Mediaquake 2009: Top 10 insights into the year’s media shakedown!

There's a clause in every blogger's contract which states that they must, at the end of each year, produce some kind of retrospective Top 10 list. Unfortunately for my part, instead of doing something useful like providing mp3s of the year's Top 50 hardhouse bangers, I've compiled a themed Top 10 list of posts about this year's mediaquake, as someone is bound to have called it. 1. The nature of the media crisis You've all read Tapscott and Shirky, but in case you needed a refresher on what's happening, then Advergirl concisely explains how and why 'big media' is struggling: The Media C...

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BBC shares video content with newspaper sites

The BBC has announced that it will share video content with news sites with over 1 million uniques per month (it will be available to everyone in mid-August.) The Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and Daily Mail are the first on board, with video news content covering UK politics, science, business and health. The content will be geoblocked, and will appear in "a BBC branded player with clear on-screen branding, plus link-backs to BBC Online". There will be no white label option. The player will be available to all site owners from "mid-August 2009". Interested parties should apply ...

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User generated content: is it worth it?

The BBC College of Journalism just published the papers from a conference on the Future of Journalism (pdf). I can't pretend to have read them all, however, I have read Dealing with User-Generated Content: is it Worth it? by Paul Hambleton, the Executive Producer of Television Newsgathering at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (starts p.32 - note to BBC, PDF is not the future of journalism). The piece is frank, Paul's position is that they're still working out how best to do this: "we still struggle to understand the intersection point between our audience, our journalism, and their f...

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BBC announces next generation iPlayer

Newer, faster, better, etc. Interesting stats further down: There have been over 100 million requests to view programmes since BBC iPlayer launched. In May alone, there were 21.8 million requests to view, some 700,000 per day on average.

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Bandwidth throttling and net neutrality

An interesting post over at Public Knowledge about net neutrality and ISP bandwidth throttling, sorry, network management. As video and audio (http) now account for around 50% of all network traffic (P2P only accounts for about 20%), the problem for ISPs is not with a small group of filesharers, it's with all of us. The only answer so far is throttling, sorry traffic shaping, those who use more bandwidth, but ultimately this can't solve the problem of an overall increase in the amount of video watched on the internet. One of the suggested solutions in the UK is that the TV companies, the BB...

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The BBC’s 15 web principles

The BBC's 15 web principles. A couple of these rules are a little BBC specific, but all-in-all this is a great guide to building and developing websites. If asked, I'd add that you should spend as much time developing and refining your content as you do designing and building the site.

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