For the record: 15/02/2010
This isn’t just a kind of fad from someone who’s interested in technology...it’s not discretionary.” Peter Horrocks, BBC Head of Global News, gives warning to the corporation’s journalists that they should engage with social media.
Monday 15 February 2010
What news at Six?
The fate of 6 Music, the BBC digital radio station set up in 2002 to highlight alternative genres of music, is hanging in the balance.
The BBC Trust is due to publish a review of the network and its big sister station Radio 2 in the first days of this week and the signs do not look good. The digital station has 620,000 loyal listeners and boasts presenters including Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne, but it costs £7m a year to run. Staff at Six have been told the chances of survival are 50-50. It would be a genuine loss.
Scourge of woolly liberals
Most offensive cartoon of the year so far award goes to the Daily Mail, which in expressing its distaste for multiculturalism last Thursday, showed a Mac cartoon of a man marrying a sheep. Surely the paper isn't fishing for the publicity of another wave of liberal outrage on Twitter?
Only 32 years after the emergence of the cash-for-questions game show 3-2-1 and its mascot Dusty Bin, Sky has responded to the pace of change in media by testing a new Noel Edmonds format titled Bank It or Bin It. I'm sure it's very different from Noel's Deal or No Deal and indeed from Channel 4's big new commission The Drop, where the prize money goes through a trap door, rather than in a bin.
Friends of C4
Channel 4's relentless courting of Jonathan Ross continues. Wossy has been booked for a C4 Comedy Gala at the O2 next month in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, and will appear alongside such channel favourites as Alan Carr and David Mitchell, though the only Brand on the bill is Jo.
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers recruited by the Shia Houthi rebels who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Isis in Afghanistan: Group claims responsibility for Jalalabad suicide bombing that killed 35
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
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