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Monday 09 September 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Thompson stands by Byford pay-off
The former director general believed it represented 'value for money' for the BBC, which paid the ex-deputy DG 12 months' salary and 12 months' pay in lieu of notice. He said the BBC wanted Byford to remain in post during a period of 'immense operational challenges' and that the extra payment was required, in his judgement, to keep him 'fully focused' on the task and 'not worrying about head hunters'. 'I believe I made sure the BBC Trust was fully informed in advance about these settlements,' he told the committee. - link icon  BBC payoffs saga grossly unedifying, says Margaret Hodge - Media -
- link icon  BBC payoff row: Mark Thompson and Lord Patten face MPs - live - Media -
Ahead of the hearing at 3.15pm, here is a useful primer on the key issues at play for Thompson and Patten. The BBC Trust has claimed it was unaware of key elements of the two high-profile payments to Byford and Baylay and specifically that they involved payments in lieu of notice and a delay in the serving of notice. Patten and Fry told the PAC hearing that, had they known that the Byford payment was greater than his contractual entitlement, they would have acted. - link icon  Sony announces game-changing PlayStation Vita TV
Basically, the device turned mobile games into home console games. At this point, I will have to roll dice to decide which one to watch Netflix on. However, the true killer feature of this 100 box is PlayStation 4 remote play. - link icon  BBC payoff row: how the drama has unfolded - Media -
Last week, the NAO revealed that the BBC paid out a total of 2.9m to former bosses that went beyond contractual entitlement between 2006 and 2012. The 1m severance deal handed to Byford has long been the corporation's most contentious payout. Baylay's departure too was planned in September and October 2010, alongside that of Byford, before she left the corporation in November that year. - link icon  BBC Severance Dispute Goes to Parliamentary Panel -
In July, Mr. Patten had expressed surprise at the details of key severance payments, which were larger than contractually mandated, according to the auditors, while Mr. Thompson insists that the trust was fully informed and raised no objections. One of the documents Mr. Thompson has presented is a briefing memo prepared for Mr. Patten explaining the payments, which were approved before Mr. Patten became chairman of the trust. The auditors found that of 150 senior executives who left in the three years ending December 2012, which cost the corporation 25 million pounds, the BBC paid more salary in lieu of notice than contractually mandated in 22 cases, for an extra cost of 1.4 million pounds. - link icon…
BBC director general Tony Hall says the corporation has a grip on the money it gets from licence-fee payers ahead of a parliamentary hearing examining hefty pay-offs given to senior staff. Mr Byford departed the BBC with a total payout of 949,000. -

Monday 09 September 2013, AM link icon  Mark Thompson vs Lord Patten - US press keeps a watchful eye - Media -
Mark Thompson's position as chief executive of the New York Times makes him a high-profile media figure in the United States. Ahead of Thompson's crucial appearance before the commons public accounts committee, most of the US media carried only news agency copy, without comment. US papers that ran stories from their London-based correspondents were studiedly neutral. - link icon…
The corporation can expect a thrashing more violent than even the most energetic of the Channel 5 owners drum solos. The RTS convention has set itself the ambitious target of trying to predict what will happen to the medium we now call television over the coming decade. The exercise is all the more interesting for having been attempted in 2003 when Greg Dyke was in the chair. -

Sunday 08 September 2013, PM link icon  UKTV shrugs off its reliance on Dave and repeats and tries to lure the young - Media - The…
More than a one-trick pony UKTV boasts the award-winning magician Dynamo. Darren Childs, chief executive of UKTV for the past three years, highlights a surge in programming investment, a shift to a part-pay, part-free channel strategy, and a leap in viewing numbers thanks in part to a street magician called Dynamo. That it is succeeding, he says, can be seen in the numbers which UKTV has revealed in full for the first time. - link icon  In fight with broadcasters, Aereo has time on its side: Supreme Court ruling unlikely befo…
The California hearing was just the latest twist in a complex series of cases that many lawyers predict could land before the Supreme Court and redefine the rules for TV. By the time that happens, however, rapidly expanding Aereo or some other streaming service may have already disrupted the current business model for television. Aereo says the service does not violate copyright law because the individual antennas result in a private, not a public, transmission. - link icon  BBC payoffs: the system was broke - Media - The Observer
Maybe Chris Patten's role as chairman of the BBC Trust lies in pawn. The clash of evidence between the two over who knew about and who authorised sundry whopping payoffs to departing BBC executives is stark, crucial and will surely end in court if the PAC scratches its head over so much vitriolic detail. -

