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NUJ: BBC staff to strike over job losses

The National Union of Journalists has said that staff at the BBC have voted to go on strike in a row over job losses.

NUJ members see this as a battle for the heart and soul of the BBC. Our members know that these cuts are being targeted in the wrong direction – instead of sorting out managerial excesses and waste, it is grassroots journalism and programming facing the axe. Morale is at a record low, with staff working in an atmosphere described by one journalist as one of ‘fear and loathing’.

– NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet

The NUJ said that in the ballot, 86.9 per cent of members voted for action short of strike action, and 73.6 per cent of members voted for action including strike action.

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Miranda Hart 'in the running to front Generation Game'

Miranda Hart is reportedly being lined up to present a BBC revival of the Generation Game next year but the comedian insists she is just "mulling some ideas".

Comedian Miranda Hart Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore made it sound as though the appointment was confirmed in an interview with the Guardian, saying that "Miranda will bring a very different flavour to it".

But Hart has since tweeted:

The family game show, which sees four pairs bodging tricky activities for prizes, made its debut in 1971 and was revived in 1990 for another 12 years.

Miranda Hart appeared in a spoof of the show for Comic Relief in 2011.

BBC TV boss: Jeremy Clarkson 'is not racist'

BBC TV boss Danny Cohen has insisted Jeremy Clarkson "is not racist" after the Top Gear host came under-fire once more for remarks made on the programme.

Cohen ordered an internal investigation into the hit show after a string of controversies which saw it criticised by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules over a "racial" term used by Clarkson.

Jeremy Clarkson is not racist, Danny Cohen has written. Credit: PA Wire

Cohen said in a letter to The Guardian, "While Jeremy and I disagree on the language some have recently found very offensive, I do not think he or anyone on the Top Gear team are racist."

It was "no secret" there had been "some significant issues" on the show recently, Cohen said, adding he had "instigated a health check ... to ensure that there were no further issues".

Chris Evans breakfast show breaks audience record

BBC Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans has hit another audience high, with a new record number of listeners to his show.

Chris Evans has hit a record audience high. Credit: PA

The 48-year-old now pulls in 9.91 million each week, giving his show the biggest audience recorded in the UK since the current measurement methods were launched 15 years ago.

Evans is almost four million ahead of his Radio 1 breakfast rival Nick Grimshaw, who has himself seen a slight boost in his numbers to 5.97 million - up from 5.89 million this time last year.

Radio 3 has seen its audience slip below that of the BBC's digital-only 6 Music for the first time.

Lord Coe 'pulls out' of race to chair BBC Trust

Sebastian Coe has signalled he has pulled out of the race to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

Seb Coe suggested he doesn't have the "capacity" to chair the BBC Trust. Credit: PA

The London 2012 supremo, who is chairman of the British Olympic Association, was at one point the Government's preferred candidate for the role but told the Daily Mail he did not have the "capacity" for the job.

He said: "I did allow my name to go forward to give myself time to properly analyse whether I had enough time to do the job to the best of my abilities.

"On reflection, I haven't the capacity and I now want to concentrate on my current commitments and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) election."

Other names mentioned in relation to the role at the BBC's governing body include Dame Marjorie Scardino, the former chief executive of the company behind the Financial Times, and Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns.

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BBC to stage strike during Commonwealth Games

Thousands of journalists, technicians and other workers at the BBC are to stage a 12-hour strike on July 23, the day of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, in a dispute over pay, unions announced.

BBC will stage a 12-hour strike in a row over pay, unions announced. Credit: PA

445 complaints to BBC over Neville commentary

Ex Manchester United and England player Phil Neville made his commentary debut for the BBC on Saturday. Credit: Press Association

The BBC has received 445 complaints about Phil Neville's commentary of England's World Cup match with Italy, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Neville was heavily criticised on Twitter during and after Saturday's match for what some described as his "boring" delivery.

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