The die of rolling heads lands twice.

Posted: August 31, 2014 by tchannon in Politics

Significant news as the end of the political holiday season approaches.

  • BBC Trust chair chosen replacing Patten
  • EU president chosen replacing Rompuy

The news has been that all choices for the BBC chair was thwarted by Non! A poisoned chalice. Rona Fairhead, former managerial head of the Financial Times Group, involved with HSBC and various other things.

The accepter doesn’t seem notable, managerial journeyman. I assume a non-techie so this does not bode well for sorting out bias and spin.

EU presidency is a whole different matter given a number of thorny issues. Choosing a Pole is notable: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

This move seems to be addressing the UK threats of leaving the EU but is also from an ex-Soviet satellite. Poland have views on eg. fraking too. And a fluent German speaker.

I am sure there will be acres of opinion on the meaning of these appointment.

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29001401
(why file under entertainment-arts !?)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/30/britain-bbc-chairman-idUKL5N0R017U20140830

EU

http://online.wsj.com/articles/donald-tusk-a-champion-for-eastern-europe-in-a-leading-role-at-eu-1409434017

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/donald-tusk-named-next-president-of-european-council-1.1913164

Post by Tim

Comments
  1. Stephen Richards says:

    I read some nonsense that the Pole was a good choice for helping Dave get his reform. Some jornos just have nothing at all between their ears. This is the parlementary pres not the one that dictates. He is symbolic and nothing more, just like the chinless foreign sec of the EU.

    Juncker and his women are the dictators.

    Vote UKIP in the UK and get out before it is too late.

  2. oldbrew says:

    “Her experience of working with huge multinational corporations will undoubtedly be a real asset at the BBC Trust,” he said.

    Is that a hint that the BBC is going to be privatised?