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kingman6024



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: webcam Reply with quote

What's happened to the Radio2 webcam............can't see it on the Homepage!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try the button marked "Live Webcam" on the upper right side.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:33 pm    Post subject: webcam Reply with quote

thanks
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Barty



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never understood the need for radio webcams (other than the BBC trying to look up to date). It's radio for crying out loud, you don't watch it (if 'watching' qualifies as one picture update every so often), you listen to it.

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Radio webcams are utterly pointless and a waste of money.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't understand it either. I would have thought that, for a presenter, it's only necessary to be heard on an audio medium. A webcam adds what I think must be for many an uncomfortable intrusion into the person's workspace. Why do we need to see them? Very odd....

I can't imagine the late, great, John Peel welcoming a web cam into the studio. He'd have seen it as a completely un-necessary element to his broadcasts.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably because they can! The internet has a lot to answer for......

Totally agree with the last two posts.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, when 6Music was saved, one of it's presenters Adam Buxton was on Channel 4 News and he was asked where they could make the savings now that the station was still being funded and he said "webcams." When one of the trendy internet-savvy people are saying they're pointless, you'd hope management would notice.
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Barty



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Yeah, when 6Music was saved, one of it's presenters Adam Buxton was on Channel 4 News and he was asked where they could make the savings now that the station was still being funded and he said "webcams." When one of the trendy internet-savvy people are saying they're pointless, you'd hope management would notice.


No chance. The BBC have proved time and time again that they don't give a t*ss what the licence payer thinks of what they do and how they spend (I mean waste) their money.
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Wright doesn't have a webcam. It's a question everyone wonders. " Is he really there" Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish he was there this week... Rolling Eyes
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NickSheffield



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Yeah, when 6Music was saved, one of it's presenters Adam Buxton was on Channel 4 News and he was asked where they could make the savings now that the station was still being funded and he said "webcams." When one of the trendy internet-savvy people are saying they're pointless, you'd hope management would notice.


Well hang on - how much money would a webcam save? It costs to buy but then you just point it... if they wanted to save money, slimming down web-content could be one way but it misses the point of what the Beeb are trying to do.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presenters have to sign an argreement to show there face on the webcam. They probarly get more money for this. The guests have to be told if the webcam is on when they come into the studio.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:23 pm    Post subject: Webcams Reply with quote

I think the webcams are also used to monitor what's going on in the studios as well; I saw this once at my local BBC station (BBC Radio Gloucestershire) where live webcam feeds of the other studios are shown on a screen in each studio. It probably doesn't cost that much to simply send a still image version to the website.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickSheffield wrote:
Ian Robinson wrote:
Yeah, when 6Music was saved, one of it's presenters Adam Buxton was on Channel 4 News and he was asked where they could make the savings now that the station was still being funded and he said "webcams." When one of the trendy internet-savvy people are saying they're pointless, you'd hope management would notice.


Well hang on - how much money would a webcam save? It costs to buy but then you just point it... if they wanted to save money, slimming down web-content could be one way but it misses the point of what the Beeb are trying to do.

If it was simply a camera pointing at the studio that'd be fine, but presumably there are costs involved in streaming content onto the web and making sure the servers are able to cope with traffic. If 100,000 people are watching Chris Evans in a field that's going to cost lots of money.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
If 100,000 people are watching Chris Evans in a field that's going to cost lots of money.


Sure, I agree - the 'live footage' that Evans and Wogan has procured this year will have come with an interesting price tag however I still doubt that the regular studio webcam adds much to the costs of the BBC.
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