BBC 24-Hour News Service: News makers
Tuesday 11 November 1997
The presenters: Gavin Esler, former North American correspondent for the Beeb. Very dashing in shirt and tie. Sarah Montague. Very blonde, as befits a former Sky employee.
The director: Formidable Jenny Abramsky, launch editor of Radio Five Live. Her boast: "You will never be more than 15 minutes from the headlines."
The money: pounds 30m to launch, with an initial cable-only audience of one and a half million. Bad luck on licence-fee payers without cable.
The equipment: The BBC is better geared up in terms of overseas bureaux and correspondents, but falls behind on armoured cars. CNN has three; the BBC, one.
Surprise star: Weatherman Dan Corbett, who brought as much drama to the part as Hurricane Rick did to the Mexico coast.
Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
Life & Style blogs
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
The Fappening: After the third wave of leaked celebrity photos, why can't we stop it?
Stoptober: How I stopped smoking for good
Wild ram head-butts drone out the sky, waits for pilot to turn up then head-butts him too
The truth about student sex workers: it's far from Belle Du Jour
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
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- 5 Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
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