Although an official announcement has not yet been made, it appears that the BFI National Library has been reprieved — but whether this is due to public pressure or difficulties in finding a suitable partner to take it on is hard to determine. Details have not been made available about future funding of this precious resource.
No reprieve, however, for BFI Publishing — the deal with Palgrave Macmillan is apparently close to being finalised.
BFIwatch returned from sabbatical to yet another example of the BFI’s lack of respect for democracy and freedom of speech. On 2 November Sight and Sound columnist Danny Birchall was sent an email from editor Nick James informing him that due to comments about Amanda Nevill made on his blog several months earlier, his regular column for the magazine would be withdrawn. Danny was not the only person who was shocked and appalled at this heavy-handed response to a personal opinion expressed completely independently of Sight and Sound and the BFI. Subsequently Nick James relented, and sent another email reinstating Danny’s column. This correspondence, Danny’s responses and readers’ comments can be found on Danny’s blog at: