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Tim Davie says royal criticism of BBC is a ‘sad day’ for the broadcaster

BBC chief Tim Davie has said the Duke of Cambridge’s criticism in the wake of the Dyson report was “upsetting” and a “sad day” for the broadcaster. The director-general, who took up the role in September 2020, said he has “engaged with the royal household directly” since the publication of the inquiry’s findings in May.
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BBC director-generals are savaged by MPs over Diana interview scandal: Lord Hall apologises to William and Harry for 'hurt caused', Lord Birt calls journalist 'serial liar on an industrial scale' as Tim Davie faces claims of cover up

Director-generals who spent years at the top of the BBC have been savaged by MPs, who accused them of being evasive and implausible about how shamed journalist Martin Bashir was allowed to operate in the organisation. Ex bosses Lord Tony Hall and Lord John Birt appeared before the Digital, Culture,...
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Can Tim Davie save the BBC?

The reputation of the BBC matters. It wants to be seen as the gold-standard of public service broadcasting, and that matters not just for the BBC and, by extension, the UK but for the whole world because, historically, the BBC has successfully projected itself as a beacon of broadcasting service that all democratic nations should seek to emulate.
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Tim Davie needs to have a quiet word with the BBC complaints department

The fallout from the BBC’s Martin Bashir debacle continues. How could they possibly have re-employed the tainted journalist in 2016 when senior managers knew he had got someone to forge bank statements to secure that interview with Princess Diana? At least the Gods must have had a good laugh when the corporation promoted Bashir to religion editor because they were impressed by his “grasp of theology”. Bashir is to ethics what Bingo, my cockerpoo, is to gateposts.
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BBC director general Tim Davie pushed on Martin Bashir's rehiring

The BBC's director general, Tim Davie, has told the Today programme that an investigation will be published next week into why journalist Martin Bashir was rehired in 2016. Bashir became the religion correspondent in late 2016, when questions had already been asked about his conduct surrounding the Princess Diana Panorama interview. He was later promoted to religion editor.
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BBC boss Tim Davie wants to create more apprenticeships to tackle 'profound skills shortages' in Britain's creative industries

The BBC's director general plans to create new apprenticeship programmes to tackle what he described as 'profound skills shortages' in the UK's creative industries. Speaking at the Creative Cities Convention, Tim Davie said he would 'like to do more' in creating apprenticeship programmes to ensure people have the skills to work in the sector.
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BBC 'not here to beat Netflix', director general Tim Davie says

BBC director general Tim Davie has said the role of the corporation "is not to beat Netflix". "We are not going to beat them," Mr Davie told MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on Monday. "We need to do something radically different." Mr Davie noted his own...
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Our job is NOT to beat Netflix': BBC boss Tim Davie says broadcaster has a 'different purpose' to streaming giants because it's not 'a business for profit'

BBC boss Tim Davie said the broadcaster has a 'different purpose' to streaming services and said his job is 'not to beat Netflix'. Speaking to MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, the director general said the BBC 'is not a business for profit', days after he unveiled a dramatic overhaul of the corporation in a bid to make it less London-centric.
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Tim Davie means business in his quest to silence critics of BBC funding

When asked to pick his creative hero, Tim Davie settled on Sir Christopher Wren, the renowned architect who reshaped the capital’s skyline following the Great Fire of London. Such a choice proves fitting for a man now tasked with remoulding another Great British icon: the BBC. Davie seized the job...
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Over-75s won’t face legal action over non-payment of licence fee, BBC boss Tim Davie says

The director-general of the BBC has said over-75s will not be prosecuted over non-payment of the TV licence fee. Tim Davie was responding to a plea by former cricketer Lord Botham – which was backed by more than 20 other members of the House of Lords – to ensure TV Licensing, which logs whether or not households own a licence, makes an “explicit pledge” they “will never prosecute anyone over 75”.