BBC Notes

Deliver companion content to your audiences’ personal screens during live events, live broadcasts, and on-demand
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How does it work?

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    Choose what moments from your production you want to amplify and ask how they might be enhanced using a second layer of material
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    Then, ahead of your event, create and gather the text, images, and links you want to share with your audience
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    Control the timing of the notes, whether that’s delivering pre-prepared material, or create some content on-the-fly

What is BBC Notes?

Cinemas and theatres go to great lengths to stop you looking at your phones during performances but a personal, second-screen makes for some rather interesting possibilities around how audiences might experience an event, performance or broadcast. A well-timed piece of content can add a layer of depth and understanding, perhaps some historical context, back story, or an artefact being referenced in the main event.

Words, pictures, audio, and URLs can all be delivered to augment your event. As a BBC Notes producer you will have the ability to push content out, letting you capture the improvisation and reactions that define a live performance.

Also, the value of giving subtitles or languages options can, for some audiences, make the difference between night and day. Yet there’s another aspect to accessibility around connecting audiences, like children, with content that may otherwise be too complicated, unfamiliar or otherwise alien.

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What have we learnt from BBC Notes so far?

Some of the arts, particularly dance, theatre, and opera, can seem inaccessible and alien to some. We therefore started our research with BBC Notes at The Proms in an attempt to break down barriers for people who may not be familiar with orchestral concerts, and attract younger audience members. The issue of opening up arts and culture is a clear public service that we continue to work towards.

We’re very interested to see how BBC Notes will be used in new and novel settings, beyond the (tried-and-tested) classical music events.

Likewise, we're especially excited to see how others might integrate interactive content into their performance and all the ways audiences actions could be reflected in a live performance.

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