Friday, March 17, 2017

On the move

Noel Fielding, once part of The Mighty Boosh, is to be a co-presenter of The Great British Bake-Off when it moves to Channel 4.  This morning he tweeted: "representing Goths in the mainstream".

George Osborne, once Chancellor of The Exchequer and sitting Tory MP for Tatton, is to be the next editor of the Evening Standard. It's believed he'll be on a salary "four-fifths" of Sarah Sands' stipend; Sarah is moving to the BBC to edit Today on Radio 4.

Alan Pardew is to be the next editor of the Radio Times, following Ben Preston's move to The Sunday Times. Alan was fired as manager of Crystal Palace in December; he says "I don't want anyone on my team coming away from an edition thinking they have given less than 100%".

Former 'Rear of the Year' and Countdown maths specialist Carol Vorderman is to job share a non-executive role on the new BBC Board with her best friend, author Amanda Prowse. Vorders says "I've been around broadcasting for 35 years and picked up an idea or two; and with my early life in Prestatyn, I'm proud to be representing the licence-fee payers of Wales".

Sir Philip Green is a surprise announcement as the new Chief Executive of C4; the Board, led by Charles Gurassa, said "We couldn't really turn down a proposition where he pays us £5m a year for each of the next 5 years".

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