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BBC iPlayer on PS3?

As ever with things on the web, it looks like someone has taken matters into their own hands and made a website which pushes for iPlayer access on the PS3’s web service. But is it genuine? Can you access the iPlayer service on the PS3 using this site? If you have a PS3, let us know.

The page reads:

Sorry, you can only use this unofficial version of the BBC iPlayer on a
Sony PLAYSTATION®3 system.

This version of the BBC iPlayer can only be used on a Sony PLAYSTATION®3
system within the UK. It’s mainly a demonstration of how easily the BBC could
support the PS3 with their Wii version. This does nothing more than mask your
PS3’s user-agent string and makes half a dozen changes to make the JavaScript
and CSS function correctly on the PS3. It only took a day to produce, so come on
BBC – how about implementing this properly?
Take a look at the iPlayer / PS3 website.

Newsround on Bebo – better than Kaplinski on MySpace

Welcome to Five News on MySpace

Add to My Profile | More Videos

MySpace is owned by NewsCorp, which owns BSkyB, which runs Sky News, which produces news for Five, which…

You get the picture. So why is the Five News / MySpaceTV story being touted as a huge deal across media outlets. Is it the ‘Kaplinski effect’?

It’ll be interesting to see how the bulletin gets around teens complete and utter disinterest in anything newsy. A teen friendly running order? Will reports resemble a slightly older version of the BBC’s Newsround?

Come to think of it, why doesn’t the BBC extend its recent Radio1 partnership with social networking site Bebo and broadcast Newsround to its users? A perfect target audience for this show wethinks.

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On demand TV to cause broadband fees to spiral?

Any money that UK consumers save with ad supported video on demand services and the like may be completely wiped out by increasing broadband bills.

Broadband ‘all you can eat’ offers could soon end as bandwidth capacity dwindles. Networks may not be able to cope. We’ll have to pay through the nose for unlimited bandwidth or agree to a cap.

Could the market even revisit the days of narrowband where connections were metered?

Broadcasters’ offers like 4OD and BBC iPlayer shouldn’t be blamed for this – it’s not their fault they provide services people want. But some serious investment needs to be made or the whole thing may grind to a halt.

Perhaps the companies that bought cheap fibre optic networks after the dot com bubble burst could open up their ‘dark’ fibre optic networks. But who are they?

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How to attract users to your website – Bebo style

Getting people to visit your site is easy. Getting niche audiences to visit your site is even easier.

Ask Bebo. They’ve has teamed up with the BBC’s Radio 1 to screen a special episode of the social network’s online drama series ‘KateModern’. The episode will feature bands featured from Radio 1’s Live Lounge of Sunday.

This is a classic example of the value of giving your core audience targeted content. Host something worth visiting – really worth visiting – and they’ll visit you. Seriously – ask E4 and its ongoing huge MySpace Skins campaign which features exclusive video content before TV broadcast. Not got a TV production crew to hand? Fear not, why not try allowing users exlcusive access to a party / rave via your MySpace profile, as per E4’s own Skins’ party invite on its MySpace profile.

Lenny Henry – web evangelist and saviour of youth TV?

Lenny Henry has always occupied an odd space in the entertainment industry. Not unlikeable but not altogether a-must-watch comedian either.

So when LennyHenry.tv came along, his new late night ‘comedy’ vehicle on the BBC, we didn’t expect to be blown away. Oh no, we thought. Oh no – someone’s finally decided to do ‘You’ve Been Framed’ using web clips.

But wait – this was before we read an interview with Lenny in the Guadian newspaper.

Lenny, we’re told, despairs at how the TV industry has lost touch with younger generations. He despairs at how his 16-year-old daughter and her friends spend all day on the web and their mobiles, and wonders why they don’t want to go into television.

So is LennyHentry.tv part of a personal attempt to reach out to increasingly disperate audiences? Is Lenny really a thought leader in appealing to the new web literate? Should we applaud him for attempting to take head on this shift in younth audience tastes?

Sure it’s on late at night, no doubt because BBC focus groups said that prime audiences for this show was a 30-something, male geek who stays up late watching crap TV (in other words, us). But is it more than Tarrant on TV? Is this just Used-to-be-funny on YouTube? Will we see more TV/web crossover? Despite what happened to MTVFlux and Trouble’s Home Grown?
Either way, we welcome Lenny’s call to better engage with this increasingly hard to reach audience (well, hard to reach in that you need to offer them something truly exclusive – like a preview of the new E4’s Skins series on a branded MySpace channel).
Broadcasters need to work harder in appealing to these audiences – it’s not all about urban music and Hollyoaks.

GQ.com ramps up news output

Is GQ.com destined to become the thinking man’s news-lite site of choice?

