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Editor: Alex Pleasants

In case you missed it… Ed’s been covering Times Radio’s evening show all week. Maria on Twitter called it a “charming listen” and Jenni on Twitter said she’s “enjoying him on her radio in a weird kind of way”. #GetEdAFullTimeShow 

And back to non-live, non-linear audio programming
(podcasts), Ed chats to Nick Merriman on this week’s Break Out Culture about the Horniman in South London bagging the biggest museum prize in the world.  

 Government Stuff 

Theatres, museums and music venues will receive support with their energy bills over the next 6 months under plans set out by BEIS.  

More moves over at DCMS. Damian Collins is back as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Stuart Andrew and Lord Kamall join the ministerial team, too. 

The Online Safety Bill is to return to Parliament ‘as soon as possible’, says Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan, and the Channel 4 privatisation decision will be reviewed. 

The Office for Students has kicked off a £17m funding competition for unis to deliver scholarships for students studying AI and data conversion courses.  

The Welsh government has set out its new action plan to boost creative skills. Wrth eu bodd yn ei weld
(that’s ‘love to see it’ in Welsh). 

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is to invest £100m in a new national hub to develop state-of-the-art technologies for the live performance sector.  

Pay inequality between men and women in the arts is decreasing, according to an ArtsPay Survey, but wages increases aren’t rising in line with inflation.

The opening night of Leeds’ year as City of Culture will be free… in exchange for art.  

The Art Newspaper ponders whether Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth will be the home of a new statue of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Hadn’t thought about this… Over 50 arts organisations in the UK are now looking to secure new royal patrons following the passing of Her Majesty. 

Grab a pen please, institutions. Here’s Nesta Arts & Culture Finance on how repayable finance in the arts *does* boost financial resilience.  

A corker from the New Yorker on the curious case of a disputed Lucian Freud painting and the lengths a collector would go to prove its provenance.  

Burn After Throwing. Brad Pitt’s debut as a sculptor forms part of an exhibition at a Scandinavian art gallery. Finnish? No, it’s still on I think.  


Design 
Foster + Partners has unveiled the stadium for the World Cup final in Qatar which England will win on penalties.  

Dezeen with six ways that King Charles III has impacted British architecture.  


Theatre & Dance 
Unsurprisingly, Jodie Comer was one of the big winners at The Stage Debut Awards 2022. 

The Royal Albert Hall is undergoing actual structural changes for bigger, better Cirque du Soleil shows. Bit of a balancing act to get approval I’m told.  

The Barbican Theatre in Plymouth says allowing audiences to decide how much they pay has made its performances more accessible. 


Classical Music & Opera 
The Southbank Centre’s new head of classical music, Toks Dada, sits down for a chinwag with The Guardian about shaping the venue to reflect classical music today.

Museums  
The Museum of Homelessness is set to open its first permanent venue in London’s Finsbury Park.  

After a mere 20 years and €680m, Berlin’s controversial Humboldt Forum museum is finally open. But now it has to face up to its colonial past, says The Guardian.  


Press, Books & Libraries 
A new Reuters study suggests people are much less likely to trust news they get from social media compared to from ‘the actual news’.  

Philip Pullman has called for an external inquiry into the Society of Authors - the writers’ trade union he was formerly president of.  

Here’s the longlist for the 2022 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, including books on the British empire and the abolition of the monarchy.  

The world’s longest single-volume book, just 21,450 pages long, has gone on sale and it’s ‘impossible to read’. Sounds like one of our reviews.   


Exhibitions and Events  
A gigantic illuminated sculpture by Es Devlin has sprung up outside Tate Modern until 1st October shining a light (literally) on London’s endangered species. She sits down with The Guardian for a chinwag about it.  

Still time to dine on design across the capital. London Design Festival is on all weekend and Wallpaper has the highlights.  

From today, Royal College of Art is showcasing graduate artwork at their newly opened Battersea HQ designed by Herzog & de Meuron. 

