Alan Yentob: 'The BBC can't compete with its hands tied behind its back'

BBC's creative director on his closeness to Tony Hall, competition from rivals like Google – and his plan for more appsAlan Yentob is having his picture taken on a staircase overlooking the vast BBC newsroom at New Broadcasting House and telling me about the flooding at his house in Somerset when we are interrupted by annoyed news staff.They ask us to move as flashes from the camera can be seen on-screen on the BBC News Channel – illustrating the perils of having a newsroom as a backdrop for live bulletins.Yentob apologises and we retire to his office – a former radio drama kitchen that sits between Old and New Broadcasting House. Apt, as Yentob bridges the old and new within the organisation. His office is narrow but cosy – desk stacked with books and an Alan Yentob mask someone sent him. There is a fold-up bike below his desk, just like the one Hugh Bonneville's character Ian Fletcher has as head of BBC Values in John Morton's forthcoming follow-up to Twenty Twelve, W1A, in which Yentob has a cameo.But as there's no table, we move to director general Tony Hall's office. As he confirms, Yentob played a part in bringing Hall back to the BBC after George Entwistle resigned. "I always felt that Tony should've been the director general. Yes, I did talk to [Lord Patten] about it and I did speak to Tony. For Tony it wasn't without its risks, he loved his [Royal Opera House] job."It seemed his influence might wane under Entwistle, but it is obvious he is now back at the heart... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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A lucky 13th week for The Handmaid’s Tale—it has rebounded back into the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one spot, after Helen Fields’ Perfect Prey briefly toppled it a week ago. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Nigella and Hairy Bikers back on BBC TV

Nigella Lawson will return to television this autumn with a BBC TV series to accompany her latest cookery book, Simply Nigella: Food to Nourish Body & Soul (Chatto & Windus), BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw announced yesterday (21st April), as part of a raft of new programming for the... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Talking to the Editor Behind Back-to-Back Booker Prizes

Last week, Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain was announced this year’s Booker Prize winner. It’s no small feat for any writer, but what makes this win so spectacular is the fact that Shuggie Bain is a debut novel. (It’s only the fifth debut novel to win in the Booker’s 51-year-old history.) During... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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'A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky' reveals Octavia E. Butler's early life in Pasadena

Drawing on Octavia E. Butler's journals and notes, "A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky" offers a glimpse inside her journey to becoming a science fiction writer. Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

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Ebury's BBC Books launches BBC Radio partnership

BBC Books, part of Ebury Publishing, has launched an expanded partnership with BBC Radio, giving it exclusive first option on books accompanying series and Sounds podcasts. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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BookExpo 2018: At PEN Panel, Free Speech and Race Go Hand in Hand

This year’s PEN America–hosted BookExpo panel saw journalists and a civil rights activist debate the meaning of free speech in an era of “fake news” and deep racial tensions. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Can authors compete with 'non-competes'?

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Government backs Hargreaves, rows back on blocking filesharing websites

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The remarkable bounce back of New Zealand's magazines

After the withdrawal of Bauer Media last year, the industry appeared to be on its death bed – but not for longAt 8.31am on a Thursday, Henry Oliver received a text message from his employer, alerting him to a company-wide Zoom call in 29 minutes’ time.The day was 2 April 2020, a week into New... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Tiffany Haddish to star in an adaptation of M.T. Anderson’s Landscape with Invisible Hand.

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Child brings back Clarice Bean for 'Christmas classic' with HCCB

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Atkinson’s Life After Life on track for BBC One adaptation

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