Newsbeat – The Brit Awards

Newsbeats reported live at the infamous award show, The Brits whilst interviewing artists and presenters at the ceremony they also commented on the issue that Stormzy reportedly helped to create more diversity. Newsbeat commented that Stormzy “pushed the BritsSoWhite hashtag and it trended on Twitter. Soon Lily Allen, Laura Mvula and Wolf Alice were among the acts to criticise the lack of people from so-called “black music genres” picking up nominations. Stomzy then put out the track One Take Freestyle, calling the Brit Awards “embarrassing”. The BPI reacted by getting Stormzy in for a chat about changes to the voting system.” (Newsbeat, 2017) The location item had actuality of fans screaming for the bands that they liked and it worked for Newsbeat and it was well presented.

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The amount of young people that are now tuning into Newsbeat has increased from the “weekly reach of around 3.3 million listeners (compared to an overall Radio 1 audience of just under 11 million). More 15 to 24-year-olds (34% of them) get their news from Newsbeat than from any other BBC TV or radio outlet. Compton says it’s a myth that young people are not interested in news; the challenge is how to reach them.” (Plunkett, 2014) So it’s typical for a location item to be aimed at that age range and appeal to them by reporting at the Brit awards with interviewees such as Little Mix and Emma Willis. The one thing I would improve about how the show is presented is to include more actuality of the awards being announced and the cheers from the audience which could have increased the location item more but overall it was a good coverage of the Brit Awards which appealed to younger audiences and addressed issues of black artist nominations.

References

How Stormzy helped to change Brits voting system after #BritsSoWhite controversy. (2017). Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37879188/how-stormzy-helped-to-change-brits-voting-system-after-britssowhite-controversy

Plunkett, J. (2014). Radio 1’s Newsbeat rips up the rulebook to lure young listeners. the Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/oct/12/radio-1-newsbeat-youngsters-news

Vice Short Documentaries; what women have to lose from an Obamacare appeal.

The story that Vice chose to cover was how women will be affected by the current appeal against Obamacare. Vice have chosen to cover the story from predominantly a female perspective on how stripping back Obamacare can cause women to be more vulnerable to pregnancies, diseases and overall health issues because of ‘gender rating’. In the short documentary it focuses on one female presenter stating the facts regarding the rise in heath care for women and how Obamacare covers them in all circumstances. Vice interestingly uses animated statistics to illustrate the facts effectively to audiences like showing charts and comparisons of men’s health verses women’s and livens up the short doc. Furthermore, Vice have used creditable sources such as the ‘US Department of Health and Human Services’, which makes it a stronger argument. In addition, to back the points up that they were making they used archived footage of interviews, activists and specialists fighting for Obamacare.

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Vice’s short documentaries is described by critics as “one of the founders, suggested that he and his band of insurgents were building “the next MTV.” And then there was a promise to become “the next CNN” — outrageous claims at the time, but they are becoming truer every passing day.” (Carr, 2014)  It’s also really ambitious in telling the real life stories of individuals like the documentary where Vice goes inside of Syria front lines. One article described that particular documentary to be “very strong, especially Yeung’s effort that entailed dangerous reporting throughout Syria. For sure, there has been great reporting in the country. But this goes well beyond much of the sporadic American media accounts, which have tended to focus on the battle over Aleppo and the nation’s unceasing humanitarian disaster resulting from a civil war with atrocities on all sides.” (Warren, 2017)

vice news.jpgIf I could change anything about that short documentary is that I would interview more people from different perspectives such as a political figures, male activists and ordinary people who benefit or don’t benefit from this appeal. I think this would add more depth to the program and it would make for a better documentary but as a whole they effectively get the women’s side across and make some interesting and eye opening points on why stripping Obamacare is a bad thing for everyone but especially women.

obamacareThe link to watch the documentary is here: https://video.vice.com/en_uk/video/what-women-have-to-lose-from-an-obamacare-repeal/58a37fa51ff6af580473ca79

References

Carr, D. (2014). Its Edge Intact, Vice Is Chasing Hard News. [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/business/media/its-edge-intact-vice-is-chasing-hard-news-.html?_r=0 [Accessed 25 Feb. 2017].

