Monday, June 4, 2012
  • Jubilee Viewers Dismayed At BBC Online Coverage The Telegraph

    The harsh criticism reflects comments by celebrities and media commentators yesterday, who condemned the BBC's work as "terrible", "underwhelming" and "mind-numbingly tedious". The complaints were summed up during the river pageant, as comedian and broadcaster Stephen Fry tweeted: "Has the BBC ever presented a more mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history? 'HRH the queen' said the first ignorant presenter. HRH?" He later clarified: "Don't get me wrong peeps, I'm not saying this in relation to ER II's jubilee - just expected better of the beeb. Didn't mean to upset anyone."

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  • Tube Stations To Get Wi-Fi In Next Few Weeks The Guardian

    Passengers will be able to check emails, browse the internet and even attempt to watch live TV on their mobiles, tablets and laptops while waiting for trains at 80 stations across the network. Another 40 will be connected by the end of the year. The service, which will be free to everyone for the whole summer, is expected to come online at some stations, including King's Cross, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus and Stratford, within the next couple of weeks. Virgin Media, which is providing the service in partnership with Transport for London, said passengers would be able to connect to the internet in ticket halls, on escalators and platforms and from inside trains waiting in stations.

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  • Internet Users Make 1 Of 3 Purchases Online Internet Retailing

    IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Europe's latest Mediascope Europe study shows that UK internet users spend 32% of their total shopping budget online, followed by German users at 25.4%. The study also found that 96% of European internet users now research their purchases online, while 87% shop online and 19% do all their shopping online. In six months, between September 2011 and February 2012, Europeans spent a total of EUR188 billion online, at an average of EUR544 for each European online shopper. The highest spend came from Norwegians, who spent EUR1,162, on average, while UK shoppers' spend was the fourth highest at an average of EUR765 across the six-month period.

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  • 'Press Gazette' Moves From Weekly To Quarterly The Guardian

    The move to quarterly publication in print coincides with the launch of a weekly digital edition, which was delivered to 7,000 subscribers for the first time on Thursday. The trade magazine went monthly in 2008. Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette, said the move to quarterly publication after 43 years was a sign of the challenges facing print titles in the UK. "It hardly needs to be said that with British journalism beset by challenges on all sides there has never been a more pressing need for journalists to have their own publication, fighting their corner, sharing best practice and holding the industry to account," Ponsford said. He added that Press Gazette would be boosted by its new digital edition, available on smartphones and tablet computers.

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  • 4Seven Programmes To Be Chosen By Facebook The Guardian

    Channel 4 will launch a new TV channel called 4Seven next month screening repeats of the programmes viewers and critics have most talked about from the previous seven days, prefaced by a snappy selection of their comments, good and bad. The channel, which takes its place alongside E4, More4 and Film4, will keep open the weekday 8pm and 10pm slots so that shows that create a critical buzz in newspapers, chatter on social media through Twitter and Facebook, and reaction on the overnight log of comments kept by the broadcaster can be repeated the next day.

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  • Monarchy Keeps Up With Media Technology Sky News

    When Prince Charles was born in 1948, the announcement was made by a notice pinned to the gates of Buckingham Palace - much has changed in the world of technology since, and with it the way the monarchy communicates. In the monochrome world of 1950s telly, the Queen first appeared to many of her subjects as a small, grainy, black and white figure inside the wooden box in the corner of the room. Her coronation was the country's first live outside broadcast -- and the result of much discussion behind royal doors. The British Monarchy now has its own website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Flickr photo-stream and Royal YouTube channel.

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  • Digital Royalties To Match Physical By 2014 Billboard

    The UK's PRS For Music, Britain's collection society, that digital royalty payments will soon match those from physical sales. Royalties from the digital sales of U.K. repertoire worldwide will match those from the sales of physical recorded media, including CDs, in the year 2014, predicted PRS for Music, Great Britain's collecting society, during its AGM (annual general meeting). Chief financial officer Craig Nunn pointed out that the current tough economy, which has seen youth unemployment reach a staggering 22%, had not hurt the organization's income stream.

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