Just discovered a few interesting and insightful interview videos by the official 2011 Banff World Media Festival team. Check them out.
For the record, a very insightful BBC Imagine Ai Weiwei 艾未未 documentary “Ai Weiwei Without Fear or Favor”. Highly recommended.
“The amazing story of Dr. Temple Grandin’s ability to read the animal mind, which has made her the most famous autistic woman on the planet.” – BBC
The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow (BBC Horizon) on YouTube. Highly recommended.
Digital Revolution (working title) is “open and collaborative documentary on the way the web is changing our lives” from BBC2.
Great news. BBC announces plan to share archives.
The BBC has launched a massive program to share its film, audio and document archives with other arts institutions in Britain, marking a new direction for the public broadcaster.
Alan Yentob, the BBC’s creative director, announced Saturday the new initiative will provide archival access, historic materials and even technical assistance in collaboration with the Tate art gallery, the British Film Institute and the British Library.
“As an organization we have to make the most of the downturn by responding to it … the BBC has an obligation to share what we have got,” he told the Guardian newspaper. Yentob said the corporation was also in talks with the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre.
“I see the BBC as a broker in these times,” responded Yentob. “It is the next stage for us. We must make sure culture remains confident in this country.”
Heritage Minister James Moore likes it. Will the gov follow up and borrow a page from BBC?
I am a big fan of the original BBC Office created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant but strangely I just couldn’t stand the NBC version. While it sad to see anything goes bad but I am glad some people thinks NBC should give The Office a rest.
Here is a short clip from the 16 episodes UK series.
Here is James Caan from UK Dragons’ Den on BBC Breakfast. Interesting interview.
The foreign policies of Canada used to be the beacon of hope and guiding light around the world. So it is more unfortunate that Prime Minister Stephen Harper (when he was the leader of the opposition) gave a speech that could have lead to war for Canada and that speech was copied from one given by Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
I am a proud Canadian and I am ashamed to see Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, being exposed to the world as a plagiarizer. Here is an excerpt from BBC News report (as seen around the world with video),
Context ‘even worse’
The speech by Mr Harper was originally made on 20 March 2003 as the House of Commons in Ottawa held an emergency debate at the beginning of the US-led war in Iraq.
In the debate, Mr Harper urged Canada and the Liberal government to join the so-called “coalition of the willing”.
Here is Liberal MP Bob Rae, eloquently presenting the deeper issues, surrounding the problem of Harper borrowing and copying others’ ideas and policies.
Photo: Kris Krug
For 2008, I had to cut my Banff attendance short and came back to Calgary for another assignment so I missed a few a few sessions that I would love to have attended (and there were also a few sessions that had a time conflict with other interesting sessions that happened at the same time).
- As a big fan of the original Sex and the City TV series (which I watched every single episode the day it aired in Canada), I was a bit sad to give up my chance to meet Kim Cattrall (the one and only Samantha Jones of Sex and the City). Here is a video clip of Kim being interviewed at Banff. And some newspaper coverage of her in Calgary Herald here, here and here, and from Canadian Press here.
- A clip of Jon Plowman (Banff 2008 lifetime achievement award winner, former head of BBC comedy). I am watching one of Jon‘s executive produced comedy series on DVD (season one of “The Vicar of Dibley”) and it is still absolutely brilliant 14 years later. And is “The Office” an master piece. Jon had no idea who I was, but I took time to shake his hands and congratulated him on his lifetime achievement award.
- Six Feet Under & Swingtown creator Alan Poul was interviewed at Banff and he also gave a Banff master class which I attended and found insightful.
- Here is a short clip of Colin Mochrie’s words of wisdom at the Banff
Now, here are some pearls at Banff 2007 that you might enjoy,
- Interview/chat with the veteran Canadian actor Colm Feore (an hour long) – A great chat. And the Q&A at the end was absolutely wonderful. (note: Colm will be part of the up coming season of 24.) – P.S. I am so glad that I finally got to watch this. I had to miss it last year because of a schedule conflict. Great stuff.
- Carol Mendelsohn is Executive Producer and Showrunner of “CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION” – full length chat – I saw this chat live at Banff 2007 and loved it then and I am recommending it now. – Here is my blog entry of Carol last year.
- Two BBC programs open their running orders and news judgments to their audience. – Really cool and cutting edge.
- Wonderful interview of Kiva.org founders – “Kiva is a person-to-person microcredit lending platform which allows any individual in the world to be a banker to the poor: it does this by connecting the working poor with microloans from anyone in the world.“
- Targeted advertising algorithms need work – Interesting article. “Are you being served relevant ads?“
- US rebukes Yahoo over China case – “Under the [proposed] legislation, companies would also have to reveal terms and phrases they filtered in certain countries.”
