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The Legacy of Frank Gillard
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Having overheard a few bright young things in BBC local radio call their awards the ‘Gilliards’, it might be worth a quick canter through the life of the man who was Frank Gillard who lent his name to your annual budget knees up awards ceremony.  He is the reason you are here.    The BBC was not aw…

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Who's Listening and How?
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The diligent folk at Rajar are unassuming. They don't shout about all the canny analysis they do.  They are pretty good at acronyms too.  MIDAS is their excellent  ' Measurement of Internet Delivered Audio Services ' survey , designed to provid e context and insight into how audio cont…

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BBC Annual Report 2016/2017 (Radio)  - Summary
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I’m not saying that the BBC sought to bury the contents of its  Annual Report and Accounts for 2016/17 by publishing its stars’ salaries on the same day, but the necessary timing had that effect. Actually, it was probably more tempting to try  to bury the salary stats instead. Onto the report itsel…

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BBC Salaries - An Own Goal
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Congratulations, Government.  Your requirement of the BBC to distort a market has been thoroughly successful. Well done. It will cost you. The salary figures published today are greeted with the typically outraged response by people who, viewing and listening figures suggest, were largely very happ…

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The Importance of Being Likeable
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How annoying is it when someone pops up and asks a devastatingly brilliant simple question which cuts to the heart of the carefully-assembled presentation you've just delivered. Damn you. Last week, amidst some lively BBC coaching work, the suave Gareth Roberts picked up on something I'd mu…

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Farewell, Paul Hollingdale
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Just about everyone knows the name of the first presenter on Radio 1 in 1967 - and the station's first song.  Fewer would know that 'The Sound of Music' was the glorious opening tune on Radio 2 - and its first presenter was Paul Hollingdale. Just shy of the station's 50th anniversar…

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BBC - Interim Annual Plan - Summary and Comment
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It surfaced a day later than Ofcom suggested it might, and Wales is still on tenterhooks, but the BBC annual plan, has arrived today.  Whilst it may not sound like great holiday reading, the missive emerges at a critical time. The BBC has a funky new Board that sets its strategy, runs its operation…

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