Laura Kuenssberg in talks to step down as BBC political editor

Exclusive: those with knowledge of negotiations say Kuenssberg could become presenter on Today programme Laura Kuenssberg is in talks to step down as BBC political editor after six years and become a presenter on the Today programme as part of a major reshuffle of senior on-air staff, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations told the […]

Lucy Caldwell wins BBC national short story award for ‘masterful’ tale

Having been shortlisted twice before, this year the Northern Irish writer takes the £15,000 prize for All the People Were Mean and Bad • Read the story below Lucy Caldwell has won the BBC national short story award for her “masterful” All the People Were Mean and Bad, in which the mother of a young […]

BBC boss offers to meet black executive after claims he was blocked from job

Marcus Ryder said to have lost out on senior role after making public interventions on race The BBC director general, Tim Davie, has offered to meet a prominent black media executive who, it is claimed, was blocked from a senior job at the broadcaster after making public interventions on race. Marcus Ryder said he was […]

‘This is a story that needs to be told’: BBC film tackles Climategate scandal

Scientist Philip Jones is resigned, but ready for a fresh wave of abuse when drama The Trick tries to put the record straight on accusations that he falsified data on global heating Twelve years ago, Professor Philip Jones was subject to a barrage of hate mail and death threats that pushed him close to suicide. […]

Coronavirus live: Russian Covid deaths in August hit at least 49,389; UK reports 36,060 new cases

Russian officials blame Delta spread and low vaccination rate; UK also registered 127 further deaths Revealed: anti-vaccine Tiktok videos being viewed by children as young as nine England Covid trial participants to be offered Pfizer jabs to be able to travel UK travel minister wants to end PCR testing for travellers Some US transplant patients […]

All four England women’s rugby union autumn Tests to be shown live on BBC

‘We’ll be there when it becomes the norm,’ says captain Hunter Exactly one year to go until start of World Cup in New Zealand The 2022 World Cup starts a year on Friday and English women’s rugby has received a further boost to its profile with confirmation that the Red Roses’ autumn Tests will be […]

Nadine Dorries’ attack on the BBC reeks of hypocrisy – but it does need reform | Letters

Readers respond to the culture secretary’s claim that the broadcaster is unrepresentative Like many populist demagogues, Nadine Dorries makes some good points but comes to the wrong conclusion (BBC staffed by people ‘whose mum and dad worked there’, says Nadine Dorries, 4 October). The BBC, as our national public service broadcaster, should indeed be more […]

Dominic Raab confuses meaning of misogyny in BBC interview

Justice secretary appears to suggest term could apply to abuse against women or men Tory conference – live updates Dominic Raab has rejected the idea that misogyny should become a hate crime in the wake of the Sarah Everard murder, but then appeared confused about its meaning as he suggested it could apply to abuse […]

BBC ‘a great national institution’, says Boris Johnson

Prime minister’s words a slapdown for culture secretary claiming BBC has ‘bias and nepotism’ problems Boris Johnson said he believed the BBC would “be around for a long time to come”, in a view contrasting with that of his culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, who has questioned whether the corporation will exist a decade from now. […]

Pandemic forces BBC into new approach for David Attenborough’s The Mating Game

BBC One natural history series relied on local film-makers to be in the right place at the right time African bullfrogs converging on pools in South Africa and fighting like bar room brawlers; a school of ghostly-looking manta rays assembling off the Australian coast; vivid images of amphibious snot otters working co-operatively in a cold […]

‘I’d like to find a Roman fibula brooch’: watching the detectorists – a photo essay

Alex Turner meets some of the amateur detectorists stalking the fields of the UK searching for buried history In July 2009, Terry Herbert of the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detecting club picked up a signal with his metal detector; the signal for what we now know to be the Staffordshire hoard. The find of almost […]

The Guardian view on A Tribe Called Quest: time to pay tribute to the greats | Editorial

The Low End Theory has never reaped the plaudits or the profits of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but it is a beauty Thirty years ago this week, one of the best and most influential albums of all time was released – and it is not the one you are thinking of. While Nirvana’s Nevermind has garnered the […]

Pinker’s progress: the celebrity scientist at the centre of the culture wars

How the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker became one of the world’s most contentious thinkers On a recent afternoon, Steven Pinker, the cognitive psychologist and bestselling author of upbeat books about human progress, was sitting in his summer home on Cape Cod, thinking about Bill Gates. Pinker was gearing up to record a radio series on […]

Reports of unvaccinated Strictly dancers spark privacy debate

Row over stars allegedly refusing jabs highlights difficult balance between medical privacy and right to know risk The return of Strictly Come Dancing has brought the usual mix of glitz, intrigue and overly ambitious routines into the nation’s homes. But this year there was an extra strand to the dance-based psychodrama: a national debate over […]

What’s in a name? Phil McCann lightens the nation’s mood

Social media users see the funny side as BBC reporter covers petrol shortage A BBC reporter called Phil McCann delighted social media users on Saturday after he was sent to cover the UK’s petrol shortage. Reporting from a BP petrol station in Stockport, which had run out of petrol, people were quick to point out […]

