Monday, March 28, 2016


  • The Times (paywalled) says the negotiations between local and regional papers and the BBC over more court, council and quango reporting are continuing. The papers apparently want the BBC's offer of 100 journalists producing shared output to be turned into a cash sum, to pay their employees' wages. 

  • Can't Touch This, apparently an original format, yet looking very much like Total Wipeout in a shed, attracted 2.9m viewers in its first outing on Saturday. I'm pretty sure this will be a series high.

  • Piers Morgan's interview with Donald Trump, recorded and broadcast in two bits for Good Morning Britain, was re-run whole on Thursday night, biffing a repeat of Benidorm. 1.3m watched (8.3%), and 160k (1.9%) saw it an hour later.

  • BBC Trustee Richard Ayre uses broadcasting history to warn against the Government appointing most BBC non-executive directors, in a piece for The Guardian. By the by, four current Trustees - Richard, Mark Damazer, Sonita Alleyne and Lord Williams of Baglan, have previously been employed by Auntie. 

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