BBC Appoints new Studios Boss, The Government tackle landline fee, Nokia promotes VR technology and Samsung awarded RNIB's Inclusive Society Award : DTG Daily News March 24th

BBC Appoints new Studios Boss

The BBC is set to appoint Mark Linsey as the boss of BBC Studios, its new in-house production unit, later today.

The new unit will be responsible for all the BBC’s own programme-making in addition to working with other broadcasters in a contentious extension of the BBC’s activities.

Mark Linsey has held a number of roles within the company, including controller of BBC entertainment and more recently acting director of television.

The Government tackle landline fee

Culture minister, Ed Vaizey has called the monthly rental charge “outdated” and is calling for the charges to be scrapped if households don’t use their landline. One in five homeowners don’t use their landline but still have to pay for the connections.

Explaining that he only wants households to pay for the services they use, calling the situation an “analogue billing system in a digital world.” Despite the potential of an increase in services costs due to the removal of hidden costs, such as line rental, there will be more transparency around pricing and consumers will know exactly where their money is going.

The minister is approaching BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky to continue the discussions.

Nokia promotes VR technology

Nokia and Deluxe, the post-production giant, have jointly launched a ‘Pioneer Programme’ encouraging producers and creatives to create more virtual reality content.

Following the launch of Nokia’s Ozo VR camera last week, head of R&D Vesa Tentanen said they wanted to make the Ozo available to the creative community at large, although continued by admitting the high price tag might deter some users. The joint Pioneer Programme provides a large discount off the camera for those taking part in the programme.

Samsung awarded RNIB's Inclusive Society Award

The Royal National Institute of Blind People—RNIB—have awarded Samsung Electronics the Inclusive Society Award to recognise their work in making smart TVs accessible for blind and partially sighted people.

“RNIB is proud to present Samsung with an Inclusive Society Award, and to congratulate the team there for delivering an innovative solution. We're delighted that we've been able to partner with Samsung to help create a real step change in access to smart television for blind and partially sighted people." Explained RNIB's MD, Neil Heslop.

Samsung's Smart TV range features integrated Text-to-Speech, zoom and high-contrast user interface as standard operating functions. It means that for the first time, a blind or partially sighted person can purchase a mainstream smart TV which features the accessibility functions they require. In addition to everyday programming, the user can access the electronic guide and use the integrated web browsers.

Managing Director of Samsung Electronics Research Institute UK, Steve Park said, “Support for users with vision impairment needs to be an increasing consideration in TV design today, as such we have been focused on ensuring high level of TV Accessibility features in our current Smart TV range. We’re delighted to receive an award from the RNIB in recognition of these achievements. It represents the strong collaboration that Samsung Electronics Research UK has with RNIB to help us reach this point.”

DTG Staff  |  24.03.2016

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