Archive for March, 2007

bit of politics.

NEWSFLASH – I’ve swtiched my blog to wordpress as it’s £0.00 and Typepad was £24, however I’m still in transisition so am posting to both for this month.

Politics: First off, I put all my details in the BBC budget calc.. and the result said ” You will be £117.56p a year worse off” Shit.

Secondly I get this in my inbox thanks to HearFromYourMP

Just a quick note to inform anyone interested in my work as their local MP that my website is now up and running. There’s lots more information still to add but I hope it’s a good starting point. I would welcome any feedback – please use the contact details on the website – or any thoughts on features I could incorporate in the future. And if there are any specific issues you would like to bring to my attention please do so via the website. With best wishes, Tessa Jowell

Followed 17 minutes later by:

A useful piece of information omitted from my earlier message
was the website address which is Sorry!
Tessa Jowell

Nice to see our Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (and my MP) well versed in composing an email… still I guess we’ve all done it.

I’ve also had the most foodie week known to man, but more on that once the tech has settled down.

Fix Bayonets! BBC Worldwide lays out digital plans

Media Guardian article. Well that’s very interesting isn’t it? It’s been on the cards for a while, the whole development of into a global ad funded portal. Plugging in the iPlayer technology into that surely had to happen.

from TFA Mr Smith said that the commercial iPlayer would be as sexy and must-have as iTunes, and would be stand out from other offerings in digital download market due to the quality of its content. Ooooh bold statement!

I thought this interesting too The third element of Worldwide’s strategy will be a series of community websites based around BBC brands such as Top Gear and Good Food. And what this means for the traditional editorial offering within the ‘proper’ BBC (see what I did there) From my experience there’s all ready a bun fight over brands such as top gear, Roly would like to own it within the channel, iF&L own it in the petals and worldwide own the website of the magazine of the show (phew).

Finally Commenting on “the digital revolution”, Mr Smith said the BBC is now moving in the same direction as consumers. “There are really only two sorts of men in a revolution: those who cause them and those who profit from them,” he added. “As we haven’t caused the revolution, there’s clearly one thing to do.”

Profit by it it seems. Interesting that he finished of with that quote from Napolean Boneaparte, here’s some others that are perhaps just as apt. How about:

A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

followed by

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

And finally..

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.


More HR shiftage in medialand today as well, with Julian Bellamy coming back to Channel4. Interesting that Emma Swain has been appointed the temporary controller of Three over perhaps Elaine Bedell. Meanwhile I’m hoping Kevin Lygo’s new beefed up role at C4 will be truly 360 in scope. The job title as ‘head of television and content’ sort of implies there’s telly, oh and all this other separate stuff. Isn’t it all content Kev?

PS. Napolean also gave us “A picture is worth a thousand words.” the cheeky wee despot sure had an eye for the power of the image.

4oD now on Homechoice

Overnight Homechoice became Tiscali on my set top box. As well as a re-brand there’s been an upgrade to aspects of the service, particularly the video on demand. As well as replay (mainly for BBC shows) C1, which has recent and older series on demand, there’s now Free OD, Tiscali’s on demand service, which looks and feels (and probably will replace) very much liek C1. And finally ..drum roll.. 4oD is now on homechoice, and most of the UK content is free, the only thing you have to pay for is the big US import shows. And all the films are free too! In a letter to all homechoice users last week, they talked about launching a new PVR service in June, I’m not sure if that would be a hardware thing or just the ability to record stuff and suck it down the wire later?

Also Crystal palace was on Relocation Relocation last night. And we’ve got a fancy new bakery just opened up.. a proper bakery, selling real tasty bread. Yum.

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March 2007