Saturday 07 September 2013, AM link icon…
At the heart of the latest row over pay-offs is the relationship between Lord Patten and the former Director-General. The Trust has dismissed Thompsons analysis in a witness statement as a bizarre document. Thompson had been planning to move on but Lord Patten set the process in motion with an interview in The Times in January 2012 in which he revealed that headhunters had been appointed to find a replacement. - link icon…
It has emerged that Lord Hall, who has vowed to crackdown on a culture of excessive pay-offs at the corporation, was given the bonus payment when he left his 204,000-a-year job as BBC head of current affairs in 2001. They asked why he did not disclose the payment when he was grilled during a session on BBC pay-offs in July. Questioned over the 25m which was paid to 150 outgoing executives, including 2m on top of contractual obligations, Lord Hall told MPs Wed lost the plot. - link icon  Apple Won't Change Apple TV Box Will Upgrade Software Gabe Rivera - Peter Kafka - Media - …
There are very, very good odds youre going to hear about new iPhones at Apples event next Tuesday. Despite speculation about new Apple TV hardware on the way, Apple wont be unveiling any new boxes next week, according to people familiar with the companys plans. That said, the company will be tweaking the software inside its Web TV box. - link icon  Radio Today - New DAB transmitters turned on in Wales
The official switch-on of three new DAB digital radio transmitters has taken place in Llanelli this evening, at an event in Llanelli. Over 1,000 km of roads will also get DAB coverage for the first time. Together with this launch, 900,000 listeners in Wales can now get national stations on DAB for the first time. - link icon  BBC humanities graduates 'dumbing down science' - Telegraph
As a result science presenters are told to avoid using any technical terms for fear of alienating people, while arts presenters can reference relatively obscure cultural figures without any further explanation, she said. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's On BBC Red Button - 7-14 September
For sports fans, there's Diamond League athletics action and its over to Italy for Formula 1. For the first time you can watch all four Proms in the Park concerts live, and in full, online at Watch an extra special secret episode of Wolfblood only on the Red Button. -

