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"Noise: a Human History", on air soon

Started by Richard Ranft Mar 12, 2013. 0 Replies

Professor David Hendy's 30-part BBC radio series "Noise: a Human History" starts on Monday 18th March 2013:…Continue

Tags: Hendy, British Library

Programmes for International Women's Day, Friday 8th March

Started by Paul Wilson Mar 6, 2013. 0 Replies

Lots of interesting events happening around International Women's Day on Friday but where better to start than R4's Woman's…Continue

BBC's "Radio Times" digitised

Started by Richard Ranft. Last reply by Luke McKernan Dec 8, 2012. 3 Replies

The BBC has announced the completion of its Genome project, its effort to digitise programme listings from old copies of the Radio Times magazine.More here:…Continue

European contest for short radio plays

Started by Cheryl Tipp Sep 4, 2012. 0 Replies

Create an Accident is inviting artists from all over Europe to create and submit new radio plays. Find out more here: …Continue

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Comment by Paul Wilson on December 4, 2012 at 20:16

Playback's Radio group subscribers may also wish to join the Speech to Text group (select Groups tab above) because this British Library project is already strongly suggesting that people will in the very near future be accessing the content of archived radio (and other broadcast media) in very different ways. Until now the only way for a researcher to establish with certainty whether a programme included content relevant to their subject was to sit down with tapes and listen to them. New digital technologies are now poised to change all of that forever.

But while we are busy looking at ways to mass convert recorded speech to searchable text, print publishers are increasingly seeking to do the opposite - converting their text into audio. With the enormous amount of readable data now demanding people's attention on mobile devices, the challenge for publishers is to find ways of making their publications accessible to people in circumstances when reading is not an option. Incredibly up to 30% of The Economist's 1.5m 'readers' are now said to be consuming a specially made audio version of the magazine - some of them while swimming:

Listening in at The Economist

Comment by Richard Ranft on December 1, 2012 at 21:38

A trio of blogs posts from the guys at BBC R&D about the World Service online archive prototype have just appeared:
1. The World Service archive prototype by Yves Raimund
2. Developing the World Service archive prototype by Andrew Nicolaou
3. Usability, by Pete Warren

Comment by Richard Ranft on November 25, 2012 at 11:21

Been listening to Paul Gambaccini's fascinating 6-part series "History of Music Radio" in the UK and USA on BBC Radio 2. Catch it on iPlayer at
Programme 2 available now and #1 will be 'available soon'

Comment by Paul Wilson on November 9, 2012 at 15:10

The 90th anniversary of British broadcasting (and of course the BBC) is this coming Wednesday, 14th November. The BBC is already celebrating the occasion with a number of on-air programmes and projects (of which more to follow), but before the opportunity is lost, don't miss this fascinating Simon Elmes produced Archive on 4 feature Tuning In - only one day left to catch this:

Comment by A R on August 14, 2012 at 10:04

Podcasting can be used in many different ways. I wonder where and how do you prefer listening to your fav podcasts? I just realised I mainly do that while i'm on the go or doing something else, while working, while cooking, and on my bike.

Comment by A R on August 7, 2012 at 10:20

You may find this interesting: this interview is a very complete overview of the last 6 years of experience in podcasting of the online radio project Ràdio Web MACBA

'Exploring, Documenting, Archiving. Radio Web MACBA. The Internet-Radio of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona'.

An interview by Jens Heitjohann (Leipzig) about Ràdio Web MACBA

Ràdio Web MACBA:

Comment by Luke McKernan on July 12, 2012 at 13:43

Farewell to Bush House:

"Since March, Bush House has been emptying gradually. Region by region and floor by floor, the language services have been leaving. Now the move is almost complete, the building is silent and the lifts come unnervingly fast.

The central newsroom is the last to leave, waiting until midday on Thursday 12 July, when the final five-minute bulletin will be read, and then the switch will be complete."

Comment by Paul Wilson on June 8, 2012 at 16:18

The full text of the speech given by Tony Ageh (BBC Controller, Archive Development) at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on 15th May 2012, in which he described in more detail his vision of a Digital Public Space. In it Ageh claims that "the toughest issue by far is bringing together the public sector behemoths that hold the bulk of the nation’s culture and heritage in their archives. The challenge is to get them to agree and then work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes on behalf of themselves and public that they exist to serve."

Comment by Luke McKernan on June 1, 2012 at 9:29

Embeddable too, so added to the Playback videos section.

Comment by Richard Ranft on May 31, 2012 at 17:19

Paul, thanks for this, very interesting - lots of recognisable faces too!


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