Her tweet was distressing. BBC weather forecaster Wendy Hurrell reported that her laptop had been stolen. She could get another, of course, but what she had probably lost forever were all the "irreplaceable" and "priceless" photographs stored on it. Read more
An old photograph led family historian Ian Richardson to write a book that is now being turned into a feature film, but he wonders whether family photographs will survive the digital age. Read more
Ian Richardson, a former senior editor with BBC World Service radio and television, explains the story behind his book and screenplay, God's Triangle. Read more
As a keen genealogist I have many family photographs that I would regard as special, but there is one that I wasnt supposed to see. Nor were any other descendants of the couple who were pictured. The couple were my great aunt, Florence Florrie Cox, and the Rev. Frank E. Paice, on the day they were married in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in December 1914. Read more
Sunday, 21 April, 1996, is a date that will forever be burnt into my memory and the memories of the 150 or so former staff of BBC Arabic Television. It was the day that I killed off, at just over an hour's notice, my baby: a television service launched with high hopes and, given a fair wind, one that could have brought about sweeping changes in the media in the Arab world. Read more.
The BBC loves celebrating an anniversary. But there are exceptions, and one of these is the anniversary of the closure of the corporation's ill-fated Arabic TV channel - a project that the corporation would dearly love to forget. Read more.
A decade ago Ian Richardson was running the BBC's first ill-fated Arabic television newsroom. He still bears the scars and wonders whether the plan to revive the channel is a good idea. Read more.
There was a time - indeed, it could be argued that it is still with us on US television networks - when war correspondents understood what was expected of them. They were not there as entirely detached observers, though some did their best to be. Read more.
There are some broadcasting types who are convinced that nothing is ever as good as it used to be. To them the past was brilliant and the present and future are crap. They are what might be termed people from a Golden Age. But I don't much believe in Golden Ages. Read more.
Let's get one thing straight, right away: I am an Australian and I love eucalyptus trees. But not in Britain! Read more.
Britain likes to boast that it punches above its weight, diplomatically, politically and now, once again, economically. Ever since WW2, it has also punched above its weight as an international broadcaster. The two success stories are connected. Read more.
There is a new revolution going on in Africa. Yes, it's the BBC World Service in French - and being heard in studio-quality FM, rather than the notorious crackle-and-fade shortwave frequencies. Read more.
Back in the first half of the 20th century, Melbourne-born Reba Rangan was one of Australia's most famous opera singers. She was a frequent performer in the United Kingdom and Australia, sometimes appearing with Dame Nellie Melba. But her hopes of international stardom were hampered when she needed to become her elderly mother's carer. Few Australians -- even the opera lovers -- now remember the name Reba Rangan. Read more.
Australian author Russell Braddon used ridicule in his 18th book The Progress of Private Lilyworth. Braddon wrote it in a month, limiting his research to what he read in the newspapers and to memories of a visit to Northern Ireland four years ago. He accepted that many people didn't think Northern Ireland was a subject to joke about, but he was unrepentant. Read more.
Three former World Service Managing-Directors have made a renewed attack on the breakup of the BBC's World Service, calling for the changes to be reversed. Once again, John Tusa, Managing-Director from 1986-1992. Read more.
You've got to hand it to Sir John Birt [now Lord Birt]. He knows exactly when to strike: just when everyone least expects it and just when they can do little or nothing about it. Read more.
It is reasonable to assume that if you were one of the 160 million people living in the 20 or so countries of Francophone Africa you would get most of your news from a dreary state-controlled local radio network or from Radio France International (RFI). Not so. Read more.
Anyone who pays good money for a non-fiction book has a right to expect that they will be informed, intellectually challenged and entertained -- and that the author, specially when that author is a professor at a top American university, should stick to points roughly pertinent to the title. Read more.
Mort Rosenblum is a Special Correspondent for the Associated Press in Paris. He is also very, very angry. At times, reading his book is like standing in front of a blast furnace fuelled by the trash of journalism and the broken promises of politicians. Read more.
Back in the old days - a couple of decades ago - it would have been possible to enter a radio or television newsroom and see that everyone knew their place. The men would be in charge, of course, taking all the tough, courageous decisions and doing all the robust reporting assignments. Read more.
For most of this year my life is being dominated by the commitment to launch an Arabic-language satellite television channel for BBC World Service Television and its commercial partners, Orbit Communications. Read more.
Tributes to a talented and kindly Glasgow-born man who carved out a career in Victoria, Australia, as a provincial newspaperman, musician, lay preacher and humorist -- a career that was sadly cut short by cancer. Read more.
The entertaining and inspirational life and times of an Australian provincial newspaper proprietor, craftswoman and enthusiast. Read more.
By day, he was Des Tocchini, the amiable 3BO radio announcer with the rich and comforting voice. By night, he confidently strode the stages of packed theatres across Victoria, Australia, as The Amazing Ronricco, Hypnotist & Mentalist. Read more.
None of the tens of millions of viewers watching BBC World, the BBC's television equivalent of World Service Radio, would have had the faintest clue that the Editor of this most-British television service was an Australian. Read more.
Former BBC World Service journalist Jim Edwards knew from the moment he stepped into the newsroom of a local paper in Cheshire as a young man that journalism should be his lifetime career. Read more
A. L. "Red" Harrison, the BBC correspondent in Sydney for more than 20 years, never set out to be a broadcaster, but it was what gave him international recognition. And if it hadn't been for a traumatic event in WW2, his distinctive lived-in mahogany voice may well have had more than a touch of Geordie. Read more.
Establishing a rapport with the news media can take time. This is especially so if you have been getting what is considered "a bad press" in the past. A free guide to charities and community groups wishing to improve their relations with their local media. Read more.