Friday 06 September 2013, PM link icon  Former BBC chairman contradicts Thompson in £1m payout row - Media - The Guardian
Witnesses including Thompson and Patten will be interrogated, while sitting next to each other, as a way of flushing out the truth. The NAO, which triggered the current row with its initial report, revealed this week in a supplementary note that 2.9m in payments by the broadcaster between 2006 and 2012 went beyond contractual entitlement. Five current members of the BBC Trust broke cover to distance themselves from Thompson's claims that they were involved in the Byford payment. - link icon  Thompson on Savile: 'I have told the truth' - Channel 4 News
- link icon  BBC ordered to disclose names and details of payoffs to 150 managers - Media - theguardian…
The BBC has been ordered to disclose details of payments to 150 managers while Mark Thompson was director general. The Commons public accounts committee is to invoke the power of a standing order to force the broadcaster to release information about 150 redundancy payments to senior managers between 2010 and 2012. Citing data protection issues, the BBC has previously fought attempts to divulge the names, but has now written to the former managers alerting them that the nature of their severance arrangements may now be made public. - link icon  Philips 9000 Series 4k Ultra HDTV: Hands-on pictures - Recombu
The 65-inch 65PFL9708 in the company's flagship 9000 Series proved mightily impressive in our hands-on demo. That will only become relevant when and if a new high capacity Blu-ray format and player is decided upon. In October Philips will also put on sale the 84-inch 84PFL9708 13,000, latter on sale in a month. - link icon Mid and West Wales
The Mid West Wales local multiplex launched on 30th August 2013. It currently carries the following services If there are any stations that you listen to at the moment on analogue radio that you would like to hear on DAB, we suggest that you contact those stations directly, encouraging them to join the multiplex. We do, however, currently have room for additional stations to join the multiplex. - link icon Mid WestWalesLaunch
Comments must remain on topic to the blog post, otherwise they will be removed. Firm launch dates will be announced in blog posts and referenced on the relevant multiplex section, they will be updated there as soon as we know. Name required Mail will not be published required Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. - link icon  Chris Patten: from 'double whammy' to 'Fat Pang' - Channel 4 News
It is not the first time Lord Patten has been involved in a scrap and it will not be the last. He and Lady Thatcher were on opposite sides of the wet/dry divide in the party, with Chris Patten a devout wet who questioned the monetarist direction of the government. This did not stop him becoming environment secretary in 1989, the year before Lady Thatcher was forced out. - link icon  BBC director general under pressure over 'outrageous' pension payment - Media - The Guardi…
Hall was given 24,500 of public money in extra contributions on top of the BBC's contractual obligations when he resigned from the corporation to become Royal Opera House chief executive in 2001. MPs on the public accounts committee PAC, to whom Hall gave evidence on executive payoffs, have called for the money to be repaid and asked why he did not mention it when he appeared before parliament in July. It follows widespread condemnation of the corporation for making severance payments costing taxpayers 2m more than contractual obligations. - link icon  BBC Payout Row: Someone Is Telling Porkies
It would be nigh on impossible to underplay the significance of Monday's session of the public accounts committee. Neither is it a case of former and current BBC men having differing recollections of events. Place to one side the issue of excessive severance pay, and this is a frankly astounding battle between the BBC executive and the Trust. - link icon  Freeview to remain at centre stage
Yet while DTT also has to embrace change, the 700MHz harmonization will require significant planning and will result in disruption. In the proposed changes, mobile broadband would take up the 694-790 MHz band and Ofcom is trying to replicate the existing multiplexes in the process. - link icon  War of words of BBC pay-off row - London Evening Standard
Mr Byford departed the BBC with a total payout of 949,000. In another development, under-fire HR boss Lucy Adams admitted making a mistake in her evidence to the committee. It also emerged the BBC has written to four former staff, whose pay-offs were investigated by the National Audit Office, to tell them they could be named to the committee. - link icon  NY Times head accuses BBC chief of misleading parliament - Reuters
The scale of the severance payments, many of them made as austerity cuts swept Britain, angered politicians and members of the public, who fund the broadcaster through a compulsory license fee. He stepped down to take responsibility for a BBC news report which falsely accused a former senior politician of child abuse and allegations the corporation covered up decades of sex abuse by one of its late stars, Jimmy Savile. A National Audit Office report found a string of huge payments were made to departing executives who were not always entitled to the money. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Comux selects Ericsson for delivery of local TV services in the UK
A further 30 licenses for local TV are under consideration for launch in 2014/15. After a thorough evaluation of a number of compression platforms, carried out jointly with our systems integrator Techex, the Ericsson AVP 4000 solution delivered the performance and support package that best meets our needs. - link icon…
Mr Byford departed with a total payout of 949,000 and Ms Baylay's settlement was worth 394,638. - link icon  Ariel - Daly is proudest of Rough Justice case
White was jailed in 2002 for the murder, while his friend Keith Hyatt was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Their two-year inquiry resulted in a 2005 film that discredited the prosecution's claims - based on the views of a forensic expert - that it was likely that Manning's body had been transported in Hyatt's van. 'No greater honour' The pair were subsequently freed by the Court of Appeal in 2007. - link icon  BBC payoffs: written evidence to MPs - full text - Media -
- link icon  BBC HR chief corrects evidence to MPs on executive's £1m payoff - Media - theguardian.c…
In a letter made public on Friday, Adams said it was not clear which document the committee was referring to at the time. The BBC Trust has since claimed not to have been fully briefed on these redundancy deals. In one email exchange, Adams is asked to give advice on changes to the briefing note requested by the BBC Trust. -

Friday 06 September 2013, AM link icon  BBC News - Ex-BBC chief Thompson accuses BBC Trust of misleading MPs
Mark Thompson says he has emails which show that trust members, including the chairman Lord Patten and a senior BBC boss, approved the payments. The BBC has been criticised for paying 2m more than contracts necessitated. The BBC Trust says the claims are bizarre and it denied MPs were misled. - link icon  Lord Patten, Mark Thompson and BBC payoffs: what you need to know - Media -…
Earlier this week, the National Audit Office revealed that the BBC paid out a total of 2.9m to former bosses that went beyond contractual entitlement between 2006 and 2012. Lord Patten has been chairman of the BBC Trust since 1 May 2011. Anthony Fry is a member of the BBC Trust. -

