Where ever I go looking for people to discuss the web, everyone--everyone--admires the BBC. Often the admiration is mixed with a high level of jealousy, becuase the BBC really does have a lot of money to spend for online develpment. Still, what they have done is remarkable, and Nick Newman's presentation to the CEO Session today reinforced that reputation. (We will try to get his slides for distribution.)
The problem with BBC presentations, and we'll have several throughout the week, is how do you apply their lessons and their models to our scale and our decentralized structure? Even if you just talk about content, it's hard to imagine how we apply BBC lessons and the BBC approach. Can public broadcasting accept the suggestion that news/public affairs is an essential element of our online service? Could we ever say, as Nick did, that waiting on a story had just become intolerable and their editorial staff had to rethink their process?
Next up is something very different: Ken Sands from the Spokane newspaper.