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Simon Pitt:

Simon Pitt is a media techie, blogger, software developer and writer. He has written short stories and articles for a variety of websites and magazines. He has judged writing competitions and shortlisted for the BBC's Opening Lines a few years ago.

For the last six years, he has worked in the media, across television, radio and online. He has been developing websites and generally making a nuisance of himself on the internet for 15 years.

He currently runs the BBC's internal Mobile Apps Team. This site is no way affiliated with the BBC and all the views, reviews, opinions and biases expressed here are his own.

He should not be confused with any of the other Simon Pitts out there.

Jun 20 How the News: Distorts the economy

How the News: Distorts the economy

Simon Pitt | Saturday 20th June 2015

The news has created a narrative around austerity and the national debt. But how true is any of this? And why has everyone bought into it?


May 3 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale (1967)

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale (1967)

Simon Pitt | Sunday 3rd May 2015

Forty years before Daniel Craig drowned a man in the toilets, there was another Casino Royale. Variously described as "a mess", "the most indulgent film ever made" or "a psychedelic, absurd masterpiece". This is the pre-title sequence of that film.


Feb 16 Bias and Impartiality

Bias and Impartiality

Simon Pitt | Sunday 16th February 2014

This is an article about my views, which are my views and not the views of the BBC. The views expressed in this article are mine, and wholly mine. And even though I work for the BBC, if I say I think something that does not mean the BBC as a whole thinks that same thing. So, if you're wondering to yourself: the views in this article, whose are they? Are they the BBC's? The answer is no; they're not the BBC's views, they are mine.


Jan 3 Sherlock and the Well-Made Play

Sherlock and the Well-Made Play

Simon Pitt | Friday 3rd January 2014

The first episode of the new series of Sherlock was about one thing. How did he survive the fall from the top of a building. Or, at least, that's what everyone thought it was about before it aired.


Aug 26 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Dr No

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Dr No

Simon Pitt | Monday 26th August 2013

And so, after 22 films, 22 pre-credit sequences, two toilets, four police chases, two harnesses, two sequences bathed in red light and one duck on a head, I've arrived at Dr No, where it all started. The first Eon Bond film and the beginning of my journey through Bond Pretitle Sequences. But has it all ended in an anti-climax. Dr No doesn't have a sequence before the credits. Or does it?


Aug 25 Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love

Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love

Simon Pitt | Sunday 25th August 2013

Sean Connery is back as Bond. After the success of Dr No, Bond returned. And this time, there was a pre-title sequence. An exciting, action-packed mini-film that sees the death of Bond. Should cinema-goers demand their money back? Is the rest of the film just M wondering what to put in Bond's obituary?


Aug 23 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger

Simon Pitt | Friday 23rd August 2013

Goldfinger contains, in many ways, the original Bond pre-title sequence. It has it all. A big explosion. A cavalier pun in response to the death of a fellow human being and a belly dancer. Oh and a seagull.


Aug 20 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 20th August 2013

I'm watching every Bond pre-credit sequence. Today Thunderball. And he strikes... like Thunderball. Whatever that means. And whoever "he" is. Bond hits a woman, his car breaks down and he delivers some flowers. It's an action packed thrill ride.


Aug 16 Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice

Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice

Simon Pitt | Friday 16th August 2013

I'm watching the beginning of every Bond film, up to the credits. Today is You Only Live Twice. Connery is in Japan. A lot. And there's a volcano that opens up.


Aug 13 Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 13th August 2013

I have got up to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in my quest to watch the opening sequence to every Bond film. Today, the one with the guy who was only Bond once, as someone at work called it.


Aug 10 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever

Simon Pitt | Saturday 10th August 2013

Finally, after the silly Moore years, the suave Brosnan years, the brutish Craig period, and the lumpy Dalton films, Connery, the real Bond, walks into the gun barrel. I've been watching the pre-credit teasers of each Bond film, working backwards from Skyfall. Today is the last Connery film: Diamonds are Forever


Aug 7 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 7th August 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-title sequences. Finally, I've got through the Roger Moore years, and arrived at the start, the shocking moment, the first gun barrel sequence where Bond doesn't wear a hat.


Aug 4 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun

Simon Pitt | Sunday 4th August 2013

I'm still watching the beginning of each Bond film. Today is The Man with the Golden Gun, another film with gold in the title. A little person called Nick Nack, a man with a supernumerary nipple (they're more common than you might expect) and a waxwork of Roger Moore.


