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BBC cuts hit the radio network hard February 26, 2010

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A colleague of mine will be deeply upset by the announcement today that the BBC are cutting 6Music and BBC Switch from its radio portfolio.

In The Times’ report today it’s claimed that “the BBC will pledge to leave its commercial rivals to take the lead role in serving teenagers, and will announce the closure of its teen brands, BBC Switch and Blast!”. The Times also says that BBC Worldwide must dispense with its magazines arm, which includes Top Of The Pops magazine.

Interestingly, a sad day for 6Music listeners is also a sad day for Radio 1 listeners because the closure of 6Music will have a huge impact on Radio 1’s playlist. According to The Times, “Andy Parfitt, the [Radio 1] Controller, will be told that the demise of 6 Music will lead Radio 1 to become the corporation’s only major outlet for popular [by popular they mean not classical or opera shit] music. He will be ordered to tie the station more closely to 1Xtra, its digital counterpart, with greater cross-promotion”.

What this seems to suggest is that Radio 1 will have to take on board 6Music music and 1Xtra music, playing more alternative and urban tuneage meaning that the station will now have more genres to fit in. Will Radio 1 be able to find room for a new Mini Viva, or a new Pixie Lott, or a new JLS? Considering that we pay the license fee so that the BBC is able to provide us with a diverse range of music, shouldn’t some of those millions thrown at shows such as Doctor Who be moved around a bit?


Get sexy right now February 26, 2010

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The Government has decided to rain on everyone’s parade by releasing a report this week that recommends age restrictions on lads mags and music videos.

The research has been carried out by London Metropolitan University psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos (I kid you not), and argues that the growing prevalence of sexualised images in magazines, television, mobile phones and computer games is having a damaging effect on children and young people.

Amongst the recommendations the report makes is a system of 16 and 18 certificates for magazines such as Nuts and Zoo, and that music videos such as Shakira’s infamous leg-bending-flesh-stocking She Wolf opus should only be shown after the watershed.

The Guardian has some fantastic coverage of the story here and here with some excellent quotes which can be used for your exams. What do you think? As a nation are we exposing our children to too much sex? Does it really affect how children behave? Have you been affected directly by what you watch? Personally, after watching that Shakira video I ran straight to my local Primark, brought some tights and made up a rather fetching outfit which I’ll show you all if you get A’s in your exam.

February 26, 2010

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Apologies for my slowness on catching up with this story, which has actually turned out to be a bit of a non event. Earlier this week, the country’s three biggest cinema chains, Odeon, Vue and Cineworld threatened to boycott showing Tim Burton’s new 3D opus ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The cinemas didn’t like the fact that Disney had plans to shorten the films normal 17 week run at the cinema to a mere 12 weeks, in order to release the DVD early so that people don’t illegally download it. The Media Guardian has a good write up of all the problems with the films release here.

A2 students, this is a great story to talk about when discussing Media in the Online Age. Why do you think the distributors wanted only a 12 week run? Were the cinema’s right to put up a fight? Should they have backed down so easily?

There’s something about Mary February 26, 2010

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Thanks to Mark Hannigan for this hilarious Mary Poppins mashup. Viewers beware, you may find some scenes disturbing…

AS Coursework: Conventions February 25, 2010

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Today we completed your first entry for your PowerPoint under the heading: “In what way does your magazine use, challenge and develop forms and conventions?”

We looked at the conventions of a range of publications, the notes of which can all be used in your PowerPoint. We looked at the following aspects:




Mode of Address (the way in which the media product “speaks” to its audience).

You should be able to now write up this slide if your PowerPoint, and describe the way in which your magazine challenges the conventions that we discussed in todays lessons. Make sure to start off by discussing some of the publications we looked at today, before then going on to analyse specific music magazines which you have drawn your inspiration from.

Don’t forget that there’s an exemplar PowerPoint on moodle to get some inspiration from.

A2 Coursework – Planning and Evaluation February 10, 2010

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Here is the handout for what’s going to be expected to be covered on your coursework blog. Download the document here: A2 Coursework Research and Evaluation Coversheet.

A guide to how to set up your blog can be found here.

And a link to an A2 coursework blog that got an A grade can be found here. Be aware with this one though that rather than doing a radio drama, these students created a music video, but the questions, planning and evaluation aspects are still the same.

The license fee debate moves ever forward February 9, 2010

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Very interesting news story today about the BBC revealing how much it pays its stars. Well, almost revealing. They’ve released a total figure of £229million of license fee payers money which goes to lining the pockets of its highest paid presenters such as Jonathan Ross and Chris Moyles.  

Many people (well, the Daily Mail) are calling for the BBC to reveal individual figures for its presenters but the BBC have declined, stating that it would damage the commercial value of the presenter when they attempt to get other jobs. True, but when you’re funded by the public, you kinda have an obligation to tell the truth. Just like politicians do…