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An edition of Ariel

Ariel was the in-house magazine/newspaper of the BBC, published weekly on Tuesdays, and named after the statue of Shakespeare's Prospero and Ariel by Eric Gill on the facade of the BBC's Broadcasting House, London.

On 19 October 2011, it was announced that the printed edition would cease production at the end of December 2011[1] and then only be available as Ariel Online.[2] Candida Watson, its editor, was one of the redundancies.[2]

Distributed as a newspaper for 75 years to staff and visitors at major BBC premises, it was also available to the public by subscription (£50 p.a. UK). Ariel Online can be accessed by corporation staff electronically over the BBC intranet (Gateway) and from 2011 to 2015 it was available via

An equivalent publication circulated each month to retired BBC staff called Prospero is also available online in PDF format.[3]


  1. ^ "Print edition of Ariel to close", Ariel, 19 October 2011
  2. ^ a b Josh Halliday "BBC to stop printing Ariel magazine after 75 years" The Guardian, 20 October 2011
  3. ^ "BBC - My Pension - Documents - My Pension". Retrieved 29 October 2017.

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