Arts news round-up
1 December 2015
FEWER REPEATS OVER CHRISTMAS ON BBC ONE
More than 90% of BBC programming on at peak time over Christmas this year will be new, the corporation's acting head of TV has said.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LUC BONDY DIES AT 67
Luc Bondy, the international Swiss director of opera, theatre and film, has died of pneumonia, aged 67.
BBC TRUST CHAIR PLEDGES ‘INTELLIGENT REFORM’ AS PART OF NEW ROYAL CHARTER
Rona Fairhead warns that will of licence fee payers is being ‘drowned out’ by press and politicians in debate over new charter
BBC1 PRIMETIME TO FEATURE FEWER REPEATS OVER CHRISTMAS
Corporation will feature new shows for 90% of programming on main channel, says acting director of television Mark Lindey, despite need to make £1.6bn savings
ADVERTISING’S PROMISED LAND HAS BECOME A DIGITAL DESERT
Print ad revenues were already tailing away. But the Daily Mail’s latest results are an ominous signal that online is fading too
BBC3 TV CHANNEL TO BE SWITCHED OFF BY FEBRUARY, BBC TRUST CONFIRMS
Corporation’s governing body rubber-stamps decision to move youth-oriented channel online, but calls for more youth programming on BBC1 and BBC2
MELVYN BRAGG ACCUSES BBC TRUST CHAIR OF ‘COSYING UP’ ON NEW FINANCIAL DEAL
Labour peer says Rona Fairhead should have offered to resign over ‘appalling dereliction of duty’ and claims government ‘stole’ from licence fee in settlement
THE BBC HELPS SHAPE BRITAIN BUT IT MUST CHANGE WITH THE TIMES
Every 10 years Britain indulges in a national excitement known as BBC charter renewal. We're mid-tournament with the level of the licence fee from 2017 having already been agreed amid much sabre-rattling.
OSCARS 2016 NOMINATIONS: EARLY PREDICTIONS FROM CAROL TO THE REVENANT
Will 2016 be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally bags an Academy Award?
DAVID LAN: ARTS FUNDING REPRIEVE IS WELCOME BUT MYSTERIOUS
The wait is over. Arts and culture have been awarded slightly better than standstill funding for the next five years in the comprehensive spending review.
GOOGLE PARTNERS WITH RSC AND NT TO OFFER GLOBAL DIGITAL ARTS SHOWCASE
The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre are among 60 international arts organisations partnering with online giant Google for a new "first-of-its-kind" digital exhibition.
KATHRYN HUNTER CAST IN ALL-FEMALE CYRANO DE BERGERAC AT SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
Kathryn Hunter will take the title role in an all-female version of Cyrano de Bergerac at the Southwark Playhouse.
THEATRE GETS ITS OWN BECHDEL TEST
Theatre company Sphinx has launched a new initiative aimed at combating the under-representation of women on stage.
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE BURNLEY’S EMPIRE THEATRE
More than 1,500 people have signed a petition to restore the derelict Empire Theatre in Burnley