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News Archive for July, 2011

  • 4 August BUFVC website downtime

    The BUFVC website and online services will be briefly disrupted for essential maintenance on Thursday 4 August 2011. We foresee the downtime to last for up to one hour from 12 PM. BoB National will not be affected. We hope to resume all services by 1PM and will provide updates in case the downtime needs […]

  • IPO copyright blog to accompany Dragon’s Den

    The BBC series Dragon’s Den returns to the screen on 31st July and to accompany it the Intellectual Property Office website is hosting a blog on which their experts will post comments on the IP issues they spot relating to each pitch made to the Dragons. You can visit the blog here:  

  • New framework for local television

    The DCMS has recently published proposals to allow local television stations to be created across the UK. The services will broadcast on Freeview and initial infrastructure costs will be met from £25 million allocated from the television licence fee settlement. The plan is to license the first stations from summer 2012, with 10-20 such services […]

  • BBC Chronicle Project Blog

    The audio-visual archives of the BBC contain a wealth of material gathered since it was founded in the 1920’s but it remains largely inaccessible, held on film or videotape and indexed to serve the needs of programme-makers within the BBC. ‘Chronicle’ is a new project that explores how material from the BBC’s extensive archive of news […]

  • Review of BBC science coverage

    The BBC Trust has published a review of the impartiality and accuracy of science coverage across the whole of the BBC, including specialist and non-specialist science content on TV, radio and online. The review is based on an independent report carried out by Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London, together with […]

  • Report: Educational TV worldwide

    What is the role of educational television in broadcasting and what future is it facing? TV professionals from 26 broadcasters in 20 countries shared their opinions on educational TV in a qualitative study conducted by the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) in Germany. The main questions asked were: How do you […]

  • New European eLearning portal launched

    The team behind, the European reference portal on education and technology, has recently re-launched its portal. The new platform is the result of a year’s work of careful planning and design aimed primarily to improve usability and facilitate user interaction using the latest open source technology. The website has its own dedicated TV channel […]

  • BUFVC Weekly Top Five TV and Radio Programme Requests

    For the week ending 15 July 2011 the most requested titles from the BUFVC Off-Air Back-Up Service include such varied topics as the growth of orthodox Jewish families living in Manchester, the global Coca Cola hegemony and the recent history of Ugandan Asians in Britain. 1. STRICTLY KOSHER (ITV) View TRILT record or watch now […]

  • C4 News App launched

    Channel 4 has just launched a free iPhone and iPad App that provides on-the-move Catch-up access to video news stories from the previous seven days’ 19.00 and midday bulletins. You can also keep up with all the Channel 4 news blogs from Jon Snow, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Gary Gibbon on politics, the Fact Check blog, world […]

  • Page Eight and the ‘newsworthiness’ of film on TV

    David Hare’s Page Eight, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival (on 18th June) before being shown soon after on BBC2 (28th August), presents us with the opportunity of looking at some aspects of television’s role in commissioning feature-length film that has the option of theatrical exhibition, partly using Hare’s own, frequently vented, opinions on […]