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Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and her death at the age of 94 deprives the country… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

The Pollard penny drops for Lord Patten

12 December 2013 12:48

When the Pollard Report into the BBC Jimmy Savile abuse affair was published in December 2012, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten confidently told a press conference: ‘As far as we’re… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

James Harding’s right: the BBC must do some ‘accountability journalism’, but on the Savile scandal report

5 December 2013 12:13

Director of BBC News James Harding made a fascinating speech on Wednesday, setting out his mission statement for the Corporation’s newsroom: ‘Let’s start with holding people to account. In the offices… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

A mysterious Patten emerging

22 October 2013 18:22

Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, rarely looks thrilled when being scrutinised, but he was particularly grumpy in front of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee today.… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

The BBC Trust is a classic New Labour horlicks

9 September 2013 18:43

Nobody is ever ‘invited’ to appear before Margaret Hodge and the Commons public accounts committee. They are always ‘hauled’ before her. Thus it was with a whole phalanx of BBC… Continue reading

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Mark Thompson is about to rub shoulders with some old friends. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)

Mark Thompson’s BBC past haunts

4 April 2013 18:19

Steerpike is back in this week’s magazine. As ever, here is your preview: ‘One of Lord Hall’s predecessors, Mark Thompson, is toiling away as chief executive of the New York… Continue reading

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Why has ex-BBC DG Mark Thompson been re-scheduling his meetings? Image: Getty

Time ticking away for Mark Thompson?

4 December 2012 19:32

Is the net beginning to tighten on Mark Thompson? The Sunday Times have run a story on either the ex-BBC chief, Savile or Newsnight every week since 28 October, and… Continue reading

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