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Louise Bagshawe still waiting for BBC to explain Fogel failures

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

Louise Bagshawe has received thousands of messages of support for bringing to public attention the BBC’s poor coverage of the Fogel family massacre – but is still yet to hear an explanation from the broadcaster.

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MP Louise Bagshawe attacks BBC bias for Fogel coverage ‘failures'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

A Conservative MP has demanded an explanation from the BBC for its “inexcusable” lack of coverage of the Fogel murders a fortnight ago and condemned the broadcaster for “exceptionally biased reporting” — and even antisemitism.

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Lawyer who challenged BBC dies at 60

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2011

A campaign to force the BBC to release an internal report on its Middle East coverage is to continue despite the death of the man who launched it.

London solicitor Steven Sugar, who died of cancer aged 60 last month, first challenged the corporation to release the Balen report under the Freedom of Information Act six years ago.

Mr Sugar had fought several rounds in court, seeking the publication of the document.

But a Supreme Court hearing, which was due to begin last week, has now been postponed till November.

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Netanyahu: After Egypt, we're ready for anything

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

Israel is prepared for “any possibility” in the Arab world following the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning.

Describing the events of the last month in the Middle East as an “earthquake”, Mr Netanyahu stressed the importance of maintaining the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, now that President Hosni Mubarak’s regime has been toppled.

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Tory treasurer becomes Lord Fink

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2011

Stanley Fink has entered the House of Lords

The co-treasurer of the Conservative Party took up his seat as Lord Fink today.

The man described as "the Godfather" of the hedge fund industry, Lord Fink runs hedge fund International Standard Asset Management and was the chief executive of the MAN Group. He has donated more than donated £1.9 million to his party in the last eight years.

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Vanessa Feltz to hand over to Chris Evans every morning on BBC

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2010

Vanessa Feltz has been confirmed as the new presenter for the Radio 2 Early Breakfast show.

As the JC reported last week, the Jewish broadcaster will take over from Sarah Kennedy in the slot, starting from January 2011.

Her new role will not prevent her from continuing to present her weekday programme on BBC London.

Ms Feltz said she was “overjoyed” to be joining the UK's most listened to network.

“I'm a huge fan of Radio 2 - home of many of the country's most beloved presenters.

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Antisemitic material taught at Islamic schools

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

A BBC investigation has revealed that Britain’s Islamic schools are teaching pupils antisemitic information from a Saudi Arabian textbook.

According to a Panorama report, 5,000 children as young as age six are being taught from the official Saudi national curriculum, which includes among its lessons a list of the "reprehensible" qualities of the Jews.

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Vanessa Feltz frontrunner for BBC Radio 2 morning show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010

Vanessa Feltz is expected to take over as presenter of BBC Radio Two’s early morning radio show.

The outspoken Jewish broadcaster, who currently presents BBC Radio London’s morning phone-in programme, has been described as the frontrunner for the position.

The slot, which runs between 5am and 6.30, is followed by Chris Evans’ breakfast show.

Radio 2 is looking for a replacement for Sarah Kennedy, who left the BBC in September amid allegations she had a drink problem.

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Danny Cohen named as new BBC One controller

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2010

Danny Cohen has been appointed as the new controller of BBC One.

The 36-year-old has been controller of its sister channel, BBC3, since 2007 and overseen a rise in the digital channel’s audience.

Under his leadership BBC3 was twice named Digital Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh TV Festival

Mr Cohen, whose partner is economist and writer Professor Noreena Hertz, is from Edgware in north London, and studied at Oxford University.

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Grade stands by the BBC

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2010

The BBC may have spent more than a quarter of a million pounds resisting solicitor Steven Sugar's Freedom of Information campaign to force it to release the 2004 Balen report on its Middle East coverage.

But the corporation's stance is defended by its former chairman Michael Grade. The document had no place in the public domain, he said to a Board of Deputies lunch on Tuesday.

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