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BBC in the news, Monday

Host Host | 08:40 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2007

The Times: Reports on a video of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston wearing what appears to be an explosives belt, which was released by his kidnappers. (link)

The Times: “The true cost of BBC One is £1.4 billion, the corporation will reveal next week, nearly £600 million more than it was prepared to admit last year.” (link)

Daily Telegraph: Reports on the number of passes allocated to the BBC at Glastonbury. (link)

The Guardian: “A strict programme of savings and cutbacks has given the BBC a £60m surplus as it moves towards an uncertain future under its licence fee settlement.” (link)

The Guardian: Business editor Deborah Hargreaves on the BBC’s business coverage, criticising it for concentrating efforts on reality-style programmes such as The Apprentice. (link)


  • 1.
  • At 11:32 AM on 18 Oct 2007,
  • John Sime wrote:

If the Beeb were serious about downsizing to save money, reduce the multimillion salaries paid to Mr. Norton and to Mr.Ross.
Look, they have saved Millions!!!
Go back to what the BBC was (an information channel)and stop competing with the Commercial channels!

  • 2.
  • At 05:39 PM on 18 Oct 2007,
  • David Williams wrote:

The reduction of the new department isn't unwelcome. The BBC has an inflated opion about itself and the importance of news. It is unnecessary for every channel to have a news program when TV viewers can always look at BBC 24 hour news. For example a news programme was added to BBC4 - why? It already has a tiny transmission time because of the exaggerated number of channels and time devoted to childrens' TV. BBC news is also very parochial - if you want to know about important events in the rest of the world you have to listen to BBC World Service. And if we get more repeats, hurrah. The vast number of TV programmes disappear into the Archives destined to be buried and forgotten. So we might at least get the chance of seeing those programmes which we missed when they were originally screened.

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