James Purnell


BBC: C4 needs regulating after Bake Off coup

The BBC has called for greater content regulation to be imposed on Channel 4, in the wake of its coup in taking the rights to the Great British Bake Off. At the RTS London Conference this afternoon, the BBC’s director of strategy and education, James Purnell, launched an outright attack on Channel 4, claiming that […]

Rivera leaves BBC tech post after reshuffle

BBC digital director Ralph Rivera has left his role as a result of the restructuring of the BBC’s technology teams. However, Rivera will continue to be employed by the BBC on a six-month contract to look into how the BBC can be used to support education in the UK. The move follows the appointment in […]

BBC licence fee ‘not settled’

The amount the BBC charges UK consumers for its channels and services has not been set, culture secretary John Whittingdale has told a radio show on the UK pubcaster Radio 4 station. It was widely understood that the licence fee had been set to increase in line with inflation, as part of a July agreement […]

‘No long-term future’ in BBC licence fee, say MPs

There BBC’s licence fee model is becoming “harder and harder to justify, ” with a broadcasting levy on all households a preferred alternative, according to a major new report by a committee of MPs. The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which will launch the report in the House of Commons this afternoon, called for “major […]

Political squabble envelops UK’s Ofcom

Ofcom deputy chair and British Conservative peer Baroness Sheila Noakes has acknowledge that her activity on microblogging site Twitter was “not appropriate” to her role and has agreed to dispose of a controversial shareholding in US telecom operator Verizon Communications. This comes Harriet Harman, the UK Labour Party’s deputy chairman and culture, media and sports […]

BBC outlines another £400m in cost cuts

The BBC is set to outline how it can make an additional £400 million (US$630 million) of savings a year by 2017. The UK public broadcaster has already made a swathe of cost cuts, involving the loss of 1,000 jobs and, a new report will say, £1.1 billion a year in savings. The BBC is […]

BBC appoints strategy chief

UK public broadcaster the BBC has appointed Gautam Rangarajan director of strategy. Having been a radio producer at the BBC, Rangarajan has been in the pubcaster’s strategy team for five years taking a lead role in director general Tony Hall’s recent strategy review. In his new role Rangarajan will report to James Purnell, the former […]

BBC on the attack in retrans battle with Sky

The BBC has raised the prospect of charging BSkyB to carry its channels as it attempts to force the satellite broadcaster to stop charging £5 million a year in retransmission fees. The UK’s four main terrestrial broadcasters – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – pay an estimated £10 million (US$15 million) to […]