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BTEC Media- Unit 3 Assignment 1.

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BTEC Media- Unit 3 Assignment
By Saffron Robinson
Section 1.
1. Research the BBC including it's structure and products:
The BBC -British Broadcasting Corporation - was founded in 1922 by a man called John Reith.
He founded the BBC when he was just 16, he was its first General Manager when it was set up as the British Broadcasting Company in 1922 and then he became the first Director General when it became a public corporation in 1927.
John Reith was born on July 20th 1889 at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire
The BBC currently has around 23,000 members of staff, which makes it one of the biggest television corporations.
What they do: The BBC make, commission and broadcast a range of programs covering areas such as news, factual documentaries, sports events, music and entertainment using three types of Media: TV, Radio and Online
TV: channels
The BBC has nine television channels –See Appendix I.
BBC 1 was launched on the 2nd of November 1936 and the latest channel is BBC HD: This channel was launched on the 15th of May 2006.
Radio Stations:
There are currently ten radio stations – See Appendix II
Radio 1: First air date: 30th September 1967.
Radio 4 Extra: First air date: 15th December 2002 as BBC radio 7 then 2nd April 2011 as Radio 4 Extra
Online:
There are six on-line services – See Appendix III
Departments of the BBC:
Vision, Finance and Business, Audio and Music, Future Media, Operations, BBC North and News Groups. – See Appendix IV
Q 1.2
The BBC is a firstly known as a national company because it is owned and based in Britain. However it can also be known as a multinational company because its programs and services are broadcasted and seen worldwide. For instance there are many different BBC news services in different regions. There is also a main news show which is seen worldwide and known as 'world news'.
Q. 1.3
What is meant by publicly owned?
It means that a service, in this case the BBC is being paid for by the TV Licence fee, you must have a TV licence if you own a TV or a DVD player. A colour TV Licence costs £145.50 and a black and white TV Licence costs £49.00 and all of this goes to the BBC for funding.
Q.1.4
I think that the BBC is a very large company, seeing as it has around 23,000 staff and that it has many different departments for the shows, the business side and others and each one of those would need multiple members of staff which would mean it would have to be a large company. I would also class it as a cross media producer because it covers and produces many different types of media, TV Radio and online.
What size do you think the BBC is and would you class it as a cross media producer?
Q.1.5
The BBC is strictly known as a public service broadcaster, what do you think it means.
1. Now, Compare the BBC with another commercial company such as Sky, ITV and Channnel 4. Research its structure, ownership and products.
Section 2.
Channel 4:
Channel 4 was founded in 1982
What they do: Like the BBC, Channel 4 have multiple channels and some websites.
Channels:
Channel 4 itself: Launched 2nd November 1982 (Home made shows and others)
Film4: Launched 1st November 1998 (Films) available in UK, Ireland and Switzerland.
E4: Launched 18th January 2001 (US Shows and some british)
More4: Launched 10th October 2005 (US Drama, Reality, Channel 4 repeats, Classic films)
4MUSIC: Launched 15th August 2008 (Music, Music news and entertainment)
4seven: Launched 4th July 2012 (Recap and repeats of past seven days)
Unlike the BBC, Channel 4 do not do radio stations but in a way the music channel makes up for it.
Websites:
Channel 4 website,
4OD: November 2006- TV archive channel 4 film archive.
More about channel 4
Like the BBC, Channel 4 is publicly owned but is commercially funded instead of funded by the tv licence fee, also like the BBC it is a public service broadcaster. It is not share holder owned and is independent from the government.
1, Trading entity/subsidiary (filmfour LTD 100%)

3 joint venture Companies- Box Television ltd (50%) Youview TV ltd (14.28%) Protagonist Pictures ltd (15%)

5 Joint venture companies (non profit)- DTV Services ltd (20%) Clearcast Ltd (16.7%) Thinkbox TV ltd (12.5%) Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit ltd (11.1%) Digital 3&4 ltd (50%)

5 Equity investment – Espresso Group ltd (10%) School Of Everything ltd (12.4%) My Builder Ltd (15.5%) Audioboo Limited (8%) Scraperwiki ltd (5%)

16 Dormant or non-trading subsidiary/associate- VOD Member (C4B) Ltd-VOD Member (C4A) Ltd
Channel 4 Radio Services Ltd -Channel 4 Radio Ltd
Life Showcase Ltd (100%)- Life Two Broadcasting Ltd (100%)- Life One Broadcasting Ltd (100%)-
Channel Four Learning Ltd (100%)- Channel Four Racing Ltd (100%)- E4.com Ltd (100%)- E4 Television Ltd (100%) - Film on Four Ltd (100%) - Four Ventures Ltd (100%) - 124 Facilities Ltd (100%)- Sport on Four Ltd (100%)

3 Company limited by guarantee: DTT Multiplex Operators Ltd- Digital UK Limited- BARB Ltd
Structure:
Q2.2
Similarities and differences between The BBC and Channel 4
Similarities: Both have a selection of TV channels. Both have catch up websites. Both try to be at the cutting edge of broadcasting.


