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DYLAN JONES, former Wagadon Group Editor who only recently became a father, has another new baby - GQ - although strictly speaking it's less a baby than a troublesome 10-year-old. Jones reportedly beat off a challenge from Esquire editor Peter Howarth and Alex Renton, a features writer at the Evening Standard, to succeed James Brown as editor of the Conde Nast men's monthly.

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CHANNEL 5'S latest response to the Broadcasting Standards Commission's worries that its late-night programming is getting grubbier than the contents of a Soho dry cleaner's in-tray? Coverage on 6 May of the first-ever European male strip-tease contest, in A Thong for Europe.

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NOT SUGGESTING for one nanosecond that Channel 4 is gloating about filching Test Match cricket from the BBC. But the sequence at the channel's summer schedule launch dealing with the forthcoming live coverage was accompanied by the Cardigans' song "Losing My Favourite Game". As they say at Lord's, that's just not cricket - well, not on the BBC at any rate.

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SIOBHAIN MCDONAGH, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, hosts a reception for fellow members at the House of Commons this evening to let them hear what Radio 1 does for Britain's youth - its social issues programmes, news coverage and, above all, music. New music, dance, rap, indie - even, when taste takes a lunch break, Steps. Sadly MPs will have to take Radio 1's word for how fab it all sounds since they won't be able to hear so much as a bar of Billie. "We've been told we're not allowed to play any music in the Commons," says a Radio 1 spokesDJ, "which, since we're supposed to be telling them what we do, is a bit bizarre."

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CHRIS EVANS is naff - official. OK, so deep down we've known this from the moment the ginger one started making a career out of personal abuse and excessive talk about the size of his salary. But now the media agency Universal McCann reveals that TFI Friday is bracketed with shows to which, viewers say, "you get your ironing done". "In the same way that Blind Date went from must-see to naff," says Universal McCann's joint MD, Fiona Smedley, "TFI has gone through that curve."

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