Saturday, June 9, 2018


A small clutch of honours for Beeboids in the Birthday Honours List. BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie is made a CBE for travelling the world talking up British 'creative industries'; BBC non-executive Tom Ilube gets the same for services to technology and philanthropy.

Professor Mary Beard, one of the Civilisations Triumvirate (at least in the UK) becomes a Dame; Simon Schama gets a knighthood, but there's nowt for David Olusoga, which is a missed opportunity to boost the diversity stats.

At different ends of reporting careers, Kate Adie, 72, adds CBE to her existing OBE, awarded to her aged 47; Stacey Dooley bags an OBE at  just 31. Dr Lucy Worsley, 44, the history presenter who loves to dress up, also gets the OBE.

Tim Bentinck – David Archer in Radio 4’s The Archers – receives the MBE for services to drama. The Honours List discloses his full monicker - Timothy Charles Robert Noel Bentinck, 12th Earl of Portland.

More tangentially, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, though no longer warbling publicly, becomes a Companion of Honour; she is Patron of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, also becomes a Dame; the notes say "At DCMS, she has reshaped a growing Department, working with some 45 Arms Length Bodies, and successfully reforming the Department’s approach and vision in taking on responsibility for the Digital sectors and the Office for Civil Society"

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