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28 June 2016

Press cuttingsINDUSTRY BODIES PLEDGE TO SUPPORT UK ARTS THROUGH BREXIT
ARTS PROFESSIONAL
Concerns have been raised about international artistic exchange and the export of cultural products, following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. 
http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/industry-bodies-pledge-support-uk-arts-through-brexit 
 
PUBLIC AGAINST AN INCREASE TO ARTS FUNDING, RESEARCH FINDS
ARTS PROFESSIONAL
People from high socio-economic backgrounds are almost twice as likely to say public spending on arts and culture benefits them than those with smaller incomes.
http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/public-against-increase-arts-funding-research-finds 
 
WILL BREXIT AFFECT TOURING MUSICIANS?
BBC
Given that most bands tend towards liberal politics, it was no surprise that Britain's decision to leave the EU sent shockwaves around Glastonbury.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36633997 
 
WILL THERE BE ANY GOOD NEWS FOR THE BBC, C4 AND THE PRESS AFTER BREXIT?
GUARDIAN
Questions over trust in the newspapers, allegiance to the political elite and the next move by pro-leave culture secretary John Whittingdale
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jun/26/brexit-bbc-channel-4-newspapers-whittingdale 
 
ITV SEES ALMOST £2.5BN WIPED FROM STOCK MARKET VALUE AFTER BREXIT
GUARDIAN
Broadcaster saw share price fall by more than 20% on Friday, raising speculation it will become target for takeover bid
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/27/itv-sees-almost-25bn-wiped-from-stock-market-value-after-brexit 
 
ADMINISTRATORS CONFIRM 31 REDUNDANCIES WITH CLOSURE OF WELLINGBOROUGH THEATRE
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TELEGRAPH
Administrators have confirmed that The Castle theatre is closing with the loss of 31 jobs.
http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/update-administrators-confirm-31-redundancies-with-closure-of-wellingborough-theatre-1-7446273#ixzz4CrMVgAq4 
 
SHADOW CULTURE SECRETARY MARIA EAGLE RESIGNS
STAGE
Shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle has resigned, becoming the 18th politician to depart the shadow cabinet in the past 48 hours.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/shadow-culture-secretary-maria-eagle-resigns/ 
 
DISPUTES SET ASIDE AS WORK BEGINS ON STOCKTON GLOBE THEATRE FIVE YEARS LATER THAN PLANNED
STAGE
Restoration of Stockton’s disused Globe Theatre has started after a lengthy delay, caused by disagreements between the building’s owner and the local council.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/disputes-set-aside-as-work-begins-on-stockton-globe-theatre-five-years-later-than-planned/ 
 
DAVID BABANI DENIES SHERIDAN SMITH WAS DRUNK ON STAGE IN FUNNY GIRL
STAGE
Menier Chocolate Factory artistic director David Babani has denied Sheridan Smith was drunk on stage during the West End run of Funny Girl.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/david-babani-denies-sheridan-smith-was-drunk-on-stage-in-funny-girl/ 
 
HISTORY OF CHANNEL 4 TO BE PENNED BY THE STAGE COLUMNIST MAGGIE BROWN
STAGE
Journalist Maggie Brown is to write a new book on the recent history of Channel 4.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/history-of-channel-4-to-be-penned-by-the-stage-columnist-maggie-brown/ 
 
BECTU SECURES 1.75% PAY RISE FOR BIRMINGHAM REP STAFF
STAGE
Workers at Birmingham Repertory Theatre have received a 1.75% pay rise after successful negotiations between the venue and backstage union BECTU.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/bectu-secures-1-75-pay-rise-for-birmingham-rep-staff/ 
 
EQUITY COUNCILLOR ANNIE BRIGHT STEPS DOWN AFTER 32 YEARS
STAGE
Annie Bright is stepping down as an Equity councillor after 32 years, having held what is thought to be the longest continuous council position in the union’s history.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/equity-councillor-annie-bright-steps-down-after-32-years/ 
 
 

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