Thursday 05 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC Trust: Mark Thompson s claims are bizarre - ITV News
33 minutes ago 130 vehicles in 'biggest fog accident' in the UK The New Sheppey Crossing bridge has re-opened after the largest ever fog-related crash in Britain. - link icon  Chris Patten 'misled parliament over BBC payoffs' - Media - The Guardian
Thompson said that Patten knew in 2011 that both had received settlements of more than they were contractually entitled to, and their formal notice of departure was delayed. The public spending watchdog revealed this year that the BBC paid 25m to 150 departing bosses between 2009 and 2012. This week after further scrutiny of the BBC accounts, the NAO said the broadcaster paid out a total of 2.9m in payments that went beyond contractual entitlement between 2006 and 2012. - link icon  Simple.TV partners with SiliconDust: new hardware, 2.0 software update on the way - IFA - …
The new box ditches the curvy, white look of the original Simple.TV, opting for a somewhat smaller footprint and more conventional, black set-top box design. The big hardware upgrade is dual-tuner support, which opens up a lot of convenient functionality, such as the ability to record two shows at once or watch one live show while another is recording. A significant software update is also on the way, dubbed Version 2.0, which will be available on the new box and the existing Simple.TV hardware. - link icon  BBC was in 'total chaos' over payoffs, says leading MP - Media -
Margaret Hodge the public accounts committee chair will question current and former BBC executives about payoffs on Monday. The former deputy director general received just over 1m when he left in 2011, although Thompson at the time feared it could be as much as 2.5m. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC iPlayer Video Downloads for Android
One of these was to deliver mobile video downloads to these devices. This is because these devices are able to provide the appropriate level of protection for our programmes. Our figures show this will mean 70 of Android app users with compatible devices will be able to use this functionality from today and over the coming months we will be extending this to include new Android devices as well as some older ones. -

Thursday 05 September 2013, AM link icon  Sony betting big on 4K, launches Video Unlimited 4K download service Tech News and Analy…
Technology is a fickle mistress and no-company knows it better than Sony. There was a time when its television sets were a fixture in every upwardly mobile household. Sony game consoles were on every teenage boys Christmas wish-list and many of us grew up plugging into the Sony Walkman. -

Wednesday 04 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC agreed to fund £687k payoff after executive's move to commercial arm - Media - theg…
Jana Bennett 687,333 redundancy payment was funded by the BBC, but later repaid by its Worldwide arm. BBC Worldwide later repaid the 687,333 redundancy money to the corporation's licence fee-funded public service arm. Jana Bennett, the executive in question, was unaware her redundancy payoff was initially funded by the licence fee. -

Wednesday 04 September 2013, AM link icon  Local TV steps up activity ahead of launch - Media -
This was far in excess of the tiny budgets most of the smaller operators were planning, and other local TV pioneers in the room looked shocked. Local TV might be a way to try out new acts. Estuary TV has grown out of a community TV station that has been operated since 2001 by the Grimsby Institute, which uses it to train its media students. - link icon  DTG :: News :: HDMI Forum releases Version 2.0 of HDMI Specification
The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies. DTG Staff 04.09.2013 Links open in a new window. -

Tuesday 03 September 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom - Radio Broadcast Update August 2013
Yorkshire Addition of Reading 107 a locally-oriented, broad music and information station for 25-54 year olds in the Reading area. a service devoted to playing rock music with attitude designed to appeal to 15-34 year olds. Birmingham Addition of Heart - a melodic adult contemporary music-led service for 25-44 year old West Midlanders, supplemented with news, information and entertainment. - link icon  Ofcom - Television Broadcast Licensing Update August 2013
Television services that have ceased to be licensed handed back or revoked in this period The following services are no longer licensed. The relevant licence is either no longer required by the licensee so has been handed back, or the service has been removed from a licence covering multiple services, or revoked as a matter of routine usually for non-payment of the annual licence fee. Licence transfers The following licences have been transferred to a new company who is now the legal licensee. - link icon  Television woes for thousands of people - News - North Devon Gazette
Bideford television repairman Andrew Harding, who owns FixIt in Bideford, said he had received more than 400 calls about the problem from disgruntled Freeview viewers in the last month. Television repairman Andrew Harding, who owns FixIt in Bideford, said he has been losing sleep over the amount of calls he has received. He said I must have had in excess of around 400 calls about the problem from disgruntled television viewers in the last month. - link icon  Ariel - BBC brings in redundancy cap for all
3 September 2013 Last updated at 1404 Redundancy payments for all staff will be capped at 150,000 from next month. Employees will be entitled to redundancy of one month's pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 24 months' salary or 12 for those who joined after January 1 2013 or 150,000 - whichever is lower. The BBC had previously proposed to limit accrual to 12 years' service and to freeze it for those who had been at the BBC longer than 12 years. - link icon  Geoff Hill appointed editor of ITV News - Media -
Hill returns to the network news bulletin he left in 2007 and takes to the editor's chair in place of Deborah Turness, the former boss who took over NBC News last month. He went on to launch and run the 24-hour sports news channel Setanta Sports News as editor-in-chief. He is an inspiring, creative leader who news teams love working for. - link icon  The Deal That Makes No Sense - stratÄ“chery by Ben Thompson
Early this morning Microsoft acquired Nokia for 3.79 billion plus 1.65 billion for patents. It is far better to form an alliance or partnership most of the benefits, none of the costs. A partnership similar, in fact, to the one formed just two years ago between Microsoft and Nokia. -