Okay, no user’s going to ditch Guardian Unlimited, BBC News or even Telegraph.co.uk for GQ.com’s news output, but it seems to have planted its stake firmly in the ground for a new news analysis / ‘…and finally’ features site. Take a look at the now daily distributed email newsletter, its timely news items and the ‘Breaking Stories on GQ.com >>>’ banner at the bottom of the page.

Let’s revisit this new strategy in a few months time shall we?

It’s OFFICIAL: Most content editors are crap.

I once got a freelancer in to review editorial on a youth focused website.

We’d developed it over time and wanted to get a second opinion on whether it was doing its job properly. An editor can get a little too comfortable after a while so I wanted to make sure we weren’t suffering from ‘beige creep’ (yes, a completely made up word).

Her CV was above average and her experience at a number of decent youth sites (MTV, BBC etc) convinced me that her £180 day rate was good value.

The anecdotal feedback and opinion on audience preferences for language and tone were sound, but when I asked about the basics, I got a shock.

“Best practice web copy says avoiding passive sentences, so keep an eye out for those,” I said.

“What’s a passive sentence?” came the reply…

Be part of the ‘most creative organisation in the world’

Apparently, the BBC is changing. Its aim is to be the “most creative organisation in the world,” delivering content that “audiences simply love.”

And just how are they going to do that? By appointing an internal communications editor on £30k, that’s how.

According to a job ad on Chinwag:

“Heres your chance to be part of it. BBC InternalCommunications has a pivotal role to play in transforming the BBCfor the digital age and delivering a world-class communicationsservice to managers. Working within the Internal Communicationsteam, youll be responsible for the day-to-day and ongoingdevelopment/project management of the new portal, advising oninformation architecture, layout, design issues and site content. An experienced web publisher, youll possess excellent writingskills, and have a sound understanding of web productiontechniques, including content management systems. Youll also havea working knowledge of the latest developments in web technology,particularly in producing audio content for publishing. Applications to be received by 1 August.”

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The BBC’s The Verdict


I don’t normally go for reality TV shows (if this really is reality TV), but The Verdict appears to have really caught the imagination of a few people I know. Despite the celeb jury team factor, watching the process of the justice system is undeniably fascinating.

Particularly interesting is watching Michael Portillo repeatedly distance himself from anything Jeffrey Archer says and see Stan Collymore get annoyed with everyone’s ’emotional’ judgements because he may be swayed.
Is this whole exercise part of a plan to push for televised court cases in the UK?

Read more about BBC Verdict.

How to read a Newspaper by the BBC’s Andrew Marr

Below are some tips on how to spot real news, as provided by Andrew Marr, former Political editor BBC News.

All of the text below is my *paraphrasing* of a chapter’s points in his book MyTrade, all of which are intended to provide a taster of Marr’s advice. Out of a sense of duty, I’m providing a link to the book at Amazon.

Follow the names
If you find a reporter who seems to know the score, cherish him / her. Bylines are often the only signal that gold, rather than dross, lies below.

Register bias
Be aware reporters are less embarrassed to let the bias show. If a reporter regularly leans towards a specific party leader or individual, be aware this may point to the source of the story.

Read the second paragraph and look for quotes
The first paragraph is designed to sell, so look in the second. If it’s still fluffy, it’s likely there’s very little in the story. Also, look for direct quotes. Who are the sources. Are they named? ‘An industry analyst’ (ie my best mate) or ‘observers’ (nobody at all), then treat the story sceptically. If you keep coming across well written anonymous quotes, be suspicious.

If the headline is a question, try answering ‘No’
To a busy journalist hunting for real information a question mark means ‘don’t bother reading this bit.’

Watch out for quotation marks in headlines
These are often signs of failed reporting. The newspaper is likely to be reporting someone else’s view. These quotes can save you time in reading.

Read small stories and attend to page two
Sub editors have blind spots and can reduce important stories (according to you) to a few lines. The same goes for page two – these may have been bumped off the front page to make way for something ‘brighter’ that may sell newspapers on the newsagent’s counter.

Suspect ‘research’
Often put out by dodgy academics to gain publicity, which can be used for future funding applications. Look for how many people were surveyed. Seek out the ‘expert’ and who they work for. Would a real expert do / say this? Are they a doctor, professor or ‘researcher, Jeff Mutt…’

Check the calendar
Not just for April fools, but for annual stories. ‘disgust’ as A-level results increase again, or an annual art show ‘causes uproar’. You’ve read these before and you’ll read them again next year. On a busy day, flick on.

Suspect financial superlatives
It’s expected that teachers will get ‘their highest ever pay deals’, however excited the Minister sounds. Instead look at how these figures relate to the rate of inflation or with other similar / relative figures. Are bosses being paid more than shop floor staff.

Remember that news is cruel
Is life really full of failure and loathing? No. Newspapers don’t report happy news. Forgiveness or friendliness are hardly ever news. That’s why there is a group of people who seek out happier / trusted news sources.