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November 1, 2012

Freddie Starr arrested as part of Savile child sex inquiry

Freddie Starr arrested as part of Savile child sex inquiry

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Freddie Starr in 1976
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UK comedian Freddie Starr was arrested today as part of the ongoing inquiries into sexual abuse offences being conducted following claims made about deceased BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile.

Along with many allegations from many other women in the wider investigation, Karin Ward claims she was groped by Starr in the 1970s when she, then aged 14, attended a recording of Savile’s television show ‘Clunk Click’. Starr’s is the second arrest following investigations into the claims made about Savile. The glam rock musician Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was arrested for questioning on Sunday. Glitter has gone to prison in the United Kingdom for downloading child pornography and in Vietnam for child sex offences.

Freddie Starr has denied the accusations made against him and said he would welcome the chance to speak to the police.

Oral evidence will be presented next week to an independent inquiry at the BBC into the decision to cancel a planned Newsnight story regarding Jimmy Savile allegations. The former head of Sky News, Nick Pollard, has been asked to see if the BBC handled the Newsnight investigation properly. Pollard’s inquiry will also look into claims made in a blog post made in October by the editor of Newsnight, Peter Rippon. The post has attracted criticism from BBC journalists and has been edited with corrections a number of times since.



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September 14, 2009

Bruce Forsyth takes pay cut on BBC\’s Strictly Come Dancing

Bruce Forsyth takes pay cut on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Bruce Forsyth.

Bruce Forsyth, presenter of the popular British dancing television competition series Strictly Come Dancing, shown on BBC One, has had his salary cut from £650,000 to £550,000 ($1,085,000 to $918,000) — a pay cut of roughly 15%. This move comes as part of efforts to reduce the BBC’s costs. In an interview with BBC Two news programme Newsnight, Forsyth said: “We have always been overpaid, but it’s the demand — it’s like theatre, you will only command a high salary if [you] ‘put bums on seats’. So if you are in that position, it does give you a status of asking for big money. But everybody’s taking pay cuts now, it’s a good thing.”

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—Bruce Forsyth

He commented that he accepted the need for cuts, stating that in his opinion, “entertainers get paid far too much”. When asked about whether he personally had taken a pay cut, Bruce answered: “Yes — and I think everybody has done it with goodwill because these are very, very hard times and it’s only right.” Bruce, who is 81 years old, also told Newsnight: “It’s a good thing to cap the salaries and I think that it should have probably been done a long time ago.”

In June 2009, the BBC had told 100 celebrities that they would be getting their salaries reduced in an effort to cut its “top talent bill”, blaming “market conditions”. Notably affected were current Radio 2 breakfast show disc jockey Sir Terry Wogan, Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Chris Moyles, and Alan Davies, star of BBC One drama Jonathan Creek.



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May 21, 2008

Parties make final bids for Crewe and Nantwich voters

Parties make final bids for Crewe and Nantwich voters

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The late Gwyneth Dunwoody (above) had held the seat of Crewe and Nantwich since 1983 with a majority of 7,078 at the 2005 General Election.

UK political parties are making their final bids for votes in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency, where a by-election, due to the death of Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, is to be held tomorrow.

A YouGov poll has suggested that the main opposition party, the Conservatives, are ahead at 45%, the incumbent Labour Party 18.8% behind on 26.2%. Polls from the newspaper The Independent and Populus and ICM have also put the Conservatives ahead. However the bookmakers Ladbrokes have deemed the Conservatives “unbackable”, with odds of just 16/1.

Crewe and Nantwich by-election
Party Candidate
Monster Raving Loony The Flying Brick
Labour Tamsin Dumwoody
Independent Gemma Garrett
UK Independence Mike Nattrass
English Democrats David Roberts
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Shenton
Green Robert Smith
Cut Tax on Diesel and Petrol Paul Thorogood
Conservative Edward Timpson
Independent Mark Walklate

The Labour campaign in Crewe and Nantwich has branded the Conservative candidate Edward Timpson, a barrister from the wealthy Timpson family, a “toff”, calling their candidate, the late MP’s daughter Tamsin Dunwoody, “one of us”. Conservative leader David Cameron called the Labour campaign “class warfare” which is “backward looking”, “out of date” and “divisive”. The Labour Party has received endorsements from soap opera Coronation Street‘s Elizabeth Dawn (who plays the character Vera Duckworth) and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Liberal Democrat (Lib Dem) party have sent party leader Nick Clegg, party president Simon Hughes and deputy leader and the party’s shadow chancellor Vince Cable up to Crewe and Nantwich to campaign alongside their candidate Elizabeth Shenton. Mr. Cable told BBC’s Newsnight that “what’s very clear is there is a lot of support draining away from the Labour Party – an enormous amount.” Nick Clegg claims that the by-election is a two-horse race between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.

The UK Independence Party’s candidate Mike Nattrass has been touring Crewe and Nantwich in a converted London Routemaster campaign bus and handing out leaflets. He said “UKIP has never stood in Crewe and Nantwich before because Gwyneth Dunwoody was Eurosceptic and we agreed with her.” Party leader Nigel Farage has also attended a meeting in the constituency.

Polling stations will open from 07:00 BST (06:00 UTC) until 22:00 BST (21:00 UTC) on Thursday. The result is expected by Friday afternoon.



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July 30, 2006

Charles Kennedy rejects leadership allegations

Charles Kennedy rejects leadership allegations

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Charles Kennedy, who stepped down as leader of the British Liberal Democrats party this January, is planning a fresh campaign for his old job, according to today’s News of the World. But Mr Kennedy, who resigned after admitting he had problems with alcohol, has dismissed such reports.

A senior party source claimed Mr Kennedy is holding weekly meetings with key aids about preparing to contest the Liberal Democrats current leader, Sir Menzies Campbell. It is also claimed Mr Kennedy is “deadly serious” about the challenge.

