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

Introduction / About Me

Hello,

I’m a student at the University of Salford studying the Television and Radio (BA) course and this blog focuses on the analysis of different TV and Radio shows each week.
I have a big ambition to become a production manager or a producer in the Television route but I also appreciate well made and gripping radio shows such as ‘Serial Podcast‘ and ‘The Archers‘.

My favourite shows on Television is the Netflix original series, ‘Stranger Things‘ and Channel 4 series ‘Hunted‘. These programs are gripping to watch and they are really suspenseful which is why they’re my favourites. I also enjoy period drama series such as ITV’s ‘Victoria‘ and BBC’s ‘The Musketeers‘ because they tell an interesting story that has the elements of realistic different time periods such as Elizabethan and Shakespearean times.

Hope you enjoy the review of the programs in this blog.

Kelsey.