Some great 2011 Banff World Media Festival interview videos

Sunday, 19 June, 2011

Just discovered a few interesting and insightful interview videos by the official 2011 Banff World Media Festival team. Check them out.

BANFF TV Presents Jana Bennett, President, Worldwide Networks & Global iPlayer BBC Worldwide

BANFF TV Presents Christina Davis, EVP, Drama Series Development, CBS Read the rest of this entry »

BBC Imagine Ai Weiwei 艾未未 documentary

Tuesday, 7 December, 2010

Sunflower Seeds - pix 28

For the record, a very insightful BBC Imagine Ai Weiwei 艾未未 documentary “Ai Weiwei Without Fear or Favor”. Highly recommended.

Dr. Temple Grandin – The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow (BBC Horizon)

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010

Dr. Temple Grandin has become my latest heroine. She is one super smart scientist. For more, see a previous entry. I’ve included Dr. Temple Grandin as one of my latest “Great Minds of Our Time“.

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.

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Michelle Feynman’s visit to Tuva – BBC broadcast: Bombs, Stamps and Throat Singers

Monday, 21 December, 2009

Michelle Feynman fulfill’s his father Richard Feynman‘s dream to visit Tuva. Check out the lovely photos and radio program.

BBC broadcast: Bombs, Stamps and Throat Singers (Aug 14, 2009) More details here.


Best slug sex with & without BBC Attenborough commentary

Sunday, 6 September, 2009

Best slug with David Attenborough’s commentary.

Slug sex without David.

[via BMD Love here and here]

Digital Revolution – BBC2

Thursday, 13 August, 2009

Digital Revolution (working title) is “open and collaborative documentary on the way the web is changing our lives” from BBC2.

BBC is sharing

Monday, 20 July, 2009

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?

Close The Office?

Thursday, 26 February, 2009

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.

18 Pregnant Schoolgirls

Friday, 20 February, 2009

18 Pregnant Schoolgirls is airing on CBC Newsworld
Monday Februay 23, 2009 at 10 pm ET/PT & Sunday March 1 at 8 pm ET

The story behind the teenage pregnancy scandal that rocked the world. Watch a promo video of 18 Pregnant Schoolgirls.

James Caan from UK Dragons’ Den on BBC Breakfast

Saturday, 18 October, 2008

Here is James Caan from UK Dragons’ Den on BBC Breakfast. Interesting interview.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plagiarism reported around the world

Saturday, 4 October, 2008

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”.

In this YouTube video, you can see Stephen Harper copies Australian Prime Minister John Howard

Here is Liberal MP Bob Rae, eloquently presenting the deeper issues, surrounding the problem of Harper borrowing and copying others’ ideas and policies.

Bob Rae Foreign Policy Speech Part #1

Bob Rae Foreign Policy Speech Part #2

Banff 2008 – Missing Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) and other Great Moments

Tuesday, 24 June, 2008

Banff World TV Festival

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).

Now, here are some pearls at Banff 2007 that you might enjoy,

Links for 2007-11-06

Tuesday, 6 November, 2007
  1. Two BBC programs open their running orders and news judgments to their audience. – Really cool and cutting edge.
  2. Wonderful interview of 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.
  3. Targeted advertising algorithms need work – Interesting article. “Are you being served relevant ads?
  4. US rebukes Yahoo over China case – “Under the [proposed] legislation, companies would also have to reveal terms and phrases they filtered in certain countries.”

CBC Blogging guidelines

Friday, 26 October, 2007

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,

  • The War Tapes
  • This entry that contains an observation, “One surreal moment when a Chinese delegate stood up to say they have no internet blocking in China of any kind – only access problems.
  • China’s Censorship 2.0

Links for 2007-10-24

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007
  1. Would you pay US$42 for 14 ounces of water? – I think this is mad. How about you?
  2. The Web 2.0 Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) Conversation
  3. Music previews are fair use (“fair dealings”)
  4. Wii Sports dominates Bafta awards
  5. Apple to open up iPhone software
  6. The BBC must deliver an online TV catch-up service that lets users of all computers download programmes, the corporation’s regulators have said.
  7. Shanghai subway Chinglish – funny

Links for 2007-10-19

Friday, 19 October, 2007
  1. BBC announces 2,500 job cuts, newsroom integration
  2. The Making of a First-Grade Data Hound – Wonderful games for kids (smile)
  3. Backlog, Quotas Overwhelm Patent Examiners – [via Slashdot]
  4. After Jeff Jarvis gave Dell hell two years ago, his new BusinessWeek piece is interestingly call, “Dell Hell: The end?” – Worth reading
  5. “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
  6. China hijacks search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo) over Dalai Lama award, analysts say

Free BBC online broadcast courses

Wednesday, 17 October, 2007

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.

UK Dragons’ Den Season 5

Tuesday, 16 October, 2007

I pinched/excerpted/borrowed the following from BBC Radio 5′s Richard Bacon.


The newest [UK BBC] Dragon

New Dragon - James Caan

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.

Listen to my interview with James Caan here

Dragons’ Den returns to our screens from Monday on BBC TWO at 9pm. For more information visit the Dragons’ Den website.

Readings: 2007-07-28

Saturday, 28 July, 2007


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