English National Opera will close before it agrees to move to Manchester, says chairman

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It’s English National Opera time. Earlier this month Arts Council England, a government body, said it would stop funding ENO unless it agreed to move from London to Manchester. Now ENO chairman Harry Brunjes has said the business will close rather than move north.

“There is no relocation,” he told MPs on Wednesday. “It’s the closing of ENO. This causes the loss of 600 jobs in London. The forced move is part of the upgrade program, but the signals are mixed. Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher conference earlier this week, Leveling Up secretary Michael Gove hinted he wanted ENO branches in London and Manchester: ‘If we were Germany or Italy , the idea of ​​having an exceptional opera company in each major provincial town would be obvious. Hmm.

“I’m not paid enough”, jokes Lineker

Gary Lineker is a prolific tweeter (Ian Walton/PA)

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Before his World Cup presentation shift begins at the weekend, Match of the Day Gary Lineker jokes “I’m not getting paid enough!” after being quizzed over his £1m+ salary by the BBC. Speaking to The Oldie this week, the former England captain was optimistic about the team’s chances in Qatar. “We have a fantastic group of young talent. So we will have a chance.

Don’t sacrifice diversity, Myrie tells the Beeb

Clive Myrie (BBC/PA)

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Last night we caught up with BBC journalist and Mastermind maestro Clive Myrie, right, at the Baillie Gifford Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book. He was one of the judges this year.

Following our report on possible cuts to black and Asian radio programming on the BBC, Myrie says: “The license fee is something we all pay. Black, white, gay, it doesn’t matter, and therefore we must represent all communities. Easier said than done, he noted. “The BBC, like many other organisations, has to adapt its production to the money it has. These are difficult times. I would hate to think that whatever cuts come, it could affect a level of representation and diversity. This is something the BBC cannot afford to do!

last night in town

Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Gabrielle Union launched their new animated film Strange World last night in Leicester Square. And, after partying at the GQ Awards on Wednesday, Andrew Garfield was back for a Fila/Haider Ackerman fashion show. TV and tennis star Andrew Castle supported his daughter Georgina in Elf the Musical, in which she stars. They were joined by Sofia Nekhaichuk and Yuliia Ivanova, two Ukrainian refugees who live with Castle.