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The BBC has been accused of a “fudge” after moving a senior executive who was the subject of more than 30 complaints over bullying to a new role within the organisation.

BBC Broadcasting House Portland Place London as the organisation is to remove gagging clauses from its contracts in the wake of the Savile scandal to make it easier for staff to speak out about any claims of harassment.

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The BBC today moved to address a culture of bullying and fear within the organisation by issuing new anti-harassment guidelines to staff and removing “gagging clauses” from contracts.

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It’s considered dangerous to reference race for fear of being labelled ‘racist’ - but if we don't discuss it, we can't challenge the accepted beauty ideals

Does the law belong in the classroom?

To say that being repeatedly dehumanised will have no impact on a child’s personal development and mental wellbeing is asking too much

Magda, By Meike Ziervogel. Salt Publishing £9.99

Magda Goebbels is a woman almost as infamous as Medea, and for the same reason: she murdered her children. The wife of Joseph Goebbels, she poisoned her five daughters and one son, then herself, in Hitler's bunker in the final days of the Second World War. Meike Ziervogel's debut novel imagines her motivations in scenes involving Magda, her mother and eldest daughter Helge.

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In this reprint of a novel that first appeared in 1991, Amanda Craig's skewering of posh, liberal boarding school culture is as viciously funny as ever.

BBC staff go on strike over job cuts

BBC journalists and technical staff went on strike today in a row over jobs, workload and claims of bullying, threatening disruption to TV and radio programmes.

Former BBC reporter, Russell Joslin, who is believed to have killed himself

BBC apologises to family after sexual harassment 'suicide'

Corporation will set up a confidential helpline for workers worried about harassment

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Until now, I've always had the World Service and Radio 4 down as the places to look for hard-hitting, politically challenging documentaries. You know the kind. The ones that can deposit you, still in your dressing gown and slippers, into the middle of a sub-Saharan war zone, or a Bolivian coke factory, and deliver a sharp punch to the guts any time your concentration might be in danger of drifting off.

Department for Education's (DfE) permanent secretary Chris Wormald appears before the Commons education select committee

Top civil servant Chris Wormald admits he never told Education Secretary Michael Gove about abusive behaviour allegations against special adviser

The Education Secretary Michael Gove was never told about allegations of abusive behaviour by one of his senior special advisers, the head of his department admitted today.

We need a stricter definition of bullying

Has the term 'bullying' become an unhelpful catch-all? In the New York Times, Emily Bazelon suggests so.

Vicky Pryce took her ex-husband’s penalty points for speeding

Do you have any sympathy for Vicky Pryce?

Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former MP for Eastleigh Chris Huhne, has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice, after accepting licence points on behalf of Huhne, when he was caught by a speeding camera in 2003.

Stafford nurse refused to lift 'naughty little monkey', tribunal told

A senior nurse in a scandal-hit hospital told a seriously ill elderly woman patient she was a “naughty little monkey” and refused to help lift her from a wheelchair on to a bed, a tribunal heard today.

Phil Reay-Smith, left, his husband Michael McIsaac and six-year-old Scott, their adopted son

Children in gay adoptions at no disadvantage

Research confirms same-sex couples are just as good at parenting as heterosexuals

Vicky Pryce leaving Southwark Crown Court

Vicky Pryce 'not telling the truth' over Chris Huhne speeding points-swap crime, court told

Vicky Pryce was today accused of cooking up a story with a barrister friend to protect her from prosecution by saying she had been bullied into accepting speeding points by her ex-husband Chris Huhne, the disgraced MP.

Heads 'fail to tackle sexual exploitation'

Headteachers are turning a blind eye to sexual exploitation of pupils for fear that it might send out negative messages about their schools, the Deputy Children’s Commissioner has warned.

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