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Robert Peston takes new BBC job as economics editor

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Robert Peston is leaving his post as BBC business editor.

But fans of his distinctively halting delivery style will not have to change their TV channels or retune their radios — his new job is as the corporation’s economics editor.

The 53-year-old journalist said: “It’s thrilling to be taking up a new challenge at the BBC, after eight wonderful years as its business editor.

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BBC changes fraud show trailer amid antisemitism concern

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

BBC producers have changed a trailer for a series about tax and benefit fraudsters following complaints that it could be seen as antisemitic.

The original trailer for Britain on the Fiddle featured the song “If I Were a Rich Man”, from Fiddler on the Roof, the 1960s film about Jews in a Russian shtetl.

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BBC will show Jerusalem film it previously banned

By Rosa Doherty, October 25, 2013

The BBC is to show a controversial documentary about Jerusalem whose broadcast was cancelled at the last minute earlier this year.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, was originally scheduled to be aired in April as part of a series on the history of archaeology.

But it was pulled after the corporation decided it “did not fit editorially” within the series.

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BBC admits it was wrong over pro-Israel commentator

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

The BBC has said it was wrong to hide a commentator’s pro-Israel credentials in reports on the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza last year.

BBC News 24 interviewed Jonathan Sacerdoti four times over two days last November.

During his appearances Mr Sacerdoti supported Israel’s right to defend itself from Gaza rocket attacks.

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Feltz and Riley survive first Strictly Come Dancing elimination

By Sandy Rashty, October 6, 2013

Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley survived the first elimination on BBC One dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The pairs' respective waltz and salsa performances took them to the next round after veteran golfer Tony Jacklin was the first to be eliminated tonight - after losing a dance-off to fellow contestant and fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

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Why Vanessa Feltz is sobbing ahead of Strictly performance

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Vanessa Feltz says reheasing the waltz for Strictly Come Dancing this week has made her want to cry.

The broadcaster and journalist has spent the week practising the dance with her partner James Jordan, for a performance on the BBC show tomorrow night.

She said: “The waltz is about love and loss. Just like everyone else, I have been through some tough times.

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Simon Schama and BBC attacked over Story of Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Activists have attacked historian Simon Schama’s documentary series on the history of the Jews, claiming it should not include his opinions on the creation of Israel.

The fifth and final episode of The Story of the Jews will focus on the relationship between the Holocaust and the creation of the modern-day state of Israel.

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Broadcaster David Jacobs dies

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster David Jacobs has died aged 87.

Mr Jacobs, whose career spanned seven decades, died at home "surrounded by his family", the BBC said in a statement.

BBC director general Tony Hall described him as "one of the great broadcast personalities".

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BBC upholds complaint over reporter’s Gaza tweet

By Simon Rocker, August 29, 2013

The BBC Trust has partially upheld a complaint against the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza last November.

Stephen Franklin, a Zionist Federation member who has repeatedly challenged the corporation over its reporting on Israel, took issue with a tweet from news correspondent Wyre Davies.

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Making a history of UK Jews for the BBC was so daunting, reveals Simon Schama

By Jenni Frazer, August 28, 2013

The historian Simon Schama, writer and presenter of an ambitious five-part BBC series, The Story of the Jews, has admitted he was "daunted" by the immensity of the project .

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