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Editor: Alex Pleasants

As we’re just a month away from the summer solstice (finally! Those nights start drawing in!), Ed is joined on Break Out Culture this week by the British Museum’s Dr. Neil Wilkin to explore the mysteries surrounding the UK’s most enduring and elusive rock group: Stonehenge.  

 Government Stuff 

DCMS has published the terms of reference for a mid-term review of the Beeb through which it will consider if reforms are needed.  

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched another investigation into Google’s dominance of online advertising.  

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Clearview AI £7.5m for collecting images of people from social media for its database. 

The sale of the UK’s largest microchip factory in Wales to Chinese company Nexperia is to be reviewed by BEIS.  

The Department for Transport has launched a competition to run the first commercial flight powered by 100% sustainable fuel between the UK and US. I’ve entered. 

Eight projects are to receive a share of £4m of funding for pilot programmes to speed up 4G and 5G deployment.  

DCMS wants your views on boosting the security of UK data centres and cloud services. 

A record number of locations have been granted city status by DCMS to mark the Platinum Jubilee, with Stanley in the Falkland Islands the first overseas territory.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
Arts workers received the lowest pay rises of any industries in the UK in the past year despite vacancies trebling, according to ONS stats. 

Good news. The AHRC has announced a further five years of funding for the Creative PEC. It is however now looking for a new host organisation.  

And on that note, there’s some new Creative PEC research examining rural creative microclusters across England.  

Creative UK and the Mayor of London’s culture team have announced a new partnership aiming to tackle inequalities in the creative industries.  

The Scottish government has awarded £1.58m to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to support its recovery from the impact of the bug.  

Plymouth College of Art has been granted university status and changed its name to Arts University Plymouth. 

The UK’s first permanent immersive art experience is to open in the West End this autumn. 

The Guardian ponders why art sale prices have gone stratospheric in recent times. SPOILER: It’s because rich people have gotten richer.  

It’s here. Could cry. Might cry. London’s Elizabeth line. Here’s The Guardian with a cute photo album and a look at how it's been 50 years in the making. 

The Royal College of Art has flung open the doors of its new £135m, Herzog and de Meuron-designed campus in Battersea.  

Take the bins out, Botty. Dyson is creating a new robotics centre in Wiltshire to develop robots capable of helping with household chores. 

Prince William is getting a £5 coin to celebrate his 40th birthday. Don’t spend it all at once, Will.

Theatre & Dance 
American-British acting royalty Dame Angela Lansbury is to receive the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Tonys.  

SOLT and UK Theatre are to partner with insight specialists Baker Richards to develop a new evidence centre for the theatre sector.  

A third of audiences expect to attend more arts and theatre events locally after ‘all of this’, according to a new survey covered by The Stage. 

Tourism & Heritage  
Six historic sites with royal links have been listed to mark the Platinum Jubilee, including the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. Queen Vic in Albert Square, too? Just a thought. 

The Natural History Museum is to move a third of its collection to a new £180m research and storage centre in Berkshire.  

Press, Books & Libraries 
Geetanjali Shree has become the first Indian author to win the International Booker Prize. 

The Telegraph’s profits are up by a third.  

Craig David has announced that his memoir will be released in October. Pretty sure I know how this one goes… All I’ll say is that it ends with chilling on Sunday ;)  

‘Manchester United are rubbish’ appeared on the bottom of the screen on BBC News briefly this week. Always admired their impartiality and fact-driven reporting.  

Exhibitions and Events  
A collection of paintings by Edvard Munch is being shown for the first time in the UK at a major exhibition at The Courtauld, open until September.   

The V&A is to stage the first UK exhibition dedicated to the career and designs of Coco Chanel next year. TV highlights will be on Chanel 5, I hear.  

Performance artist Marina Abramovic is finally getting her first UK retrospective as part of the Royal Academy’s 2023 exhibition programme.  

Almost 40 top West End shows are to perform for free in Trafalgar Square next month, including Frozen. Wait. Outside? The cold never bothered me anyway.   

The Garden, an online community for the curious, has launched a new series of talks on Art’s Biggest Questions with art historian Dr James Fox. 

Media maven Malcolm Gladwell recently popped into KindredCast to discuss audiobooks, remote work, and much more. Here are the episode’s three biggest takeaways

Did you know that broadcast television is the only TMT
(tech, media, telecoms) sector that’s up this year? Here’s Kindred Media with a handy graph breaking down sub-sector performance. Interesting.  

