Planet Earth II’s 360-degree videos are a great escape

Not a lot of people know this but the BBC is one of the leading researchers in areas related to broadcasting and other technology. They invented Nicam stereo, teletext and much more besides. The microphones they developed in the 1930s are still the basis of many of those we use today. One area they’ve been […]

BBC Record Review 23 January 2016 playlist

Here’s the playlist for BBC Radio 3’s Record Review of 23 January 2016. At the time of broadcast, only four recordings were available in Apple Music although most of the artists have extensive presence there, which suggests a lot of what’s missing will arrive eventually – particularly if the recording hasn’t actually been released yet. […]

BBC iPlayer to feature Abbey Clancy and Lianne La Havas fashion shows

The BBC iPlayer is to hit the catwalk in September with three exclusive fashion programmes featuring model Abbey Clancy, singer Lianne La Havas and fashion blogger Grace Victory. Audiences will have unprecedented access to London Fashion Week, the UK’s most important fashion event of the year. For the first time ever, the event is being […]

Jonathan Dimbleby urges public to rise up in support of embattled BBC

Dimbleby’s sentiments were echoed this weekend by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the writer behind the most popular recent display of British cultural values, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. “The UK enjoys a level of influence and soft power well beyond its economic or military weight. This is due almost entirely to the […]

This is the tiny computer the BBC is giving to a million kids

The BBC Micro moniker is already familiar to many in the UK, having been used for a series of machines designed by Acorn Computers and released in the country during the 1980s. The comparatively cheap computers helped thousands learn programming skills, and played a part in kickstarting the British video games industry, as coders designed […]

Gently does it: from canal trips to birdsong, BBC4 to introduce ‘slow TV’

BBC4 will also show a three-hour trip around the National Gallery in London, by film-maker Frederick Wiseman, accompanied only by the sound of the polishing machines readying its corridors at dawn, while a “handmade” season will feature the making of a glass jug, a knife and a classic Windsor chair, all without music or commentary. […]