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Duncan Weldon joined Newsnight as Economics Correspondent earlier this month

Harriet Harman offers new Newsnight Duncan Weldon correspondent solidarity in the face of Tory critics

Just as BBC Newsnight reporter Duncan Weldon thought he had answered Conservative critics who claimed he might be a Labour Party stooge, Harriet Harman has sent him a public expression of “solidarity”.

Director General Tony Hall delivers a speech at the Radio Theatre in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House headquarters

Luvvies to the rescue: Nicholas Hytner and Nicholas Serota head list of BBC's new arts talent

Tony Hall, the BBC Director General, today threw an arm around the arts establishment by offering new positions to grandees from the Tate gallery and the National Theatre in an attempt to safeguard the broadcaster’s reputation for producing high quality cultural programmes.

Gary Linker and Davina McCall thank the public for the funds raised

Sport Relief raises a record £51.2m - and that's not the final figure

The BBC's spectacular fundraising marathon featured sporting stars and celebrities urging the public to donate to good causes

Scientist (PhD in astrophysics) shocked by reference to her ethnicity as Daily Mail accused of insulting female experts on Newsnight

A respected scientist has attacked the Daily Mail for implying that she was chosen to speak on Newsnight because of her gender and skin colour – saying it has put her off ever appearing on television again.

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Ruling the waves: the radio station is still in good health – and remarkably faithful to the blueprint laid down two decades ago

It’s alive! BBC Radio 5 Live celebrates its 20th anniversary

One of the station's former producers recalls how the network was written off prematurely

Reporter John Sweeney in the BBC's undercover documentary inside North Korea

BBC admits misconduct over LSE North Korea trip, but not everyone wants an apology

The BBC plans to apologise to London School of Economics students for an undercover journalist joining a group on their trip to North Korea last year, after its Trust found that the corporation’s editorial guidelines had been breached.

Steptoe and Son was one of a number of well-loved sitcoms originally featured on Comedy Playhouse

BBC1 to revive 'Comedy Playhouse' after 40 years in bid to reduce risk on new sitcoms

The BBC is to bring back Comedy Playhouse, the historic series of one-off sitcoms that discovered some of Britain’s most-loved shows, including Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, Last of the Summer Wine and Are You Being Served?

Lord Allen is known for running tight ships and cutting expenditures

Lord Allen: Putting an obsessive attitude to work – and making it pay

The Chris Blackhurst interview: Juggling roles that range from chairman of Global Radio to an adviser for Goldman Sachs, Lord Allen is seemingly all business, all the time. And that’s how he likes it

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BBC criticised for preventing debate on homosexuality in Islam to take place in Birmingham mosque

The BBC is under fire for postponing a debate on homosexuality in Islam which it had planned to air in a programme titled Free Speech.

Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, Qatar’s ruler, is unlikely to bow to Saudi Arabia’s political demands

Saudi Arabia closes local al Jazeera office over Qatar’s backing for the Muslim Brotherhood

The Saudis, UAE and Bahrain are in confrontation with Qatar over it's support for jihadi rebels in Syria and its satellite television station’s willingness to provide a platform for critics of the Gulf monarchs and their allies

People will now be able to listen to Radio 1 on BBC iPlayer

What's next for iPlayer? BBC announces new content and revamped platform

The BBC has unveiled a raft of new content exclusive to its revamped iPlayer service amid fears that channels such as CBBC and BBC4 could be at risk from new threats to the organisation’s ability to collect the licence fee.

Channel 4 has removed a video report about suspicions of police in Brixton from its website after it emerged that four of the people questioned were employees of a marketing company

Channel 4 takes down video report on police relations with Brixton residents over links to marketing company

Of five interviewees, only one did not have connections with marketing company Livity

Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor photographed near the Ivy club in Soho

Jeremy Bowen: ‘We live in more violent times, no question about it’

From being shot in the face in Cairo to being censured by the BBC Trust, work is a rollercoaster for BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

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The BBC in crisis: We all need a place to make mistakes

Axeing the youth-oriented BBC3 from terrestrial television will please some, but we have to pay for quality television and nurture its talent

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform