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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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BBC's Tim Franks at Reform dinner

October 7, 2010

The Reform Movement's annual dinner bucked the economic downturn twice over by attracting a record number of guests who raised a high of £270,000.

The 255 guests at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London were treated to a dialogue between the newly-appointed British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and the BBC's Tim Franks.

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BBC 'failed to part with key facts on Israel'

By Robyn Rosen, September 7, 2010

The BBC failed to answer 80 per cent of Freedom of Information requests submitted about Israel and Jews.

The FoI website, What Do They Know, published the 3,701 requests not directly related to journalism, sent to the BBC since the act became law in 2005.

Of these, the broadcaster withheld information in response to 497 queries. Of the 17 requests about Israel or Jews, 14 were not given answers, including one asking for all correspondence between the BBC and the Israeli embassy on the subject of Gaza.

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BBC repels attacks on Gaza flotilla programme

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2010

The BBC has defended its Panorama programme on the Gaza flotilla incident amid a barrage of complaints from pro-Palestinian supporters.

Led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, demonstrators protested at BBC offices in London, Manchester and Bristol on Sunday against "shockingly biased reporting".

In Death in the Med, presenter Jane Corbin interviewed IDF soldiers and activists involved in May's incident. She concluded that those on board the Mavi Marmara had been politically motivated and had not acted primarily to help Palestinians.

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Interfaith job for BBC faith boss

August 26, 2010

The former head of religion and ethics at the BBC, Michael Wakelin, has joined the Council of Christians and Jews, Britain's oldest interfaith organisation, as its new director of programmes.

Mr Wakelin spent four years as head of the BBC's religious broadcasting, standing down from his post this year.

The CCJ's chief executive, David Gifford, said: "Michael brings a wealth of insight and experience at a time of development and change in CCJ. His energy and creativity will be an asset to the team."

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The BBC plays fair by Israel

By Simon Rocker, August 26, 2010

What's come over the BBC? After last week's Panorama on the Gaza flotilla incident - which drew plaudits from the Zionist Federation and had the Palestine Solidarity Campaign fuming - came an item on Radio Four's Today this week about a Norwegian fund blacklisting two Israeli companies.

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BBC: flotilla ‘a political ploy’

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2010

The Gaza flotilla in which nine died was aimed more at turning international opinion against Israel than providing aid for Palestininans.

That was the considered opinion of the BBC's Panorama programme screened on Monday.

Presenter Jane Corbin interviewed IDF soldiers involved. One, identified only as Captain R, told how he was stabbed by those on board.

"They came at me with knives and tried to stab me. I kept getting hit on my head and my whole body," he said.

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Court stops solicitor publishing report on BBC Middle East bias

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

Steven Sugar, the London solicitor battling to force the BBC to release a report into its Middle East coverage, says his latest legal defeat does not spell the end of his campaign.

On Wednesday, the Appeal Court rejected his latest call for the 2004 Balen Report to be made available.

Mr Sugar, who first applied to the Information Commissioner early in 2005 and has since fought several court actions, described the decision as "very disappointing. It's a very unbalanced judgment".

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BBC's new man in Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

The BBC's North America correspondent, Kevin Connolly, is to succeed Tim Franks as the corporation's reporter in Jerusalem.

Mr Connolly has had a long career as a foreign correspondent, but has never previously worked in the Middle East.

An Oxford graduate, he worked in print journalism before joining the BBC in 1984.

In 1987, he was posted to Dublin to be the BBC's Irish correspondent, but moved to Warsaw only a year later. He then spent four years as Moscow correspondent, during which he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Chechnya.

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