BBC and Arts Council England partner for new talent development scheme

Five hundred artists will be commissioned to make fresh and innovative short films, audio and interactive works in a new talent development scheme being launched by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. New Creatives will give artists aged 16-30 the chance to develop their technical and creative skills and have work commissioned for BBC platforms. The programme will particularly focus on giving opportunities to young artists from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts and broadcasting. Commissioned artists will be encouraged to push creative boundaries, reach new audiences and…

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BBC Four announces new programmes that celebrate British diversity

BBC Four has announced a season of new programmes that celebrate British diversity and explores the secret tribes and communities that have helped shape modern British history. The new programmes which will air on BBC Four across February include A Very British History, a new series unpacking the untold stories of communities across the UK, a series of monologues produced in collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry and The Young Vic, Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, new contemporary dance piece titled Windrush: Movement Of The People by Phoenix Dance Theatre that…

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Angelina Jolie joins BBC News project for children

The BBC, joined by Angelina Jolie as executive producer, will pilot a global English-language current affairs programme for children in 2019, Our World. It will include ten episodes of a weekly programme. Angelina Jolie says: “There has never been a time when it was more important to introduce the next generation to objective, impartial news and factual explanation of the events and issues shaping our world. Children today are exposed to a lot of opinion, but not necessarily to information that is fact-based and reliable. “As a mother, I am…

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BBC’s new voice-activated VR experience lets you follow in the footsteps of the suffragettes

An empowering new virtual reality experience from BBC VR Hub puts viewers in the shoes of the suffragettes. Released on 7 December for free on the Oculus Store, Make Noise uses a combination of VR and voice technology, and encourages viewers to follow Emmeline Pankhurst’s advice and “make more noise” – as they hum, sing and shout to change the virtual world around them. Inspired by the suffragettes, who a century ago spoke up for a woman’s right to vote, Make Noise transports viewers to a series of colourful and…

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BBC outlines further commitment to sustainable broadcasting with new strategy

The BBC has cut out more than half a million items of single-use plastic cutlery since April 2018; is piloting one of the world’s first electric broadcast vehicles as part of a drive to be more environmentally-friendly; and is now purchasing renewable electricity for all major sites. The BBC is today publishing a new sustainability strategy, Greener Broadcasting, which sets out the corporation’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability throughout the current charter period. The strategy concentrates on three areas where the BBC can add value, in: Helping audiences understand the…

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