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BBC Trust decide BBC’s mobile iPlayer was not biased because it focused on iOS

The internal inquiry say everything okay, and blames it all on Android fragmentation. While the BBC must do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure that viewers can access its on-demand content in a range of convenient and cost-effective ways, this did not necessarily mean that it would always be expected to launch new features on different platforms simultaneously. Nothing to see here, carry on, please stop pestering our mobile developers who can’t handle the multiple variants issue. At least the BBC Trust promise to watch the mobile app during 2013… Which is nice of them.

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“The silencing of the Munchkins must rank as one of the most inept acts of censorship Britain has seen.”

Nick Cohen, having some fun with language over Judy Garland’s latest hit single: Its decision to ban every part of the song except for a five-second clip in a news report shows clearly something that many people outside the media rarely understand: the BBC folds under pressure. During the debate on the politicians’ plans to regulate the press and news websites, many people have asked why journalists should worry when regulation works so well at the BBC. The behaviour of the BBC last week explains why. Tory MPs and the Daily Mail picked on the BBC rather than iTunes or YouTube because

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John Naughton on one possible new direction for the BBC

So here’s what the BBC should be doing next: orchestrating the creation of a new kind of unwalled online garden, one which gathers together all of the nation’s cultural heritage in digitised form, together with: the metadata which enables things to be discovered; open access for all; and and permissive licences that allow citizens of Britain — and the world — to access, enjoy, consume, learn from and remix the great things that this society and its people have given to the world. Looking on as someone who pays the licence fee, but outside of the BBC family, this makes a lot

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Lost in France, Last in Malmo, Bonnie Tyler is off to Eurovision

Fair play to Bonnie Tyler’s management, they’ve landed her with one of the biggest musical stages in Europe, just as her new album is released in the UK and across the continent. My problem with today’a announcement of the UK’s singer to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 is more towards the BBC. There’s focusing on UK ratings as opposed to pushing for victory, but there needs to be a cultivation of Eurovision as a good place for artists… and that’s lacking. I just wonder what lesson the BBC learned from last year’s adventure with ‘The Hump’ that has led

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Vanity Fair discusses Sir Jimmy Saville

Not a lot of punches pulled either. When Savile died, on October 29, 2011, at the age of 84, having been knighted by the Queen as well as the Pope, he was one of Britain’s most famous personalities, a combination of Dick Clark, Johnny Carson, and Wolfman Jack. The self-proclaimed creator of the first disco, he claimed to be the first D.J. to play records for money, in rough dance halls in Leeds and Manchester as far back as the 40s and 50s. In the early 60s, he counted among his friends the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Savile became

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