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December 04, 2006


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Hello sir, I agree. We didn't make the most of the H2G2 opportunity though, did we. That particular "Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything" could have been Wikipedia if we'd got it right.



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Richard S

I agree. We didnt make the most of the H2G2 opportunity though, did we. That particular "Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything" could have been wikipedia if we'd got it right.

Euan Semple

Just ironic that an out and out commercial operation could engage in cool stuff that enables punters when the BBC can't.

I can't remember the justification for H2G2 but I agree it is a similar situation.

It always seemed a shame to me that the BBC was so well placed to do real good on the web - where cool stuff takes off and you worry about the business models later - but wasn't allowed to.


Perhaps the BBC is right to wait? It uses established "technologies" and ideas very well. Perhaps its days as pioneers of media technology and engagement is not quite over, however? With developments such as Dirac (video encoding), etc. set to change video streaming over the internet, and other broadcast media, in the future!

On another note of interest...

There is event organized jointly with St. Anthony's International Review and the Oxford Iinternet Institute on Wednesday, which should be quite interesting: Internet: Power and Governance in a Digitized World (http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/events/details.cfm?id=19).

As Web 2.0 and participatory new media take off (See Global Voices report on web 2.0 popularityin Brazil) into an unknown future, the academics are trying to quantify and make sense of it all. Including instances where the internet and "terrorism" converge!

Richard S

(Although, come to think ot it, what was the basis on which we bought H2G2? Can't remember, can you .....?)

Richard S

Well the BBC can't invest licence fee in other ventures, and BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm) can only invest where they expect to derive a direct commercial return, It seems to me that Reuters are investing to learn, rather than make a quick buck, which i am sure will prove wise in the long run.

Euan Semple

"Unlike, for example, the BBC, Reuters are able to invest and learn from these ventures, proving old and new media can work together." Can you explain a bit more why?

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