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IDS: BBC is 'downgrading' PM's referendum pledge

The BBC is systematically “downgrading” David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, leaving most voters ignorant of the Prime Minister’s radical plans, Iain Duncan Smith has said. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he added:

The broadcaster's executives take the view that "we've done that" and the policy does not need explaining.

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'No decisions yet' over BBC charter until process begins

No decisions have been made over a potential Charter Review of the BBC, a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said, after the new Culture Secretary said the organisation faces a review of "everything".

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said all aspects of how the BBC will be reviewed when its charter comes up for renewal. Credit: PA

Sajid Javid said plans for the process of renewing the charter, which expires in December 2016, were being worked on.

A spokesman said: "No decisions have been made as to the content of the Charter Review. All aspects of the BBC could be within scope but no decisions will be made until the Charter Review process begins".


Culture Sec warns BBC faces review of 'everything'

New Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said the BBC faces a review of "everything" when its charter comes up for renewal, including all aspects of how the corporation is run and funded.

Mr Javid said plans for the process of renewing the charter, which expires in December 2016, were being worked on.

Sajid Javid also dismissed calls for Labour to be involved in the process of appointing a new BBC chairman. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He told Total Politics: "We will announce plans in due course. That will be a time to look at all aspects of the BBC: governance arrangements, licence fees and so forth. That's where we plan to look at everything."

Senior Tories, including the chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee John Whittingdale, are understood to be keen to see the licence fee axed.

But BBC executives insist a subscription system could end up costing viewers more money than the current £145.50 annual charge.

Coe admits he's 'flattered' to be BBC chair 'front-runner'

As the front-runner to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Coe has admitted he is "flattered" to be considered for the job.

The former middle distance runner did not deny he had been approached about the role when he was contacted by the Telegraph.

Lord Coe with David Cameron during the London Olympics. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images.

He told the newspaper: "I think you will find that whenever any job at the moment comes up I seem to be slated in for it.

"Either the Mayor of London, Fifa, International Olympic Committee. I'm very flattered, thank you, but I've actually just got off a plane. I have absolutely nothing more to say."

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Seb Coe would be 'first rate choice' for the BBC

I think it's fantastic news for the BBC and British broadcasting.

Seb Coe is a great leader, I've worked with him a lot over the last few years and I think he'll demand very high standards of the BBC.

I think he'll be exactly in the right tradition of British broadcasting.

A first rate choice.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


Boris Johnson: Britain living in a 'Boko Haram world'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed the treatment of a veteran BBC radio DJ, who quit because he accidentally played a song with the N-word in it was "utterly disgraceful".

Speaking to The Telegraph, London Mayor Boris Johnson said Britain was living in a "Boko Haram world", in reference to the terrorist network that kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson called the treatment of Mr Lowe "utterly disgraceful" Credit: Cyril Villemain/ABACAPRESS.COM

"There is certainly no logic at the BBC. They should restore Mr Lowe to his job - if he will take it - and the entire BBC board should go down to Devon to apologise in person, and at their own expense."

He added: "Their treatment of this man is utterly disgraceful".

Lord Patten steps down as chairman of BBC Trust

The chair of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, is resigning from his position immediately on health grounds after undergoing major heart surgery.

The former Conservative minister was admitted to hospital at the end of April with severe chest pains before having a combination of bypass surgery and an angioplasty.

Lord Patten decided to step down after being told by doctors to reduce his workload. Credit: PA/PA Wire

In a statement Lord Patten said his doctors had advised him to "reduce the range of roles" he takes on.

On stepping down from the BBC Trust, he said:

"This is a position that requires and has received from me 100 per cent commitment, and has been my priority at all times.

"It would not be fair to my family to continue as before; and equally it would not be fair to the BBC and those it serves not to be able to give that commitment which the role demands."

Nigel Farage defends 'typical Clarkson' over n-word row

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has defended Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson over the n-word row, saying it was "typical" of the BBC broadcaster.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has defended Jeremy Clarkson. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Asked about the Clarkson row Mr Farage said: "The more controversial Jeremy Clarkson is, the more people watch his programme, and the more money the BBC makes out of marketing a show that sells globally and makes them a fortune.

"I would think it's just typical Clarkson, getting very, very close to the line of being offensive but perhaps not quite going over it," he said.

Mr Farage made the comments as he launched Ukip's billboard campaign for the Euro-elections against the backdrop of the cliffs of Dover.

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