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The TV chef said she did not 'pity' herself after the fraud trial of her and her ex-husband's former personal assistants

Fake `Marilyn letters' put prize-winning journalist at centre of $1m controversy

As one of America's best-regarded journalists and the holder of a Pulitzer prize, Seymour Hersh is accustomed to being talked about. His latest project, however - a book about the late John F. Kennedy, due out next month - has put him at the centre of a controversy he would wishes would go away.

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Life joins art as TV lesbian comes out

Mention the name "Ellen" to the media-wise (that is, the massed ranks of US television-viewers) this week and it means just one thing: Ellen Morgan, the winsomely self-deprecating central character of ABC's weekly comedy show Ellen is "coming out" as a lesbian.

US confuses fiction and reality in the outing of Ellen

If No cause exists for furious national debate, the American media can be relied upon to invent one.

Story that went round world on a fool's errand

National media newsdesks spent the early hours of yesterday fielding phone calls from those who had fallen hook, line and sinker for their customary April Fool's Day stories. It was only later that they realised the joke was on them.

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Repeat after me: ABC

With their perfect pop and synth haircuts, ABC were the Eighties incarnate. Or so they seemed. Glyn Brown talks to older, wiser lead-singer Martin Fry about gold lame suits, poverty and comebacks

Voice of Australia shouts to stay on air

Prime ministers and independence leaders have protested loudly. The row has even reached the United Nations. From all over the South Pacific, the cry has gone out: save Radio Australia.

Lesson from America on TV's decline

If the American experience is anything to go by, John Major may soon realise that formal televised press conferences are not what they used to be - if they ever were in the first place.

Private passion saves secret history of the spy camera

When James Bond casually produces an item from his mind-boggling array of gadgets, the inevitable assumption is that they owe more to the future than the past.

Tried & tested: FLEAPIT OR PALACE?

Our panellists screen test six cinema chains to see how the space- age out-of-town multiplex compares with its predecessor

P-pah, p-pah, p-pah, p-pah, pa-pa-PAH!

Pearl & Dean has revamped its image. But don't panic. By Meg Carter

Media: Mathew Horsman on Murdoch's cheeky manoeuvres

There are lies, damn lies and newspaper circulation figures. Massaging the numbers is an established practice in Fleet Street, as prevalent as the bag of promotional tricks used to spike readership on certain days of the week: bingo, cheap videos, fantasy football, coupons and the like. Not that the massaging isn't known about: it is, in fact, seen as acceptable by all publishers. With the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) as ultimate arbiter, advertisers can be reasonably confident that the numbers are reliable, at least as a guideline. They may be inflated, but those in the know understand how the system works, and can discount the figures accordingly - demanding cuts from the rate card, for example, or concessionary deals for multi-day campaigns.

US candidates win free TV

With suspicious alacrity, America's profit-driven commercial television networks have agreed to make an unprecedented gesture to the democratic process:free and uninterrupted airtime for the major presidential candidates in the run-up to the autumn election.

BBC gets $1m for Diana interview

The BBC has been besieged by bids for the rights to broadcast the Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales and yesterday raked in a reported $1m from a single deal with ABC, one of America's major networks. Billed as an ABC News Special, the interview will be broadcast on Friday 24 November at 9pm.
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