UNBOXED is still making its way around the UK. SEE MONSTER, an old North Sea offshore platform reimagined as an art installation, is open from tomorrow in Weston-super-Mare.  

Everyone is worried about the possibility of a global recession. Kindred Media breaks down three scenarios for the global economy over the next two years.  

Is Paris Hilton famous just for being famous? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Kindred Media breaks down her rise to fame and the empire she’s built.  

And in case you missed it, check out the latest KindredCast with Paris and her husband Carter Reum.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
Next year’s BAFTAs is moving house to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.  

We’re getting an all-star series of I’m A Celebrity… this year made up of former celeb contestants. Lucky us.  


Fashion 
Fashion Week time again, darlings! The Guardian has picked its key London shows - as has the editors of Vogue. Richard Quinn’s was dedicated to the Queen.  

Music & Radio 
Music was worth £4bn to the UK economy in 2021, according to UK Music. That’s up 26% on 2020, but less than the pre-you know what high of £5.8bn in 2019. 

Harry Styles has just performed for the 15th night in a row at Madison Square Garden and broken the record as it was.  

Spotify is taking the plunge into audiobooks, with 300,000 titles now available to users in the US.  

OUR MAN STORMZY! AHHH! HE’S BACK! AHHH! And his new tune features a cameo by one Jose Mourinho. Iconic duo.  

FYI, the Mercury Prize is now set to take place on 18th October.  

Music Minds Matter, originally a Help Musicians helpline to support the mental health of those in the music biz, has set up as a charity in its own right.  

The UK is getting its first Web3, blockchain music festival. Surprised it took this long, actually.  


Gaming 
There’s been a grand theft of Grand Theft Auto! Videos and images from the next edition have been leaked by a hacker. 10 star wanted level.  

Games streaming site Twitch is banning streams of slots, roulette and dice games.  

Ted Lasso, the world’s second favourite fictional football manager after Mike Bassett, will feature in the new FIFA 23.  

TIGA has announced the finalists of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2022. 


Tech & Telecoms 
Ofcom is launching an investigation into the Big Dominance of Big Tech in cloud computing. 

The Times reports that Softbank is in talks with Samsung over a ‘strategic alliance’ for the future of British chip giant, Arm.  

Alphabet, Amazon, Meta and Apple spent a combined $32bn+ on acquisitions since 2019.  

Meta has begun shrinking its workforce - and it’s going to be up to Nick Clegg to decide, by January, whether Donald Trump should be allowed back on Facebook. Gulp.

The Information reports that President Biden plans to sign an executive order that could limit US investment in Chinese tech.  

French billionaire Xavier Neil has bought a 2.5% stake in Vodafone.  

Over 1.1m Teslas are being recalled in the US because windows keep pinching the tippy-tops of people’s fingers.  

Tech Nation has announced the third wave of 34 climate tech companies joining their Net Zero programme.  

The New York Times on how Gen Z are increasingly turning to TikTok as their search engine of choice.  

Woof woof woof. Haha exactly. For those who can’t ‘talk animal’, this Californian lab is exploring using AI to bridge the linguistic gap.  

The Financial Times on why business leaders, particularly tech CEOs, should not become cult figures. Nothing about newsletter writers though ;)  

 Appointments & Movers 

Former Guardian CEO David Pemsel has been appointed as chair of the British Fashion Council; Paul Zwillenberg is stepping down as chief exec of Daily Mail and General Trust, replaced by chairman Lord Rothermere; Tamara Harvey and Daniel Evans have been appointed co-artistic directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company; ex-YouTube exec Robert Kyncl has been named CEO of Warner Music; Zillah Byng-Thorne is stepping down as chief exec of magazine and media group Future; former Bulb boss Hayden Wood has joined VC firm Giant Ventures 

 Ed Stuff

Featured on The Media Show on Radio 4 to talk about coverage of the Queen, too 

...And Finally

This is… mesmerising. An extremely warm welcome to the world’s first trombone rhythm game where you can hear Beethoven like you truly and inexplicably have never heard before.   

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