to make sure that content is accurate and fair and that’s why an apology to the Queen was quick in coming, even though the footage had technically not been broadcast.

Well, the RDF Media Group, who made the documentary have now apologised to the BBC for providing the misleading footage in the first place. This apology in itself now raises a few questions which surround this issue. Firstly how can mistakes like this be prevented in the future and secondly if broadcasters such as the BBC commission outside companies to make their programmes, how can they be sure that the finished article is accurate and fair? especially if they weren’t there when the footage was shot?

This case highlights the fact that the camera can lie, a further question may be how often has this happened in the past?

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A day in the life… Via a blog

The morning editor of BBC News 24, Simon Waldman has given us a glimpse ito ‘Waldman’s world’ via posting on his blog.

He’s basically blogged his way through his morning shift, presumably to be read by those who were surreptitiously keeping up to date via a browser hidden behind the spreadsheet.

The blog gives a good insight into the challenges that face a rolling TV news channel. Some stories can be planned for, they’re already in the diary but lots are reported on by cool, calm and collected newsreaders reading out a script written by a frantic, overworked script writers and news Editors. As the blog shows too, sometimes as the nature of events unfold, the news team have to change things quickly.

You can read all about Simon’s shift here.


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The BBC says sorry: To the Queen

The BBC has apologised to the Queen after a trail for a new documentary appeared to show Her Majesty storming out of a room during a photo shoot.

The trail, made for BBC One, showed a series of events out of chronological order which gave the impression that the Queen had stormed out of a portrait session with Annie Leibovitz. This was not the case.

The BBC issued the following statement. (EDIT: MediaGuardian is now reporting that the offending trail was made by an outside company.  This would not absolve the corporation if it had broadcast the trail but in this case, it could alter things)


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Alastair Cambell on diaries, life & Diana

The ink may still be wet on the pages but people are already asking Alastair Campbell what he really meant when he wrote his diaries.

One such person to try to delve a little deeper was BBC Radio Manchester’s Heather Stott who quite frankly, stumped the ‘king of spin’ with some of her questions.

The interview offered a candid glimpse into Mr Campbell’s political past at No 10, but also his feelings about some of the rich and famous and some of the journalists who write the Daily Mail.

You may listen to the interview here although I do not have permission to re-broadcast so I won’t be at all surprised if I’m asked to take it down. I’d be even less surprised if the request came directly from Mr Campbell as well!

 


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Want more news? Tune into BBC One

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BBC One will be keeping us up to date more often with a new bulletin which will be shown at 8pm. Peter Fincham, the Channel controller has commented that the aim is to fill the gap between ‘the six’ and ‘the ten’ whilst also trying to reach more young people with the days events.

Although unconfirmed, Natasha Kaplinsky could be the face of the new ‘bully’s’ which could range from 60 seconds to 90 seconds in length. They could also include a weather update and maybe even regional stories according to speculation on the BBC News website.


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The future for your radio

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Chris Vallance from the BBC Radio five live ‘Pods & Blogs’ programme has posted on their blog what he thinks radio stations will sound like in the future.

Radio 2.0 promises to be a very different experience than what we are all used to at the moment with a major push being made in the way in which audiences can get at, and then interact with the content.

The full broadcast which was recorded at the 2007 Radio festival in Cambridge is included in the article so why not tune in to the future?


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10.2 million UK users now use Myspace

The worlds most popular social networking software has crossed the 10m user mark in the UK, making it more popular than a pint of bitter.

Myspace is owned by US giant ‘Fox Interactive Media’ and any UK user is now automatically redirected to a localised Myspace UK server.

According to Media Guardian, the most popular UK profile on the network is that of Project (red) which was launched by U2’s lead singer, Bono.

Myspace has previously come in for sharp criticism from child protection groups who believe that social networking software should be aimed at adults rather than teens.


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