BBC Media Partner Centre: Curated Video Selections

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th, we will update this blog post to include monthly curated video selections.


The BBC Media Partner Centre now hosts an expanded library of archived videos, with supported on-boarding training, for you to download and use natively on websites and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a BBC affiliate, you have access to these rights-cleared videos. Topics range from climate change and history to cultural facts and global experiences — since they are not tied to breaking news or broadcast schedules you can use them any time.

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July BBC Video Selections:

“My dad became my best friend”

  • Description: Before March 2020, Shireen says she didn’t “really care” about her dad as they’d grown apart. But during the coronavirus lockdown she realized she was living in the same house as her best friend. Shireen tells her story of how she became best mates with her dad to encourage others to reconnect with their families.
  • Suggested post: This dad and daughter became friends during covid-19 lockdown.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 49 seconds

The gay South Korean former soldier who turned trauma into art

  • Description: In South Korea gay soldiers can serve, but they can be punished for consensual sex. Artist and activist Jeram Kang says he was sexually harassed while serving in the South Korean military. After army commanders learned that he was gay, he was transferred to the psychiatric ward and eventually discharged.

Ten years on, his hand-written testimony, along with stories of other gay soldiers have been turned into an art exhibition for gay rights.

Content warning: This video includes references to sexual assault and suicide

  • Suggested post: Gay South Korean former soldier shares harassment story through art
  • Duration: 4 minutes 38 seconds

“Why my mother hid her racial heritage”

  • Description: What would you do if you discovered one of your parents wasn’t who they said they were? That’s what happened to Gail Lukasik who found out her mother had ‘passed’ as white to escape racial segregation in the US, in the early 20th Century. She was in fact, mixed race but had kept it a secret and made Gail promise to keep the secret until after she died. Gail has now turned her story into a book called White Like Her.
  • Suggested post: Gail Lukasik’s life was turned upside down when she discovered that her mother was mixed race but had ‘passed’ as white to escape racial segregation in the US.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Covid vaccine: Side effects and why it can’t give you the virus

  • Description: Coronavirus vaccines help protect people from getting seriously ill if they come into contact with the disease. But how do they work? And will the vaccine make you feel unwell? Marnie Chesterton explains how a Covid vaccine can’t give you the virus and why it’s normal to experience some mild side effects, such as a headache or a raised temperature.
  • Suggested post: It’s normal to experience mild side effects to the covid vaccine—it shows you are having an immune response.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 28 seconds

June BBC Video Selections:

How do we deal with stress?

  • Description: We have all encountered stress in our daily lives. It may come from work, relationship, financial concerns and family. We are apparently more stressed than ever now. Why is that the case? How can we prevent stress from making us sick?
  • Suggested post: How can we prevent stress from making us sick?
  • Duration: 2 minutes 18 seconds

We’re at risk of losing a generation of girls and young women

  • Description: UNICEF and UN Women have told the BBC that a generation of adolescent girls have been subject to domestic abuse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN estimates that for every 3 months of lockdown, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence, with a 40 per cent rise of abuse in the home reported in some countries.
  • Suggested post: The rise in domestic abuse in lockdown.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds

Surfing for a better life

  • Description: Children from townships in Cape Town are getting “surfing therapy”. Not only is it giving them a buzz, it’s helping to improve their life chances.
  • Suggested post: Surfing therapy is helping improve the lives of kids from South Africa’s townships.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 54 seconds

Space junk map tracks 200 ‘ticking time bombs’

  • Description: It’s estimated around 26,000 human-made objects orbit earth and the majority of this no longer works. There’s a risk this space debris could collide with functioning satellites that provide vital services – such as GPS and weather warnings.
  • Suggested post: Large defunct rocket bodies have the potential to break into thousands of pieces, threatening functioning satellites that provide vital services like GPS.
  • Duration: 1 minutes 53 seconds

May BBC Video Selections:

Philippines reef littered with PPE face masks

  • Full description: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is washing up on coral reefs close to the Philippine capital, Manila. According to an estimate by the Asian Development Bank, during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, the city could have been generating up to 280 tonnes of extra medical waste per day. Environmental groups are urging the Philippine government to improve its handling of infectious waste, to prevent further pollution of the seas. The BBC’s Howard Johnson joined divers from Anilao Scuba Dive Centre, a group affiliated to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Fins, which promotes sustainable marine tourism in South East Asia.
  • Suggested post: Divers in the Philippines have described finding a coral reef littered with single-use face masks, also known as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds

Microplastics, drugs and food – how jellyfish can help us

  • Full description: Scientists are using jellyfish to help solve three problems – removing microplastics from the water, developing new medicines and providing a sustainable source of food.
  • Suggested post: Jellyfish are being used to develop new medicines, filters for microplastics and for food.
  • Duration: 4 minutes 50 seconds


Solar energy empowers young women in Yemen

  • Full description: A group of ten women in Yemen’s Abs district have built and now run a solar microgrid – the first of its kind in the country. The project was set up in 2019 with the help of the UN Development Programme. The women now run the station as their own business – providing affordable, renewable energy to a community living near a war zone.
  • Suggested post: A group of ten women in Yemen’s Abs district have built and now run a solar microgrid.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds