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Saturday 1 July 2006

Big Brother: Pete accidentally falls into the pool

Earlier this morning Pete was sitting on the edge of the pool chatting, when he leaned back, overbalanced and fell in. Love the sound as his microphone goes underwater! Pete is great entertainment.


Filed under: TV & film,With video — GS @ 3:25 am
Thursday 22 June 2006

Advertising watchdog investigates Big Brother’s golden ticket draw

The Advertising Standards Authority is to investigate the Big Brother golden ticket draw amid claims it was a fix, says The Guardian.

According to The Mail On Sunday:

‘It also emerged the clothes and cups used in the task The State of Susie, which have her face plastered on them, were made before all the golden tickets had been found.

The firm hired to make the items has admitted it knew all about Susie before Friday’s night’s live draw.’

Meanwhile, see photos of Sezer and Grace disgracing themselves on a night out. Sezer appears to be wearing his eviction outfit still and Grace seems to have forgotten something…


Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 2:37 pm
Wednesday 3 May 2006

The BBC, public participation and ‘user generated’ content

How serious is the BBC about public participation and user-generated content? Not very serious, I would say…

The BBC has always looked on the public as material to be used in its programmes and now it looks on photographs and videos that come from that public as material to be used in its programmes. So not much change…

The old joke is that the official BBC tie has small checks (cheques). But, for many people these days, the BBC means no cheques…

My experience, as a former magazine writer/photographer and now web developer, is that the Corporation is always on the look out for free content. I’m tired of producers and researchers asking to use my photographs for free. There’s never any money. With a remit to encourage creativity and promote culture in Britain, the BBC is the last organisation that should be doing this.

Then there’s the raw deal that independent TV production companies have experienced over the years… If this is the BBC’s attitude to fellow professionals, then pardon me for being just a little bit cynical about the Beeb’s enthusiasm for material from the public.

READ THE SMALL PRINT

Before you supply any photos or videos, as a member of the public, read the terms. You’re giving the BBC:

‘a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide. This may include the transmission of the material by our overseas partners’

In the case of video, it says they may not even be able to credit you. Wonderful — no payment and not even a name-check either. Isn’t there some European law that entitles everyone to be identified as the author of his or her work?

I hope the public will wake up to this soon. I believe that the companies that deal unfairly now will pay later once people get over the novelty of seeing their video on screen and realise that they have been ‘used’.

It really pays to keep people happy these days. The video blogger or photographer who has a good experience of providing footage to a company, may continue to do so for years to come. But leave someone with a bad taste in their mouth and there will be no more material from that source in the future.

Guess which of these is the best business model?

UPDATE: LoadedPun has the story of a video blogger who helped CNN make a report for TV but then was told he would have to pay $1000 if he wanted to include the final video on his blog. In fact, so far, he hasn’t even been able to see the report!

Maybe this guy will think twice before getting involved with CNN again? Piss off enough videobloggers, who then tell everyone else, and soon no one will want to work with CNN. It seems that yet another big media company hasn’t quite woken up to the way things are changing?

Friday 14 April 2006

BBC Manchester Passion — exclusive footage of rehearsals

From this afternoon — exclusive video footage of rehearsals for ‘Manchester Passion’, which will be broadcast live from Manchester city centre on BBC3 tonight. I edited this and put it online in an hour.


Filed under: Manchester,TV & film,With video — GS @ 5:59 pm
Thursday 13 April 2006

Video blogs could be hit by EU rules

The Times reports that the most popular video blogs may have to comply with new European television regulations, if proposals are adopted by Europe’s member states.

However British ministers and regulators believe that a light touch and selfregulation is the way to go. They plan to lobby their counterparts elsewhere in Europe to force some amendments.


Filed under: Net & technology,The media,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 8:20 am
Wednesday 12 April 2006

Manchester Passion – live BBC event on Friday

At 9pm on Good Friday, BBC 3 will broadcast ‘Manchester Passion‘ live from the city centre. It’s a ‘contemporary retelling of the last hours of Jesus life told through the music of Manchester’.

I’m not exactly a big fan of religion (or Manchester pop bands), but you have to admire the BBC for taking a chance with something different like this and that alone makes it worth supporting. It’s being made by the same people as FlashMob the Opera — which I enjoyed.

Hopefully I’ll be there shooting some video to put up here next weekend.

More info on the Manchester City Council website.


Filed under: Manchester,TV & film — GS @ 8:50 am
Monday 13 March 2006

Open All Hours shop threatened with demolition

The shop from the BBC comedy series Open All Hours could be demolished to make way for new developments in Doncaster.

They must be mad! How many tourist attractions does Doncaster have?


Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 9:06 am
 
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