Tue 21 July 2009, The Guardian

Royal Opera House's Tony Hall to pick up Cultural Olympiad baton

By Charlotte Higgins
In March this year, we reported at length on the woes of the Cultural Olympiad , and the fire it was coming under in the arts world. And now, as if by magic, it has undergone a radical restructuring. In effect, Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, has been put in charge: he has been appointed to the board of the London organising committee of the Olympic games (Locog), and will chair a new Cultural Olympiad board, to report to the main Olympic board. Jude Kelly, who had been masterminding the Cultural Olympiad as chair of the culture, ceremonies and education committee (are you following me through this jungle of commiteedom?) is now named "founding member" of Hall's new board, and is in effect demoted.
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