Tuesday 03 September 2013, AM link icon  Microsoft to buy Nokias devices, services unit for $7.2B - ZDNet
The deal is set to go ahead for about 5 billion 3.79bn, with an additional 2.17 billion 1.65bn to be spent on licensing Nokia's patents. The boards of both companies agreed to the transaction, which will see the Redmond, Washington-based software giant purchase the Espoo, Finland-based company's phone making unit and patents, and license and use its mapping services. The news comes a few weeks after a Wall Street Journal report claimed that Microsoft was looking to buy Nokia, but discussions broke down. - link icon  CBS and Time Warner Cable reach deal, finally end month-long blackout - The Verge
- link icon  BBC Newsnight should brace for change as Ian Katz takes over - Media -
Ian Katz, the new editor of Newsnight, takes over a show still recovering from the Jimmy Savile scandal. Which probably tells you more about the Guardian and the BBC than it does about Katz. He edited the Guardian's G2 features supplement with its uniquely angled approach to big issues and stories during what many colleagues regard as a golden period. -

Monday 02 September 2013, PM link icon  DTG :: News :: Sky conducts ultra-HD test broadcast
The broadcast also demonstrated the capability of our satellite platform, which is ideally placed to continue supporting high-bandwidth video. That said, we've still much more to learn, particularly about how to make full use of UHD from a live production perspective. -

Saturday 31 August 2013, PM link icon  Radio Today - Feature: Radio news comparison 1998-2013
In 1998, as part of his A-level English coursework, then-budding broadcast journalist Stuart Clarkson recorded and analysed news bulletins from 8 different radio stations. As the 15th anniversary of his recordings approached, he dug them out for Radio Today and has recorded the same stations again, 15 years to the minute later. Its approaching 5pm on Friday 28th August 1998 and in every room of the house where I grew up theres a radio-cassette machine on record-pause, ready to spring into life. - link icon  Ariel - Britton to be Somerset breakfast host
The current mid-morning presenter, who joined the station in 2003, will move to the earlier slot from September 9. Her appointment comes a week after Tony Hall's announcement that he wants 50 of local stations to have female breakfast show presenters - either solo or as part of a team - by the end of next year. Seven other women are part of double-headed teams. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What’s on BBC Red Button 31 August – 7 Septemb…
Get your dancing shoes on for a busy week on Red Button Theres something for everyone as we take you behind the scenes at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 as Lisa Riley interviews this years participating celebrities. Well have the latest news on an exciting football transfer deadline day and relive a summer of live music with BBC Asian Network. -

Thursday 29 August 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Trust suggests rethink on Twitter
Later, it became apparent that the statement - which Davies said was based on information from Gaza health officials - was not true, prompting a complaint first to the BBC and then to the trust. Better to attribute source The trustees judged that while the health officials were an 'appropriate' source for journalists, the tweet had gone beyond their assessment that 'more than half' of the Palestinians who had been killed were civilians. They also believed it would have been 'good practice' to attribute the claim, although they accepted that this could be difficult within Twitter's 140 character constraint. - link icon  DTG :: News :: VuTV pay streaming service coming to Freeview HD
VuTV, a new subscription service, will launch this autumn giving internet-connected Freeview HD viewers access to a range of premium channels. Unlike traditional pay-TV providers, VuTV aims to offer premium channels for a low, monthly subscription, with no long-term contract. - link icon  Radio Today - Double-blow for Kerrang! Radio listeners
Listeners in parts of the West Midlands are expressing their anger at Kerrang Radio being removed from their radios for a second time. However, with the removal of the regional MXR, Kerrang moved to the local Birmingham multiplex, which doesnt cover the entire region. - link icon  Sky+ HD Boxes With WiFi and 2TB of Storage Now Available
Existing customers that havent previously used the On Demand service can get a free connector sent out allowing them to set it up for the first time. Sky says that customers with an HD subscription package or an Entertainment Extra package can get a new box for free. A Sky spokeswoman told The Next Web that all new Sky customers will receive the new boxes and that existing customers could get the new boxes from 49. - link icon…