The Guardian view on CBeebies: cherish this British success | Editorial

The BBC has a proud track record of imaginative and inclusive children’s broadcasting. Long may it last Britain has a long and grand tradition of children’s storytelling and, ever since the BBC’s Children’s Hour was first broadcast in 1946, television has been part of it. From the remarkable strangeness of Lewis Carroll’s Victorian Wonderland to the […]

Jason Mohammad ‘angry’ at lack of help 30 years after Cardiff riots

Residents of one of Wales’s most deprived areas tell BBC host stigma remains from 1991 disturbances The BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad has voiced anger at a lack of government help for the Ely estate in Cardiff where he grew up, 30 years after the so-called bread riots erupted in the area. Mohammad, who fronts […]

‘I’m loving life,’ says first CBeebies presenter with Down’s syndrome

George Webster, a 21-year-old actor from Leeds, was overwhelmed by the reaction to his first BBC show At 7.23am on Monday, George Webster made TV history when he bounced into the CBeebies house. Most young viewers would have been unaware they were witnessing a landmark TV moment: to them, Webster was just another smiling grown-up, […]

BBC director general welcomes proposals for ‘distinctly British’ content

Tim Davie says promotion of British talent could counterbalance the ‘globalised algorithmic’ commissioning of TV The BBC’s director general has embraced the idea of requiring broadcasters to produce “distinctly British” content, after losing British talent to deep-pocketed streaming services. The likes of Netflix have invested enormous sums in producing UK-based programmes and hiring British creatives […]

The Guardian view on the government and the BBC: an endless war of attrition | Editorial

Orchestrated hostility from the right is undermining public service broadcasting when it has never been more vital It is hardly surprising that Rupert Murdoch, having surveyed the ramshackle, amateurish beginnings of GB News from his Oxfordshire estate, decided he could do better. His talkTV station, featuring Piers Morgan as a lead presenter, and to be available […]

BBC chair defends Jess Brammar recruitment process

Richard Sharp stands by ‘free communication’ within board after claims member with government links tried to block appointment The BBC chair has defended its recruitment process after a board member with government links reportedly tried to block an appointment, while the corporation’s director general emphasised that “impartiality is sacrosanct”. The BBC chair, Richard Sharp, insisted […]

The duo who created Drag Race: ‘We saw RuPaul in a loincloth and went, “Oh my God!”’

They took RuPaul from obscurity to global fame – inventing The Adam and Joe Show along the way. As Drag Race UK returns to the BBC, we talk to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato More than 20 years before Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato launched RuPaul’s Drag Race under the banner of their World of […]

How leading thriller writer helped reveal plagiarism of Emmy prizewinner

Robert Harris, whose second world war film was copied, tells how the scandal led to George Stevens Jr being stripped of his awards It was a just few seconds of vivid footage: joyous scenes of American troops on tanks and Jeeps driving down a Champs Élysées lined with cheering Parisian crowds. But the rare colour […]

Now Andrew Neil has left GB News, I’m selflessly volunteering to replace him | Hussein Kesvani

Neil was an analogue artefact struggling to break through in an online world So it’s farewell to Andrew Neil. While the former chairman and lead presenter of GB News had decades of print and television experience, it was clear from the start of his latest venture that he was an analogue artefact struggling to break […]

‘Deaf children should know that nothing is impossible’: Rose Ayling-Ellis on a Strictly milestone

The EastEnders actor discusses representation, harmful myths, and her glitterball ambitions ahead of becoming Strictly Come Dancing’s first deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis is making history – and learning to jive. “It’s a lot of jumping off the ground, I’m going to be so out of breath!”, says the actor, who will be the first ever […]

BBC director of news criticises furore over Jess Brammar appointment

Fran Unsworth speaks out after hiring process of former HuffPost UK editor was hindered by media attacks The BBC’s director of news has defended its impartiality and criticised abuse directed at a journalist whose appointment to run the BBC’s rolling news channels was confirmed on Wednesday. Jess Brammar, the former editor of HuffPost UK, was […]

No criminal inquiry into Martin Bashir’s Diana interview, say police

Met makes announcement after looking at Lord Dyson’s report into 1995 interview with royal The Metropolitan police will not launch a criminal investigation into the then BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, the force has announced. The decision was made after examining Lord Dyson’s report into the controversial documentary, which […]

Edward Barnes obituary

Head of BBC television’s children’s programmes who created Newsround and made a great contribution to Blue Peter Edward Barnes’s greatest innovation, before he became head of BBC television children’s programmes from 1978 until 1986, lay in creating Newsround. He launched the news programme for young viewers in 1972, after discovering that only 0.7% of his […]

Arts shows star in new Radio 4 line-up after storm at axing of film programme

Mark Kermode will co-host show exploring ‘unexpected links and discoveries’ in screen history A film show and a new weekly music programme on Radio 4 will be part of a huge shake-up of arts programming at the BBC due to be unveiled on Monday. Screenshot will be hosted by Observer film critic Mark Kermode – […]