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TV licence convictions hard to justify, says MP scrutinising BBC | BBC licence fee | The Guardian
I’d never met anyone else called Julian until I worked at the BBC and there were five others on my floor
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Nested Links Without Nesting Links — Sara Soueidan – Freelance-Front-End UI/UX Developer
Calling these links “layered links” is a lot more appropriate and descriptive than “nested links”, given how they are implemented/styled.
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yesterday by fjordaan
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How the BBC’s Netflix-killing plan was snuffed by myopic regulation • WIRED UK
Chris Stokel-Walker:
<p>It all started in 2007, in a Shepherd’s Bush pub where Ashley Highfield was having a pint and mulling over a bold plan. As the director of technology and new media at the BBC, Highfield had just overseen the launch of the iPlayer – BBC’s online catch-up service. Now he wanted to try and build a commercial equivalent that would earn more. For that reason that he was meeting over drinks with Ben McOwen-Wilson, then head of strategy at ITV.

Scribbling on the back of a coaster, the two mapped out the plan for a British digital television streaming service which would feature selected Hollywood films alongside content from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. That service would be named Kangaroo.

The premise was simple: it would be the best of British television, co-owned by the three broadcasters, fully committed to the project. It was a prototypical Britbox, the streaming service that the British networks finally set up in 2017, but according to Highfield it would have packed a heavier punch thanks to a broader range of content, including rights to American films.

“I think the difference [with Britbox is] that each of the players realises this is too little, too late, and will therefore hedge their bets,” says Highfield, who now works outside the TV industry, in a yacht-making business. Back then, he says, there was impetus to act as the battle was not yet lost.

“Each of the big players was desperate to not be wrong-footed by the emergence of players like Hulu and Sky’s growing dominance in this area.” There were also rumours swirling of other streaming platforms that could come in and steal audience share. “The stars aligned in a way that took ten years to even partially align again.”

The birth of the iPlayer itself had been difficult, according to a source present at the time in the BBC, who asked not to be named because they still work for the organisation. “It faced huge resistance internally from TV,” they say. Digital was considered the “weird sibling” of television and radio before the internet content boom, and commissioners in traditional broadcast were worried digital services would cannibalise their audiences. Some were still stuck in a 20th century mentality, and couldn’t understand the appeal of on-demand viewing.</p>


Terrific article, and so timely as idiots in the government try to tear apart the BBC because they can't bear journalistic inquiry.
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yesterday by charlesarthur
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No 10 could scrap BBC licence fee in favour of a subscription model | Media | The Guardian
Source claims Boris Johnson is ‘strident’ about broadcaster’s reach being scaled back
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