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Nicholas Witchell has been reporting on the Royal Family for 15 years - wouldn't he rather swap the front of the Palace for the front line?

Witchell is every inch the royal guy – a model of diplomacy and discretion shuttling between palaces, walkabouts and occasional scandals. Does such commitment to a singular specialism explain why he views his career trajectory as flatter than Jeremy Paxman's, his one-time understudy?

Lord Lawson appeared on the news programme back in February

Exclusive: Today Programme criticised for giving platform to climate sceptic Lord Lawson

Lord Lawson was given undue prominence, BBC complaints unit rules

Cheryl Cole on being sacked by Simon Cowell from The X Factor: ‘He was right. I wasn’t well in the head’

The singer, 31, fell out with the music mogul over her sensational axing in 2011 that occurred before the series had even aired

Adam Richman: Man Finds Food postponed after star tells user 'Find a razor blade, draw a bath. I doubt anyone would miss you'

The Man v Food actor's overreaction to criticism of his use of the term 'thinspiration' on Instagram has landed him in hot water

Graham Norton fails to turn up for Radio 2 show — leaving producers scrambling for cover

Norton was spotted out with Nigella Lawson the night before, but other presenters had to fill in on radio show

BBC Trust role is no part-time affair

Applications for chairman of the BBC Trust closed on Friday. The change of rules to allow the chairman to give just two days a week to the role (instead of three to four) sounds like an attempt to woo Lord Coe, the Conservatives’ preferred candidate. Lord Coe is keen on becoming President of the International Association of Athletics Federations next year.

Robbie Savage delivered his verdict on the Suarez bite on the BBC's World Cup Match of the Day

Sport on TV: The fix is in – and it puts Luis Suarez bite in perspective

They say that match-fixing is a bad thing, but frankly it may be the only way the England football team will ever win a major tournament – and even then there would be no guarantee that they wouldn’t mess it up and fail to put the ball into an empty net. This week we have been mostly hearing about the ethical grey areas in the beautiful game. Fortunately, none other than Robbie Savage was on hand to sidestep and shimmy through the moral minefield on the Beeb’s World Cup Match of the Day (BBC1, Wednesday) in the aftermath of the Suarez bite.

Celebrity protesters such as anti-fracking crusader Bianca Jagger are distorting the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs, a major study commissioned by the BBC Trust has found.

Celebrity protesters distorting the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs, report finds

Celebrity protesters, from anti-fracking crusader Bianca Jagger to badger champion Brian May, are distorting the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs, a major study commissioned by the BBC Trust has found.

Ms Coyle said that research showed an audience concern that BBC One was playing it too safe in parts of its peak time schedule

Predictable BBC1 needs to improve drama, says BBC Trust chair Diane Coyle

BBC1 has become too predictable and most improve the quality of its drama, Diane Coyle, the acting chair of the BBC Trust has said.

Iain Duncan Smith has attacked the BBC's allegedly negative coverage of benefits changes

Iain Duncan Smith: BBC is 'bigger opponent' than Labour over welfare reform

Secretary for Work and Pensions attacks corporation's allegedly negative coverage of benefits changes

Comedian Jack Dee has allegedly threatened to quit as chairman of long-running Radio 4 panel show 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue'

Jack Dee hasn’t a Clue why BBC dislikes ‘Samantha’ jokes

Comedian Jack Dee has allegedly threatened to quit as chairman of long-running Radio 4 panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, after the BBC told him to tone down his notoriously smutty jokes about the fictional Samantha.

Lord Coe is regarded as ‘a great leader’ by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Job description for new BBC chairman tweaked – so that Seb Coe can work three days a week

Lord Coe is regarded as ‘a great leader’ by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Phil Neville, the 60-year-old radiator salesman (left) and Phil Neville, the former England footballer (right)

Radiator salesman Phil Neville receives thousands of abusive tweets over namesake’s ‘monotone’ England World Cup commentary

The 60-year-old Arsenal fan found his phone ‘wouldn’t stop buzzing’ after the match on Saturday

The former England footballer ventured into the Amazon jungle for his programme, 'David Beckham into the Unknown'

Sport on TV: Life's a beach for the pundits even if it isn't for the locals

When he ventured into the Amazon jungle in David Beckham into the Unknown (BBC1, Monday), the former pride and joy of England's three lions looked a lot like Dennis Hopper's deranged groupie in Apocalypse Now with his tattoos and bristly chin and bandana. Sadly he would never be mistaken for Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz as he revealed that Victoria wouldn't let him back in the house before he had showered. But then Kurtz probably never had a woman like Posh Spice behind him, unless that was why he disappeared in the first place.

The BBC was impervious to the launch of Sky News. Now they have to take notice

A new weekday evening show will take on C4 News and Newsnight

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