There was no wink and they never sold it out for these half-hour, densely, beautifully produced pieces, which is, for all possibilities, obscuring that this doesn’t at all sound like a comedy show. It is all the production elements you would use in a full-scale news production. All the gravitas, but just inflated to a point that it has no gravitas whatsoever. And I think that is where it became this excitingly subversive thing because it just showed that BBC Radio 4 and everything it stood for was just a big bag of shit.
John Oliver on why he's a fan of On the Hour. On the Hour
, of course, is the legendary BBC news radio program created by, among other people, Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It
, In The Loop
), Christopher Morris (Jam
, Brass Eye
, Four Lions
, Why Bother?
), Stewart Lee (41st best stand-up comic ever
), and Steve Coogan (Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge
, I'm Alan Partridge
). Short-lived but influential, On the Hour
mimicked the tone and production of other radio news shows but replaced the content with what Oliver describes as "unremitting bullshit". On the Hour
was aired in two six-episode series (S1E1 S1E2 S1E3 S1E4 S1E5 S1E6
; S2E1 S2E2 S2E3 S2E4 S2E5 S2E6
), and begat a television series called The Day Today
. That show in turn added Graham Linehan (Black Books
, Father Ted
, The IT Crowd
) to On the Hour
's already all-star lineup, upped the already-insane levels of overproduction, and ran for six short-but-glorious episodes (one two three four five (WAR!) six
), as well as a special 9/11 radio report
. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jun 10, 2013 -
A bad day in the news gallery? Talkback recording of everything going wrong during The One O'Clock News from the BBC in 1986: Part One
, Part Two
, Part Three
. Unless of course, this was a typical day ... "I haven't got any scripts Mike! How am I supposed to run a show?" "Animate quantel or whatever you want to do..." [via
posted by feelinglistless
on Jun 9, 2009 -
monitors news websites and detects when articles change. The versions are viewable and the changes are highlighted. Some edits are miniscule, others are quite interesting
. A Recommended Revisions list
yields all manner of edits. Also on the News Sniffer site, Watch Your Mouth
monitors the BBC's 'Have Your Say
' website and detects when comments get censored.
posted by thisisdrew
on Nov 1, 2006 -
It's a site dedicated to monitoring news articles and discussion threads at the BBC. For censored comments from BBC news threads: Watch Your Mouth
. And now it has implementation that tracks changes in news articles, to see how things are edited: Revisionista
. Here's a couple
posted by gsb
on Sep 11, 2006 -
--as reported by BBC News, on this day in 1962 (video clip too)--her travails and travels, the law, publicity, and what happened afterwards. (more here from American Prospect
in 05: ...A Gallup Poll taken that year showed that the majority of Americans supported Finkbine, and her case was a turning point ...
posted by amberglow
on Aug 26, 2006 -
All I have to do is change my name to Peyton,
motivate my girlfriend to marry me and have a baby, and hey presto! young Peyton will receive a six-figure scholarship to Brighton College
in England, explains the BBC because the college can't fulfil the bequest by former pupil Derek Wakehurst Peyton. Brighton looks a nice place
so roll up all Peytons, the college principal is spreading "the net wider to the United States, Australia and beyond." Second thoughts ... maybe simpler for me simply to motivate her to change her name ...
posted by Schroder
on Mar 6, 2006 -
Ground-based astronomy could be impossible in 40 years because of pollution from aircraft exhaust trails and climate change, an expert says.
posted by goldism
on Mar 2, 2006 -
The BBC News website
has introduced links to other news sites' articles
that relate to the stories they cover.
is based around a similar premise, but as far as I know the BBC is the first major news organization to link to articles not written by themselves.
A good example of this in action is the current headline article about today's bombings in Iraq
(look in the right sidebar).
Only the top stories seem to have this feature activated, but hopefully (to me at least) it will spread through the site with time.
posted by lowlife
on Sep 30, 2004 -
The BBC introduces
it's new grass-roots political website iCan
. After research showed (surprise surprise) that "many people are very disillusioned and cynical about politicians and local civic institutions
" moves were made to set up iCan, to enable people to get information on and engage in local and national political issues. With search tools to find actions on local issues, message boards, and the ability to create a website for your cause, "iCan aims to make politics accessible to ordinary people confronting a problem.
" It's also one of the things Rupert Murdoch and The Guardian would like to squash.
posted by Blue Stone
on Nov 4, 2003 -
Rupert Murdoch, The Guardian Newspaper Group, magazine group IPC (and others) have formed an unlikely coalition, the British Internet Providers Association
, in order to do one thing: decimate the BBC Online website, and protect their own online ventures
. They demand that "BBC Online should be scaled back to being a 'news portal' and...should release its internet source code to commercial organisations.
" Spin-off projects such as iCan, the grassroots political site which the BBC is set to launch in October, would be trashed, and the BBC's use of its website to promote programmes, magazines and services would be restricted. In addition the BBC would face a cost ceiling on
its online budget and be forced to "provide links to the news services of its competitors
The Governement's closing date for submissions to the BBC Online review
is November 17th, 2003.
posted by Blue Stone
on Sep 28, 2003 -
BBC News reporters' weblog on the war is closed.
It was a great example of how the idea of weblog can be used in mainstream media. (Although it lacked hyper-links) In it's last instalment, reporters record some final impressions and look back at what it was like reporting the war. The daily archives are available on the right column of the page.
posted by hoder
on Apr 18, 2003 -
be allowed to contain caricatures and satire
of major figures without their permission? My opinion is yes they bloody well should. Good luck to the producers with hunting down Osama.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Nov 27, 2002 -
Children's News Online
- from the BBC. Newsround is their long-running, early-evening TV news show for kids. It was fascinating watching it struggle with presenting the Falklands War in the eighties. I wonder how CBBC News will cope?
posted by ntk
on Oct 22, 2001 -