Recent Blog Posts
- The Summer of the Mobile Wielding Tourist October 20, 2015
- U2 and Me October 8, 2015
- Often the hardest task’s hardest task is completion. September 23, 2015
- Balkans: “Media has a significant role in the theatre of the absurd” September 20, 2015
- How to own an audience – From WIRED magazine September 20, 2015
Broadcasting career highlights As Head of New Media in BBC NI, I led a team of 25 people producing content for Web, Mobile and Interactive TV. I was also on several pan-BBC management teams supervising the emergence of social media and developing best practice in audience engagement. In 1979, as a presenter at Downtown Radio I championed new and emerging music. In 1986, I moved to the BBC where I worked for 22 years in Radios Ulster, 1 and 4.
Post-BBC I took voluntary redundancy from BBC and freelanced with some of Northern Ireland’s leading organisations advising on communications strategy, implementation and training and was became director of some social enterprises.
Public Achievement For 2 years, I was Head of Social Media for Public Achievement a charity working with young people. I concurrently managed WIMPS (Where Is My Public Servant?) training young people create positive, sustainable change through journalism and campaigning.
TEDxBelfast Separately, I organised TEDxBelfast in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and initiated TEDxBelfastWomen. No one asked me to do this unpaid work; I was driven by a passion to help spread the ethos of the TED conferences. I am deeply proud of their success.
Now I left Public Achievement in April 2014 to take a break and consider the rest of my career, while spending time on the shore of beautiful Lake Bled Slovenia. From June to December 2014 and May to October 2015, my wife and I moved to Slovenia to live. In 2015 I established Lake Bled News - a tourist and traveller information website.
Next? You tell me ...
Broadcasting - Radio
Content management, blogging, podcasting
Getting the project completed
People, resources, time projects
Across Europe, across the world mobile Internet access is eclipsing desktop and laptop usage. Mobile phones and tablets are becoming the most common way to use the Internet.
Notes on an interview about 30 years of U2 gigs in Belfast.
Sometimes you can become so involved with a project, you just do know how to stop. Even the end needs implementation
Mapping Media Freedom correspondent Ilcho Cvetanoski reports on journalist safety in the Balkans By Ilcho Cvetanoski / 18 September 2015 From Index on Censorship
From: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/10/how-to/how-to-own-an-audience CONNECT WITH YOUR AUDIENCE HAVE A CONVERSATION KEEP IT CLEAR DON’T BE AFRAID TO PAUSE MOVE FOR A REASON USE YOUR HANDS KEEP YOUR BODY OPEN SET THE TONE
This is a piece I wrote for Slovenia Times magazine, now on their website.
Over on the Lake Bled News blogs I have written a bunch of reviews of Festival Bled performances. Here’s the blog.
Over on the Lake Bled News Blog pages, I have written a bunch of reviews of Okarina performances this year. There are a couple of interviews two. This is the list Ester Rada and her band at Okarina Catalonia’s CALIMA at Okarina Festival Reunion’s Simangavole play Slovenia’s Okarina Festival Carmen Paris interview – at[…]
The black limousines with the darkened windows are heading up the hill to the Vila Bled again today. The BMW shuttle service brings some of the most politically influential individuals in the south western Europe and Balkans region to hotels around Lake Bled. Their four and five star passengers delivered to suitably matching accommodation in[…]
Read more at LakeBledNews.com It was like this —- but even better. Hot African vibes meet damp #Bled weather, but the show must go on, so we are inside for Abavuka at #Okarina tonight pic.twitter.com/6D0UqN1hbi — Lake Bled News (@LakeBledNews) July 29, 2015 Leo Ličof introduces @AbavukiMusic at #Okarina #Bled pic.twitter.com/J04qfwxVNt — Lake Bled News[…]
“I considered myself, even today, but back then when I was younger, to be a rare bird.” Leo Ličof is founder and artistic director of the Okarina Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. We met in his restaurant Okarina to look back at the festival’s history and forward because even after 25 years,[…]
Read more at www.lakeblednews.com Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled, I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and surprise and challenge and joy. I mentioned this in passing to[…]
Read more at www.lakeblednews.com A severe case of cello twirling broke out last night in Bled Castle during the final concert of Festival Bled. The outbreak began towards the end of the concert when cellist (well, they were all cellists, weren’t they?) Vita Peterlin gave her instrument a quick twirl. Other members of Cello Attacca were seen – during one of[…]
Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled, I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and surprise and challenge and joy. I mentioned this in passing to the Director of Festival[…]
Read more at LakeBledNews.com The two great producers of dance music Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards penned and produced the classic Sister Sledge song Lost In Music. (That will give you a hint as to where my music comfort zone resides.) “Classical” music, as we generically refer to what is a much wider range of[…]
There is a different excitement in the air when young people are the performers and when children make up a significant portion of the audience. And it is real excitement – anticipation of the expected and unexpected, as they gossip and switch seats and move the chairs on the ground to make a loud reverberating[…]
It is the jaw dropping brilliance of these young musicians that makes nights like last night so memorable. Festival Bled continued Wednesday night as a lightning storm raged over Lake Bled. The Grand Hotel Toplice was once again the venue for performances by young musicians attending masterclasses at the Festival. This time it was the[…]
Originally in Festival Bled Diary Read more at www.LakeBledNews.com Read more at LakeBledNews.com It was pretty close to standing room only in the Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled last night, as the room filled with people waiting in anticipation for what was going to be an extraordinary concert. Prof. Michael Frischenschlager introduces the concert Toplice is a big hotel.[…]
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A saxophone makes most music better. But can you imagine what 14 saxophones can do? This was a stunning performance to open the 20th Festival Bled. Rather a traditional classical concert SOS played “Golden Classics” in St Martin’s church. Better still, not all the pieces were “golden” or “classics”. Let’s give them their proper name[…]
Before Lunch It Was Sunny, Then This … from Davy Sims on Vimeo.
Originally published on Bled Film Festival Diary Some of the cast and production team of the Arnold Rikli film premier at the Bled Film Festival Arnold Rikli is held in high esteem in Bled. He is said to be the founder of tourism in the area having come to visit the lake some 160 years[…]
First appeared in Bled Film Festival diary – part of LakeBledNews .com The Bled Film Festival didn’t end with a bang or a whimper – something more closely related to a sigh of relief. It was the oddest awards ceremony I have ever attended – and I have attended quite a few, and won in[…]
[This article first appeared in Bled Film Festival Diary] I don’t have a car in Slovenia. So to get from my apartment to the upper terrace of Bled Castle takes about an hour to walk. The final gruelling 30 minutes is upwards is the equivalent of about 25 floors of a skyscraper. It feels like one[…]
The start of the Bled Film Festival today is the beginning of a series of festivals and events that takes us from mid-June to close to the end of August with barely a break. One night last summer I left two or three performances in the middle of Bled and during the 25 minute walk[…]
Outstanding lunch in Outstanding lunch in Radovljica. Several types of Salami, Karst ham, sheep’s cheese, olives and cold roast pork with onion bread, three glasses of white wine, followed by snooze on bus on way home in temperatures of 30+, big glass of full milk, two indigestion tablets and lie down to listen to afternoon[…]
Vila Ajda is one of the grand houses built in the 18th and early 19th century that are dotted around Lake Bled. It now houses one of the best restaurants Bled used by visitors and locals alike. For the last seven years it has been run by Vlado Dakskobler. Articles: Last Update 9 June 2015[…]
For the first time in its 20 year history, jazz, rock, pop and folk music master classes will be included in the Bled Festival. Until now this has been a classical music festival with students from around Europe attending master classes and performing in concert. This year Bled Festival will include workshops in other music[…]
The Bled Film Festival opens Tuesday 16 June promising at least two premiers, a retrospective of Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi and the opportunity to hear two other film makers talk to an audience about their work. SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME OVER AT THE BLED FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE While some of the festival will be[…]