Thursday, June 5, 2008

BBC's Non-Worldwide Web

Building on the success of the iPlayer, we want to develop to include a broad range of the BBC's broadcast content, as well as new and interactive forms of media that enable audiences to interact with and contribute to the website.

-Mark Thompson, BBC director-general

In Steve Clarke, "BBC Puts More Channels Online," Variety, June 5, 2008

"The BBC is preparing to put all its TV channels online — but the video streams will only be available to users in the U.K." Its youth and digital channels are already online, but the new initiative will include the U.K.'s most popular channel, BBC1. Accessed through the iPlayer, which allows accessing programs from the past week, the already streaming channels help to make the BBC website one of the UK's most popular. The BBC's site was recently criticized by the BBC Trust for overspending. Another already hot issue that is likely to get even more attention involves TV funding in the internet age: "how to force auds that only watch online to pay the TV license fee, which funds all U.K. BBC services to the tune of around $6 billion a year."

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