How BBC World Service uses the social media, and more BBC world services in the news.

Posted: 12 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
Interview with BBC World Service director Peter Horrocks: "Q: What examples come to your mind where social media improved BBC reporting? Horrocks: Classic examples are situations where it is hard to report from. In northern Nigeria, for example, we are using mobile phones which we provided to villages. In each village there is one person who is known as 'the keeper of the mobile'. This was a way we learnt about a government confrontation with a village about land rights. We looked into that story, and used BBC journalistic rigours to covered that story. Here we simply use social media applying what always has made the BBC World Service strong: holding goverments accountable using this news technique." Mercedes Bunz, PDA blog, The Guardian, 10 February 2010. "'This isn't just a kind of fad from someone who's an enthusiast of technology. I'm afraid you're not doing your job if you can't do those things. It's not discretionary', [Horrocks] is quoted as saying in the BBC in-house weekly Ariel. ... Horrocks, formerly head of the BBC's multimedia newsroom, finds clear words for it: 'If you don't like it, if you think that level of change or that different way of working isn't right for me, then go and do something else, because it's going to happen. You're not going to be able to stop it.'" Bunz, PDA Blog, The Guradian, 10 February 2010.
     Chancellor of the Exchequer "Alistair Darling agreed on Wednesday to bail out the Foreign Office, topping up its core budget by almost 10 per cent, after a collapse in the pound left diplomats facing a financial squeeze. ... The problems at the Foreign Office were caused by a Treasury decision in late 2007 to stop shielding it from currency fluctuations. Sterling subsequently fell 30 per cent against the dollar. ... David Miliband, foreign secretary, also revealed that other Foreign Office funded bodies – including the British Council and BBC World Service – would be making a 'contribution to help manage these pressures'." Alex Barker, Financial Times, 10 February 2010.
     "Broadcasting of programmes of the BBC World Service through the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will recommence on the 1st of next month. Local listeners will be accorded the opportunity to listen to this channel in all three languages. An agreement in this regard was signed at the Corporation premises today. ... The English Programme of the BBC World Service will be broadcast for a period of three and a half hours. The Sinhala and Tamil Programmes will be broadcast for a period of 30 minutes each. Former Chairman of the Corporation Hudson Samarasinghe said it was impelled to suspend the BBC World Service programme during the period the humanitarian operations were conducted, taking into consideration the broadcasting of information harmful to national security." SLBC, 12 February 2010.
     "BBC World News has become part of the Sun Direct DTH platform in India. Available on Sun Direct’s basic pack, the deal boosts the number of Indian homes in which BBC World News is available by over 20%, to around 22 million. Sun Direct has about 5 million subscribing homes." Rose Major, Rapid TV News, 10 February 2010. See also BBC World News press release, 9 February 2010.
     "BBC AMERICA HD is now available across 20 states as it continues to roll out rapidly across the country." BBC America press release, 11 February 2010.
     "Monocle, the upscale magazine, is launching its own TV series on BBC World News." Campaign, 11 February 2010.
     "Written as email exchanges between a BBC World Service journalist ensconced in the middle-class haven of North London and a beleagured Iraqi academic (and Chaucer expert) in Baghdad, this could have been a lazy format for a book in our blogosphere age. Yet the correspondence - begun in 2005 when Bee Rowlatt emails May Witwit in an attempt to gain professional insight into the lives of ordinary Iraqi's who have been blighted by the invasion and ensuing occupation - turns into what appears to be a true and deep friendship - despite their differences (one dodges bombs, the other struggles with the work-life balance) including its tenderness, disputes, and a movingly happy ending." Arifa Akbar, The Independent, 12 February 2010.