The main news this month is the continuing row over the BBC Chairman Richard Sharp. The story is moving by the day with the latest twist coming on Sunday when the DCMS Select Committee produced its report criticising Mr Sharpe for not declaring his involvement in arranging a large loan for Boris Johnson when he was going through the process of being considered for the Chairman position – a post in the gift of Mr Johnson as Prime Minister.

BBC staff are angry about the effect the row has had on the Corporation’s reputation for impartiality and also the fact that the Chairman recently took the unusual step of being on the board for the new Head of News position.

There’s quite a bit of politics involved with Labour saying Mr Sharp’s position is untenable. Difficult to predict what might happen but I’ve included some links to some of the coverage in case you haven’t seen it.

Happy Valley

I’ve not actually watched it myself but Happy Valley on BBC One has turned out to be a monster hit pulling in 7.5 million viewers. Interestingly the BBC took the decision not to stream all the episodes at once on iPlayer which meant audiences had to wait each week to find out what was in the next episode. That turns out to have been a huge success putting a question mark over the merits of binge-watching. Just like the old days eh?

Published On: February 16th, 2023 / 1.4 min read / Views: 396 /


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