Wired: The Beeb Shall Inherit the Earth

Article here. At last, some good news. It talks briefly about the use of users photography, which is something Pete Clifton, News Online Editor, has talk about here in his weekly ‘desk dispatch’. The call for images of Rover cars yielded some good results.

In fact the whole In Pictures area of News is coming on strong, wonder how long it’ll be before users start sending in little video clips from their phones? Actually that was tried during the election I believe, with different voters around the Country sending in opinions on the main parties and issues, I reckon we can expect more in the future.

It then goes on to list some of our new ‘apps’, namely creative archive and backstage, both of which seem we received. The closing paragraph also made me smile.
The greatest irony here is that it takes a publicly-funded broadcaster from a cozy liberal democracy to teach America’s lumbering, anti-competitive Hollywood dinosaurs what a real, competitive offering looks like.

Ahh, nice to bask in the sunshine of positive feedback, but what’s this? Storm clouds brewing over the new weather symbols. Hell’s teeth there’s nothing that riles middle England more than the weather, they just have to no if they might get a tiny bit wet in the 5 second trip from the backdoor to the 4×4. Most of the vitriol is along the lines of, ‘Scotland’s too small’ or ‘Britain is rendered brown, BROWN! That’s the colour we use for maps of Iraq, not this Green and Pleasant land’ and ‘Dear BBC, who dare you innovate or change anything, ever, put it all back how it was now’ The weather message boards are at boiling point! Riot! Revolution! Boycott! I reckon there’s been more of a reaction and feedback to this that there was during the election.

Talking of boycott’s, the strike day looms nearer, and suddenly some very serious HR & Management emails are coming round. Friends and colleagues are starting to looking nervously at each other. One kindly took me aside yesterday and asked how I would feel if I saw them protesting outside against me going inside, I said I wouldn’t be offended. I think the whole thing is a real shame as it’s effectively creating a civil war feeling between the staff who strike and those who don’t. I believe (and hope) the protest will be directed against the Organisation and the management executive rather than fellow team members who choose not to strike. All the union members have been told by the union in the strictest terms that to stop anybody from entering the workplace or to abuse anyone who does so may constitute an offence. So hopefully that means I won’t be pelted with eggs and abuse… We’ll see.


1 Response to “Wired: The Beeb Shall Inherit the Earth”

  1. 1 Angelina May 22, 2005 at 12:29 pm

    Nay don’t think you will be pelted with eggs! 🙂

    Here’s one i found interesting.

    ‘‘One of the great reasons for the popularity of STRIKES is that they give the suppressed self a sense of power. For once the human tool knows itself a man, able to stand up and speak a word or strike a blow.’
    Charles Horton Cooley

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