BBC to increase voice experimentation in coming months

The BBC has announced plans to increase its creative experimentation around voice services and interaction on platforms like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in the coming months. In an interview posted on the BBC’s Technology and Creativity blog, the BBC’s executive editor of voice, Mukul Devichand, said that voice devices are “clearly a way that people […]

BBC appoints Virgin Media exec as first chief customer officer

The BBC has appointed Virgin Media’s chief marketing officer, Kerris Bright, to the new role of chief customer officer. Bright, who is due to take up the role in the summer, will be responsible for developing a “closer, more personal relationship” with BBC viewers and people signing into BBC services. The hire comes as the […]

BBC reports ‘best month on record’ for iPlayer

The BBC reported a record 328 million programme requests on iPlayer in January, marking “the best month on record” for the catch-up service. The BBC said the number of shows accessed on the iPlayer in January was up 10% compared to the same month in 2017, with an average of 10.6 million daily requests for […]

Ofcom calls on UK PSBs to ‘collaborate to compete’ in digital age

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSBs) will increasingly need to collaborate in order to compete in an age of changing viewing habits and large digital rivals like Netflix and Amazon, according to Ofcom. Speaking at Deloitte and Enders Analysis’ ‘Media and Telecoms 2018 & Beyond’ conference in London yesterday, Ofcom CEO Sharon White called on the […]

BBC: British ‘sense of identity’ under threat as programming spend declines

British content is under threat as budgets get cut, with global players highly unlikely to make up the shortfall, according to BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford. Speaking at the Media & Telecoms Conference in London, Bulford said the BBC’s ability to fund UK content had been hit by financial constraints, while commercial broadcasters had been […]

BBC’s Tony Hall highlights internet giants’ threat to British TV

BBC director general Tony Hall is once again to highlight the threat presented by US-based digital companies to British television. In a speech to BBC staff, Hall will say that major digital firms – which include Facebook, Apple Amazon, Netflix and Google (collectively known as FAANG) – are increasingly dominating global media. This “breaktaking, seismic […]

BBC licence fee price to increase on April 1

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £147 per year to £150.50 on April 1. The move marks the second price increase in as many years, and comes after the government announced in 2016 that the fee would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 1, […]

BBC launches Damming The Nile VR series

The BBC has launched a two-part virtual reality news documentary series called Damming The Nile VR. The series focuses on the “water politics” of the river Nile, looking at how the new Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project threatens to upset the balance of power between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. Damming The Nile VR is in full […]

BBC launches BBC Earth VR experience

The BBC has launched a virtual reality experience inspired by natural history series like Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, called BBC Earth: Life in VR. The immersive experience lets users dive with sea otters, learn about kelp forests, explore the trenches below the Pacific Ocean, and encounter giant squid and sperm whales. BBC […]

BBC reports ‘best year ever’ for iPlayer

The BBC has said the iPlayer recorded its “best year ever in 2017” after adding more boxsets, archive shows and personalisation features. Company stats reveal that viewers of the catch-up and on-demand service streamed 272 million programmes per month on average in 2017, with total requests growing to 3.3 billion – an 11% increase on […]

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