UK Digital Media Bits: BBC Digital; Metro Online; BT-Endemol; Daily Mail Video; Podcasting

A roundup of latest news in UK, related to digital media:

BBC Hires Senior Exec For Digital Services: BBC has hired former YooMedia and Channel Five executive David Bainbridge to market its digital and new media services. He will be charged with driving the take-up of digital TV and radio and the BBC’s online services.

Daily Mail Launches Ad-Supported Video Service Online: Associated New Media (ANM) has launched an ad-funded video news service on the sister site of The Daily Mail Newspaper, the Mail online. Updating every weekday lunchtime, the new bulletins will broadcast celebrity, music and film-related news with content produced by the Press Association.

Metro To Relaunch Day-parted Site: London newspaper Metro is to revamp its site next week…The site will provide its urbanite audience with interactive “Metro Moments” throughout the day. The site will have four different “day parts”, when content will be updated and changed to reflect the particular time of day.

Endemol to make broadband shows for BT: Big Brother producer Endemol is to provide original programming for BT’s forthcoming broadband TV service.

BBC Launches 29 new Podacasts/Downloads: BBC has unveiled detailed of the next stage in its downloading and podcasting trial. The trial will now include hourly news bulletins, Woman’s Hour podcasts and audio highlights from BBC Two’s Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman. A further 29 radio programmes and highlights packages will join the trial later this month.

UK Publishers start to tune in to podcasting: More than half of UK publishers intend to launch a podcast service during 2006, according to new research from the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

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