Oh Elon. Do you have a problem with ESG and corporate responsibility? LionTree’s Exec-in-Residence Alby Shale shares his thoughts.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
As purse strings are forced to tighten at the Beeb, CBBC and BBC4 going online-only and there could be further cuts to output. Yeesh.  

Trade body Pact predicts that a privatised Channel 4 could slash its spend by up to 75%. Double yeesh.  

But Channel 4 is set to serve up more of the Big Breakfast reboot on weekends this summer, hosted by Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu.  

20 trailblazing producers from under-represented backgrounds have been selected for BAFTA’s 2022 Elevate initiative.  

To the South of France mon petit pois! It’s Cannes Film Festival time. Here’s the highlights from the Financial Times, with a new Elvis biopic leaving critics all shook up.  

Manchester city centre has been ranked top for retail in the UK for the third year running.  

Profits have doubled at fitnesswear brand Gymshark in the past year. Not bad. 

The Guardian sits down for a chinwag with Harry Lambert: the stylist behind Harry Styles’ androgynous style. Style.  

Music & Radio 
Here they go again… ABBA together in public for the first time in 36 years for the opening of ABBA Voyage. The Beeb is saying it “has to be seen to be believed”. I’m the first in line. 

Harry Styles made his first UK appearance in 2.5 years, with The Telegraph calling it a “step towards all-time-great superstardom”. I get similar reviews for the newsletter.  

Only 13% of UK festival headliners this summer are female, according to a BBC study. 

Here comes the funds, do do do do. Sir Paul McCartney has topped the Sunday Times rich list for musicians, with U2 and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber just behind. 

Our Eurovision flag-bearer Sam Ryder
(who bagged second place on the night) has also bagged #2 in the charts - the highest spot for a UK entry since 1996. 

Sony Music has become the first major label to expand debt recoupment for artists on a 20-year rolling basis.  

Music Venue Trust has launched a new campaign aiming for more fan-funded freeholds in order to protect the future of small venues.  

Probably don’t have to say… what he did… You already know... But Justin Timberlake has flogged the rights to his song catalogue for $100m.  

The entire nation is being encouraged to sing Sweet Caroline (?) to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee following a Radio 2 poll. I’ve heard other songs do exist. 

Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 5 has entered the fray, with Games Radar calling it “brilliant and brutal”.  

Tech & Telecoms 
Remember the historic global tax deal which was set to force Big Tech to pay a fairer share? It’s been delayed until 2024. 

Tech Nation and Google for Startups look back at 10 years of UK tech in a new report, with the value of our sector growing more than 17x to $1 TRILLION in that time. 

London has retained its crown as Europe’s most technologically advanced city, according to a Z/Yen Group study.  

Two-thirds of UK homes can now access gigabit broadband, says Ofcom

Twitter has been hit with a $150m fine by US regulators for handing over the contact details of users to advertisers.   

In one of the biggest tech deals of all time, chip business Broadcom is buying software firm VMware for $61bn. Blimey. 

Children are now more likely to experience online bullying than offline, according to new Ofcom research.  

Buy-now-pay-later firm Klarna has laid off 10% of its staff… using a pre-recorded video message.  

UK-based autonomous vehicle company Wayve is partnering with Microsoft to use their supercomputer tech to help scale deep learning in their cars.  

Airbnb is pulling out of China.  

This is actually rather mad. Google has developed an AI tool
(but not for the public yet, boo) which can convert any phrase into a strikingly realistic photo.  

If you’ve got a spare 31 minutes, either watch an episode of Home and Away or get stuck into Nick Clegg’s whopper of a blog on making the metaverse.  

 Appointments & Movers 

President Macron has appointed Rima Abdul Malak as France’s new minister of culture; Seb Lovell-Huckle is joining English Symphony Orchestra as CEO; Reece Clarke and William Bracewell are the new principal dancers at the Royal Ballet; WPP CEO Mark Read has been appointed as a trustee of the Natural History Museum; Genneah Turner is the new general manager of the Featured Artists Coalition  

Your next gig? Tate is looking for a director of digital and innovation; the British Tourist Authority is after a new chair; BBC Drama is looking for a commissioning director 

Ed Stuff

Talked culture and communities at the Charleston Festival; popped up on Times Radio 

...And Finally

You couldn’t write it… Except, she did. The author of a book called How to Murder Your Husband has been found guilty of murdering her husband.  

Follow your dreams! Anything is paws-ible! A man from Japan has spent £12,500 on a hyper-realistic costume… of a border collie.  

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