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.


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?

Rubbish formats

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.

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