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Hello. Hi. Take a seat. So, a few weeks of getting news from ‘other sources’, huh? How was it? Wow, that bad? Let’s just forget it ever happened. Now, where were we… 

The Vaizey View podcast HAS RETURNED. On the latest episode, Ed is joined by SUSE CEO Melissa Di Donato for a chat about the invaluable role of open source software across organisations and governments globally. 

And on Break Out Culture, it’s back to the 80s, baby! Editor and journalist John Walsh pops by to discuss his new book, Circus of Dreams, which chronicles this decade of momentous change. 

 Government Stuff 

£21m of funding is to be made available for production companies through the UK Global Screen Fund following a successful pilot.  

Press Gazette examines which bills from the Queen’s Speech will most impact the media industry, including the draft Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill

DCMS has revealed UK-wide plans for the public to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in June, and Queen + Adam Lambert are to kick off musical proceedings.  

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries appeared in front of the DCMS Committee and talked not abolishing ACE, Channel 4 sell-off and sharing Netflix passwords. 

The government’s new Reviews of Public Bodies programme will examine the viability of all arms-length bodies, including Arts Council England and BFI. Gulp. 

The government has halted plans for a development next to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank after the theatre suggested it could ‘harm artistic output’.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 

An Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe has sold for $195m at auction, crowning it as the most expensive 20th-century piece of art.  

A recently rediscovered sketch by Michelangelo has also broken the records for one of his drawings, selling for $24m.  

The vast majority of UK-based academic research in the arts is either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent", according to REF. Hoorah.

The Centre for Cultural Value has launched a new report built around 12 policy recommendations to help the cultural sector rebuild post-COVID. 

The Art Newspaper reports on the UK’s global share of the art market hitting its lowest in a decade

The Royal College of Art has launched a new Sir Frank Bowling Scholarship for UK students of Black and Caribbean diaspora heritage. 

Julie’s Bicycle has launched The Creative Climate Justice Hub: a free library of climate justice resources for the arts and creative industries.  

It’s almost time, team. Ahead of next Tuesday’s grand public opening, Architect’s Journal takes a tour of the long-awaited Elizabeth Line aka Crossrail.  

Google has opened the doors of its mammoth, new Silicon Valley campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio.  

Theatre & Dance 
British musical Six has gone two better and picked up Eight nominations at this year’s Tony Awards. 

10 NHS trusts are to begin socially prescribing stand-up comedy courses to men at risk of suicide.  

Audiobook giant Audible and actors’ union Equity are teaming up for an initiative aiming to diversify voice-acting talent.  

Classical Music & Opera 
The Royal Opera House is to add age ratings to its performances.  

Tourism & Heritage  
The National Archives and Arts Council England have announced a 3-year collaboration to identify and tackle challenges across heritage and culture.  

London’s Horniman and Manchester’s People’s History Museum are among the five finalists for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.  

And the Netherlands’ Museum of the Mind has been named European Museum of the Year. Wat een geweldig nieuws.  

Press, Books & Libraries 
Press Gazette on the $1bn question keeping the news industry up at night: whether Meta is about to pull the plug on its support for professional journalism?  

And yet… A University of Cambridge-led study has found that Google and Meta earn £1bn a year from UK news content.  

Columnist and podcaster Deborah James’ second and final book, How to Live When You Could Be Dead, has topped the Amazon pre-order charts.  

Exhibitions and Events  
The British Academy Summer Showcase is back with its first IRL (in real life) programme for 2 years on 17th-18th June. And it's free, too. 

Down on the south coast, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2022/23 season, including two world premieres by Ukrainian composers.  

Audio royalty on KindredCast this week as best-selling author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell pops by for a wide-ranging chat spanning media’s next chapter. Get it here on Spotify and YouTube. 

And what do SKIMS, decentralization, and the creator economy all have in common? LionTree CEO Aryeh Bourkoff has the lowdown.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
Amazon Prime Video has invested over £1bn in TV, movies and live sport in the UK since 2018.  

36 years after the original took to the skies, the Top Gun sequel had its premiere this week. The Guardian reckons Tom Cruise is ‘still speedy but less needy’. I’m the opposite.   

Netflix has cut 150 jobs
(mainly in the US) following its recent subscriber slump.  

The finale of Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls aired this week, with The Times calling it a ‘near-perfect ending’. The Beeb looks back at some of its most iconic moments.  

Love Island has taken fast fashion to the fire pit “for a chat” and opted for eBay and pre-worn garments on this year’s show, instead.  

A lunchtime long read from The Guardian on the big business of cheap fakes and counterfeit fashion.  

Music & Radio 
Dave was crowned songwriter of the year at this week’s Ivor Novello Awards. 

STOP. RAJAR time! Ken Bruce remains radio’s most popular host, mid-morning is the new breakfast, and commercial radio has hit a record audience of 37.2m.  

And the Beeb says that 4m people each week are now using BBC Sounds. 

Harry Styles’ third album is out today and the reviews are rather good, too. I imagine it’ll scrape to no.1… He’s also set to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story this month. 

PPL delivered a 12% increase in music licensing revenues in 2021 to £252.8m. 

Na-na-no way! 11 years since they split, N-Dubz are BACK to reclaim their musical crown
(*jaunty bobble hat).  

EAT THAT! EA Sports is to ditch the FIFA branding for its football series and begin operating under EA Sports FC

Tech & Telecoms 
Whoa there! Elon Musk has put the brakes on his $44bn Twitter takeover until he assurances over fake account numbers. The Guardian weighs up his options

A sad day. Apple is discontinuing its final iPod after 21 years.  

Over $1 TRILLION has been wiped off the cryptocurrency market in the first 6 months of the year. Buy high, sell in the deepest depths of lows. 

The average European’s data is shared 376 times per day in online advertising sales, according to an Irish Council for Civil Liberties study. Ideal.

The US’ Department of Energy has launched a $3.5bn climatetech programme for the development of carbon removal hubs.  

Non-Tesla electric vehicles can now use the Tesla Superchargers dotted around the UK.  

SoftBank, the giant Japanese tech fund, has suffered record losses of around $27bn.  

Canada is the latest country to ban Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks.  

Google Translate has added 24 new languages, including a further 10 from Africa.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Gilane Tawadros has been named as the new director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Matt Railton and Truda Spruyt are now joint-MDs of Four Comms’ culture team; Apple’s AI chief Ian Goodfellow has left join DeepMind; Dr Catherine Høgel has been elected as chair of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Bauer Media Group has appointed Richard Dawkins as president of audio; Kate Phillips has been appointed as director of unscripted at the Beeb; Shawab Iqbal is to become exec director of Leeds Playhouse; Róisín McBrinn is stepping down as joint artistic director of Clean Break after 8 years; Reply All co-hosts Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi to leave the popular podcast 

One for you? Art UK is looking for a new chair; The Grierson Trust is after a new managing director; and so is Nevil Holt Opera; Arts Emergency is also looking for a new chair 

Ed Stuff

Spoke in support of our edtech sector in the House of Lords 

...And Finally

POLIZIA! We have ourselves… UN INCIDENTE! A coffee bar in Florence has been hit with a €1,000 fine after a customer got steamed up over the price of an espresso.  

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