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June Whitfield attacks BBC bosses for sneering at "middle class" comedy

In the classic sitcom Terry and June she portrayed one half of television’s quintessential middle class couple. Now June Whitfield has hit out at the BBC managers who declared that too much of the corporation’s comedy is “middle class”.

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Sky Sports 5 launch: Bizarre painting of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard coincides with yet another channel on Sky

Channel dedicated to European football kicks off tonight

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Frenchman goes radio ga ga with station for babies

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Like many Sassenachs, I tried to access the STV Player’s live stream of last Tuesday’s Scottish referendum debate only to be greeted by a broken link and the message: “This operation cannot be completed”.

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Leading artists to create bespoke music for high-end advertising campaigns - it's a chance to bring cinematic music to a different world

John Linwood, the former BBC chief technology officer, was fired over the failed Digital Media Initiative

Blame culture at the BBC led to unfair dismissal after £98m IT project failed

A culture of blame-shifting permeated the upper echelons of the BBC and contributed to the unfair dismissal of its former technology chief when a high-profile IT project went badly wrong, an employment tribunal found today.

James Corden’s social media footprint was a factor for CBS

Who is James Corden? asks America as he is framed for major talk show slot

For a nation still reeling from three years of Piers Morgan, the news that another Brit is pitching to become American television’s king of chat has prompted consternation and confusion. “So who is James Corden?” asked publications from the International Business Times to Salon magazine as the comic actor was named hot favourite to take over The Late Late Show.

Former Radio One DJ Mike Smith, who has died aged 59, with wife Sarah Greene.
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Kid's favourite Iggle Piggle to get his own play park

Locations sought for the much-loved CBeebies character's new home

Baroness Sarah Hogg, Nick Prettejohn and Baroness Patience Wheatcroft

Tories accused of picking politically partisan shortlist for new BBC Trust chairman

Interviews to find the successor to Lord Patten as chair of the BBC Trust begin on Thursday amid deep concerns as to how the process is being conducted by the Government.

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Sons of Anarchy book unveiled at Comic-Con

The outlaw motorcycle club is revving up for its final season

BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The new presenter of ‘Newsnight’ doesn’t have Paxo’s aggressive style, but he is a force to be reckoned with

Tulisa set to discuss 'Fake Sheikh' drugs sting and distressing trial in tell-all BBC 3 documentary 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame'

The singer has reportedly documented her life in the run-up to the trial that collapsed on Monday

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, has said the BBC has had a 'fantastic year'

BBC annual report: Tony Hall announces £374m in annual savings

The BBC has had a “fantastic year”, its director general Tony Hall said today, after 12 months in which the broadcaster has been pilloried by Parliament for misspending on executive pay and wasting £100m on a failed computer project, and when iconic presenters Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall have been jailed after high profile criminal trials.

Radio 4's Today programme host Evan Davis has been announced as the new face of Newsnight

Evan Davis replaces Jeremy Paxman as Newsnight presenter

BBC Director general Tony Hall described Davis as an 'outstanding journalist'

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