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21 May 2015

Press cuttings

JEREMY CLARKSON: 'TOP GEAR EXIT WAS MY OWN SILLY FAULT'
BBC NEWS
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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32819280

RADIO 4 EXTRA OVERTAKES 6 MUSIC WITH RECORD LISTENERS
BBC NEWS
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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32816012

TURKEY TV TALENT SHOW SHOOTING: EX-BOYFRIEND CHARGED
BBC NEWS
Turkish authorities have charged an ex-boyfriend with the shooting of a young talent show contestant.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32810039

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST WILL BE SIGNED FOR THE FIRST TIME
BBC NEWS

For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest is being presented for deaf people in International Sign Language.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32812385

BBC BOSSES 'CONSIDERED AXING HAMMOND' FROM TOP GEAR
BBC NEWS

BBC bosses considered sacking Richard Hammond after the first series of the reboot of Top Gear, says its former executive producer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/32816418/bbc-bosses-considered-axing-hammond-from-top-gear

SPOTIFY ADDS PODCASTS AND VIDEO CLIPS
BBC NEWS
The new offerings include news bulletins from National Public Radio, the BBC and others as well as longer video and audio podcasts and clips.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32815605

IAN MATHER APPOINTED CHAIR OF CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/ian-mather-appointed-chair-cambridge-arts-theatre/

ST JAMES THEATRE LAUNCHES UNDER-26 CHEAP TICKET SCHEME
STAGE
A young members’ scheme has been launched at the St James Theatre that will provide cheaper tickets to people aged 16 to 25.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/st-james-theatre-launches-26-cheap-ticket-scheme/

CHARLENE JAMES WINS GEORGE DEVINE PLAYWRITING AWARD
STAGE
James was awarded the £15,000 prize for her play Cuttin’ It, which also won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2014.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/charlene-james-wins-george-devine-playwriting-award/

BAD JEWS EXTENDS ARTS THEATRE RUN BY SIX WEEKS
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/bad-jews-extends-run-arts-theatre-six-weeks/

RARE THEATRE RECORDINGS SAVED BY £40M BRITISH LIBRARY DIGITAL ARCHIVE
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/oliviers-1959-coriolanus-saved-40m-british-library-digital-archive/

MADE IN SCOTLAND SHOWCASE LAUNCHED
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/made-scotland-showcase-launched/

PAINES PLOUGH ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON
STAGE
Paines Plough's pop-up theatre, Roundabout, is to host the world premiere of Alexandra Woods' The Human Ear.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/paines-plough-announces-2015-season/

RADIO 1 LOSES NEARLY 1M LISTENERS AS NICK GRIMSHAW HITS 12-YEAR BREAKFAST LOW
GUARDIAN
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
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/21/radio-1-loses-1m-listeners-nick-grimshaw-bbc-4-extra-6-music

SKY TO OFFER SIX TIMES MORE KIDS' TV IN MULTIMILLION-POUND PUSH
GUARDIAN
Broadcaster aims to be leading destination for children’s programming, with more on-demand episodes including Dora the Explorer and In the Night Garden
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/21/sky-kids-tv-dora-the-explorer-in-the-night-garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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