The source added that if Sir Menzies fails to deliver at this September’s Liberal Democrat conference, the bid could be mounted then, but it is more likely to come after the next General Election, which is expected to take place in 2010.

Mr Kennedy’s key advisors, which apparently includes the head of campaigns Lord Razzell, are said to be planning a tactic to oppose a potentially damaging biography of Mr Kennedy which is due to hit the shelves later this summer.

In a response to the allegations, a statement released on behalf of Mr Kennedy by the Liberal Democrats said: “As everyone knows, long-standing friends and political colleagues remain close to me. We meet frequently and it is simply fanciful to read anything else into such a normal ongoing state of affairs.”

Lord Newby, who was Mr Kennedy’s chief of staff during his reign as Liberal Democrat leader, called the story “ridiculous”.

Sir Menzies, who was chosen by party members to head the party in March, has been criticised over his performance as leader, especially during Prime Minister’s Questions. On Friday, Peter Black, a Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly member, issued a cutting attack on the 65 year-old, telling him to “shape up”. A recent poll also says that support for the Liberal Democrats has slumped to its lowest point since 2002. The Guardian/ICM survey put the Liberal Democrats at 17%, with the Conservatives on 39% and Labour on 35%.

However, Sir Menzies told BBC Newsnight recently that he “would not be judged by opinion polls after a few months”. He also said: “If I didn’t think I had the energy, the values and the judgement to be the leader of the Liberal Democrats, I wouldn’t have offered myself for the job.”

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May 23, 2005

BBC drops programmes as third of staff join strike

BBC drops programmes as third of staff join strike

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The staff of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have entered a one-day strike this morning in dispute of impending job cuts and partial privatisation.

The industrial action follows union ballots at three of the leaders of journalism and broadcasting: Amicus, National Union of Jounalists and BECTU. The NUJ have already described the action as an “astonishing success” and its general secretary, Jeremy Dear, describes the union as “absolutely delighted with the level of support we have received for the strike.” The unions expect 11,000 of 27,000 BBC staff to take part in the strikes.

Due to the extensiveness of the strike it has affected the output of the BBC on its television and radio services. News and live services have been particularly badly affected following the unions aims to leave “blank screens and dead air”.

Staff joining the strike at the regional Broadcasting House in Bristol.

BBC Radio 4’s Today, The World at One, PM and The World Tonight have all been cancelled; BBC One’s 1 O’Clock News and 6 O’Clock News was shortened from half an hour to 15 minutes, although the 10 O’Clock News was unaffected. Live programming of BBC News 24, BBC World and Five Live have been extensively cut; and international output on the World Service has been impacted.

The most noticeable impact have been on the Breakfast programme, headed by just one presenter (against the usual two) and cut short for a pre-recorded interview. The leading serious news magazine programme, Newsnight, was also cancelled.

Some BBC radio celebrities appeared for work on their shows despite the strike. These include breakfast radio presenters Chris Moyles of BBC Radio 1, Terry Wogan of BBC Radio 2, and Shelagh Fogarty of BBC Radio 5.

Unlike a similar 1989 strike in which presenter Nicholas Witchell crossed the pickets to read news, those presenters who have decided to continue their positions have not been publicly denounced.

Striking staff have been picketing outside the main entrances of the BBC Television Centre in west London.

The strikes have occurred following the Corporation’s plans to cut 3780 jobs and privatise parts of the national service. It has claimed that these cuts are necessary to spend more on programming when they were announced in March by governing director Mark Thompson. The cuts aim to make savings of GBP 355 million (US$663.37 million, EUR 487 million ).

Unions have defied calls by BBC executives to partake in consultations over impending actions. The unions have responded by claiming that consultations would give their staff little say and that negotiations are the only way in which they will be listened to.

The ballot to strike which was held on May 12 also determined to strike for 48 hours on May 31 and June 1. It is unclear if any further action is planned.



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May 22, 2005

BBC prepared for news blackout as staff strike

BBC prepared for news blackout as staff strike

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Sunday, May 22, 2005 The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) looks tonight to be resigned to losing its flagship radio and television news, politics and current affairs broadcasting.

Staff at the technicians’ union BECTU, the manual workers’ union Amicus and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are taking part in a one day strike in protest to the 4,000 job cuts announced earlier this year.

The job cuts amount to almost 20% of the BBC’s workforce and are part of a £355 million cost-cutting move by the new Director General Mark Thompson, which unions say will compromise the quality of the BBC’s output.

On Thursday the BBC were forced to concede that BBC TWO’s flagship current affairs show Newsnight would fall casualty to the strike after presenter Jeremy Paxman said he would not cross the picket line.

Radio 4’s four main current affairs programmes, The Today Programme, The World At One, PM and The World Tonight are expected to be replaced with short news bulletins and pre-recorded material. Other shows which are usually live are expected to be pre-recorded or produced by management.

Television news bulletins are expected to be shortened and will not contain their usual high-tech graphics. The rolling news channel BBC News 24 has prepared to air 50% pre-recorded material tomorrow, and rolling news radio station Five Live has also pre-recorded some shows.

Coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show on BBC ONE and BBC TWO which begins tomorrow is likely to be affected.

It is unclear how hard BBC News Online and the World Service will be hit, and how many of the BBC’s field journalists will break the strike.

A 48 hour strike is scheduled for the 31st of May and 1st of June, and further strikes will be announced if talks do not advance, though the strikes have so far avoided clashing with major outside broadcasts such as Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Gerry Morrisey of BECTU says that “Staff are keen to take part in action to leave director general Mark Thompson in no doubt that he is out of touch,” and the NUJ secretary Jeremy Dear predicted major disruption.



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