"<firstbcast>" field absent

Robert Snelling h3q7f at rcs0000.me.uk
Mon Jun 2 17:10:09 PDT 2014

I agree. It irritates me as well. If the field name is to suggest that
it is when the programme was first broadcast, then that is what it
should be. So if they ever put onto iPlayer something that was first,
historically, broadcast during the brief period before the WW2 during
which there were TV broadcasts (they were stopped to free up resources
for the war effort), then the  "<firstbcast>" field should contain that

On 02/06/14 23:17, Jeremy Nicoll - ml get_iplayer wrote:
> Robert Snelling <h3q7f at rcs0000.me.uk> wrote:
>> Is it just me, or have the BBC changed something? I make use of the
>> "<firstbcast>" field...
> A bigger problem is that the BBC don't seem to have decided what "first
> broadcast" should mean.  
> For example I've fetched the files for The Hitchhiker's Guide... recently,
> and they all have firstbcast values of 2014 - which is rubbish.  For example
> on
>  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jm5y.html
> they say that "Fit the Eleventh" was first broadcast on Saturday 17 May
> 2014, which is wildly wrong. 

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