Warren, J. (2017). Vice goes inside Syria to show what media censorship really looks like. [online] Poynter. Available at: https://www.poynter.org/2017/vice-goes-inside-syria-to-show-what-media-censorship-really-looks-like/449927/ [Accessed 25 Feb. 2017].

Contacting Contributors

For an assignment at the University of Salford, I have been assigned to research a topic for a TV show and phone up contributors to participate in. At the start of this task I thought it would be easy to find people who liked to talk about their specialist subjects, however, once emailing people and struggling to find phone numbers to actual specialists I discovered it’s a lot harder than I once thought it would be. Unfortunately I only secured one phone which went better than expected. I forgot to ask a few questions that related to my topic area which I’m still deciding on but the phone call went relatively well.

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For the module that I’m doing, I have chosen to do a short BBC Three documentary on debunking the myth of the Loch Ness monster. I have already planned out which contacts I’m going to choose and which would be useful to me, however until I actually get in contact with them I wouldn’t know if they knew a lot of information which could benefit me or not. I plan to contact a range of people from marine biologists, to see if the actual Loch Ness monster is as big and wide as they possible say or if that is a myth too. I will also try to contact fanatics and people with some experience of seeing the monster to get their side of the story then do further research into how the myth came about, what fueled people’s interest in the myth and if the myth can be debunked or to some extent prove that their could be a monster out there.

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As for the contributors, I emailed a lot of people regarding the subject but nobody has gotten back to me and I have not managed to secure a phone number so for the next couple of weeks, my task is to find useful information regarding Loch Ness so that I am well informed for when I actually speak to a specialist or anyone willing to talk about their experiences.

BBC Radio 4- A Mix-Tape for Gus

This program was broadcasted on Tuesday 7th of October, at 11:30am where “Young composer Emily Levy sorts through the mix-tapes which her brother Gus made for her, and considers their power both to hurt and to heal since his premature death in an accident.” (BBC Radio 4, 2014) The subject matter touches on some powerful emotions through loss and grieving and how she and her family coped with the loss of her brother whilst listening to the tapes that her brother made. This segment on BBC Radio 4 could also be considered intimate with some listeners because someone else could be dealing with a similar loss and the show could in a way be helping them to also come to terms with their grief. According to the BBC Trust, BBC Radio 4 “should appeal to listeners seeking intelligent programmes in many genres which inform, educate and entertain.” (BBC Trust, n.d) This show sticks to the mission statement of the radio station as it informs viewers of different types of loss.

bbc-radio-4The content could be perceived as personal reflection at a time where Emily Levy was hurting so much and she looks back on her brother and his music, and in a way “she finds solace in the discovery that sharing Gus’ music tastes with others bestows on him a kind of immortality.” (BBC Radio 4, 2014) In addition, the young composer actually commented on what it was like to produce such a touching show and said that it “is a tricky thing to self-promote because it is both so personal and so important to me – however, I’m going for it because I’m really proud of what producer Beaty Rubens and I have created.” (Levy, 2014).

emily-levyProducers have used the actual mix tapes that Gus sent to Emily as “he would make her compilation tapes which brought together his passionate and eclectic taste. When he went off to university, the tape-making continued.” (BBC Radio 4, 2014) They also used opinions on his music from some of Gus’ best friends and people who knew him well saying his personality and music taste was an ‘up the establishment’ attitude. Also at the end of the radio show, a touching tribute was made from his sister to say a final goodbye to a beloved brother and composer.

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The interesting thing about this radio show is that it could be translated into a visual medium because of the gripping and heart-warming sentiment of it all. It could be interesting to include visual footage of the distressed sister who is grieving for her brother and it would be a gripping documentary.

