University Chancellor calls for radical overhaul of the BBC

first_imgOxford University Chancellor Lord Patten, who is also Chairman of the BBC Trust, has called for a “radical structural overhaul” of the BBC after the resignation of Director General George Entwistle.Patten’s statement was made following a recent Newsnight documentary which suggested that a Conservative peer was involved in a child abuse network, after which Entwistle made the decision to resign.  Controversy has surrounded the BBC this autumn following revelations concerning an unaired documentary exposingchild abuse allegations against BBC stalwart Jimmy Savile. Lord Patten is also under increasing pressure from MPs and the media to resign from his role as Chairman of the BBC Trust following public anger at the £1.3 million resignation package offered to Mr Entwhistle who lasted only 54 days in the job.Commenting on the severance agreement a BBC Trust spokesman said, “The BBC reached a consensual termination agreement with George Entwistle last night and agreed to pay him 12 months pay, in lieu of notice. This reflects the fact that he will continue to help on BBC business, most specifically the two ongoing inquiries.” Last week, Lord Patten appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to maintain his support of Mr Entwhistle, where he deplored the “awful journalism” that led to the Newsnight scandal. Lord Patten continues to resist pressure for him to also leave his post despite MPs calling for his resignation. MP Philip Davies, in a recent TV interview, labelled his position as “just as untenable” as Entwhistle’s and claimed, “the longer he clings on the more damaging it will be for the BBC.” Media attention has recently shifted focus onto the ten additional jobs that Lord Patten has on top of his role as Chairman of the BBC Trust, including work as an advisor for BP and energy firm EDF. In a blog post for the Spectator, Cherwell editors Grace Goddard and Barbara Speed expressed their concern regarding his many positions, writing, “As students at Oxford University, we are told repeatedly by tutors, proctors, and the Chancellor himself that we’re not allowed to do much outside our degree. We cannot do more than eight hours of paid work a week, and extracurricular activities are monitored carefully by colleges, who can revoke your right to do them at any time.“Lord Patten has arguably spread himself a bit too thin, taking on another significant appointment at the BBC commanding a salary of £110,000 a year, in addition to holding other remunerated positions listed in the House of Lords’ register of interests.”In response to Cherwell enquiries about Lord Patten and his involvement in the BBC crisis, a University of Oxford spokesperson said, “Lord Patten’s role as Chancellor of Oxford University is entirely separate from his position as Chairman of the BBC Trust. The Chancellor is usually an eminent public figure elected for life and serves as the titular head of the University, presiding over all major ceremonies. Lord Patten was elected Chancellor in 2003.”Lord Patten has said he wants to appoint a successor to George Entwistle within a “few weeks” and the vacancy is top of the agenda for the talks at the BBC Trust’s Great Portland Street offices in central London.It is unclear whether further changes to the BBC’s management structure will take place in the coming weeks.Lord Patten was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Bath between 1979 and 1992. From 1989 he held a position in the Cabinet. His current position at Oxford is part time, and until 2009 he also combined the role with the Chancellorship of Newcastle University. The BBC role, also part time, currently has a salary of £142,800 a year. The Trust Chairman is head of 12 Trustees, who represent the public who pay for the BBC. On the BBC website it is stated that “the Trust makes sure the BBC is run in the public interest and in the interests of licence fee payers.last_img read more

PODCAST: The data difference

first_imgRyan Housefield (left) and Tony Rizzo While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shifted credit unions’ focus from in-person to digital channels, the truly successful credit unions are those that help members smoothly transition from one channel to the other, picking up financial conversations right where they left off from their last visit.What ties those channels together? Data. Marquis helps credit unions use data to make those conversations with members meaningful, productive, and more efficient.In this podcast, sponsored by Marquis, Tony Rizzo, chief marketing and creative officer for Marquis, and Ryan Housefield, senior vice president of sales, describe how credit unions that use data on the front lines can provide the engagement tools employees need to drive sales and decision-making while improving the bottom line. This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

CHAN 2020: CAF to assess anti-virus measures in Cameroon

first_img Promoted Content8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now10 Gorgeous Bollywood Divas Who Earn A Lot6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Coronavirus: CAF postpones 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers indefinitelyCameroon qualified automatically for the 16-nation tournament and the other title contenders include defending champions Morocco.Meanwhile, a two-day conference scheduled for March 17-18 in Durban that would have highlighted the African football industry has been postponed because of the coronavirus.FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura had been invited to give the keynote speech at an event the organisers now hope to stage in July or August. Loading… CAF medical experts will assess this weekend the measures hosts Cameroon have taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).A man wears a mask outside Yaounde General Hospital in Cameroon this weekThe central African country is scheduled to stage from April 4 to 25 the biennial competition for footballers playing in their country of birth.Cameroon reported two cases of the deadly COVID-19, which has shredded sport schedules across the globe.On Friday, CAF postponed indefinitely two rounds of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, set for March 25 to 31.Regarding the CHAN, a CAF statement said the delegation “would assess the preventive measures taken by the local organising committee”.Matches are due to be played in the capital, Yaounde, at two stadiums in second city Douala, and seaside city Limbe.last_img read more