Jul 31 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 31st July 2013

I'm working my way through all of the pre-credit teasers to each Bond film (I'm fun like that). Today is The Spy Who Loved Me, praised by Alan Partridge as "the greatest film ever made", and not "the one where a laser goes up his jaffas". It might not be the greatest film ever, but is it the greatest pre-title sequence?


Jul 29 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker

Simon Pitt | Monday 29th July 2013

I've been working my way through the Bond films, just watching the first five to fifteen minutes of each, up to the opening titles. Today, Moonraker, the worst Bond film ever made. But how does it fare if you judge it just on the first ten minutes?


Jul 27 Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only

Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only

Simon Pitt | Saturday 27th July 2013

I'm going through and watching all of the Bond films, starting with Skyfall and working backwards. Today is For Your Eyes Only, a sensible Bond film with an awful pre-credit teaser.


Jul 25 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy

Simon Pitt | Thursday 25th July 2013

I've been working my way through all the Bond films, watching the pre-title teaser from each. Today is the naughtily entitled Octopussy. Cuba, a tiny plane and the Roger Moore silliness continues.


Jul 23 Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill

Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 23rd July 2013

I'm still watching all of the pre-credit teasers to Bond films. Today is A View to A Kill, a Bond film probably set in the mind of a retired and senile Bond, as he sits in a retirement home. The Beach Boys playing on the radio.


Jul 21 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights

Simon Pitt | Sunday 21st July 2013

I'm watching every Bond pre-credit teaser in reverse order. Today is The Living Daylights. War games Gibraltar and fun with the KGB.


Jul 19 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill

Simon Pitt | Friday 19th July 2013

I'm continuing my viewing of all the Bond pre-title sequences teasers in reverse order. Today is Licence to Kill; probably the most violent Bond film ever made.


Jul 16 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 16th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Goldeneye. A woman with a strange fetish, another space laser (sort of thing) and the Russians aren't villains this time.


Jul 13 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies

Simon Pitt | Saturday 13th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Tomorrow Never Dies. A remote controlled car, a newspaper mogul who definitely isn't inspired by Rupert Murdoch and fun with sat nav.


Jul 11 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough

Simon Pitt | Thursday 11th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is The World is Not Enough. Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist in hotpants, a man with a bullet in his brain and something to do with oil.


Jul 9 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 9th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Die Another Day. North Korean face changing, space lasers and a man with diamonds in his face forever.


Jul 7 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale

Simon Pitt | Sunday 7th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Casino Royale, black and white soviet-like thrills, and Russian hats.


Jul 5 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace

Simon Pitt | Friday 5th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Quantum of Solace, half way between a Bourne-clone and a disappointment. It gets the balance wrong, and misses out on a better twist.


Jul 3 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Being thrown out of a plane without a parachute. Throwing an electric heater into a bath. Single-handedly taking out half the world's terrorists. The pre-title sequences to James Bond films feature some of the most memorable (and at times ridiculous) moments of the series. Simon starts watching and commenting on all of the Bond pre-title sequences


Jun 25 Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films

Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 25th June 2013

Simon continues his pattern of reviewing average action films months after their release with Taken 2.


May 22 Review: Parker

Review: Parker

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 22nd May 2013

In which Jason Statham punches a collection of things.


Mar 18 Review: The American

Review: The American

Simon Pitt | Monday 18th March 2013

Working through his DVD backlog, Simon watches The American, George Clooney's scrawniest role to date.


Nov 11 Review: Skyfall

Review: Skyfall

Simon Pitt | Sunday 11th November 2012

Bond holds a special place in the British consciousness. But what do we want from Bond any more? And does Skyfall give us that?


Nov 11 Cognitive Bias and the News

Cognitive Bias and the News

Simon Pitt | Sunday 11th November 2012

George Entwistle resigns as the BBC Director General surrounded by bluster, noise and allegations. Do the events surrounding his departure herald an era of spin and cautiousness at the top? And is success down to ability or chance, politics and the press?


May 28 Home Tweet Home

Home Tweet Home

Simon Pitt | Monday 28th May 2012

Simon looks at social media awards, the BBC and Twitter.


May 23 Tomorrow's News Today

Tomorrow's News Today

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 23rd May 2012

The BBC released their latest expense report today. It's like a dream come true for tabloid journalists. A sort of quarterly present, where they get to put up their feet and print numbers and angry faces in the newspaper for a day.


May 13 TV Trends: Effort Gags

TV Trends: Effort Gags

Simon Pitt | Sunday 13th May 2012

Simon looks at the trend in television programmes for adding in detailed jokes that require you to pause the programme to read them. And also at some missed opportunities, where he paused the TV and found nothing to read.


Apr 21 TV Trends: Big White Text

TV Trends: Big White Text

Simon Pitt | Saturday 21st April 2012

Simon looks at the recent trend for using large white text for programme titles.


Dec 21 The Art of Tie-In Comics

The Art of Tie-In Comics

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 21st December 2011

Simon looks through his childhood bookcase and considers what works in tie-in comics, and what doesn't.


Jun 6 The Computing Sapir-Whorf

The Computing Sapir-Whorf

Simon Pitt | Monday 6th June 2011

Simon considers time wasted through doing things in silly ways, known-unknowns, unknown-unknowns, known-gnomes and gnomic-knowns. Oh, and also there's a bit about farting at the beginning, so if you're in to that sort of thing, you'll enjoy the first paragraph at least.


Oct 17 Is this Really the End?

Is this Really the End?

Simon Pitt | Sunday 17th October 2010

Six months ago, the BBC officially switched off their Real Player streams for all but the oldest content. Simon looks back at Real Player.


Oct 10 The 100th Image Dissectors Article

The 100th Image Dissectors Article

Simon Pitt | Sunday 10th October 2010

An Image Dissectors article of great numerical significance.


Oct 3 Review: An Idiot Abroad

Review: An Idiot Abroad

Simon Pitt | Sunday 3rd October 2010

Simon reviews Sky's new heavily advertised Gervais/Merchant comedy: An Idiot Abroad.


Sep 26 Perceived Quality

Perceived Quality

Simon Pitt | Sunday 26th September 2010

The world of technology sales is a confusing place for poor consumers. So why do people buy technology these days? Is it because they want the higher quality, or because they feel they should buy it. Come to that, can they even tell the difference?


Sep 19 How the News: Defines Itself

How the News: Defines Itself

Simon Pitt | Sunday 19th September 2010

Simon considers exactly what the news was and what it has become


Sep 12 Sky is After You

Sky is After You

Simon Pitt | Sunday 12th September 2010

Having bought the rights to the entire back catalogue of HBO, Sky is going after a different segment of the market. Simon looks at what Sky is up to.


Sep 5 Usability and User Ability

Usability and User Ability

Simon Pitt | Sunday 5th September 2010

A few weeks ago I had to set up network drive for staff across the department. Why was this simple task quite so difficult?


Aug 22 More or Less Gurning

More or Less Gurning

Simon Pitt | Sunday 22nd August 2010

Simon discusses BBC radio show More or Less, considers 'gurning', and wonders what makes good programmes do silly things.


Aug 15 Keeping the Children Quiet

Keeping the Children Quiet

Simon Pitt | Sunday 15th August 2010

The summer holidays have brought with them a deluge of children's films, designed to cash in on frazzled parents' desire for a few minutes of peace. But are these really what children want to watch? Simon considers TV and films from a child's point of view.


Jul 29 About Us: Just Who Are you Anyway

About Us: Just Who Are you Anyway

Simon Pitt | Thursday 29th July 2010

Simon considers exactly who he is, and the best way of explaining it, with a look at About Us pages on websites in this contractually obligatory article.


Jul 24 Six Schmix

Six Schmix

Simon Pitt | Saturday 24th July 2010

There was a collective sigh of relief earlier this month with the news that BBC 6 Music was not going to be axed. People were pleased firstly because it was saved, and secondly because they didn't actually need to listen to it anymore. Simon examines the 6 Music saga.


Jun 22 How the News: Gets Away With Lying

How the News: Gets Away With Lying

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 22nd June 2010

They say you can't trust anything you read in the news these days. But why? And how do they get away with it? Simon, a nine foot tall Australian currently living in Tibet, examines lies in the news.


Jun 17 Modern Cliches: Critical Suggestions

Modern Cliches: Critical Suggestions

Simon Pitt | Thursday 17th June 2010

Simon examines another modern cliche - this time with a look at some of the tricks of the trade of the TV and Film critic.


Jun 13 A detective who is also a...

A detective who is also a...

