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BBC receives extra funding for Russia, Ukraine news

The BBC has received £4.1 million (€4.9m) emergency government funding to support independent and impartial journalism in Russia and Ukraine. BBC Director-General, Tim Davie, commented: “I am hugely proud of our coverage and the bravery and resilience of our colleagues reporting this difficult and complex story, day in, day out. This additional funding from the […]

March 24, 2022

Millions of Russians turn to BBC News

Figures from the BBC show that people in Russia are turning to BBC News in their millions for information about the war in Ukraine. The audience for the BBC’s Russian language news website more than tripled its year-to-date weekly average, with a record reach of 10.7 million people in the last week (compared to 3.1 […]

March 3, 2022

Research: BBC most chosen source for impartial news

Research has found 87 per cent of adults say impartial news is more important to them personally than coverage that reflects their own points of view. The number increases to 91 per cent when people consider the importance of impartial news to wider society. The research was conducted by Yonder Consulting, on behalf of the BBC. […]

February 24, 2022

BBC DG warns of service cuts

BBC director general Tim Davie has warned that the freeze to the TV licence fee announced by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries will affect the Corporation’s frontline output, and in terms of what services might be cut, said “everything’s on the agenda”. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Davie suggested the funding gap brought about […]

January 18, 2022By Colin Mann

Dorries confirms licence fee freeze

Following suggestions that such an announcement was imminent, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has confirmed the TV licence fee will remain at £159 (€190) until 2024 and then rise in line with inflation for the following four years. The plans for the new licence fee settlement cover a period of six years and will take effect […]

January 18, 2022By Colin Mann

RIP Jana Bennett

Jana Bennett, the British and US senior TV executive who ran BBC TV, BBC Worldwide and Discovery, has died aged 66. Bennett had talked about her rare condition, glioblastoma multiforme, in an interview with London’s Evening Standard in 2019. BBC Director General, Tim Davie, commented: “Jana Bennett was one of the most talented television producers […]

January 13, 2022

BBC DG highlights licence fee role

As the BBC prepares to mark its centenary with a year of special programming across all its channels and platforms, director general Tim Davie has delivered a strong defence of the role of the corporation at the heart of British national life, vowing that the BBC will work tirelessly to offer every single household outstanding […]

January 4, 2022By Colin Mann

EBU adds Davie, Marchand, Soldi to exec board

Tim Davie (BBC), Gilles Marchand (SRG SSR) and Marinella Soldi (Rai) have been elected to the EBU Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the Directors General of fellow broadcasters at the EBU’s 87th General Assembly in Geneva. The Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EBU’s strategy and policies. Davie […]

December 3, 2021

Fussell appointed CEO of BBC Studios

The BBC has confirmed the appointment of Tom Fussell as CEO of BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production and distribution arm. Fussell will also be a member of the BBC’s Executive Committee. Fussell has held the post of interim CEO since September 2020, overseeing BBC Studios’ global delivery of strategy and performance alongside its response […]

October 13, 2021

MPs to question BBC senior leaders 

The UK’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to question the BBC’s senior leaders in its regular scrutiny of the work of the corporation. Director-General Tim Davie, Chair Richard Sharp and Chief Operating Officer Leigh Tavaziva are expected to consider the Director-General’s progress on his initial priorities a year into the […]

September 20, 2021By Colin Mann