2020 PCL Regional 4-Day- Guyana Jaguars vs Leeward Hurricanes Day 2

first_imgSmith, batsmen give Champs 263 run leadPACER Niall Smith bagged 3 quick wickets to complement the series of half-centuries from his teammates as Guyana Jaguars kept a firm grip on things, heading into day 3 versus the Leeward Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Ground, Antigua.Hurricanes were wobbling at 123 for 5 following the close of play on day two, trailing the Jaguars by 299 runs. Jahmar Hamilton (23*) and Jaques Taylor (11*) will resume the chase when play resumes on the penultimate day.The Debutant Smith, who earned his 4-Day cap a few days ago, ripped through the top-order with his pace to finish with 3-29 from 12 overs. Opener Kieran Powell hit 34 while Montcin Hodge and Devon Thomas each had 13.Guyana Jaguars racked up and imposing 388 all out in their first innings thanks to a quartet of half-century contributions from their premier batsmen.All-rounder Chris Barnwell missed a century but played well for his top-score of 82 with 9 fours and a six. Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul grafted 60 while partner Chandrapaul Hemraj weighed in with 52.Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson stroked 59 but not before a lower-order assault from all-rounder Raymon Reifer (47) and Devendra Bishoo (40) almost took them to 400.Spinner Damion Jacobs was the most successful bowler for the Hurricanes with returns of 4-82. Kacey Carthy and Quinton Boatswain grabbed 2 wickets apiece.Day is action continues at 13:00hrs.last_img read more

Mouse Morris hoping to pull off remarkable treble

first_imgMouse Morris is hoping to pull off a remarkable treble in the race.As you no doubt know the Fethard-based trainer has already had winners in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday and its English equivalent at Aintree last week with Rogue Angel and Rule The World respectively.Today he’s fielding the Gigginstown House-owned Folsom Blue in the 4.10 at the Scottish track.last_img

‘Beating the English is sweeter’ – Samuels says ‘disrespect’ provides deeper motivation to win against England

first_imgWest Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has revealed that beating England in the final of the recent ICC World Twenty20 in India means more than defeating hosts Sri Lanka four years ago. “Beating the English is much sweeter,” stated Samuels, shortly after he and other Jamaican members of the West Indies team returned home on Tuesday night. They were greeted and feted at the Norman Manley International Airport’s VIP Lounge by Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and top team sponsor Digicel. Also present was president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven. “The English like to talk, and, to me, they are just negative towards us,” said Samuels, who was named Player of the Final for his unbeaten 85. “If we play against Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan press will never put us down, never disrespect us and stuff like that. “But playing against England, it’s different,” he said. Samuels utterances comes against the background of a recent apology issued by renowned English cricket journalist and commentator, Mark Nicholas, regarding the West Indies. Writing in a pre-World Twenty20 prediction column for ESPNcricinfo, Nicholas, a former England first-class cricketer, said: “West Indies are short of brains, but have IPL history in their ranks”. However, in a follow-up column on Monday, Nicholas apologised, saying: “Unreserved apology to Darren Sammy (West Indies captain), a man I hold in the highest regard, to his team and to the coaches around them for the throwaway phrase I used.” English Cricket Board chairman, Colin Graves, is also on record as saying that the West Indies is a “mediocre” team. He made the statement ahead of English Test tour of the Caribbean last summer. Meanwhile, the other Jamaican West Indies team members who returned included fast bowler Jerome Taylor, assistant coach Andre Coley and data analyst Dexter Augustus. All-rounder Andre Russell, who was originally slated to return home on Tuesday night as well, along with Chris Gayle – who it is understood stayed back in India ahead of this weekend’s start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – are the other Jamaicans who were part of the victorious contingent. Russell, who, too, is scheduled to take part in the IPL, is to meet with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission for a hearing regarding allegations that over the past year he missed three out-of-competition whereabouts drug tests. If found guilty, based on World Anti-Doping Association rules, Russell could face sanctions ranging from a public warning to a two-year suspension. West Indies Cricket Board president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron who returned home on the same flight as the Jamaicans Tuesday, did not take part in the welcome reception.last_img read more