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BBC Management & BBC Trust / Death By A Thousand Cuts Part II
« Last post by darcysarto on December 21, 2015, 02:01:08 PM »
The Grauniad reports the BBC has hired a firm chaired by Gus O'Donnell to 'get over' the issue of having taken on responsibility of the free-for-over-75's licence fee.

'We want to explore the options, in particular on how voluntary payments might work,' said a BBC source. 'Itís early days, this work is only just beginning.'

Well, it would of course be churlish to suggest you tell people they have to pay and then either they do, or they don't.  But quite honestly, that's how it would work.  I imagine this isn't cheap?
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BBC Management & BBC Trust / Death By A Thousand Cuts Part I
« Last post by darcysarto on December 21, 2015, 01:53:42 PM »
The BBC announced today it is <a href= "http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35149963">cancelling it's coverage of Formula One Motor Racing from next season[/url].

A full explanation can be found on this BBC blog here.  The point is, they don't have the money to pay for it.  The comments are quite interesting, plenty of disenchantment unsurprisingly, people wondering why the Boat Race and London Marathon coverage continues plus plenty of other valid viewpoints.

Key to this I suspect is that it probably isn't a) cheap and b) with Channel 4 having stepped into the breach Ecclestone is doesn't need to hold the corporation to contract or sue the pants off them.
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6Music / Re: 6Music unsigned
« Last post by ReloadUK on December 17, 2015, 09:11:17 AM »
A fun video and song by family and friends for our blog 23littletrees  living in France.

Seed to Greed
https://youtu.be/pOLUkRhLt6M

We garden and we cook!

Passionate about taking food from a tiny seed to a taste explosion.

Feeding our families in the best way we can.

We donít clock up food miles, we donít use chemicals and we donít eat strawberries in December. We do make the most of what we have Ė land, time, energy, passionÖ..passion for mud under the finger nails, being outdoors, watching our food grow, cooking and eating it. Fabulous food. Simple food. Fresh from the ground, preserved, bottled, dried Ė ensuring our plates are delicious and nutritious all year round.
Follow us through the seasons as we make the most of what the ground has to offer. Youíll find recipes and tutorials as we live, love and learn about smallholding in Normandie.
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Radio 4 / You Are The Programme, Thank You - James Naughtie Signs Off
« Last post by darcysarto on December 16, 2015, 10:12:22 PM »
Mornings won't be the same without his Scottish lilt, his poetic way with words, his errant time checks and his sometimes rambling questions.  Despite telling me it was 6.30 at 7.30, losing John Major halfway through his last 10 past 8, James Naughtie made it through his last Today programme moved but intact, expect many were also moved by his final words.

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Radio 2 / At last Ed Stewart back on BBC Radio 2
« Last post by JY on December 16, 2015, 02:28:56 PM »
Good news but yet again why do we have to wait a whole year to hear good old Ed Stewart back on Radio 2 and why has he only got one show. Make sure you listen to Junior Choice this Christmas Day 10am to 12pm
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The Afternoon Play / Sorry, Boys, You Failed the Audition - The Beatles
« Last post by Albert on December 11, 2015, 03:05:29 PM »
Link to BBC Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03h6yrv

Not much from the Afternoon Play has moved me in any particular way for a while. This one did though, and I found it amusing and a nice bit of light-hearted listening. A repeat, but I enjoyed it as much this time round as I did on its airing two years ago.

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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: Hello You, it's Iain Lee on BBC3CR Breakfast
« Last post by JY on November 19, 2015, 12:18:21 PM »
The best news the people of the BBC 3CR area have had in years this awful man has fallen on his ego at last. We all saw this day coming it was car crash radio and this nasty interview or should i say vile personal attack was rightly the last straw. After what can only be described as disaster period of 3 years its going to take some time to win back listeners to BBC 3CR now.
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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: Hello You, it's Iain Lee on BBC3CR Breakfast
« Last post by Vince800 on November 19, 2015, 07:50:30 AM »
Mid-Morning? Iain Lee was on Breakfast. Jonathan Vernon-Smith does mid mornings with his fantastic JVS show.
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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: Hello You, it's Iain Lee on BBC3CR Breakfast
« Last post by Northoftheborder on November 16, 2015, 02:55:00 PM »
Further to that radiolad, here's a couple of contrasting media reports that cover Iain's departure from another BBC local radio station. Remember that BBC WM let him go a while back now, didn't they? Firstly, the Guardian reported recent events like this:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/nov/16/bbcs-iain-lee-leaves-show-after-condemning-guests-anti-gay-views

Whereas this was Radio Today's take. Also included is a clip of the show in question, plus an "interesting" set of comments...

http://radiotoday.co.uk/2015/11/iain-lee-departs-bbc-three-counties-radio/

Whatever your opinion is upon Iain Lee, it's probably safer to say that 3CR's mid-mornings won't be anywhere near as interesting now! Maybe he should've tried to harder to emulate Radio Stoke's Perry Spiller, who somehow recently managed to win a Gillard award for best mid-morning show...
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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: Hello You, it's Iain Lee on BBC3CR Breakfast
« Last post by radiolad on November 14, 2015, 11:03:35 PM »
Reports today that Iain Lee has left 3CR.
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