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28 August 2015

Press cuttings GECKO AND TOURETTESHERO CHOSEN FOR LIVE BBC THEATRE BROADCAST
STAGE
Gecko and Touretteshero are among theatre companies chosen to perform in a two-hour live broadcast on BBC4.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/gecko-touretteshero-chosen-live-bbc-theatre-broadcast/

 BIRMINGHAM MAC FACES PROTESTS AGAINST RELIGIOUS GURU PLAY
STAGE
A religious group is to stage a protest at an upcoming production at Mac in Birmingham, claiming the play vilifies their guru.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/birmingham-mac-faces-protests-religious-guru-play/

 

ALISTAIR SMITH: NEW THEATRE IS A WELCOME ADDITION 
STAGE
Does London need any more theatres? This is a pertinent question in light of the announcement by Nicks Hytner and Starr
https://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/2015/alistair-smith-new-theatre-welcome-addition/

EMERGING DIRECTORS TO WORK ON EASTENDERS AND CASUALTY IN NEW BBC SCHEME
STAGE
Emerging directors will get to work on one of the BBC’s four long-running drama series as part of a new talent scheme.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/emerging-directors-work-eastenders-casualty-new-bbc-scheme/

BLANCHETT TO RECEIVE BFI FELLOWSHIP
BBC NEWS
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is to receive the BFI Fellowship for her contribution to film.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34076911

SOUNDCLOUD TO BE SUED OVER ROYALTIES
BBC NEWS
Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) says it will pursue Soundcloud "through the courts" for unpaid royalties.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articles/34072255

BAKE OFF STAR SUE PERKINS GIVES CULTURE SECRETARY A ROASTING OVER BBC CUTS
GUARDIAN
Encounter between Perkins and John Whittingdale was described as ‘feisty’ and a ‘full and frank’ exchange of views
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/aug/27/bake-off-star-sue-perkins-gives-culture-secretary-a-roasting-over-bbc-cuts

EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL: WHITE PAPER WILL REVEAL IF GOVERNMENT HAS ANTI-BBC AGENDA, SAYS JAMES PURNELL
GUARDIAN
Head of strategy says corporation faces huge questions over its future and that he was being criticised over spending White paper will reveal if government has anti-BBC agenda, says James Purnell
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/aug/27/white-papre-government-nti-bbc-purnell

JOHN WHITTINGDALE INVITES ARMANDO IANNUCCI FOR BBC ‘CHAT’
GUARDIAN
The Thick of It and Veep writer says he will meet the culture secretary, but does not want to become the ‘token creative’ on his advisory panel
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/aug/27/john-whittingdale-armando-iannucci-bbc

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