Archive for the 'BBC Media Bank' Category

BBC Media Bank live

17 October, 2006 is finally live! Go get BBC content and use it on your site. We have just published content for Torchwood this morning, including the trail and an interview with Russell T Davies. Full site is available here:

I am so pleased this project finally really live . In the usual way it’s sort of overlapped with the feedback I have received from testers of the beta and comments in general and so we have already started working on version 2! Look out for more improvements soon…


Restoration Village online, oh, and on BBC Two too

22 August, 2006

Full episodes (yay!) of Restoration Village are now up on BBC Media Bank for you to use on your site. The perennial parents’ favourite (well, mine anyway) returns for a second series –

restoration village

The countryside’s forgotten architectural treasures beckon for this year’s Restoration series, which showcases 21 buildings from rural locations around the UK, all needing help to bring them back to their former glory.

These buildings once played a central role in their village and their restoration will inject new life into both the buildings and communities they stand in.
Watch Episode 1
Watch Episode 2
Watch Episode 3
Watch Episode 4 Watch Episode 4

Football on the BBC

22 August, 2006

The football season starts again and I couldn’t care less. But Match of the Day is back on the BBC and there’s a nice looking trail about Football on BBC which I have just made available on BBC Media Bank:

Plus, of course, it’s on BBC Media Bank so you can use this on your site, along with some natty pictures of Alan Shearer.

BBC Collective

22 August, 2006

I have a soft spot for BBC Collective – so I’m really pleased they have just added their weekly Video Player to BBC Media Bank. There is even a feed for the first time for Media Bank which is great:

BBC Collective

Collective’s video player offers an exclusive selection of cultural content from beyond the mainstream. Including live music sessions, interviews, mini-documentaries and more…

You too can use it on your site.

Dragons’ Den

31 July, 2006

We are adding content to BBC Media Bank now. This morning I have just pushed the new Dragons’ Den content live to the site:

Dragons’ Den

Two new dragons join the fire-breathing millionaire investors in Dragons’ Den on BBC 2.


Latest Episode

*UPDATE* Full episodes of Dragon’s Den are now available through BBC Media Bank. i.e. watch the latest episode online after it is broadcast.

BBC Media Bank Ts & Cs

24 July, 2006

Ooo, following on from the meeting last week – this morning I have in my hand, or my Inbox, the approved copy of the BBC Media Bank terms and conditions. I am going to HTML-ise these right now and add them to the site. We need to get the last minor technical fixes installed and we also need to sit down and just check that Editorial Policy here are across and happy with what we are doing. This hopefully should all be done this week which will mean wewill able to soft-launch the site!

Legal Meet

17 July, 2006

Oh yes! I have an appointment set to review the Terms & Conditions for the BBC Media Bank site with the legal team tomorrow. If you’ve been following this story, you’ll know this is the main outstanding issue to launching the site. Wish me luck.

BBC Media Bank Terms

10 July, 2006

One of the main motivations behind creating the BBC Media Bank site was to offer standard types of content and one standard terms and conditions that you in the UK can agree online once and then have access to all the content in BBC Media Bank. This is taking a while to sort out and is the main thing holding up launch of the site now. Today, I got the feedback I need about these from the BBC trademark lawyers.

That’s nearly the last step, but not quite. The full Ts&Cs for this site will have to be signed off by the Head of Legal and Business Affairs. Unfortunately, she is in China at the moment! And although I’m sure she’s checking her crackberry  regularly but  it’s a bit of a tall order to check and sign documents until she gets back.

Of course, that give me plenty of opportunity to find lots of little things I want to change on the site, but the launch is so near now, I can smell it…

BBC Syndication – A Short History

7 July, 2006

So, I thought a bit of background was in order. We’ve been syndicating content from to other sites in the UK for about three-and-a-half years now. This has always been done on a public-service basis because of the unique way in which the BBC is funded. In other words, my rationale for this goes like this:

  • UK licence-fee-payers pay for
  • Not all of them come to (some of them *gasp* use other websites)
  • Our publicly funded content should be available wherever the public is

We used to do this manually. We would go meet websites talk to them about what content was coming up, find out what they were interested in, right a separate legal agreement for each piece of content, develop it within the BBC so it was suitable for syndication, email it to the website with instructions, supervise the way the content was implemented on the site. And repeat. See the problem with this? It used to take ages and it was very people intensive for everybody: us and syndication partners.

This was a necessary step though, partly because syndicating content was quite a big step in letting go for, of giving up control. This is not universal by any means, but there is a school of thought in the BBC that commerce is dirty and that the people who work on are creating content for a public-service website, which should be protected from the rest of the world. This is different from the way I would see it: they are creating public-service content and is just one of the outlets for this, oh OK, the main outlet.

Anyway, while we were doing this manual kind of syndication, guess what: nobody died and nobody sued the BBC about our crazy syndication antics. But we knew we needed to change it. I’d like to say it was all a utopian dream to improve syndication, but a large part of the driver was the BBC-wide restructuring that happened – we lost a lot of people from our department and, although we know we wanted to continue syndicating content, it just wasn’t practical to continue the manual way.

…and so the idea for BBC Media Bank was born. This site (beta version live soon – and I’ll announce it here) will provide regular, updated BBC content about our TV and radio shows for people to publish to their own site. We will be adding new content each week and it will be available in a standard form and it will all be available under one set of online terms & conditions. This is the way we are classifying the content:

  1. BBC Images
    Picture publicity images
  2. BBC Trademarks
    BBC programme and channel brands
  3. BBC Text
    editorial and programme information
  4. BBC Links
    …to media files
    …to pages

And there is a test example of how this might look here. Apologies again to everyone who has been waiting patiently through the protracted development of this site. But I am nearly ready now, honestly. I will post updates on this blog and I welcome any comments or questions.

Convent Content

29 June, 2006

Hmmm, not bad but as I of all people should know, I am supposed to include a link back to the relevant BBC site: The Convent