References

BBC – BBC Radio 4 – BBC Trust. Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/our_work/services/radio/service_licences/bbc_radio_4.html

BBC,. (2014). A Mix-Tape for Gus. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 10 February 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04kbjhs

Levy, E. (2014). ‘A Mix-Tape for Gus’ Music Documentary | Emily Levy. Emilylevy.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2017, from http://emilylevy.co.uk/news/mix-tape-gus-music-documentary

BBC Three – The Man Who Squeezes Muscles: Searching for Purple Aki

The Man who Squeezes Muscles: Searching for Purple Aki is not actually on a mainstream channel interestingly it is broadcasted on BBC Three online. According to the Mirror, “the PVA also found that the move offered low value for money because of the smaller audience, but recognised that the closure would generate a net saving of £30 million per annum to offset financial pressures or for investment in other areas.” (Wylie, 2015) The documentary by BBC Three focuses on real life stories of an ‘urban legend’ amongst Merseyside residents called ‘Purple Aki’ and debates in the program if he is a victim himself of racial discrimination. The way BBC Three tell this unique story is through interesting sequences of the town centre focused where victims claimed to be attacked by the man and the stories of the real life victims, how it’s affected their lives.

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BBC Three’s mission statement is targeted at young audiences that “is ‘never afraid to try new things’ and will continue to innovate with breakthrough comedy, stand-out entertainment, brave documentary and intelligent factual formats. Our content needs to have potential to innovate across platforms.” (BBC Three, n.d.) If this was broadcasted on ITV which is a family orientated channel they would have to remove a lot of the swearing, and some of the stories that they tell in detail. The documentary has opened up a full investigation into Purple Aki AKA, Akinwale Arobieke. In fact, “a BBC spokeswoman said it could not comment on the investigation. She said: ‘This is a serious and considered film made in line with our usual editorial standards and we stand by it. As a matter has been raised with the police we are unable to comment further.’” (BBC News, 2016)

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The angles that this program takes is to inform viewers about Purple Aki and took the opinions of the victims that had been affected by his actions. The blurb reads “Part bogeyman; part urban legend – his real name is Akinwale Arobieke. What’s his story? Why has he been feared for nearly 30 years? Is he, in some senses, a victim himself? Local lad, Benjamin Zand, goes in search of the truth behind one of the UK’s strangest stories.” (Nissim, 2016) which says that the program focuses on debunking the myth of the actual man and the stories surrounding him. BBC Three has a unique angle of looking at the man and even tried to contact him for his side of the story in which Purple Aki replied, ‘stop harassing me’ to producers on the show.

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References

“BBC – BBC Three – Commissioning”. Bbc.co.uk. Web. 9 Feb. 2017.

Nissim, Mayer. “Watch BBC Three’s New Purple Aki Documentary”. Digital Spy. N.p., 2016. Web. 9 Feb. 2017.

“Race Hate Probe Into BBC Three ‘Purple Aki’ Documentary – BBC News”. BBC News. N.p., 2016. Web. 9 Feb. 2017.

Wylie, Catherine. “BBC Three Moving ONLINE In 2016 As Channel Finds A New Home From February”. mirror. N.p., 2015. Web. 9 Feb. 2017.

Newsbeat – BBC Radio One

Newsbeat broadcasted on Tuesday 31st of January at 7:45pm on BBC Radio 1 is presented as very upbeat and cheerful as the two presenters open with the menu of what’s to come up in the show. Furthermore, the news program has a factual and news like subject matters which includes an investigation into “a secret network of criminals, selling baby chimpanzees as pets.” (BBC Radio 1, 2017) According to The Independent, “Newsbeat was launched as a programme on Radio 1 in 1973 but has expanded to include a website and social media channels offering news aimed at a younger audience.” (Dearden, 2016) The show has been withstanding for many years and even expanded to social media as mentioned by one of the presenters to ‘get involved via Twitter’.

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The choice of content includes a lot of soundbeds throughout the whole show to keep it lively and some well thought out pre-recorded packages with voxpops and interviews throughout the whole thing. The content included a secret record with a man on the phone to sell trafficked animals. This is a unique package because throughout the whole thing, listeners are gripped with how the police discovered this man and what he does, not only that but the BBC investigation is very dangerous as it could have gone wrong this also adds excitement to the show.