Thursday 29 August 2013, AM link icon  Hall promises end of BBC finger pointing - News - Broadcast
Tony Hall is bidding to end the BBC’s internal blame game and boost the confidence of programme- makers to give it back its “creative bounce”. The director general used his surprise appearance at the Edinburgh International Television Festival to preface his plans for improving the BBC’s culture following a series of scandals. - link icon  I was, uh, wrong: Chromecast does what Google claims
Now that I have my own Chromecast and have been playing with it for a few days I have to admit I was wrong. Chromecast appears to be every bit as good as Google claims. Thats not to say its perfect more below but pretty darned good. -

Wednesday 28 August 2013, PM link icon  David Blunkett accuses broadcasters of failing deaf and blind people - Politics - The Guar…
Labour's former home secretary David Blunkett, who has criticised broadcasters. Photograph Ian West/PA David Blunkett believes broadcasters are failing deaf and blind people by using garbled subtitles and by being reluctant to dub foreign programmes. He also complained that blind people were left frustrated when foreign dramas and documentaries were not dubbed. - link icon  BBC expenses fall, but key members of top brass still get plenty of free rides - Media - t…
No free lunches external hospitality at the BBC was down 47 quarter on quarter. There was bad news for those looking for a free lunch from the Beeb, with external hospitality down 47 quarter on quarter to 13,396. However, staff looking for a free beer from their boss did a little better, with internal hospitality spend up 10 to 7,764. - link icon  BBC News - BBC director general Tony Hall to cut bureaucracy
Lord Hall also said he wanted to see more women on screen and in senior roles. He also pledged to recruit more people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. - link icon  Radio Today - Regional DAB turned off in West Midlands
The MXR regional digital radio multiplex for the West Midlands is being turned off today, after 12 years on-air. The Bromsgrove transmitter frequency block will transfer over to MuxCo Herefordshire and Worcestershire from September 2013. Listener choice will be significantly reduced once again, following recent switch-offs in South Wales and the North East. -

Monday 26 August 2013, PM link icon  How the Time Warner Cable, CBS Standoff Could Set the TV Standard - The Hollywood Reporter…
As the fall season approaches, CBS leverage grows. When cable and satellite distributors start losing customers, they have a history of caving in. In its view, CBS already has a financial buffer because it can use the free government-provided spectrum to reach audiences who dont subscribe to cable. - link icon  Broadcasters Up Their Attack on Aereo-Like FilmOnX - TheWrap TV
In the D.C. suit, set for a hearing Sept. 20, both FilmOnX and the broadcasters have cited favorable court rulings. FilmOnX engages in copyright infringement, said the filing. Neither system pays the retransmission fees that cable systems pay to offer broadcast channels on their systems. - link icon  Kevin Spacey Delivers the Definitive Wake Up Call to Anti-Tech TV Execs
The House of Cards star had plenty of ammunition to demonstrate definitively that the anti-tech approach will eventually result in the old guard's demise, unless viewers are allowed to determine the means of consumption. - link icon  Kevin Spacey's MacTaggart lecture prompts defence of traditional TV - Media - theguardian.…
Those millions of soap fans could be forgiven for thinking the technological revolution espoused by the Hollywood star had passed them by when in fact, it is just beginning. There was no shortage of warmth in Edinburgh for Spacey's sentiments. Figures released the following day revealed that mobile viewing on iPads, smartphones and laptops still has only niche appeal, accounting for an average of three minutes and 30 seconds a day, compared with the four hours we still spend in front of a TV set. -

