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1   / Nations, Regions, and Local Radio. / Humberside at 50
 on: Feb 25th, 2021, 10:09am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
Andy Walmsley has written this 'blog' celebrating BBC Radio Humberside's 50th birthday.

He charts the history of the station through its staff and programmes.

It is here.

2   / News and Comment / Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions
 on: Feb 22nd, 2021, 3:05pm 
Started by CB | Post by CB  
received letter from this company today, asking for my  pension/personal  details on behalf of BBC Pensions since I  have just been just  paid my BBC pension. I assume a SCAM!   Tried phoning Cardiff  to check- Why - still waiting for reply.

3   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: Chris Cramer
 on: Feb 21st, 2021, 10:58pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
John Simpson has written a tribute to Chris Cramer for The Guardian.

It is here.

4   / Pensions / Re: Payslip error
 on: Feb 18th, 2021, 7:18pm 
Started by david_france - Ex Member | Post by apcwmwl  
I had the letter today. Never had occasion to claim. Will Aviva no offer some sort of payment back for taking our contributions for so long? A vain hope!

5   / Pensions / Re: Payslip error
 on: Feb 18th, 2021, 6:30pm 
Started by david_france - Ex Member | Post by Director_General  
Sadly the SPAGIS scheme is ending and we lose our cover - last contributions in March 2021

6   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Christopher Lee
 on: Feb 18th, 2021, 11:18am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
Christopher Lee, former Defence correspondent of Radio News, has died at his home in Sussex, after contracting Covid-19.  He was 79.
As well as his journalism, he wrote the Sceptred Isle series on Radio 4 and scripts for The Archers.
The Daily Mail has this report.

7   / News and Comment / Re: We're doomed!
 on: Feb 15th, 2021, 12:54pm 
Started by Dickie Mint | Post by apcwmwl  
It's not just the BBC which under threat. The current legislation as enforced by OfCom takes no account of the plethora of streamlining networks who make no contribution to the UK economy. Last week's Amol Rajan Interview with ITV CEO Dame Carolyn McCall and her analysis of the future of FTA broadcasting makes very clear the challenges faced. Her comments are insightful and a little scary. Would that the BBC could get together with all its UK FTA colleagues and come up with a united front to present to the political purse holders of our society.

8   / News and Comment / Re: We're doomed!
 on: Feb 14th, 2021, 5:40pm 
Started by Dickie Mint | Post by Burstner55  
You say GOD HELP THE BBC" but surely Murdoch IS God?  He may as well be, considering how many people worship in his church. (Here, in the US, Germany and Australia). I think we have to face up to a time, maybe when many of us are past caring, when the media cathedral of the BBC comes tumbling down like the walls of Jericho. With Cronyism the new creed there seems very little we can do but face the Wailing Wall and weep. Those inhabitants of the UK who are "the future" seem not to care a jot. So why should WE?
As an aside, I worked alongside, though in competition with,  Paul Potts when he was a fresh faced municipal reporter in his home city. His ruthless ambition shone through even then. His rise was meteoric. You have to admire his  story...rags to riches and CBE. But he's 71 now. Can he still pull it off?

9   / News and Comment / Re: We're doomed!
 on: Feb 14th, 2021, 11:51am 
Started by Dickie Mint | Post by Dickie Mint  
Even worse,

A senior journalist with a leading role in Rupert Murdoch’s Times group of British newspapers has been given a key voice in deciding who is to chair Ofcom, Britain’s national broadcasting regulator that is tasked with holding the BBC to account.

Paul Potts, who was appointed two years ago as an independent director of Times Newspapers Holdings, is now also the government’s “senior independent panel member” who will help pick the successor to Terry Burns at the head of the body that rules on standards and is to shape the future of public service broadcasting in the digital age.

Potts, who led the newswire service Press Association for 10 years until 2010, is also a friend and former business associate of the minister for media and data, John Whittingdale, a man whom government sources said had a declared intention “to whack” the BBC. The pair were board directors of the South West News Service together until Whittingdale became culture secretary in 2015.

Indications that Boris Johnson and his government aim ultimately to appoint Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, as chair of Ofcom caused alarm last month among those who fear a concerted attack on the BBC’s unique status and funding.

Dacre, still editor-in-chief of the Mail group, has spoken sceptically about the value of a regulated media.

Potts also comes from a newspaper group with a management that has a vested interest in the future basis of BBC operations.

As an independent director he has no executive function at Times Newspapers, but sits on the board.

Media academic Jean Seaton, who wrote an official history of the BBC, is one of those unhappy about the appointment of Potts.

“In what way is a Times man independent on the question of the regulation of British broadcasting?” Seaton asked. “Those newspapers aren’t. And the Times proprietor understandably isn’t.”

Applications for the job of chairing Ofcom, as the public face of the regulator at the head of a board of 12, will close at the end of next month. The chair, who will be paid £142,500 for up to three days’ work a week, is responsible for the regulator’s strategy and independence, while “ensuring Ofcom has regard to the secretary of state’s wider strategic policies”, according to the Cabinet Office.

After Potts and the rest of his panel, yet to be announced, have sifted candidates and held a final interview at the end of April, the chosen names will go forward to government for consideration. A successful candidate will then have to go before a public meeting of the Department of Culture, Media and Sports select committee, with members drawn from across the House of Commons.

Ofcom has a budget of £131.9m for the current financial year, and its principal duty, according to the job specification, is “to further the interests of citizens and consumers, where appropriate, by promoting competition” in broadcasting and communications technology.

The body is also taking on new regulating duties this year covering video sharing platforms, and upcoming legislation later this year is intended to allow it to regulate on the issue of online harms.

Maggie Carver has been interim chair for a year, stepping in when Burns agreed to go. Melanie Dawes, the wife of Benedict Brogan, political editor of the Daily Mail under Dacre, has been chief executive since last February.

Advertising the job, the DCMS underlines its commitment to diverse appointments representative of British society. It welcomes applications from women, those with a disability, and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

Hopefully the advent of GBNews and UKNews will show them the error of their ways in trying to get rid of the been!

10   / News and Comment / Re: BBC fined for contempt
 on: Feb 9th, 2021, 2:57pm 
Started by Director_General | Post by apcwmwl  
This fine would pay for 178 tv licences for over 75s! News takes over the BBC world doesn't it?