Last week we heard that BBC Director General Tony Hall was expected to axe either BBC3 or BBC4. And now we discover that it's BBC3 that's got the chop.
The truth is that whatever nationality you are in the West, if you are black in the arts, you are corralled, parcelled out, mediated... 12 Years a Slave may make it even harder for black American filmmakers to be financed, to have a shot at clutching that Oscar, too.
The BBC's decision to close its sole youth-focused TV channel, BBC Three, is both depressing and divisive. Depressing because it represents yet another attack on a generation that is already facing the sharp end of austerity policies with high youth unemployment, welfare cuts, the prospect of huge debts for those who choose to go to university and the lack of affordable housing which will now prevent millions of young people from leaving the family home.
In just a few days time, the doors to the biggest and most important showcase for new music swing open again. I can still recall my first experience of South By South West (SXSW) - it was rambunctious, full of pure abandon and randomness - flitting from one venue to another with remarkable speed.
It's the final this Sunday and I'm going to re-double my efforts to come up with my best performance of the whole series. I will be quite happy that I won't have to be doing any more flying - it's wasn't my finest hour. I'll be keeping my feet on the ground in future - in all senses of the phrase.
Porn is no longer my friend. We don't hang out at all, and I have defriended him on Facebook. And now the internet has become a place where you have to sign petitions that you are not sure are just chain letters and watch videos of people being nice to each other, or busking and no one noticing that they are Yehudi Menuhin, or drunk people dancing with policeman or whatever.
You probably haven't seen it, even if you consider yourself quite a horror fan. It's from a film that remains difficult to track down, and was never very widely shown in the first place. In my opinion it's one of the truly great moments in horror cinema, and I don't want you to go and check it out under any circumstances.
The truth is, as a traditional television channel, BBC3 was always a flawed proposition that could never adequately fulfil its objectives. But online, the game changes beyond recognition. It can finally be the champion of breaking talent. It can at last be a true bastion of originality.
Never underestimate the power of a legend to remain timeless and transcend generations. That was my first lesson when I received an invitation stating ''George Michael cordially invites you to a very special playback of his new album 'Symphonica' on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at the Hamiltons Gallery, Mayfair.
"Too many films......not enough time," is a sentiment I heard a few times at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The Berlinale present approximately 200 films. Combine that with the European Film Market's in excess of 200 films and add in the 200 or so from the previous month's Sundance and Rotterdam and well, you have a lot of films to work your way through and only so much time.
Every morning I wake up and I love my job! All the celebrities I have worked with have been great! It's such a fun show to work on and everyone has embraced the glitter and glamour of Dancing On Ice...
A solid 4/5 for their new album and launch gig at The Fighting Cocks - their tour which starts very soon is likely to be one of their best yet, definitely a band worth following if you aren't already.
The dynamic of the band is effortless. As I sat with them at The Eagle Inn in Salford - one of those pubs with the perfect amount of grime to it and a flawless playlist programed into the speakers - it didn't take much time to realize that no matter how different their individual personas, they are all part of a beautiful jigsaw.
It's around this time each year that invitations start coming in from the studios wishing to build excitement for their big summer films.
'My art does not change the world, but I hope it inspires people to change how they look at the world and at other people'
Our overdue global summary of street work returns with a hefty selection of great art from around the world. Art, fashion, human behaviour and love - all gets its place in this roundup.
It's not hard to see how affairs can happen between actors - in many ways it's the same setting as an office romance only with the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Both people have a lot in common from the start: the same career, ambitions and motivations, coupled with playing intense and sometimes sexual roles - it's like a volcano waiting to explode!
It is doubtful that even the most dedicated cinephile will know Dis-moi, or Aujour'dui dis-moi as it is also known. It was commissioned for French TV, and has been shown only once or twice in the deepest recesses of thorough retrospectives. It has never before been subtitled for an English speaking audience (as it will be for the screening on March 13th).