Differences: BBC have two Childrens channels. Channel 4 has a music channel and a film channel. Channel 4 has a specific target market for their shows around 15-35 age range. BBC has no specific age range.
Section 3.
Appendix I – Television Stations
BBC One: Main channel, launched on the 2nd of November 1936 (news, current affairs, drama, comedy and entertainment) Channel controller Danny Cohen. Highest viewer number 16,410,000 which was for an episode of Eastenders. This is the channel that has the highest view. Also the highest cost at 1,337.6 million.

BBC News: Second channel launched, Launched 1955 was originally part of BBC One and then became a main channel. Main focus is news. (has 3,500 staff for just that channel, 2,000 being journalists) also has regional news stations to cover local news. Also BBC Arabic news.

BBC Two: Second main channel launched, launched on the 20th of April 1964 (Comedy, Drama, Arts) First channel controller; Michael Peacock the current controller is Janice Hadlow.It's most popular programme is Top Gear.

BBC Parliment: Launched in 1992 under the name the parliamentary channel but was later bought by the BBC and re named BBC Parliment.

CBBC: 4th channel launched; 11th February 2002, Children based channel (pre teens and abit younger), Originally a small part of BBC One. Channel controller is Damien Kavanagh. Highest number of viewers is 993,000 which was for an episode ofThe Sarah Jane Adventures.

CBEEBIES: 4th/5th channel launched, also on the 11th February 2002, Child based channel ( toddlers) Channel controller is Kay Benbow. Channel available in Peru, Belgium, Indonesia, the USA, Australia and Ireland. The highest number of viewers is 1,158,000 which was for the CBeebies Christmas Panto last year.

BBC Four: Launched 2nd March 2002, Arts Music and Culture based. First Channel controller was Roly Keating, present is Richard Klein. The most popular programme is QI.

BBC Three: Launched 9th February 2003. Comedy Factual and Drama based, Channel controller is Zai Bennett. Head of schedule is Dan Golpin. The highest viewing number is 4,537,000 which was for 'Eastenders live- the aftermath'

BBC HD: This is the latest channel and was launched on the 15th of May 2006. High Definition versions of the recent shows on BBC.
launched on the 2nd of November 1936

Appendix II – Radio Stations
Radio 1: First air date: 30th September 1967 (new music and entertainment) 15-29 age range. Controller Ben Cooper.

Radio 4 Extra: First air date: 15th December 2002 as BBC radio 7 then 2nd April 2011 as Radio 4 Extra ( Comedy Drama and Childrens programming) heard worldwide on internet Controller is Gwyneth Williams..

Radio 2: First air date: 30th September 1967 (Live pop and rock ect) Controlled by Bob Shennan

Radio 3: First air date: 30th September 1967 (Classical, Folk, Jazz) Controlled by Roger Wright,

Radio 4: First air date: 30th September 1967 ( News talk Drama) Controlled by Gwyneth Williams.

BBC Radio Asian Network: First air date: 1976 as BBC Radio Leicester then in 1988 as The Asian Network- BBC Radio Leicester & BBC WM and then in 1996 as BBC Radio Asian Network as separate channel. (music and news of the main urban areas) Controller Bob Shennan.

Radio 5 Live: First air date: 28th March 1994 ( News and Sport) Controlled by Adrian van Klaveren .

Radio 5 live sports: First air date 2nd February 2002 (Sport and sport news) Controlled by Adrian van Klaveren .

BBC6 Music: First air date: 11th March 2002 (All Music types) Controller Bob Shennan. This is the lowest cost product at the BBC costing 11.7 million

Radio 1xtra: First air date: 16th August 2002 (Hip hop, RnB Dubstep ect) Controller Ben Cooper

Radio 4 Extra: First air date: 15th December 2002 as BBC radio 7 then 2nd April 2011 as Radio 4 Extra ( Comedy Drama and Childrens programming) heard worldwide on internet Controller is Gwyneth Williams..

