For the record: 15/06/2009


"I'm beavering away feverishly on my report; that's my only preoccupation" Lord Carter prepares to step down as Communications Minister after issuing his 'Digital Britain' report tomorrow.

Parish pumping

Dave Spikey, the co-creator of Channel 4's Phoenix Nights, has produced a book featuring his favourite local newspaper headlines, He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart. The Lancashire Evening Post contributes "Llama Drama Ding Dong", and there's a report on the defensive frailties of Bolton's ice hockey team, headlined "Sloppy Beavers Let In Eight". My favourite is "Fun With Ferrets At The YMCA", courtesy of the Halifax Courier. You can see where Spikey and Peter Kay get their material – who says the local press doesn't have a role? Talking of Phoenix Nights, Toby Foster, the actor who played Les in the cult comedy, has electrified the web by demolishing the new English Democrat mayor of Doncaster in an interview on his BBC Radio Sheffield show.

Sexual innuendo

There's a hunger within Vogue House to identify the minx who has begun writing up her sexual escapades in the new "Jezebel" column on GQ.com. But then, as there were 29 other young Condé Nast women who volunteered to bare all, it might not be so easy.

Credit history

Alan Yentob, the BBC creative director, says he was behind the longest-running credits on TV: the 31-year-old message-in-a-bottle theme for Arena, featuring Brian Eno's "Another Green World". He hopes to make similar impact with a new animated format for his Imagine strand, inspired by Saul Steinberg, the illustrator of The New Yorker.

A stab in the dark

The cool London-based fashion magazine Wound, aims to revolutionise the business model for magazines by relaunching today as a £2.99 iPhone application (500 pages art directed for an iPhone screen), a £5 user-orientated digital download (300 pages, 30 minutes of video and 20 minutes of music) and a traditional £7 print edition.

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