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British Universities Film & Video Council

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50 Years of BBC News

Synopsis
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of BBC News on television, the BBC have produced a series of programmes that look back on the past five decades of BBC News. Incorporating groundbreaking stories with hard hitting visuals, the BBC archives have been mined for the most entertaining, emotional and evocative moments in the history of BBC News.

Each programme is a 30 minute segment covering a decade, beginning with the 1950s. Providing great insight into how BBC News is reported, each segment is narrated by: Charles Wheeler, Michael Buerk, Kate Adie, John Simpson and Jeremy Bowen.

From the very first BBC NEWS television broadcast by Richard Baker in July 1954, the programmes feature a enormous range of key stories and footage that has made history around the world, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the famine in Ethiopia, the release of Nelson Mandela and the dramatic events of September 11th.

The DVD comes complete with all five programmes, and also offers viewers the rare chance to see how broadcasting styles and techniques have radically changed since 1954 with three extra programmes about how news is made. The first was made in 1953, the second in 1963 (presented by Michael Aspel) and, to contrast, the third is a modern 2004 "Day in the Life of a Newsroom" feature, presented by Huw Edwards.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2004
Subjects
History; Media studies
Keywords
BBC; news reporting; television broadcasting

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
150 minutes
Year
2004

Production Company

Name

BBC Worldwide Publishing

Web
http://www.bbcworldwide.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 8576 3560
Fax
020 8576 3570
Address
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Notes
Since Spring 2005, for home video releases see BBC, 2 Entertain Video

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
http://www.2entertainvideo.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Notes
Specialises in distributing archival film and television titles, predominantly licensed from the BBC (the principal shareholder is BBC Worldwide). Sale on DVD through retail outlets. As of 2016 2Entertain is being gradually wound down and its output reduced. If something is not available via them it is advisable to try the BBC Store at https://store.bbc.com/
 

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