Arts news round-up
30 October 2014
NEW COPYRIGHT RULES ALLOW 'ORPHAN' ARTWORKS TO FIND HOMES
Millions of photos, diaries, letters and recordings whose copyright owners cannot be traced may be made accessible for the first time under a new scheme.
ERIC MORECAMBE DAY PLAN PROPOSED IN COMIC'S HOME TOWN
Plans for an "Eric Morecambe Day" and a sculpture of him with comic partner Ernie Wise have been proposed after his statue in his home town was vandalised.
WE NO LONGER SEE THE FUNNY SIDE OF CLOWNS
The greasepaint smile has become a modern mask for all that is manic and malevolent
RUPERT MURDOCH URGES MEDIA FIRMS TO UNITE TO FIGHT AMAZON AND NETFLIX
21st Century Fox chairman says industry is ‘on the same page’ about need to come up with serious competitor to streaming video giants
BBC3 TV CLOSURE ‘COMPLETELY WRONG’, SAYS JUNE SARPONG
Former T4 presenter, recently hired by BBC2’s Newsnight, says making channel online-only is a ‘lost opportunity’ for new talent
BBC LICENCE FEE ‘WORSE THAN POLL TAX’, SAYS TORY MP
John Whittingdale, chair of the Commons culture committee, tells Bafta event decriminalisation of non-payment is inevitable
BBC EXECUTIVE: BROADCASTERS THOUGHT VIEWERS DIDN’T WANT OLDER WOMEN ON TV
Fran Unsworth tells Lords committee that corporation is taking action after Miriam O’Reilly case helped highlight issue
NYT CHIEF’S CALL TO END ‘IRRELEVANT’ DRAMA GCSES SPARKS FURY
National Youth Theatre chief executive Paul Roseby has claimed drama should be scrapped from the GCSE curriculum as a stand-alone subject, with its teaching integrated into other lessons instead.
SPELLING BEE MUSICIANS POISED FOR LEGAL ACTION IN PAYMENT ROW
Musicians hired for last year’s failed tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are preparing to launch legal action against the show’s producers, in a bid to recover money owed to them for their work on the production.
BBC WRITERS RECEIVE 2% INCREASE TO MINIMUM RATES
Writers working for the BBC will benefit from a 2% increase to their minimum fees following negotiations between the Corporation and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
EQUITY SUBMITS CLAIM FOR NEW COMMERCIAL THEATRE AGREEMENT
Equity has submitted a claim for a new commercial theatre agreement, with terms that include proposed changes to allowances and increased minimum rates on tours.