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“I’ve lived in front of the cameras and may be I’ll die in front of them,” cancer victim and reality TV star Jade Goody speaks out ahead of her wedding yesterday to Jack Tweed, filmed by Living TV and covered exclusively by OK! magazine for £700,000.

NME on their metal

Back in 1968, the New Musical Express Awards were presented by Roger Moore and the winners included Lulu and The Shadows. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday at Brixton Academy in London, hosted by comedian Mark Watson and featuring bands Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires, who will perform to the traditionally raucous music industry crowd. After which, The Cure will be crowned as “Godlike Geniuses” before doing a half-hour set. To keep a youth brand alive for four decades is quite an achievement. Alas, ‘NME’, published by IPC, now finds itself in a similar position to many trade magazines, whereby it is increasingly reliant on events, rather than the popularity of its actual product, which has shed 24 per cent of its circulation in a year and now sells less per issue than the likes of ‘Metal Hammer’.



Well-red advice

I fear for those brothers and sisters who head to Morningstar.co.uk in an effort to express solidarity with those workers at the hard left daily newspaper, who are due to take place in a one-day strike today over low pay. That web address is home to a site that offers analysis on UK investment funds, unit trusts and ISAs and nothing at all to do with the paper that started as the organ of the Communist Party of Great Britain.



Smart listening

Welcome back to Gordon Mac (below), who in 1990 made a legal broadcaster out of the famous pirate radio station Kiss (now part of the Bauer empire), and is returning to the airwaves with digital station Colourful, available to London listeners from next week. The launch is a triumph for founder Henry Bonsu, who was once sacked by the BBC for being “too intellectual” and has for two years built up an online audience for Colourful’s mix of serious conversation, jazz, soul and reggae.

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