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In early February 2016 I was fortunate enough to meet Kate Adie OBE, a well known BBC journalist.
Addressing a room of about 200 people, Kate gave an excellent account of how she progressed from being a relatively ordinary student, to her role in BBC local radio and then BBC regional television, before securing her mainstream position at BBC News. On moving from BBC local radio in the North East to what she thought was another radio job with BBC West, she was astonished to learn (on day one at BBC …
A lucky strike! Radio 4 is, allegedly, one of the best sources of news and comment that we have in Britain, and yet I find myself literally turning it off when some of the presenters, filled with their own self importance, pomposity and misplaced belief in their own superior intellect, are outwardly rude and hostile to those they interview. It is therefore, only a matter of luck that Radio 4 is occasionally a tool which allows me sometimes to encounter worthy news and sometimes to hear valuable dialogue on current …
On Wednesday evening 12 October 2011 I was at the head office of The Guardian for the inaugural meeting of a new movement called Coding for Kids and the atmosphere was alive with anticipation!
Around 45 people had gathered to explore what we can do to promote the idea of “computer programming” (to use old fashioned 1970s terminology) or “coding” as we call it nowadays (that is to say writing lines of computer code). A handful of software developers were there, a handful of teachers, and ex-teachers, a few kids, some …
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When did the School of Good Journalism deliver the “One Sentence ” edict?
I ask, only because I have noticed a trend over the past year or so for news organisations to deliver their articles in a series of multiple “one sentence” monologues. I have remarked to the BBC about this many times. I have also caught The Guardian doing it, I have caught other newspapers doing it, and this week The Telegraph is at it, conspicuously!
Enough! At the risk of sounding like the perennial letter writer to The Times (that …
The week commencing Monday 7 Feb 2011 saw a multitude of events across the globe, under the banner of “Social Media Week” and quite possibly a few other events which had hopped on the band wagon in the hope of attracting more visitors. I think I am going to place one particular event into that latter category as it didn’t really fit the genre of “social media” and in all honestly, it did the BBC and its Media Centre a disservice. It was my first ever visit to a …
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When was the last time you bought a newspaper? I haven’t bought one for many months now, and I read all of my news on line. I hardly ever watch TV either, because now I can get my news at whatever time I want it.
For 30 years I have been a Times reader, and I have watched BBC news at 9pm (and then they moved it to 10pm). …
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If they gave out Olympic gold medals for being fun loving geeks, @tomscott and @unnamedculprit would be joint winners.
I’m an accountant! I spend budget day watching the news. Tom and Matt are fun loving geeks. They spend budget day trying to get into the background of TV news shots. This is the best video I have watched in a long time!
You may remember that Tom was responsible for …
As with many households, we now have a number of computers at home, and no real network. We have a wireless router which allows us to share one internet connection, but each PC has its own back up procedure on its own external hard drive.
Without going the whole hog, and running a Home Server, I have explored the idea of using a NAS box. They vary wildly in price from around £200 to £2,000 and more. What I need to do is spend a bit more time working through …
When I was a little boy, there were three channels on television, BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. Nowadays, I can’t tell you how many channels I might be able to watch as there are over 1,000 on my Hotbird satellite system alone! And are they any good? “Probably not” is the answer to that one! The only thing I have Hotbird for is JSTV.
In any case, this year all of the members of my family seem to be spending more time sitting in front of their computers, exploring things on …
On BBC radio last Thursday you may have heard Question Time. I was alerted to the story of initiative-itis when the subject had a second mention on the Today Programme. Do you remember November 2008? The government announced a new initiative, some £40 million was to be put into a small business loan scheme to help business which were having difficulty getting credit from the normal sources. The BBC panel included an MP; and so the owner of one small business asked a question something like this:
“I have been to …