Simon Pitt | Sunday 13th June 2010

As the latest BBC crime drama, Luther comes to an end, Simon looks at some of the options remaining for screenwriters.


Mar 28 Review: Alice in Wonderland in 2D

Review: Alice in Wonderland in 2D

Simon Pitt | Sunday 28th March 2010

Simon manages to find a cinema to watch Alice in Wonderland in 2D, and reviews Tim Burton's latest Depp-fest.


Mar 19 How the News: Killed 17 Million Numbers

How the News: Killed 17 Million Numbers

Simon Pitt | Friday 19th March 2010

In the news today: a look at how journalists use numbers and why the news has destroyed all of the numbers except for two.


Mar 15 Review: Tumblr

Review: Tumblr

Simon Pitt | Monday 15th March 2010

As promised nearly a year ago, Simon starts commenting and reviewing websites. This time, 'new' social media site Tumblr. It may be over 3 years old and have 3 million users but most people still haven't heard of it.


Mar 13 How the News: Conquered the World

How the News: Conquered the World

Simon Pitt | Saturday 13th March 2010

Simon discusses how the news has gone from a dry suited man reading out the events, to being a daily fix that we have to get. Just what is it about the news that makes it so appealing to broadcasters?


Feb 23 Modern Cliches: The Facebook Eye

Modern Cliches: The Facebook Eye

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 23rd February 2010

Simon highlights the rise of a modern cliche; the facebook eye: the best friend of the lazy technology journalist.


Feb 20 One of 'The Best Articles of 2010'

One of 'The Best Articles of 2010'

Simon Pitt | Saturday 20th February 2010

Simon takes a look at some of the overblown phrases on film posters and traces their origin in 'one of the best articles of 2010 about quotations on film posters'.


Feb 17 Media Terms: The Car Park Test

Media Terms: The Car Park Test

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 17th February 2010

Definitions and explanations of new media phrases. The 'car park test' is a test of whether a play (or other radio programme) is able to hold your attention once you have arrived at your destination. Simon examines the origins and usage of the phrase.


Feb 16 Media Terms: BBC Hot Wash

Media Terms: BBC Hot Wash

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 16th February 2010

Definitions and explanations of new media phrases. The BBC Hot Wash is the way the BBC sanitises 'talent', in an attempt to make it suitable for everyone. However, like putting your woollen jumper in the hot wash, this leaves it not fitting anyone.


Feb 9 Links: Google Bombs and Other Crimes

Links: Google Bombs and Other Crimes

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 9th February 2010

The next in the unremitting series of articles about the Hyperlink. In this part, Simon looks at the legal implications of the hyperlink, and explains how you at home can use hyperlinks to undermine friends and demoralize people.


Feb 4 Month Roundup: January 2010

Month Roundup: January 2010

Simon Pitt | Thursday 4th February 2010

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in January 2010, the month in which the set of Coronation Street was demolished, some fat people were banned from BeautifulPeople.com and scientists prove we can't have any more than 150 friends.


Jan 21 Links: Anchors Away

Links: Anchors Away

Simon Pitt | Thursday 21st January 2010

The seventh in an incessant series of articles about Hyperlinks. In this instalment simon looks at these: #. What are they called? What are they for? Do they mean pounds? And if so why?


Jan 20 Links: Spaces, Brackets and Dead Links

Links: Spaces, Brackets and Dead Links

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 20th January 2010

Another in the interminable series of articles about Hyperlinks. In this part Simon looks at some of the things that can go wrong when giving people links and realises what a fine line it is between success and 404.


Jan 19 Links: Injections and Rejections

Links: Injections and Rejections

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 19th January 2010

The fifth in the unfeasibly long series series about Hyperlinks. This time Simon looks at a few fun games we can play with links to Amazon and shows you how to take over the world from the address bar of your browser.


Jan 18 Links: The Great IP Shortage of '11

Links: The Great IP Shortage of '11

Simon Pitt | Monday 18th January 2010

Another in the seemingly unending series about Hyperlinks. In this article, Simon looks at how all the IP addresses are going to run out soon and talks about reserved characters (like his Uncle Ernie).


Jan 17 Links: Misspelling for Profit and Pleasure

Links: Misspelling for Profit and Pleasure

Simon Pitt | Sunday 17th January 2010

The third in a surprisingly long series exploring Hyperlinks. In this part, Simon looks at domain names. What should you call your website, how long can the domain name be and what do you have to look out for?