Monday 26 August 2013, AM link icon  Media Monkey's Edinburgh diary: Tony Hall, Peter Fincham and Club X - Media - The Guardian…
Hall had not officially been due to attend the festival at all, but waited backstage before making his Surprise Surprise entrance about 20 minutes before the session's end. He added that Club X producer Charlie Parsons revelled in the bedlam and later tweaked the concept for another live late-night show The Word. Do I protect my life or my modesty - link icon  Tony Hall should look back 40 years if he wants to restore the BBC's ethos - Media - The G…
As scandal after scandal about pay and rations rocks the BBC, and the grandest of its mandarins are humbled before the public accounts committee, it is hard to recognise the institution as it was 40 years ago. Then though far from perfect, especially if you were female its faults were not those of luxury and excess in pay and perks. Staff knew we'd earn more if we took the commercial broadcasting shilling, but there were other rewards. - link icon  UK TV beware: As Spacey's House of Cards shows, too much power corrupts - Media - The Guar…
That show was Hill Street Blues a global hit that Spacey identified as the forbear of many great TV dramas of more recent times. There will not be a producer in the land without stories to tell of all the above. Had television here remained the producer-driven medium it once was and not embraced the kind of professionalised, audience-focused commissioning now so prevalent, there is every chance that irrelevance and the slow death that inevitably follows might already have taken hold. -

Sunday 25 August 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 24 - 31 August
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Saturday 24 August 2013, PM link icon  NewsHour at a crossroads : Columbia Journalism Review
On September 7, the program will expand to seven days a week, debuting a weekend edition of the NewsHour and ending years of frequent questions from viewers, along with the services own ombudsman, about the lack of scheduled weekend news programming. This set of changes might be the shake-up the NewsHour desperately needs, especially since 2013 hasnt been the best year for news at PBS. The staff and funding used to produce the weekend NewsHour were mostly transferred from the cancelled Friday night newsmagazine Need to Know, a program which, despite winning several awards, failed to build a significant audience in its three-year run. - link icon  Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival 2013 - Media - The Guardian
- link icon  Sky Living director: 'I am de-pinking the channel' - Media -
Sky Living director, Antonia Hurford-Jones, says she is rebranding the channel so that it will appeal to men as well as women. Antonia Hurford-Jones, the director of Sky Living, said the channel is undergoing a makeover that will involve swapping the pink branding for a blue and silver logo. They don't want to sit alone in their pink fluffy bedroom, wearing their pink fluffy negligee, watching shows on their own. - link icon  Yentob: BBC to drop in-house quotas - News - Broadcast
BBC creative director Alan Yentob has suggested that the corporation may scrap its in-house commissioning quota in the next five years. The Imagine host said it was right that the BBC’s programming supply was a “mixed ecology”, but said the current system of quotas will change as the corporation evolves. - link icon  Alan Yentob: BBC must tackle 'toxic' issue of pay - Media -
BBC creative director Alan Yentob has said he is a programme maker and not one of the officer class at the corporation. Yentob said he could understand staff anger about the controversial issue of payoffs, with 60m paid to outgoing BBC executives over an eight-year period. The question of how creatives are looked after is not total abandon. - link icon  Ariel - DG out to close appalling divide at BBC
23 August 2013 Last updated at 1100 Tony Hall wants to close the rift between management and staff created by severance pay revelations. The director general, speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on Thursday, said staff fury over the 60m spent over eight years by the corporation on senior manager pay-offs - some of which went beyond any contractual entitlement - was justified. 'I really do want to heal this appalling divide between the people who are running the BBC and the people who are doing really hard work day in, day out, doing amazing things,' he told delegates. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Edinburgh TV Festival 2013: Looking forward to even more fro…
In comedy, new sitcoms like Bluestone 42 pictured proved a big hit with our audiences Weve had a great year on BBC Three. Weve also commissioned Siblings, a brand new scripted comedy series from the producers of The Inbetweeners. Next year we will continue to tackle emotive issues with our Justice Season, reflecting on crime and punishment in the UK and the US and asking whether young adults are treated fairly. - link icon  File:TV Licence 1946-2012 at NPV.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Saturday 24 August 2013, AM link icon  ITV named Channel of the Year as hit drama series Broadchurch wins award
These formats all date to a narrow period at the beginning of the last decade and nobody could have predicted they would have the life they have had but I think they have still got a lot of life in them. The corollary of that is that it has become a difficult period to launch big new entertainment programmes. - link icon  ITV boss Peter Fincham calls for "new Big Brother" to safeguard British television
These formats all date to a narrow period at the beginning of the last decade and nobody could have predicted they would have the life they have had but I think they have still got a lot of life in them. The corollary of that is that it has become a difficult period to launch big new entertainment programmes. -

