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BBC Mixital was a site allowing users to create their own games, cartoons, music videos and stories. Often, but not always, these creations would be themed around a BBC television property (for example, the section for Dr Who fan-fiction).
In April 2019 the BBC announced that Mixital was to be closed, citing "We’ve learned a number of valuable lessons that we’ll share internally and with partners, but we feel the time is right to take these lessons and explore how we might apply them in other ways online."
From April 2019 the ability to publish new creations on the website has been removed. New users are also unable to create an account. THe content will remain online until April 2020 when it "will no longer be publicly available".
- 1 Discovery and API
- 2 Range of Content
- 3 Channels
- 3.1 BBC Young Reporter - Video Reports
- 3.2 BBC Young Reporter - Written Reports
- 3.3 BBC Young Reporter - Images
- 3.4 BBC The Social
- 3.5 BBC Introducing: Vizii
- 3.6 Ten Pieces: SuperConductor
- 3.7 Doctor Who: FanFiction
- 3.8 Class: FanFiction
- 3.9 Jane Austen: Fan Fiction
- 3.10 Magical Worlds With Harry Potter
- 3.11 Writersroom:The Script Gym
- 3.12 Contains: FLANEUR
- 3.13 BBC Three Top Ten Comedy Kit
- 3.14 EastEnders: Soap Factory
- 3.15 Wolf Jenkins StoryTeller
- 3.16 A.Dot's Trashbag Tuesday
- 3.17 Big Painting Challenge
- 3.18 Fortysix: Bring Ideas to life
- 3.19 Gold Rush Game Maker
- 3.20 Strictly: Robo-Dancers
- 4 References
Discovery and API
In the shutdown announcement, the BBC stated that Mixital contains "more than one million ... creations".
- Search: https://www.mixital.co.uk/api/search/results?term=&term=&sort=newest&channelId=0&perPage=12&yawfMod=1&over16=1&page=1
- Content: https://www.mixital.co.uk/dmk/digitalmake/play/731
- View count: https://www.mixital.co.uk/api/digitalmake/view/731
- Comments: https://www.mixital.co.uk/digitalmake/731/comments?page=1
- Member’s “makes”: https://www.mixital.co.uk/fetchdom/public-published-makes?member=29239&displayPublic=true&page=1&sort=desc
Range of Content
Mixital is split into about 20 or so "channels" each with their own content-creation interface.
BBC Young Reporter - Video Reports
Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/youngreporter
"Find your voice with BBC Young Reporter! If you're aged between 11-18 years old, make and share the stories that matter to you! Learn how to make your film and upload it here"
A small page with an amateur video news report, a description, video uploader and view count.
Videos are publicly accessible both from the page they're posted on but also by direct URL:
Note: Some pages might be missing their videos.
BBC Young Reporter - Written Reports
Written reports for the BBC Young Reporter program.
A small page with a box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.
The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.
BBC Young Reporter - Images
Images for the BBC Young Reporter program.
A small page with a photo, a description, uploader and view count.
Direct links to the photos also exist but seem to have their URL generated based on something akin to upload id, making retrieval non-trivial.