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11 February 2016

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Mark Wigglesworth: save the people's opera
English National Opera plans to slash wages and jobs after a £5m cut. Its music director believes this would be a betrayal of everything the company stands for

BBC's director general Tony Hall 'accountable to no-one', say MPs
The BBC's director general Tony Hall is "effectively accountable to no-one", a new report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee has claimed. 
MPs criticise BBC for failing to curb executive pay
Culture, media and sport committee say broadcaster must show greater transparency, especially in its commercial arm 
BBC Trust: more scrutiny needed over plans to outsource shows
Governing body says it is opposed to increasing quotas of online and radio programmes to independent producers 
Pinewood Studios: a blue-chip jewel of Britain's Hollywood cash grab
The British studio, which announced it may be looking for a buyer, is the darling of the tax credit system designed to lure big-budget productions to the UK 
'Blonde, fit, smokin' hot': movie producer shares sexist scripts on Twitter
Ross Putman tweets verbatim introductions to female characters in scripts he reads, from ‘as adorable as she is sexy’ to ‘honey-blonde farmland beauty queen’ 
Academy president: #OscarsSoWhite 'a punch to the stomach' but new rule changes not ageist
As Screen Actors Guild and stars such as Angie Dickinson weigh in on the debate, Oscars president further explains thinking behind controversial rule change 
Gay men deserve three-dimensional role models, not TV’s stereotypes
US shows such as Looking offer a more diverse portrayal of gay life, but we have a long way to go before LGBT characters stop being defined by their sexuality 
Arts funding body launches diversity survey for Scottish film industry
Herald Scotland
The national arts funding body, Creative Scotland, is urging Scotland's film industry to take part in a survey which will look into who works in film and TV. 
Harlow Playhouse reports 50% audience increase with Pay What You Can scheme
Harlow Playhouse has rolled out a Pay What You Can season, with an increase of about 50% in theatregoers at the venue for the inaugural production. 
Old Vic Productions rebranded as Greene Light Stage
Billy Elliot co-producer Old Vic Productions has changed its name to Greene Light Stage as it focuses on producing commercial shows in the West End. 
New £750m Shoreditch development centred around remains of Shakespearean theatre
The Stage will feature a sunken amphitheatre where plays can be performed - as well as a juice bar and spa for residents 
Arts campaigners demand meeting with council chiefs over budget cut threat
Wales daily post
Gwynedd Council want to slash its arts grant in half as part of its plan to find £4.6m worth of savings 

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