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Mr Memory, who was brought on Monday’s Newsnight to memorise the title sequence and couldn’t even remember that Jeremy bloke with the beard’s name. Gosh I love telly. 

Ratings prompt BBC shake-up: Head of Light Entertainment moving to new post as part of drive for 'fresh thought'

IN ITS latest bid to improve flagging ratings, the BBC disclosed yesterday that Jim Moir, Head of Television Light Entertainment since 1987, was being switched to a job not directly connected with programming. The announcement came two days after the disclosure that BBC1's long-running That's Life is to be axed next year.

Outside Edge: Jim White meets the fans who are determined not to let Eldorado die

'IT'S LUDICROUS,' yells Gwen Lamb, hoarse with shouting her point of view at anyone who will listen and many who won't. 'Scandalous. A massive mistake. I've told him he has two choices: relent or resign. I want his head on a plate. And I'm telling you, I'll get it.'

BBC plans its biggest public consultation: Two million questionnaires key part of 'keep in touch' exercise

THE BBC is to undertake the biggest consultation exercise in its history - sending questionnaires to two million homes a year and holding weekly meetings throughout the country - to be more in touch with the public.

BBC endures unhappy trip to the market

A PARTY of guests was being shown the workings of BBC Television Centre last week. Their hosts decided it would be interesting for them to sit in while a programme was being made. Unfortunately, not only was no light entertainment programme being made, no other sort of programme was being made there.

Travel: Rock holidays

A NUMBER of readers have commented on the Tales of Rock 'n' Roll series currently showing in the Arena slot on BBC 2. They have noticed that two of the programmes have borne a striking similarity to features in the Rock Holidays series which we ran three years ago.

Media: Why the Beeb begs Noel to party on: Which show does Alan Yentob think is best? Eat your heart out, Panorama] Sue Summers meets the BBC's Very Important Party-host, Noel Edmonds

ONLY one BBC megastar remains in captivity. And after last week's defection of the kiddies' heart-throb Phillip Schofield for pounds 1.5m to ITV, the BBC clearly intends it should remain that way. During my interview with Noel Edmonds, the telephone rang twice: on both occasions it was the newly appointed head of BBC 1, Alan Yentob, urgently trying to set up a meeting with him.

Schools: King's School Ely

The summer term begins today at The King's School Ely. The Annual Gathering will take place on Saturday 1 May. The 'Insight into Industry' Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday 5 and 6 July. Term will end on Friday 9 July after the Service and Prizegiving, at which the guest of honour will be Mr Alan Yentob OE.

BBC regret

The controller of BBC 1, Alan Yentob, expressed his 'regret' at the timing of a Rough Justice programme questioning the conviction of a Belfast man for the murder of two soldiers, broadcast soon after a news item on the funeral of the Warrington IRA bomb victim Tim Parry. The BBC received dozens of complaints.

BBC2 chief

Michael Jackson, 35, has been appointed Controller of BBC 2, in succession to Alan Yentob, now Controller of BBC 1. Mr Jackson is currently the head of music and arts at BBC Television.

TELEVISION / Statistics : The Word

Eldorado (right) is back in the BBC1 Top 30. Two weeks ago, the soap entered the Top 30 for the first time since July on the back of a story-line that peaked with the death of the character Javier. Its re-entry at number 29 comes with no such peak. Egg on the face of Alan Yentob, the BBC1 controller, who pulled the plug on the show? 'I'll be pleased to see the programme go out in style,' he says.

Letter: To see the influence of TV violence, visit a playground

AS A TEACHER, I come across many children from happy homes who have television in their bedrooms and watch until closedown ('Keep violence off our screens, says Major', 7 March).

Spanish sun sets on 'Eldorado'

The axe fell on the BBC's pounds 10m Spanish soap opera Eldorado last night, writes Martin Wroe.

TELEVISION / Will you still want me tomorrow?: You are Alan Yentob, the new Controller of BBC1. The future of Eldorado is in your hands. With improving ratings and kinder reviews, the joke soap suddenly isn't so funny. Friday is D-for-decision day. Should you pull the plug? John Lyttle canvasses opinion

THE WORD is out. Tomorrow Alan Yentob is expected to summon the Broadcasting Centre executive pack to decide the fate of Eldorado. Cast and crew await the judgement with impatience - as does the press, the thrice- weekly soap having evolved into a symbol of an institution at the crossroads.

Media / Talk of the Trade: Mirror image

RICHARD STOTT, the sacked editor of the Daily Mirror, is wreaking revenge, re-creating the best features of the Mirror at Today. So far he has taken top writers (Alastair Campbell, Anne Robinson) and editing staff (its entire features bench), plus the women's editor, Mary Riddell. Mr Stott wants Today to aim at the mass middle market, between the Mirror and Daily Mail. February sales are estimated at 541,000, up 80,000 on a year ago. Today's political stance is to be independent: editorials already say that the Government is terrible, but that Labour has yet to provide the answer. A comment this week on television violence, praising the BBC 1 controller, Alan Yentob, has won Mr Stott new respect from broadcasters.

Interview: Watch it] He's in control: Alan Yentob decides what you will see on both BBC channels. He is far from a Corporation man, but then he's only been there for 26 years

At lunchtime today Alan Yentob will tell us how he is going to spend pounds 180m of our money. And gosh, isn't he going to have fun.
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