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Bill Rogers
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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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Hunting
If the DCMS is sticking to its timetable, a short list has already been made from applicants to be the first Chair of the new BBC (unitary) Board, and candidates will have, by now, been invited to interview on 12-14 December. The mood music is funereal. Com...

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Home economics
Televisual reports that the BBC is putting Saturday Kitchen out to tender. It's already produced by an indie, and BBC Studios can't bid. Apparently the current price for Saturday Kitchen Live is £28-30k per show, with the highlights show costing £3-4k. The ...

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Command and control
The Telegraph has the most detailed version of BBC Newsgathering boss Jonathan Munro's bid to save money on foreign deployments  - set to come into play after the US Presidential election (just count 'em, eh ?). As I understand it, everything turns on the d...

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Dirty Dancing
Numerous attempts to suggest Clinton/Trump duets, but this one nails it...

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Sam's the man
Congratulations to the newly-appointed Head of the BBC Arabic Service, Samir 'Sam' Farah. Born and raised in Lebanon, he's been in front of the camera and behind the mike for 18 years as presenter of the multi-media chat shop Talking Point - Nuqtat Hewar. L...

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Your witness
Further reading of the tax tribunal case featuring BBC News presenters Tim Willcox and Joanna Gosling versus HMRC suggests problems for Auntie when the proceedings move forward. The BBC fought hard to be considered as a party to the case, and sought "an act...
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