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BBC accused over 2,000 'managers'

The BBC has been accused of "sustaining a massive bureaucracy" after it emerged it has almost 4,500 separate job titles and nearly 2,000 staff classified as managers.

Bed fellows: Matthew Tennyson and Tommy Vine in 'Beautiful Thing'

Beautiful Thing, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Delirious duo shine a light on a first summer of love

Sony to make its move into online television

Japanese electronics firm weighs up risky plan to take on cable and satellite giants in the US
Barcelona and Real Madrid take well over half the annual pot of Spanish TV rights income between them

Real and Barca may be forced to share TV cash

Spain's centre-right People's Party (PP) plans to push Real Madrid and Barcelona to find consensus with their La Liga rivals on a more equitable distribution of income from television rights, according to PP policy maker Miriam Blasco.

BBC aired documentary made by TV company in the pay of Mubarak

The BBC has admitted 15 breaches of its editorial guidelines and has bought documentaries for "nominal" fees aslittle as £1 from a company that was working to promote foreign governments such as the Egyptian regime of the now-deposed Hosni Mubarak.

Barcelona and Real Madrid take well over half the annual pot of Spanish TV rights income between them

Warning for Spanish pair over TV cash

MPs urge Real and Barça to agree redistribution of TV money to help solve financial crisis in La Liga

Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are interviewed by Diane Sawyer for ABC TV

US enthralled by single-word answers from politician who refused to die

Gabrielle Giffords gives her first television interview since being shot in the head

Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Robert Fisk: Assad will only go if his own tanks turn against him

Predictions of Syrian leader's imminent demise are hopelessly optimistic

Archives aim to save games

Gaming may be seen as frivolous fun but some serious thought is being given to preserving old games to ensure that they will never be lost or forgotten

Jamie Carragher hopes to feature against Chelsea

Jamie Carragher in line for Liverpool return

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher is in line to make his comeback against Chelsea this weekend after recovering from injury.

Juan Manuel Marquez connects with Manny Pacquiao's chin

Steve Bunce on Boxing: The Pacman show wasn't a fix. It was a dreadful verdict

There was no fix in Las Vegas on Saturday night when Manny Pacquiao beat Juan Manuel Marquez to keep alive the dream encounter with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Jimmy Choo CEO Tamara Mellon

High and mighty: the truth about shoe sales

As Tamara Mellon quits Jimmy Choo, Harriet Walker wonders whether women will kick their addiction to expensive heels

Senior officer killed in blast

A senior Revolutionary Guard commander was one of at least 17 soldiers killed on Saturday in a huge explosion at an Iranian ammunition depot near Tehran.

Amanda Holden is due at the beginning of next year and the subtext of every tabloid picture of her seems to be: will she be able to carry it to term?

Great expectations: Why are we as a society obsessed with "outing" celebrity pregnancies?

Is she? Isn't she? And is it any business of ours? What our obsession with celebrity mums-to-be says about us

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all