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BBC Arts Online – BBC launches New Arts Space

‘’Streaming of live content from art events and festivals ‘’

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcasting statutory corporation. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, and has been broadcasting programs in South Africa through satellite television (DStv).

The new digital platform has been designed to pool information from across the BBC and offer live-streaming. The BBC has launched a new arts space BBC Arts Online, which draws together coverage from TV, radio, iPlayer and online in one place and will showcase live content from events and festivals. Horizontal innovation is linking up vast technologies and content delivery systems, is what Future Media, the BBC’s in house digital division,has introduced to the digital world.

Peter Maniura, launch director of BBC Arts online says these methods ‘haven’t been tried before, so everything might not be perfect from the start’. BBC Arts online will ‘grow and evolve’ technically and editorially in the next few months according to Maniura, who says that editorial teams, the BBC’s Knowledge and Learning department as well as BBC technologists based in Glasgow, Salford and London have also been involved. Unique content will also feature on BBC Arts online which has already broadcast some live streaming from the Imperial War Museum North.

There is a particular focus on books with the site drawing together all the BBC’s book content; it features a television and radio archive which links to relevant shows. Maniura says, ‘Alongside the wealth of coverage on BBC radio and television, we’ll also be streaming at least two complete author sessions a day from Hay Festival with a daily “Haylights” package which will give the audience the best of the day’s events.’

By bringing together content from across the BBC’s television and radio output, as well as BBC iPlayer, BBC Arts Online will offer even more for audiences to enjoy. We’ll stream performances and events both live and on-demand; provide expanded coverage and context for the big arts stories of the moment, offer expert opinion and aim to stimulate debate and audience interaction around a range of discussion topics, such as books and theatre. BBC Arts Online is the very beginning of a journey that will evolve and develop over the next few months, with more functionality, more categories and more interaction to come.

With BBC Arts Online audiences can delve into a wealth of new material, whenever and wherever they are, right at their fingertips.


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Boitumelo Mokotong

Boitumelo is a creative graphic designer with a keen interest in user experience. She is currently freelancing for some of the top brands in South Africa.

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