Wednesday, January 18, 2017


So Sir Dave and Lord Tone can officially talk today.

The way Sir David Clementi bigged up News in front of the MPs of the Culture Select Committee yesterday will have left James Harding's ears burning, and guaranteed the Director of News a seat on the new, unitary BBC Board. With Anne Bulford making three, there's a real problem with the fourth BBC management seat - Charlotte Moore, Director of (tv) Content and Sport or James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education ?

I think, given Sir Dave's stated continuing interest in sport, and the fact that the only radio show he mentioned was Today, Charlotte's top of his list. James hasn't tweeted since Christmas Eve - is this a resolution, or just keeping his head down ?

Sir David also talked to MPs about the need for at least one non-executive with serious editorial/journalistic background. By Friday, he will know whether or not existing Trustees Richard Ayre (once deputy to Tony Hall at News) and Mark Damazer (once Assistant to Tony Hall at News) fancy a spell on the new Board. Or maybe Roger Mosey (Master of Selwyn College Cambridge, and once Head of TV News under Tony Hall) can synchronise Arsenal home games with board meetings ?

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