Archive for January 25th, 2011
And yet we still have people on million pound contracts. For…?
The BBC is to cut about 200 websites as it reduces the amount of money it spends on its online output.The changes, which will see BBC Online’s budget cut by £34m, will also result in the loss of up to 360 posts over the next two years.Among the sites to close include teen services Switch and Blast and community site 606.The plans are part of the BBC’s cost-cutting measures to make 20% savings as a result of the licence fee settlement.The BBC says the changes are intended to make its website more distinctive and reduce competition with commercial websites.Skills website RAW and documentary website Video Nation will also be closed under the reorganisation. Community site h2g2 will also be disposed of.Other reductions include the replacement of the majority of programme websites with automated content and the automation of bespoke digital radio sites 1Xtra, 5 live sports extra, 6 Music and Radio 7.
People that have been to see last year’s blockbuster The Social Network, could be forgiven for thinking that the rise of sites like Facebook started just a few years ago.But to find the true origins of social networking you have to go further back than 2004.In a side street in Berkeley California, the epicentre of the counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s, I found what could well be the birthplace of the phenomenon.Standing outside what was once a shop called Leopold’s Records, former computer scientist Lee Felsenstein told me how, in 1973, he and some colleagues had placed a computer terminal in the store next to a musicians’ bulletin board – of the analogue variety.