Russ Abbot will stay with the BBC, despite the Corporation denouncing him three months ago as 'old hat', but ITV have axed football gurus Saint and Greavsie; it was revealed that John Cleese sent a strongly- worded fax to Granada executive Gerry Robinson after his sacking of Granada chief David Plowright (calling him an 'ignorant, upstart caterer'); Anthea Turner, wife of DJ Peter Powell, is the new Blue Peter presenter; satellite TV promises a station totally devoted to game shows.

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