Friday 23 August 2013, AM link icon  Tony Hall admits to BBC 'officer class' - News - Broadcast
Director general Tony Hall has acknowledged an “appalling divide” between the people running the BBC and programme-makers on the ground and a perceived “cosiness” with the likes of consultants KPMG. Hall was the surprise guest on the panel Tony Hall’s Big Decisions’ after flying straight into the Edinburgh International Television Festival from San Francisco.. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Edinburgh TV Festival 2013: Looking ahead to BBC One in the …
Ive inherited the channel in a great place, 2012 was a record-breaking year for BBC One and it remains Britains most-watched channel so far this year, with by far the biggest reach of any other. My focus is to build on that success and ensure BBC One remains the nations favourite. My vision for BBC One is all about storytelling. - link icon  BBC payoffs caused divide between managers and staff, admits Tony Hall - Media - The Guard…
Hall made the comments during a surprise appearance towards the end of a panel session on the issues facing the director general. Liz MacKean, one of the two Newsnight reporters responsible for its aborted Jimmy Savile investigation who has since left the corporation was one of the panel's members and had earlier criticised the payoffs. Hall announced a new BBC initiative to put more female voices on air, with a quota that will require at least 50 of presenters on BBC local radio breakfast shows to be women by the end of 2014. - link icon  Ariel - Hall wants more female breakfast hosts
The director-general told the Edinburgh Television Festival on Thursday that he wanted 50 of local stations to have a woman presenting their most important show - either alone or as part of a team. 'We have got to be more reflective of the audiences who are listening to our programmes,' insisted Hall during a panel session at the festival.' The move could have wider implications for the industry, for which BBC local radio has traditionally been an important training ground. David Holdsworth, English Regions controller, said that finding new and diverse voices was key to local radio's role. - link icon  Kevin Spacey Mactaggart lecture – full text - Media -

Thursday 22 August 2013, PM link icon  Spacey dismisses line between TV, film News C21Media
The labels are useless except perhaps to agents, managers and lawyers who use these labels to conduct business deals. The obligation of a pilot from the writing perspective is that you have to spend about 45 minutes establishing all the characters, create arbitrary cliffhangers and generally prove that what you are setting out to do will work, Spacey said. When the story is good enough, people will watch something three times the length of an opera. Spacey told the audience that the king of television is the creatives, but said he was disappointed the industry did not do more to support new talent. - link icon  Twitter / Search - #geitf
- link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Edinburgh TV Festival 2013: Introduction
There will be posts from them on this blog, showreels and a selection of announcements posted on the BBC Media Centre site. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Designing new icons for the BBC's Global Experience Language…
This included an insight into the development of a distinctive new suite of icons for GEL. All the new icon sets were designed over the last three months, in collaboration with the agency Planning Unit. As done previously, these icons were designed to enable a consistent visual language across all BBC digital platforms - web, mobile and television. - link icon…
Details have been revealed of Londons first dedicated 24-hour television channel, London Live, which will go on air in the Spring of next year. He told the audience that London Live was not interested in celebrity driven formats. Boseley said the channel would share cross platform reach opportunities with the London Evening Standard, also owned by Mr Lebedev. -

Wednesday 21 August 2013, PM link icon  Police investigate News Corporation for ‘sabotaging rival to Sky’ - ExaroNews…
Renamed ITV Digital three years later, it was plagued by widespread piracy and folded in 2002. The development is bound to rock News Corporation, which is listed on stock exchanges in New York, London and Australia. News Corporation, which owns 39 per cent of Sky, is due to be split into one entity for newspaper and book publishing, and another for television and movie companies. - link icon  European broadcasters shut down emergency Greek TV service - Media -
ERT some staff are still occupying the main Athens building. EDT, the new broadcaster has been airing mainly documentaries and old Greek movies over the last two months but on Wednesday morning launched its first news service with a two-hour programme. The broadcast that began at 8am, focused mainly on the analysis of domestic news by a panel of journalists, but also included international news items based on BBC website stories and footage from al-Jazeera and Sky News. -