Media Diary: 27/06/2011
Monday 27 June 2011
A look back at current affairs
The Hour, BBC2
The BBC will recreate the era when Richard Dimbleby and colleagues transformed the BBC with shows such as Panorama and Tonight. The BBC2 six-parter The Hour, starting next month, is a fictional drama and stars Ben Whishaw as an outspoken journo and Anna Chancellor (below) as a hard-drinking foreign correspondent.
The subject matter (Suez and new journalism) mirrors the Arab Spring andWikiLeaks. Less fortuitously, it follows Panorama’s apology over its Primark investigation and coincides with the plight of the Richmond & Twickenham Times, in the Dimbleby family for generations but in peril after David sold it to Newsquest. Staff are on strike today.
Bono brings in UK journalist
The Glastonbury headliner Bono has appointed the British journalist Michael Elliott as CEO of his global charity, One, which raises awareness of extreme poverty. Elliott, from Liverpool, is a former executive on Time, Newsweek and The Economist. He starts on 1 August, based in Washington.
Highfield for Edinburgh
Microsoft’s fast car loving UK chief, Ashley Highfield, will give the keynote address at the Edinburgh International Marketing Festival, which takes place on 25 August.
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Trans actress Candis Cayne reveals she walked out of Curb Your Enthusiasm audition over an offensive joke
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Aylan Kurdi: Canadian immigration minister suspends election campaign to investigate why Syrian family's refugee application was refused
We asked David Cameron if Britain can do more to help refugees like Aylan Kurdi. His answer? 'We're doing enough'
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
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