Arts news round-up
29 January 2015
OFCOM SAYS SUBTITLES CAN MAKE LIVE TV 'UNWATCHABLE'
TV viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing are being left baffled by subtitles, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has said.
OFCOM'S DEPUTY CHAIR IS 'STOOGE' FOR TORIES, SAYS HARRIET HARMAN
Labour’s deputy leader urges culture secretary to reconsider position of Tory peer Lady Noakes, claiming her Twitter account shows ‘clear breaches’ of media regulator’s impartiality
TODDLERS OR AYATOLLAHS? SUBTITLING ERRORS CAN MAKE LIVE TV UNWATCHABLE, SAYS OFCOM
‘Serious recognition errors’ that pepper text relied upon by deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers to understand shows is giving disabled people ‘inferior’ experience, report finds
POLL FINDS PUBLIC BACKING FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
Four out of five Scots believe Scottish arts and culture are an important to the economy, according to a new poll.
LARRY DAVID, STEVE COOGAN AND OTHER COMEDIANS SHARE STORIES OF DEPRESSION IN NEW DOCUMENTARY
Kevin Pollak, the director of new documentary Misery Loves Comedy, says: "I'm paraphrasing, but Friends actor Matthew Perry told me during filming, 'Comedians don't have a franchise on misery and loneliness.' But they do have a pretty good corner on the market."
MIDDLE CLASS TO GAIN FROM DADA SHAKE-UP
More students will be eligible for funding to attend drama school after the principal government funding stream for vocational training increased its maximum income threshold.
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AFFECT 20% OF SHOWBIZ PROFESSIONALS, SURVEY FINDS
One in five people working in entertainment has actively sought help for mental health issues, new research has found.
SIX-MONTH ‘PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE’ TRIAL LAUNCHED AT STOCKTON ARC
Stockton arts venue ARC has launched a scheme where audiences can pay what they think a show is worth after they have seen it.
ENO REBUTS ‘POINT OF NO RETURN’ CLAIMS FROM OUTGOING CHAIRMAN
English National Opera has defended itself against claims by outgoing chairman Martyn Rose that it is losing money and audiences as a result of failures by artistic director John Berry.
SUTTON THEATRES SAVED BY PRIVATE COMPANY
The future of two theatres in south London have been secured after their local council agreed to outsource their management to a private company.
CHRISTINE LANGAN: ‘COMMERCIAL IS NOT A DIRTY WORD’
The Bafta-winning producer behind The Queen and Pride, talks about her latest mega-deal, why prizes matter and that Benedict Cumberbatch gaffe