Arts news round-up
21 May 2015
JEREMY CLARKSON: 'TOP GEAR EXIT WAS MY OWN SILLY FAULT'
The broadcaster was speaking to BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans in his first interview since losing his job over a "fracas" with a producer.
RADIO 4 EXTRA OVERTAKES 6 MUSIC WITH RECORD LISTENERS
BBC Radio 4 Extra has overtaken BBC 6 Music to become the UK's biggest digital-only station, according to the latest audience figures from Rajar.
TURKEY TV TALENT SHOW SHOOTING: EX-BOYFRIEND CHARGED
Turkish authorities have charged an ex-boyfriend with the shooting of a young talent show contestant.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST WILL BE SIGNED FOR THE FIRST TIME
For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest is being presented for deaf people in International Sign Language.
BBC BOSSES 'CONSIDERED AXING HAMMOND' FROM TOP GEAR
BBC bosses considered sacking Richard Hammond after the first series of the reboot of Top Gear, says its former executive producer.
SPOTIFY ADDS PODCASTS AND VIDEO CLIPS
The new offerings include news bulletins from National Public Radio, the BBC and others as well as longer video and audio podcasts and clips.
IAN MATHER APPOINTED CHAIR OF CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE
Mather, head of the Cambridge office of law firm Mills and Reeve, becomes chair of the Arts Theatre Trust, which runs the theatre, replacing Janet Neel Cohen.
ST JAMES THEATRE LAUNCHES UNDER-26 CHEAP TICKET SCHEME
A young members’ scheme has been launched at the St James Theatre that will provide cheaper tickets to people aged 16 to 25.
CHARLENE JAMES WINS GEORGE DEVINE PLAYWRITING AWARD
James was awarded the £15,000 prize for her play Cuttin’ It, which also won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2014.
BAD JEWS EXTENDS ARTS THEATRE RUN BY SIX WEEKS
It has played at the theatre for nearly three months and was originally due to close on May 30, but will now run until July 11. The extension fills the dates vacated by the cancellation of Beautiful Thing, which is to end its national tour two months early.
RARE THEATRE RECORDINGS SAVED BY £40M BRITISH LIBRARY DIGITAL ARCHIVE
Rare sound recordings including Laurence Olivier playing Coriolanus in 1959 have been secured thanks to a £9.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
MADE IN SCOTLAND SHOWCASE LAUNCHED
A new work from Roadkill writer Stef Smith is among the 21 productions in this year's Made in Scotland programme at the Edinburgh Fringe.
PAINES PLOUGH ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON
Paines Plough's pop-up theatre, Roundabout, is to host the world premiere of Alexandra Woods' The Human Ear.
RADIO 1 LOSES NEARLY 1M LISTENERS AS NICK GRIMSHAW HITS 12-YEAR BREAKFAST LOW
BBC station’s audience at lowest for 10 years as star DJ’s ratings continue to suffer, while Radio 4 Extra passes 6 Music in popularity
SKY TO OFFER SIX TIMES MORE KIDS' TV IN MULTIMILLION-POUND PUSH
Broadcaster aims to be leading destination for children’s programming, with more on-demand episodes including Dora the Explorer and In the Night Garden