The BBC will broadcast live coverage of Trooping the Colour today. Huw Edwards and Clare Balding commentate on the trooping of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s official birthday. In addition to the military parade, celebrations in the monarch’s 60th… Read more
BBC News Presenter, Julia Somerville, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former ITV News presenter, who was a regular face on news bulletins for almost three decades, was commended for her work chairing the Advisory Committee on the Government Art… Read more
The Queen visited the BBC’s new Broadcasting House today, in order to declare it officially open. During her visit, she saw the main TV news studio from the other side of the glass, while presenters Julian Worricker and Sophie Long looked on from inside. Simon… Read more
The State Opening of Parliament takes place today at the Palace of Westminster. It marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen’s Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. The event combines politics and… Read more
The funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher will take place today with live coverage on BBC, ITV and Sky News. The ceremony takes place at St Paul’s Cathedral following a procession from the Palace of Westminster. The service will be attended by the Queen and Duke… Read more
James Harding – former editor of The Times newspaper – is to become the new Director of News at the BBC.
Fraser says: “It had been rumoured that he had been approached to be deputy to Tony Hall, the new BBC director-general. But DDG, for all its nominal seniority, would not have been as powerful position as Director of News.”
Fran Unsworth is currently the acting Director of News, taking over temporarily from Helen Boaden, who became BBC radio director earlier this year. Boaden was the Director of News when Newsnight shelved its investigation into alleged sex abuses by Jimmy Savile.
The Media Guardian says an official announcement will be made on Tuesday.
The BBC has said that the ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ song, which is likely to enter the top ten on Sunday, will NOT be played on Radio 1′s chart show.
However, a short clip of the song will feature in a news package, explaining why the song is in the chart.
“The BBC finds this campaign distasteful but does not believe the record should be banned,” said the corporation.
“On Sunday, the Radio 1 Chart Show will contain a news item explaining why the song is in the charts during which a short clip will be played as it has been in some of our news programmes.”
Further to this statement, the BBC News Channel says the clip will be up to 5 seconds long.
The chart show airs on Sunday’s at 4pm.
The BBC will broadcast a special live edition of The Daily Politics this afternoon as MPs return from their holidays to the House of Commons to pay tribute to Britain’s only female Prime Minster, Margaret Thatcher.
Baroness Thatcher died on Monday morning at the age of 87 following a stroke.
Andrew Neil will be joined in the studio by Ken Livingstone, former leader of the Greater London Council, and former health minister Edwina Currie.
Featuring live coverage of the parliamentary debate as well as studio discussion and analysis, the programme begins at 2.10pm on BBC Two.
BBC News, BBC Parliament and Sky News will also broadcast the debate.