New BBC Director General Tony Hall makes power play on Lord Patten

His Westminster connections and technological knowledge will benefit Tony Hall  

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Oscar-nominated visual effects company behind Life of Pi files for bankruptcy protection

Rhythm & Hues Studios, one of America's best known effects companies, has worked on 145 films from Babe to Django Unchained

Final salary pensions closing at record rate

Coalition policies blamed for accelerating trend away from most generous retirement schemes

Have you ever wondered if our obesity rates and terrible sports facilities are perhaps related?

And if you have, and you happen to be George Osborne, what might you do about it? The educational, personal and social benefits of sports in school are well proven

Bitter rivals: Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) (left), and Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

The man who made Wagner mad

The Royal Opera House is staging Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable for the first time in a century. It's a welcome focus on a much maligned composer

It's going to be expensive: BBC has already spent £200,000 on staff legal costs in Jimmy Savile inquiries

The BBC has already spent more than £200,000 in legal fees investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Newsnight scandal review is delayed

The Pollard review, which is examining a shelved Newsnight report into the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations, is to take about a month longer to report than expected.

Good news at last: BBC’s new boss gets a warm welcome

More than a decade after he missed out, Tony Hall hailed as man to revive the troubled corporation

Lord Hall, who is expected to take a salary of £450,000 per year:

BBC confirms Tony Hall to be appointed new Director General

The BBC has appointed Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - as the new Director General of the corporation. 

Album: Agostino Steffani, Mission – Bartoli/Fasolis/ Barocchisti (Decca)

Cecilia Bartoli investigates the life and music of Steffani with Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti.

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Royal Opera House, London

Now that Keith Warner’s "Ring" has been re-launched in its entirety, we can judge it afresh. Like the first two "days" (reviewed last week) the second two contain much to enjoy, if also some disappointments, plus some technical hitches which should have been sorted out in dress rehearsal - notably the stuffed stag with its antlers caught on the overhanging 'sky', thus sabotaging Siegfried’s loveliest aria.

Phillips Idowu has not competed since the beginning of last month

Jonathan Edwards backs Phillips Idowu to shine despite chaotic build-up

Jonathan Edwards believes Phillips Idowu may be relishing his chaotic build-up to the Olympics.

July 12, 2012: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, tests out a bed during his visit to the 2012 Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.

Mayor Boris Johnson steals show as IOC is welcomed to London

London mayor Boris Johnson stole the show from the Royal Ballet and opera stars such as Placido Domingo as the International Olympic Committee were welcomed to London last night.

Moved by the tragedy behind Berlioz's Troy story

David McVicar tells Louise Flind about the huge challenge of staging Les Troyens

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Mark Ronson - Pop's top producer jumps at the ballet

Mark Ronson, most famous for his work with Amy Winehouse, has co-created a new dance piece at the Royal Opera. He tells Elisa Bray what attracted him to it

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