BBC News Online,
BBC Sports,
BBC Weather,
CBBC Website,
BBC Iplayer
BBC Website.
Appendix III – Online Services
Vision:
Appendix IV – Departments at the BBC
Vision:
Roger Mosey, Acting Director, BBC vision (responsible for overall delivery of BBC output across tv)
Tony Ageh, Controller, Archive Development. (Reports to archive content)
Tom Archer, Controller, Factual production (responsible for factual programmes shown and produced by BBC)
Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three. (Controls everything shown on BBC Three)
Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, (Controls everything shown on BBC One)
Claire Dresser, Chief Advisor, (Responsible for effective running of the Director of Visions executive office)
(More http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/managementstructure/bbcstructure/vision.html
Human resources director, Vision, North and Nation.
Tessa Filch Head of Development (new productions)
Mark Freeland, Head of Comedy.
Controller of strategy.
Head of communications news group. James Hardy.
Head of Business affairs operation and commissioning
Head of entertainment.
Head of Knowledge Commissioning.
Head of Legal Business affairs.
Head of BBC Films
Audio and Music department.
Director,
Audio and Music group manager
Finance and Business Director
Controller radio 1 and radio 1xtra
Controller, strategy, news audio and Music
Caroline Elliot Head of strategic operations and development
Controller production
Head of Legal Business affairs.
Head of editorial standards
Audio and Music department.
News group (4 head of departments)
News group (4 head of departments)
Director BBC News Helen Boaden
Controller of Production (news)
Controller, Strategy, News Audio and Music
Mary Hockaday, Head of Newsroom
Controller, English Regions
Director Global News
Head of Political Programmes Analysis
Director BBC Northern Ireland
Director BBC Scotland
Deputy Director of News and Head of News programme Stephen Mitchell
Director BBC Cymra Wales
Humans resources director news group
Head of news gathering Francesca Unsworth
Future Media (no head of departments)
Future Media (no head of departments)
Director, future media
Humans Resources Director, Future media Audio and Music.
Head of Strategy Future Media and Technology Kieran Clifton
General Manager, Online
General Manager, News and Knowledge
Chief Financial Officer, BBC North and Future Media
Chief Technology Officer
Controller, Research and Development
Controller, Business Development
BBC North (BBC Sport, Childrens, radio 5 live, future media)
BBC North (BBC Sport, Childrens, radio 5 live, future media)
Director
Director- Children’s
Controller of Production, BBC North
Director, Future Media
Chief Financial Officer, BBC North and Future Media
Director BBC Sport
Chief Operating Officer
Operations (3 head of departments)
Operations (3 head of departments)
Chief operating officer
Director of Business operations
Human resources director Finance, operations group.
Head of Strategy future media and technology Kieran Clifton
Human resources Director, Employment
more at website.
Finance and Business
Chief financial officer
Finance and business director
Chief operating officer, news group
Director of risk and assurance
Chief financial officer, BBC North and future media
Richard Payne Head of finance operations
Finance Director Procurement and revenue management
Director of corporate finance
Chief executive officer digital switchover help scheme
I think that a public service broadcaster is a company that provides information and programmes that would please the public and would be what they would need daily and that is a company that the public consider trustworthy.
Q1.
The parent company of Future Radio; The Future Project has been running since 1999 and the radio broadcast which then became Future Radio started in 2004 broadcasting for and about the Future Project. They then began broadcasting daily in 2007.
Q2.
The project and radio broadcast has over 1500 members, supporting and helping the company, most of the people who help do the radio broadcasts started volunteering when the Future Project began.
Q3
The Future Radio and The Future Project is part of a community based arts, media and education charity. Future provides school inclusion projects for teens aged 13 to 16 years, for support, music, media and radio training, education films/DVD’s more. So it really helps the community. They also use the company to find and help local talent.
Websites used to get information:
/4.
http://www.google.co.uk/ig?hl=en&tab=ww
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/
http://www.channel4.com/info/corporate/about
http://futureradio.co.uk/aboutfutureradio
Over the past years the BBC has grown and grown, with new channels, more shows and branching worldwide.

BBC is one of the main companies, on freeview and others BBC One is the first channel and BBC Two as the second and so on so in a way they are the channels you would notice first so since the switchover the other things like that the BBC has grown.
History of Channel 4
Before Channel 4, Britain only had 3 terrestrial television services: BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. Then the broadcasting act 1980 began the process of adding a forth; Channel 4 after a few months of test broadcasting it started scheduled transmissions.
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