Episode 13 of the IBC Podcast features interviews with Barbara Slater, BBC director of sport and the winner of the International Honour for Excellence and Hannes Ricklefs of BBC Research & Development, one of the authors of the Best Technical Paper.
The IBC2021 International Honour for Excellence, IBC’s highest accolade, was presented to Barbara Slater, in recognition of her role as a pioneer for women in sports broadcasting worldwide.
Barbara was appointed BBC Director of Sport in 2009, and one of her first challenges was to develop the remarkable multi-platform coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. Today, she works closely with other broadcasters and sports bodies, including advising the International Olympics Commission. In 2014 she was made an OBE for her services to sports broadcasting.
The IBC2021 Award for Best Technical Paper was presented to a large team from BBC Research & Development, for their contribution Stronger together: cross-service media recommendations.
As Hannes Ricklefs describes, the aim of the paper is to present consumers with a single portal to multiple media sites, with intelligent references between services. If a consumer frequently listens to a particular singer on Spotify, for example, the service would also send notifications when that performer is available on BBC radio and television content, available online.