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Last month
January 2023
# all too frequent
BBC apologises for claiming that Paul Mescal is British
“The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish,” the broadcaster admitted on its website.
# Investigation
BBC chairman set to be grilled by UK MPs amid questions over Boris Johnson loan
BBC chairman Richard Sharp has said that he believed his selection process was conducted ‘by the book’.
# Backlash
BBC admits error over 'Can women have it all?' headline on Jacinda Ardern resignation story
The headline was later changed to say: “Departure reveals unique pressures on PM.”
Last year
# Reaction
'A terrible face for football': How RTÉ, BBC and beIN opened World Cup coverage
Gary Neville, Alan Shearer and Richie Sadlier were among those to weigh in on the controversial tournament.
# Tune in
Here's your essential TV guide for this weekend's live sport
Get stuck into this lot over the weekend.
# Qatar World Cup
'You don't have to take Qatari money': Gary Neville called out on Have I Got News For You
Neville will be working as a commentator for Qatar’s state-owned broadcaster BeIN Sports.
BBC News presenter Martine Croxall taken off air amid bias claims
It’s due to claims Croxall showed bias after Boris Johnson pulled out of the Tory leadership contest.
# songs of praise
BBC presenter Bill Turnbull dies aged 66 after prostate cancer fight
His former co-presenter Susanna Reid said: “Bill was the kindest, funniest, most generous man in the business.”
# truss issues
Liz Truss pulls out of interview with BBC’s Nick Robinson
The Tory leadership frontrunner’s team said she ‘can no longer spare the time’, according to the BBC.
# dominic cummings
Emily Maitlis says BBC ‘sought to pacify’ Number 10 over Newsnight monologue
Maitlis left the BBC earlier this year and said the media was often guilty of “normalising” populist views in the name of balance.
Martin Tyler apologises after appearing to link Hillsborough and hooliganism
The Sky Sports commentator said his remarks in an interview with the Today programme were not intended to link the “two separate issues”.
# radio DJ
BBC should have further explored sexual misconduct allegations against Tim Westwood - report
Police are believed to be investigating sexual assault allegations against the DJ.
# Dara O Briain
BBC's Mock the Week to end after 17 years
The BBC has axed the programme to “create room for new shows”.
# Children's Court
Dublin teen spared sentence for online harassment of BBC journalist
The teenage boy harassed BBC News Northern Ireland’s Aileen Moynagh and several RTÉ journalists.
# Panorama Interview
BBC agrees ‘substantial’ damages to the former nanny of Princes William and Harry
The former nanny’s solicitor pointed to false allegations that Princess Diana came to believe around the time of her 1995 BBC interview.
# Allegations
BBC reveals it received complaints against DJ Tim Westwood including one referred to police
The broadcaster previously said it was unaware of concerns about Westwood’s behaviour.
# Controversy
BBC staff ‘raised concerns’ over Michael Vaughan’s return
The former Yorkshire batter returned to Test Match Special coverage for the recent England-New Zealand Test series.
# Eurovision
Ukraine to challenge decision to stop it hosting Eurovision 2023
The EBU earlier deemed the country Ukraine unable to fulfil requirements due to the ongoing war.
# Moscow
Russia sanctions dozens of UK journalists and media figures
The list names BBC director-general Tim Davie and The Times’ editor John Witherow.
# bbc cuts
BBC Four and CBBC TV channels to close as part of further cuts at broadcaster
The corporation needs to save an additional £285 million after the Culture Secretary announced the licence fee will be frozen for the next two years.
# Reeling In The Years
'A porter who was probably given a few quid said, 'Oh, Mr Keane is leaving from the back door''
BBC reporter Stephen Watson recalls his famous interview on the 20th anniversary of Saipan.
# Doctor Who
'Sex Education' star Ncuti Gatwa named next Doctor Who
The 29-year-old will become the 14th Doctor on the popular BBC show, after Jodie Whittaker announced last July she will be leaving the role.
# Tune in
14 GAA county games live this week in TV and streaming coverage
Action from all four provinces this week.
# Courts
Court orders Gerry Adams to pay legal costs of pretrial motions in defamation action against BBC
The action relates to BBC reporting about the murder of Denis Donaldson, who worked for decades as a spy for the British.
# Court
Gerry Adams fails to have parts of BBC's defence in his defamation claim struck out
Court also orders former Sinn Féin leader to discover certain related documents for the case.
# Blocked
Russia media watchdog says it is limiting access to some international news organisations
The BBC and Deutsche Welle are among the sites to be blocked.
First University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne dies aged 87
The TV presenter died at his home in Richmond after a short illness.
# Tune in
BBC Sport NI to stream live GAA league games for the first time
The coverage begins this weekend.
All time
# Aileen Moynagh
BBC journalist tells judge how she hoped bringing 'obsessive' teen to court would 'shine light' on social media dangers
In September, the 17-year-old boy from Dublin pleaded guilty to harassing BBC journalist Aileen Moynagh.
# High Court
Gerry Adams challenges aspects of BBC defences ahead of defamation trial
The BBC denies defamation.
# Controversy
BT Sport drops Vaughan from Ashes coverage as BBC leaves door ajar
English cricket has been rocked by racism revelations.
# tv payout
TV presenter hurt during UK science programme awarded £1.6m damages
Jeremy Stansfield was injured while carrying out ‘crash tests’ in a specially designed ‘rig’ during the BBC programme Bang Goes The Theory.
# Sweet Caroline
Sinn Féin calls on BBC to apologise after aired clip appears to show fans singing 'f*** the Pope'
BBC Northern Ireland has said it was “confident” there was no swearing on the programme, but would not air the clip again.
# Horse Racing
Footage of UK abattoir slaughtering racehorses 'does not happen here', Irish officials say
The British Horseracing Authority has promised to examine content of the BBC Panorama investigation.
# Investigation
BBC Panorama documentary to focus on fate of ex-racehorses
‘The Dark Side of Horse Racing’ will be shown at 8.30pm this evening.
# Newsnight
Man charged after BBC journalist chased near Downing Street
It comes after footage shared on social media showed demonstrators shouting abuse in the face of Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt.
# London
'Completely unacceptable': BBC journalist chased and abused by anti-lockdown protesters
The incident happened near Downing Street, London today.
# bashir
BBC review finds no evidence Martin Bashir was rehired in ‘cover-up’
The inquiry was announced following revelations in the Dyson report, which found Bashir falsified bank statements to get access to Princess Diana for an interview.
# Panorama
Martin Bashir: 'I never wanted to harm Diana and I don’t believe we did'
The journalist’s reputation is in tatters following a report that he used “deceitful behaviour” to land his world exclusive 1995 interview.
# Diana
Tony Hall resigns from National Gallery after Diana interview report
The BBC’s former director-general has quit his role as chair of the National Gallery.