Coronavirus: Entertainment


Changes to BBC output

BBC Cymru has introduced a raft of new programmes for viewers and listeners during the outbreak of Coronavirus

The amended radio, television, iPlayer, and online output will include:

  • More “Bitesize” programmes for learners
  • A change in religious and humanist broadcasting, using Skype for “virtual gatherings”
  • Community-based output
  • More news and advice
  • Classic comedy
  • Live music from musicians’ homes

These, and other measures, are aimed at keeping people connected to their communities ,be it school, their place of worship, or everyday chats in cafes, places of employment, pubs, and other routine encounters that have been put on hold because of the need for people to socially distance or self-isolate themselves.

Changes to TV licences for over 75s

On 16th March 2020, the government and the BBC also announced that changes to the Licence Fee for people over the age of 75 that had been due to come into effect on 1st June have been delayed. 

In the coming weeks and months, the BBC will have a vital role to play in supplying factual and timely information to the public. That's why both the BBC have agreed to the government's request to change the start date to August 1st, and review the situation in due course. 




With people spending more time at home in the coming months, Sky is doing a number of things to ensure the TV experience is even better and Broadband, Talk and Mobile series are as reliable as they possibly can be. These steps include:

  • Calls to UK landlines at any time of day will be free for existing Sky Talk customers from this weekend to the end of April
  • All Sky Mobile customers will get a 10GB data boost into their Piggybanks, free of charge. This can be shared across all the SIMs on the account
  • The Broadband, Talk and Mobile networks have been designed to handle high traffic peaks at all times of the day and night, and Sky’s network engineers are working hard to ensure they are tested, monitored and improved 24/7
  • Call centres and engineers will prioritise the needs of existing customers to ensure their service keeps running smoothly
  • Sky Go Extra will be available to all customers for free, so busy homes will have access to Sky TV on three screens at the same time
  • YouTube kids and Disney+ will be coming to Sky Q in the coming weeks, to give families even more entertainment choices.

Full details can be found here.

Chanel 4s - How to self isolate


With the UK in the middle of the escalating coronavirus pandemic, as millions of us face a period of self-isolation to help contain the spread, we all need to be best prepared for the weeks and months ahead. But the reality of self-isolation can be difficult, the advice is complex and changing all the time, and it can be an overwhelming prospect for many. Presented by Dr Xand van Tulleken and psychologist Kimberley Wilson, this show offers a no-nonsense guide to self-isolation, full of useful tips and advice to help people to self-isolate successfully. Dr Xand gets advice from leading experts as well as finding out about assorted people's real-world challenges over self-isolating. Kimberley provides insights into the psychological challenges of self-isolating and shares tips about how to manage anxiety.

Watch here: