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The former chief executive of the Royal Television Society has attacked the BBC for ignoring talented young black and minority ethnic staff adding to growing unease over the lack of diversity in the broadcasting sector.

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Roy Keane left ITV’s sports department hobbling towards Brazil after the star pundit quit the broadcaster on the eve of the World Cup.

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Big Brother creators to turn the first Mars colony into global reality TV event

The amateur astronauts competing for a one-way ticket to Mars must demonstrate the supreme physical and psychological skills which will enable them to survive in one of the universe’s most inhospitable landscapes.

David Beckham Into the Unknown: Motorcycling documentary film is a cash cow for the BBC

According to the Warwick Business School, Brand Beckham is the British icon most recognised by Chinese consumers after the Royal Family.

Barton was so reviled two years ago after fighting his way off the pitch against Manchester City that he had to leave the country because no employer would touch him

Sport on TV: A questionable invitation leads to ugly confrontation

Inviting Joey Barton on Question Time (BBC1, Thursday) might seem like an act of madness. After all, he can start an argument in an empty room – and anyway, who cares what footballers think? It’s probably best not to know. And yet he was introduced by David Dimbleby as “the man described as football’s philosophy king”, whose pronouncements on Twitter are deemed in some quarters as important as Pascal’s Pensées or the existentialism of an Algiers University goalkeeper called Albert Camus.

Coyle: Her two “priorities”are to improve the diversity of the BBC and to increase the number of “new and surprising” programmes

Diane Coyle interview: ‘The BBC must kick off its comfy old slippers’

The acting head of the BBC Trust, talks to Ian Burrell about instant changes, holding the fort, and going for the top job

BBC swamped with complaints of Ukip bias

The BBC has been deluged with complaints that its coverage of the elections was biased in favour of Ukip.

In the line of ire: David Dimbleby, Nick Griffin and Bonnie Greer on 'Question Time'

BBC Question Time's finest, most memorable and shocking moments

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Life after Splash! Get ready to Tumble as BBC launches celebrity gymnastics series

After Splash!, get ready to Tumble. A celebrity gymnastics challenge, judged by former Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci, will be BBC1’s latest attempt at securing a Saturday night entertainment hit.

Michael Barrymore to discuss drug addiction, demise and the death of Stuart Lubbock on The Jeremy Kyle Show

The former TV personality has signed up to allow chat show Rottweiler Jeremy Kyle to chew through the murky details of his past

Lord Coe was Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Lord Coe in the frame to head up the BBC trust

After his acclaimed role in co-ordinating the 2012 Olympics, Lord Coe has emerged as a surprise candidate to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

David Tennant is seen as a BBC favourite

Equity slams BBC for 'failing to cast unknown actors’

The BBC has been accused of failing to give lesser-known actors the chance to star in its dramas because roles are being filtered “through selected agents”.

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Sport on TV: Building the future to get Glasgow back on track

At the start of Commonwealth City (BBC Scotland, Monday) we see a lad cycling backwards while drinking a can of beer. In this three-part series about the impact of the Commonwealth Games on Dalmarnock in the deprived East End of Glasgow, should we assume this is a new sport being showcased in the Games? Another teenager describes the area as a "decrepit shithole", then sprints off at an impressive speed. Clearly he has a talent for running away.

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