For the record: A question of space at the Guardian
Monday 09 November 2009
Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of Guardian Media Group, will be addressing all staff on Wednesday on future cuts at the company, which is losing £100,000 a day.
McCall, editor Alan Rusbridger and GMG managing director Tim Brooks will attend a series of four identical briefings at the company’s gleaming canal side King’s Place headquarters, and every effort will be made to ensure they aren’t thrown any curve balls. “We will answer questions,” Brooks warns staff in an email, “but because of the size of the venue, we can’t take them from the floor on the day and so are asking you to submit questions in advance.” As one angry Guardian staffer puts it: “If Gordon Brown held a press conference in which we had to submit questions in advance, we would not be pleased.”
An interview with the Culture Secretary in the current New Statesman reveals that Ben Bradshaw has a Second World War poster attached to the back of his office door. It reads: “Keep calm and carry on.” The BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons, who has been under fire from Bradshaw, might ask him for a photocopy.
The write stuff
There are concerns for the future of the International Screenwriters’ Festival, which has taken place at Cheltenham for the past four years. This year’s festival attracted stars such as Armando Iannucci, Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Matt Greenhalgh (Control), Kenton Allen (Black Books, Shaun of the Dead) and Film4’s Tessa Ross to the famous Ladies College. I wish it all the best.
2Today’s Radio Academy conference Radio at the Edge, features Tony Blackburn talking to Richard Bacon about his fondness for the Twitter and AudioBoo websites. Among Tony’s latest tweets is the revelation that “I’m just going to the London Studios to record my bits for I’m a Celebrity.” Edgy
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