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BBCi’s head of new applications Tom Loosemore, says this initiative is part of the corporation’s remit to provide the best possible online service to UK users. He maintains that search facilities have been polluted by paid-for-performance operators such as.......the BBC is going to move beyond its current role as a news and programming resource to become the UK’s gateway to the web.
Heads up, get ready there may be a new game in town.
Diversity is strength. In my view we badly need something to counterbalance the push to overt commercialism, not just in the interests of SEO, but for the good of the net.
It's a bold move, but it a sound one. There are not too many organizations that could make this work, but the BBC have a much better chance than most. If they succeed they'll be doing everyone a favour.
If BBC charged for listings etc, they'd be getting slated by taking advantage of the mandatory funding they receive!!
BBC are in a tight corner when it comes to developing their net presence, but I think they are quality.
But for the SE to be top drawer, its going to cost and require a mass of resources, something the BBC dont have
For those here who have a true hobby/interest site, with know intension on making money, simply visitors, hats off to you.
Now there's an idea! This would be interesting because I think that given the choice, 99% of license payers would not pay it. I wouldn't and I (obviously) work with the Internet!
(and happen to be very poor at the moment due to just paying my 'TV' license to them :()
If you sell a TV card (or a PC with a TV card in it) then you have to notify Big Brother within 28 days or you can get in (expensive) trouble.
They have taken a pasting over losing so much of their sports coverage to the higher bidder, this is a fairly inexpensive way to capture market share in advance of when it is needed. Certainly if you look at Google's job section they are recruiting right across Europe, so there is some good synergy there.
People have mentioned the TV license here but the BBC generates revenue by syndicating a lot of it's first class news coverage to a global audience. If you look at any Neilsen/MMXI listings for the UK the BBC is always in the top 10 sites, they have a huge archive of information so having a search facility makes a lot of sense.
Well done auntie. Just please make sure that you don't introduce Terry Wogan or Carol Smilie as an Ask Jeeves stunt double.
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The BBC gets over £2.5 billion a year from TV license tax and is using this financial clout to corner as much of the media market as possible. The BBCi search is merely a bowdlerized version of Google. Why should they spend tax payers' money stamping their standards and prejudices on Google's perfectly good and free service.
I think it's also a bit sick that so much of BBC's airtime is now spent on advertising BBC products. If they can advertise BBCi then why don't they also carry commercials for Yahoo, AltaVista and Google?
well i have had the tv licence inspector come around about 4 years ago ... but i don't have a tv so i didn't care.
out of curiosity i asked him about the procedure and if he was being truthful i'm amazed that anyone gets taken to court ... first two visits before they then get a court order in order to gain entry and search the property on the third visit, if you have a tv they then might not prosecute if you get a licence straight away.
of course if you let them in on the first visit (without a court order) you are a mug if you have got a tv.
2. The BBC is heavily advertising this. Lets face it they have the means. They have quite an influence where these things are concerned :-) and after all they are one of the most trusted information resources in the world. Why else would the BBC site slow down when day breaks on the other side of the pond. You guessed it, the Yanks having a look to see what has been going on in the world.