The verdict over the rape and murder of young Seya Sedewmi is to be delivered on March 15.The Negombo High Court announced this when the case was heard today. The 4 1/2 year old child was taken from her home in Kotadeniyawa and was raped and later murdered. (Colombo Gazette)
One editor was accused of turning it into Eastenders in a field. Another scarpered to the world of television soaps barely a year after he started.The BBC appears to have learnt its lesson when it comes to appointing the new editor of The Archers, as it announces a Radio 4 veteran from the world of radio drama.Jeremy Howe has worked as Radio drama and fiction commissioning editor for 12 years, responsible for more than 300 titles a year.Calling the Archers editor post “another of the best jobs in the world”, Howe said it was an “honour and a privilege” to pick up the reins of the Ambridge soap.His appointment, from a role which saw him oversee The Archers, is likely to reassure listeners, who have been subjected to a string of short-lived editors in recent years. Howe said it was an “honour and a privilege” to pick up the reins of the Ambridge soapCredit:David Jones/PA Tim Bentinck, who plays David Archer, has previously warned that editors were being lured away by higher salaries elsewhere, suggesting the role could be at risk of being seen as a training ground for a best editorial roles in television.Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said editors leaving for television jobs were becoming “the nature of the beast”, despite the Archers cast hoping they had reached a settled period last year.After his appointment was announced, Howe said: “Being in charge of Radio 4’s drama and fiction has been one of the best jobs in the world.”I am thrilled to be asked to do another of the best jobs in the world, to take up the reins of The Archers and to carry on the work of my illustrious predecessors Huw Kennair-Jones, Sean O’Connor and Vanessa Whitburn.”It is an honour and privilege to be moving to Ambridge. I just hope that my favourite country walk along the Am hasn’t been ruined by Brian’s chemical misdemeanours.”In his current role, Howe is responsible for commissioning over 300 titles a year including Book At Bedtime and all the drama on Radio 4. Howe’s predecessor Huw Kennair-Jones quit the radio soap after just over a year to work on ITV soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.Sean O’Connor, editor before that, spent two-and-a-half years in the role, regularly accused of making Borsetshire rather too eventful in the manner of a television soap.After an acclaimed storyline about domestic abuse starring characters Helen and Rob, O’Connor left in 2016 to join the EastEnders team, later moving into film. He will take up his post with The Archers later this year. It is an honour and privilege to be moving to Ambridge. I just hope that my favourite country walk along the Am hasn’t been ruined by Brian’s chemical misdemeanoursJeremy Howe Gwyneth Williams, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra controller, said: “Jeremy has made an outstanding contribution over many years as Radio 4’s drama commissioning editor.”He has brought drama into the heart of Radio 4 and commissioned countless memorable and agenda-setting programmes, in addition to overseeing our considerable portfolio of series, serials and individual dramas, including The Archers.”During Jeremy’s time we’ve had record audiences and each week over six million people listen to Radio 4 drama. Jeremy’s contribution ranges more broadly than drama and includes repositioning our fiction though short stories and Book At Bedtime.”She added: “I am delighted that he has accepted the post of editor of The Archers and I know that he will bring his wit, flair and storytelling genius to the role. Archers fans will be in for a treat – Jeremy is the best.”Howe has previously called the Archers “extraordinary”, hailing Radio 4 as having “one hell of a smart audience.”His golden rules for drama writing include “never ambush your audience”, and he has advised would-be writers to protect themselves against criticism by making storylines “brilliant.“Excellence is your best defence,” he said.Howe has also written a memoir about the death of his wife, who was murdered in 1992 when his daughters were aged six and four. Commissions have included an all-day dramatisation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and War And Peace.