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Bill Rogers
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Tom's dad
When Tom Ilube was appointed as a non-executive director of the BBC, we mentioned that his father had worked as a tv engineer for Auntie in the 60s. Now Tom has revealed  in a blog post that he recounted his father's story during the interview process that ...

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Abroad
The release of another quarter of BBC management expenses brings fewer nuggets, but it's always good to who's on the road before and after Christmas. Director of News James Harding visited Istanbul, Beirut, Moscow, Zurich, Washington and New York over the t...

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All over
Gordon Ramsay finished his week on The Nightly Show with an average audience of 1.16m, according to the overnight ratings across the five days (and including those who may have watched it on ITV +1). Next week it's Bradley Walsh - I'll take a punt he'll do ...

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Blend
As Lord Hall and Sir David Clementi unveiled the composition of the new BBC Board, James Purnell, named only on the substitutes' bench, headed to adland, undercover. The-tie-that-secured-Charter-renewal was ditched; a symphony in grey, including parts of th...

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Leaning from the past
Davina McCall opened her Nightly Show account with an average of 1.8m viewers - an 11.2% share. The share is almost the same as Davina got in 2006, with eight chat shows on BBC1, commissioned by risk-taking Peter Fincham, in much earlier slots. The average ...

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Mending The Nightly Show
10 quick fixes to ITV's Nightly Show. No fee. 1) Hire writers from Have I Got News For You 2) Remember - the top topical gag is always better than material you've stacked up in case nothing funny happens that day. Leave that on the shelf. 3) Could Walliams ...

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Starting at the top
The listening figures for BBC network radio for the last quarter of 2016 are a pretty solid inheritance for the new joint custody of James Purnell and Bob Shennan - with a market share of close to 46%. And the stand-out figures are for the Today Programme o...

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Where are they now ?
An occasional series. Bardo were Sally Ann Triplett and Stephen Fischer, brought together to represent the UK in the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, with "One Step Further". They were the bookies' favourites, with the contest staged in Harrogate, but ended up...

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In my head I paint a picture
I understand the Sherpas have done their work, and the Himalayan Peak of Reformed Terms and Conditions of Service at the BBC is, on a clear day, in sight. Valerie Hughes D'Aeth, Duchess of HR, believes the working groups on mega-tricky issues like Unpredict...

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Comb over
If you notice a slight buzzing sound in BBC tv programmes from late 2017, it's down to the developers who have set up a bee colony on the roof of Studio TC1.
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