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More top BBC managers to go

July 7th, 2011

The BBC will make further cuts to senior management – from 3% of the workforce to 1% – and curb their pay, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten says.

In a speech, he said director general Mark Thompson was paid 26% less now than in 2009 and that there were already 15% fewer senior managers.

But he said there was “further to go – both in making further reductions and securing public confidence”.

Changes will mean about 300 senior posts being closed or reclassified.

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Bafta tips UK film talent for success

July 1st, 2011

More than 40 emerging talents have been named “Brits to Watch” by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Tom Hughes, from BBC drama Silk, and Talulah Riley, seen in the St Trinian’s films, are among the 42 names featured. Comedian Joe Cornish, who made his film directing debut this year with Attack the Block, is also included.

The “Brits to Watch” will be celebrated at a black-tie event in Los Angeles on 9 July, to be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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