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darcysarto

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Beware the Ayes of March: Lord Hall's Art Attack
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:21:02 PM »
So whilst MPs voted in favour of decriminalising the licence fee today, Lord Hall was announcing that the Arts will be at the heart of the BBC.

Undoubtedly lots of great cultural stuff, does make you stop and think for a second; oh yeah, when did they stop doing all this stuff.

I have a slight concern - call it a nickpick if you like - on the Radio 4 news at 9pm they carried this story with the line that 'money would be found' to do all this.  Now I've seen W1A and yes they do seem to have a lot of sofas about the place but not nearly enough to find the kind of spare change some of this stuff is going to need.  For a start, how about some news bulletins that carry facts not strange vagaries Lord Lordy.
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Re: Beware the Ayes of March: Lord Hall's Art Attack
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 09:48:52 PM »
Hmmm, well Tony Hall is talking about" collaborations" with artistic institutions. Does that include a share in funding? We know the closure of BBC3 will be reinvested. But more detail is needed.

He has already announced some new appointments, perhaps he needs an economist as well(and do we know what that lame BBCTrust have to say about all this? no, of course not!)

"Following the unexpected departure of BBC Radio 3 controller Roger Wright on Monday, Mr Hall announced that Bob Shennan, the current controller of BBC Radio 2, would become the new Director of Music. Jonty Claypole will become the new Director of Arts.

He also announced that Nicholas Serota, the Tate director would become the new head of a group of creative leaders which will act as a sounding board while Sir Nicholas Hytner, the departing artistic director of the National Theatre, will join the BBC executive board" Times 25/3

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Re: Beware the Ayes of March: Lord Hall's Art Attack
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2014, 09:49:07 PM »
It would be unfair to wonder if Steve Hewlett had come to the studio straight from the launderette and pegged up the new BBC Director of Arts, mistaken him for a damp item of bed linen.  That would be unfair. 

What would be fair to say is that if it's going to come down to a fight for BBC Radio in the next couple of years it's good to know Gillian Reynolds will be on our side.  If Jonty Claypole was at all wet-behind-the-ears when the show started, the Reynolds hair-dryer certainly would have done the trick.



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