Jan 16 Links: The World's Longest Abbreviation

Links: The World's Longest Abbreviation

Simon Pitt | Saturday 16th January 2010

The second in a several part series examining the nature of the Hyperlink. In this part, Simon considers those all-too-famous three Ws, introduces the IP address and enters the domain of the domain.


Jan 15 Links: Urns, Earls and a Guy Called Uri

Links: Urns, Earls and a Guy Called Uri

Simon Pitt | Friday 15th January 2010

The first in a several part series charting probably the most exhaustive examination of the hyperlink ever. In this part, Simon thinks about what we actually call the blooming things, looks at what this 'http' business is all about and considers how we should describe one of these: /


Jan 11 Marketing: The Internet Dream

Marketing: The Internet Dream

Simon Pitt | Monday 11th January 2010

In the second part of a series on marketing, Simon looks at how Search Engine Optimization and our quest for attention, page views and celebrity has led us to pursue a false Internet Dream.


Jan 9 Marketing: We're all Advertisers Now

Marketing: We're all Advertisers Now

Simon Pitt | Saturday 9th January 2010

In the first part of a series on marketing, Simon examines how the Internet has turned us all into marketers, as we struggle to get our friends, potential loved ones, employers and parents to read our statuses, tweets and blog posts. In this new, digital world have we all become the executives of our own brands?


Jan 1 Month Roundup: December 2009

Month Roundup: December 2009

Simon Pitt | Friday 1st January 2010

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in Decemer 2009. The month in which the newspapers gave up publishing anything except lists of what happened in the 'noughties', the Tories demanded music videos should have age rating, and a Japanese man married a computer game character.


Dec 11 Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Simon Pitt | Friday 11th December 2009

The fifth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Like this review, today's play was the last of a five part series. But with no series stacking and no way of hearing the first four parts now that they're gone, how will this episode fair?


Dec 10 Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Simon Pitt | Thursday 10th December 2009

The fourth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Today's afternoon play is another play that isn't really a play but leaves Simon thinking after it's finished.


Dec 9 Review: One in a Million

Review: One in a Million

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 9th December 2009

The third in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. One part maths whodunnit, one part tale of brotherly sacrifice and one part blatant documentary. Simon examines a rather mixed bag of a play.


Dec 8 Review: Winter Storm

Review: Winter Storm

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 8th December 2009

The second in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. After a dissapointing start yesterday, Simon's faith in the Afternoon Play is restored by this bleak but haunting tale or words and snow.


Dec 7 Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Simon Pitt | Monday 7th December 2009

The first in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Simon is unimpressed by the first Afternoon Play of the week; a mismash of three short plays by 'community writing groups' (putting the 'ew!' into 'New Writing').


Dec 6 The State of the Afternoon Play

The State of the Afternoon Play

Simon Pitt | Sunday 6th December 2009

Simon examines what BBC commissioners are looking for when they commission radio plays and begins an investigation into the current state of the Afternoon Play.


Dec 1 Month Roundup: November 2009

Month Roundup: November 2009

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 1st December 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in November 2009. The month in which the Gruffalo became the nation's favourite children's book, Judy Dench went to the dentist in period costume and the town of Darlington appointed someone as village Tweeter.


Nov 21 How the News: Works

How the News: Works

Simon Pitt | Saturday 21st November 2009

An examination of the way news and journalists work. Where do news stories come from and where do they go when they're not on the front page anymore? An Image Dissectors exclusive scoop!


Nov 19 Month Roundup: October 2009

Month Roundup: October 2009

Simon Pitt | Thursday 19th November 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in October 2009. The month in which a racist appeared on Question Time, TS Eliot became the nation's favourite poet and laugh-a-minute swear-fest The Thick Of It returned to BBC Two.


Nov 17 Asian Network's Soap Cancelled

Asian Network's Soap Cancelled

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 17th November 2009

The BBC have announced that the Asian Network's soap, Silver Street, will air its last episode in March 2010. It will be replaced by a run of monthly stand-alone thirty-minute dramas. Is this the beginning of the end for drama on the Asian Network? Or maybe for the Asian Network itself?


Nov 14 Why Everyone Seems to Hate the BBC

Why Everyone Seems to Hate the BBC

Simon Pitt | Saturday 14th November 2009

You can't open a newspaper these day without reading a rant about the BBC. With the BBC releasing their expenses, and journalists struggling to find something to complain about, Simon examines why everyone seems to hate the BBC.


Nov 12 Who's Who at the BBC

Who's Who at the BBC

Simon Pitt | Thursday 12th November 2009

With the BBC releasing salary information for their top 107 decision makers, Simon takes the opportunity to examine who some of the key figures are, and how they got there.


Nov 11 Demanding Entertainment

Demanding Entertainment

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 11th November 2009

According to the media, getting video On Demand wherever and whenever you want it is pretty much the most exciting thing to ever happen. But is On Demand all it's cracked up to be? If it is, why isn't everyone doing it, and if it isn't, why not? As the BBC turn off their Real Player streams and move to iPlayer for all TV and Radio, Simon looks at just how popular iPlayer is and examines why it hasn't set the world alight as much as everyone wishes.


Nov 6 A Brief Guide to Radio Drama

A Brief Guide to Radio Drama

Simon Pitt | Friday 6th November 2009

Simon gives a broad overview of drama on BBC Radio and offers a few thoughts on its nature and popularity, before wondering why nobody knows there is drama on Radio 3.


Nov 4 ITV Still Reunited

ITV Still Reunited

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 4th November 2009

ITV's sale of Friends Reunited is to be investigated by the competition committee. In the mean time, ITV is left holding the costly, and very rubbish, baby that is FriendsReunited.co.uk.


Aug 23 What is Television For?

What is Television For?

Simon Pitt | Sunday 23rd August 2009

Simon considers what purposes television has, and ponders some of the reasons why it fails to achieve these purposes.


Aug 22 What Have You Been Watching?

What Have You Been Watching?

Simon Pitt | Saturday 22nd August 2009

Simon examines what programmes we've all been watching, what this says about our viewing habits, and considers whose fault lazy programming is.


Aug 20 Who Owns What?

Who Owns What?

Simon Pitt | Thursday 20th August 2009

The world of media conglomerations is a complex and gnotty web. Simon has a look at exactly who owns what.


Apr 1 404 Error

404 Error

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 1st April 2009

Whoops. Something has gone wrong, and you've ended up here. You may not find what you want by reading this, but at least you'll know why you didn't find it, along with a few anecdotes, trivia and further reading.


Aug 18 The Beano buys Friends Reunited

The Beano buys Friends Reunited

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 18th August 2009

Brightsolid, a subsidary to DC Thomson, publisher of the Beano, has bought Friends Reunited from ITV.


Jul 27 Links: The Humble Hyperlink

Links: The Humble Hyperlink

Simon Pitt | Monday 27th July 2009

As something of a prologue to a more indepth discussion of the Hyperlink, Simon examines the rise and nature of the link, and considers how we all take it for granted.


Jul 11 FM Radio Switched Off by 2015

FM Radio Switched Off by 2015

Simon Pitt | Saturday 11th July 2009

DAB Digital Radio will replace FM Radio by 2015 when Analogue Transmitters will be switched off.


Apr 30 The Internet and Laziness

The Internet and Laziness

Simon Pitt | Thursday 30th April 2009

A brief, and not that well thought out look at whether or not the Internet makes us lazy or whatever... yeah, I'll finish this off later, and put a less obvious joke in.


Apr 29 The fuss about iPlayer

The fuss about iPlayer

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 29th April 2009

In which Simon considers the history of iPlayer and why it's splash isn't quite as big as the BBC would like you to think.


Apr 28 Data Inflation

Data Inflation

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 28th April 2009

In this article, Simon looks at the Internet's obsession with documentation and data, and makes some broad, generalised, and almost outlandish claims about the nature of today's world.


Apr 26 The Nature of the Internet

The Nature of the Internet

Simon Pitt | Sunday 26th April 2009

In this article Simon examines the top ten most visited websites in the world and sees if he can make any broad and extravagant generalisations about the nature of the internet. Not to spoil the surprise, but he can.


Apr 25 A Brief History of Wikipedia

A Brief History of Wikipedia

Simon Pitt | Saturday 25th April 2009

A brief discussion of the history and creation of Wikipedia.


Apr 24 An Introduction to the Internet

An Introduction to the Internet

Simon Pitt | Friday 24th April 2009

Part 1 of a semi-regular review and examination of the internet. In this article, Simon takes a vague look at the size of the internet, its influence and its nature.


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