BBC watchdog calls for a break on the corporation's online activities

Against a background of criticism of the BBC by commercial media rivals which have struggled to monetise online content, Lyons has told the corporation it needs to restructure its online content or face the consequences. The alternative could see a radical restructure forced on the BBC by a future government which may have close links to media owners.

"Beyond the core offer of news, sport, education, children's and the iPlayer, which parts of the online service are essential to the BBC's mission and which could be stopped?" asks Lyons inthe report. He also questioned the future of content not tethered to specific BBC programmes.

BBC to put Top Gear on YouTube. Let's hope Richard Hammond doesn't crash your browser.


Some say that his 19th century views on environmentalism and global warming are pushing millions of viewers down the path of climate change scepticism, and some say that his incendiary views are designed to cause a stir and causes people like me to write about them… all we know is that he’s called Jeremy Clarkson.

If you’re a fan of party-political broadcasts for the Conservative party presented by ill-informed controversialists who probably do actually use the phrase “political correctness gone mad” without irony, then you’ll be delighted to hear that the BBC has launched a Top Gear YouTube channel.

BBC natural history, travel, factual programmes to air on Babelgum


BBC Worldwide has announced a deal which will see a range of the Corporation’s natural history, travel, and factual programmes placed on the Internet TV platform Babelgum.

Excerpts from shows such as David Attenborough’s documentaries, Top Gear, and Tribe, will be globally available on three new branded channels: “BBC LoveEarth”, “BBC Knowledge”, and “BBC Entertainment”…

BBC launches widgets for Radio Times, Good Food, and Top Gear web sites

bbc_top_gear_widget.pngThe BBC is certainly keen to get their content out beyond the gogglebox in the living room. Last month, they put classic TV clips on MySpaceTV, they’ve put classic Parkinson and EastEnders on YouTube, and their iPlayer is booming, so it’s probably no surprise that they’ve now developed widgets which can be used on the desktop, on social networking sites, and popular blog platforms.,, and, all now provide widgets which give regular feeds of the latest news and information.

BBC TV content coming to MySpaceTV


A new partnership will see classic moments from the BBC’s television archives appearing on MySpaceTV, the social networking site’s online TV platform.

MySpace users will be able to subscribe to the BBC video channel to view, embed, and share a range of BBC content, including classic moments such as Robbie Williams and Russell Crowe being interviewed by Parkinson, Jeremy Clarkson and his team on Top Gear, clips from David Attenborough’s natural history series, plus highlights from dramas such as Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Torchwood, and comedy including The Catherine Tate show, Red Dwarf, and The Mighty Boosh.