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Labour’s Culture Secretary becomes BBC’s head of strategy….hmmm

The new D-G, Tony Hall, has announced two intriguing senior appointments.

Helen Boaden, former head of news who came under heavy scrutiny in the Jimmy Savile cover-up, is named head of radio – a post which includes responsibility for music and BBC orchestras.

James Purnell, Culture Secretary under Gordon Brown who was brave enough to call for the PM to resign, is named director of strategy and digital. Purnell, a BBC staffer in the 1990s, was a competent minister. Culture was fairly safe in his hands, though as far as I recall he was careful not to rock boats or stick his head above parapets. As a former Labour MP, a part of his BBC strategic role will be dealing with a Government of the opposite stripe who will regard him as the enemy. Tricky.


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  1. Well, he did do one good thing in calling for Mr Brown’s resignation.

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