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Interestingly, a report from The Radio Times, states that “The output of Newsbeat – BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s news service – will be merged into BBC News Online, but the separate Newsbeat site and app will be closed. The BBC insist that the Newsbeat brand will be kept, even if the site and app are disappearing.” (Dowell, 2016)

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A program which is similar to Newsbeat, is Chris Evan’s Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 show which has a similar upbeat presenting style with a lot of soundbeds and effects which liven up the show especially for a morning. The two shows present the news and menus similarly and have similar styles of news and entertainment. Although Evan has music throughout his show and Newsbeat doesn’t, it is similar in the way the present and broadcast news.

References

31/01/2017, Newsbeat – BBC Radio 1. (2017). BBC. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088s4wf

Dearden, L. (2016). BBC ‘to close’ Newsbeat website and app. The Independent. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/bbc-newsbeat-website-and-app-to-be-closed-in-review-also-cutting-online-recipies-a7033301.html

Dowell, B. (2016). BBC closes Newsbeat website, iWonder service and BBC recipes as part of online cost cutting. RadioTimes. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-05-17/bbc-closes-newsbeat-website-iwonder-service-and-bbc-recipes-as-part-of-online-cost-cutting

Blue Peter

Blue Peter (1958-present) has been a long-standing show which has entertained children and families for generations, however, with the controversy that it should be moved from BBC 1 to CBBC as “only 57,000 children aged six to 12 watched the show when it was aired on BBC 1, but now it is screened on CBBC more children in that age group watch it.” (Murphy, 2013) In addition, Yvette Fielding claimed that the move of Blue Peter from the BBC 1 Channel to CBBC is “It deserves to be on mainstream television – not on the digital channel. People seem to forget that it’s not just a kids’ show, it’s a family show, and a generation of children and their parents are missing out because it’s less accessible.” (Plunkett, 2015) The time slot of Blue Peter is now on at 9am on Sundays (CBBC, 2017) because it is a children’s show and the demographic for Blue Peter although now changed is on when 9-14 year old viewers wake up in the morning.

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The choice of content reflects the children’s targeted audiences because they included a lot of viewer interaction and suggestions from their younger audiences that they want to see. An example of this is when the presenters, Barney Harwood, Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell (Radio Times, n.d) has video links to different viewers stating what they want changing in the episode and how they could improve the show to make it more enjoyable for them which reflects what the target audience want out of the Blue Peter show.

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Interestingly, as this show originally used to be for both adults and children, the decrease in the older generation has forced the BBC to move this show to CBBC as mentioned previously. In an article by the Daily Mail, they discussed how digital native children “have so many other things to distract themselves with these days” (Murphy, 2013) and that’s possibly why the program has moved digitally to move with the times and the older audiences that Blue Peter used to have, doesn’t have access to the content.

Blue Peter is similar to a sister program, ‘Newsround’ which presents news to the children which Blue Peter used to do back in the days on BBC 1 but now it is based around activities for children and challenges for them to watch and enjoy. Newsround, like Blue Peter, is fun and light-hearted but it is meant for a CBBC program.

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References

Blue Peter – CBBC – BBC. (2017). Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/blue-peter

Murphy, S. (2013). The Blue Peter badge no-one wants: Show was watched by almost every child in its BBC1 heyday… now just 100,000 are tuning in after switch to CBBC. Mail Online. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2342442/Heres-7-9million-viewers-lost-earlier-Blue-Peter-watched-child-BBC1-heyday–Now-just-100-000-tuning-switch-CBBC.html

Plunkett, J. (2015). Yvette Fielding slams decision to axe Blue Peter from BBC1. the Guardian. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/09/yvette-fielding-blue-peter-bbc1

Times, R. Blue Peter TV Guide from RadioTimes. RadioTimes. Retrieved 4 February 2017, from http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/hcy/blue-peter