The controversies surrounding the CBC blogging policy started on Aug 3rd, 2007 “CBC proposes approving employees’ personal blogs” (where there were 100 comments left by readers). And the discussion has continued to Oct 15th “CBC journalists still require permission to have a personal blog” and the latest discussion on Oct 25th “CBC blog policy too restrictive: CMG Union”.
From the latest update (emphasis mine),
The union representing the majority of CBC employees says the Corporation’s much-debated new blogging guidelines are too restrictive and may be counter to the Collective Agreement the CBC and CMG signed.
The Canadian Media Guild, which represents 5,500 CBC employees, says it believes CBC employees need not be as restricted as the official guideline suggests:
The questions that bloggers should ask themselves are: Am I competing with the CBC? Am I exploiting my connection with the CBC (e.g. gaining some benefit from my connection that I might not otherwise have)? Is this blog, or its contents, likely to have a detrimental effect on my ability to do my job? If the reasonable answer to these questions is “no”, then the activity is acceptable.
If you look at BBC’s guidelines on employees weblogs and websites (MS Word file) in comparison, you will see that BBC has sections for bloggers and managers.
BBC’s “Guidelines for Bloggers” reads “… you should tell your manager …” vs CBC’s “… seeking the permission of your supervisor …” One is more consultative, and the other one is a “permission“.
And something like BBC’s “Guidelines for Managers” is completely missing in CBC’s version. I will include a brief excerpt for reference (emphasis mine),
“Under these guidelines managers in each area will decide what is appropriate. They should not adopt an unnecessarily restrictive approach. Managers should ensure that any special instructions on blogging are reasonable and explained clearly to staff.“
I believe there are enough brain power with CBC to create thriving and open blogging communities where the collective wisdoms of CBC employees can be shared with Canadians and even people from around the world. Now, lets hope the CBC management and the legal team will set a new tone with respect to the blogging guidelines and free CBC employees from the legal mumble jumbles.
P.S. Part of the reason I wrote this blog entry is that I have enjoying the deep insights from the personal blog of Richard Sambrook, Director of BBC Global News. So it will be nice if people from other countries can learn a thing or two from CBC bloggers.
By the way, I sometimes wonder if Richard was a CBC employee, would some of his posts have to be deleted because of the CBC so-called “guideline”? For example,
- Would you pay US$42 for 14 ounces of water? – I think this is mad. How about you?
- The Web 2.0 Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) Conversation
- Music previews are fair use (“fair dealings”)
- Wii Sports dominates Bafta awards
- Apple to open up iPhone software
- The BBC must deliver an online TV catch-up service that lets users of all computers download programmes, the corporation’s regulators have said.
- Shanghai subway Chinglish – funny
- BBC announces 2,500 job cuts, newsroom integration
- The Making of a First-Grade Data Hound – Wonderful games for kids (smile)
- Backlog, Quotas Overwhelm Patent Examiners – [via Slashdot]
- After Jeff Jarvis gave Dell hell two years ago, his new BusinessWeek piece is interestingly call, “Dell Hell: The end?” – Worth reading
- “The Daily Show” has made available its entire archives of the program from its birth in 1999, broken into some 13,000 clips, tagged for their content and searchable by date and topic
- China hijacks search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo) over Dalai Lama award, analysts say
My friend Alison Bracegirdle has kindly shared with me a link to a collection of free BBC online broadcast courses (including TV, Radio, etc.) and I want to share it with you.
By the way, as a return favour. I sent Alison this MIT site (which they have put up 1,700 free courses),
Plus this collection of really cool videos and speeches,
And I mentioned my love of the TV series Deadwood and an insightful MIT talk by the show creator,
Thanks again Alison.
I pinched/excerpted/borrowed the following from BBC Radio 5′s Richard Bacon.
The newest [UK BBC] Dragon
On last Thursday’s programme, Richard Bacon spoke to the newest Dragon on the show, James Caan [K: a venture capitalist], who has been creating, building and selling businesses for over 20 years. He’ll be sharing his know-how with the nation.
- BBC online video service launches – Paying attention to BBC may get a sense of what CBC may do.
- WSJ Law Blog Q&A: Juliane Balliro and the $101 Million Award
- The flexibility in the US Supreme Court – It doesn’t have to have nine justices.
- Mother to Child Immunity – Interesting medical research but I am not a doctor so check with your doctor first.
- IBM distinguished engineer on, um, marketing? – Surprisingly insightful interview. And “Do it Wrong Quickly” sounds very much like the saying I love to use, “Making mistakes faster“. (smile)
- Facebook Bankruptcy – Interesting post about one person’s overloaded Facebook requests