BBC: China to clamp down on internet giants. “China has proposed new regulations aimed at curbing the power of its biggest internet companies. The regulations suggest increasing unease in Beijing with the growing influence of digital platforms. The new rules could affect homegrown tech giants like Alibaba, Ant Group and Tencent, as well as food delivery platform Meituan.”
Belfast Telegraph: BBC hits rewind on NI faces and places from past for new website. “…a new website, the first of its kind, is opening up access to a rich treasure trove of footage from BBC Northern Ireland’s archive. Weeks and months of searching through the BBC vaults in London and Belfast has unearthed more than 13,000 broadcasting gems and, as the corporation prepares to celebrate 100 years next year, the new portal is being presented as a fully searchable gift to the public.”
BBC: Martin Bashir: BBC journalist ‘seriously unwell’ from Covid. “BBC journalist Martin Bashir is ‘seriously unwell’ with complications from coronavirus, the corporation has said. The 57-year-old, who made headlines across the world with his 1995 interview with Princess Diana, is currently BBC News religion editor.”
BBC: Covid: 16,000 coronavirus cases missed in daily figures after IT error. “A technical glitch that meant nearly 16,000 cases of coronavirus went unreported has delayed efforts to trace contacts of people who tested positive. Public Health England said 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were left out of the UK daily case figures.”
Complete Music Update: BBC launches new classical music discovery service. “The BBC has launched a new archive of more than 600 recordings of classical music performances, under the name Experience Classical. A collaboration between BBC Radio 3 and BBC Archive, the project is being fronted by BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason, his sister Isata, and composer Hannah Peel. It aims to provide tools for people – particularly newcomers – to discover classical music. Users can browse music by composer, instrument, mood and the age of pieces.” While the archive seems to be free, it also seems to be geo-restricted.
IBC: BBC Launches Corona Bot To Tackle Covid-19 Questions. “The Corona Bot will try to answer questions on these issues typed in by a user. It uses experimental AI technology to draw on the BBC News archives to respond with an answer to the specific question where possible. It will also redirect users to other services, such as the NHS, where necessary, while providing access to articles and broadcast content from BBC News.”
SportsMole: BBC launches Programme Explorer tool. “The BBC has launched a new service called ‘Programme Explorer’ to allow users to quickly search its archive of programming. The new feature scours more than 200,000 pieces of content across iPlayer, Sounds and News and allows results to be filtered according to media type and availability.”
Mashable: David Attenborough is teaching online geography lessons to kids at home. “From today, the BBC is launching its biggest educational offering in its history, Bitesize Daily, featuring lessons from over 200 teachers and scores of celebrities. The BBC has collaborated with teachers and education specialists to compile a 14-week curriculum for youngsters across the UK. Remarkably, this program has been put together in just four weeks. ” I was able to browse the site but not play any videos because I’m not in the UK.
RadioTimes: BBC to bring classic TV and radio back to iPlayer “in unprecedented times”. “The BBC has announced it will make classic TV box-sets and radio programmes available on iPlayer as part of a wide-ranging set of measures to help the nation through “challenging times” as the coronavirus pandemic continues.”
Metro: BBC demands Tories take down Facebook adverts that ‘distort’ its clips. “The BBC has told the Conservatives to remove online adverts that use edited versions of its political broadcasts.”
The Register: Tor blimey, Auntie! BBC launches dedicated dark web mirror site. “The BBC has launched a .onion version of its news website on the Tor anonymising network aimed at readers based in countries that ban its services.”
BBC: Monty Python at 50. “Sick’, ‘tripe’ and ‘a delicious sense of the ridiculous’ .. 50 years ago today Monty Python shocked and delighted BBC audiences in equal measure. BBC History digs deep inside BBC Archives and lifts the lid on how the series was commissioned, aspiring writers use Monty Python for new comic creations, and our gallery unearths some rarely seen images to mark a very special birthday.”
Neowin: BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children. “The BBC has announced the availability of its Own It keyboard app which aims to improve the digital wellbeing of children. The Own It app is interesting in that it functions as an app but also doubles as a keyboard which you can use across different apps. BBC has baked in machine learning which visually alerts the child if they’re writing something negative, prompting them to rethink whether or not they want to issue the message.”
RadioTimes: BBC will make thousands of classic TV clips available on new archive website. “The BBC will make nearly 2000 video clips from its archive available to view on its brand new website. BBC Archive will feature a selection of clips from the 10 million hours of content from the BBC stores, which will be curated by the same team that man the hugely popular BBC Archive social media accounts.”
PressGazette: BBC sent coded messages in news bulletins during WW2, archive files reveal. “A new archive of BBC interviews and documents has revealed the corporation’s role in secret activities during the Second World War, including sending coded messages to help European resistance fighters.”