News The way we argued: Nigella Lawson

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

Disney chief defends TV bid

COMBINING Pocahontas with international sporting events would give a Disney/ABC conglomerate the punch to fight its way into satellite and cable markets in developing countries, argues studio boss Michael Eisner in defence of his $19bn (pounds 12.3bn) bid for the television network.

ARTS: MUSIC: So far, SSO good

Australia, land of the culturally backward? Not so. Their Prime Minister is more interested in orchestras than cricket, says Michael White

Tobacco barons savour a rare victory


IN BRIEF: Hurley talks tough

Hurley talks tough

Buying network is a logical step, say analysts


Disney and ABC to make magic


OBITUARY:Sir Talbot Duckmanton

Talbot Duckmanton was for 17 years the General Manager, equivalent to Director-General, of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC).

THEATRE / Back to ABC in the Tower of Babel: Pentecost - The Other Place, Stratford; The Green Parakeet - Greenwich Studio; August - Theatr Clwyd; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Strand; Gaucho - Hampstead

IN 1990 David Edgar joined in the revisionist stampede of left-wing playwrights and produced The Shape of the Table, a premature and unconvincing conversation-piece on post-Communist Europe. There is nothing premature about his new, and equally topical, piece, Pentecost, which follows in the shattered aftermath of that false dawn. It is the richest text to arrive on the English stage since Stoppard's Arcadia; and a drama on the politics of language that ranks with Friel's Translations.

Writer at centre of Body Shop row denies pestering Roddick

THE JOURNALIST at the centre of the row over The Body Shop's 'green' credentials yesterday hit back at allegations that he had pestered the chain store group's founder, Anita Roddick, and fabricated quotations about the company.

Besieged Body Shop comes out fighting

THE BODY SHOP issued a 32-page dossier attacking an American journalist yesterday, in an attempt to pre-empt criticism of its ethical practices in an article due out this week.

Sport on American TV: Roger, Seamus, Rick et Al make the game talk

IT'S a widely held belief that the standard of British television (with its Panoramas and its South Bank Shows) knocks into a cocked hat the service provided by American TV (construed as a trite parade of duff gameshows and shopping channels). But is that really the case? Maintaining this position involves narrowing your eyes to avoid Surprise Surprise and anything with Esther Rantzen in it, while simultaneously refusing to reckon with Cheers, Seinfeld, all that fabulous baseball coverage, Roseanne, the basketball and David Letterman. Not to mention those terrific shopping channels.

ITN signs US broadcast agreement

ITN has signed a multi-million- dollar deal with NBC that will give the American broadcaster exclusive rights to broadcast ITN news items in the US.

UNDERRATED / Moving with the times: The case for Night Moves

DESPITE resurrecting such neglected 1970s private-eye delights as The Late Show (with Art Carney and Lily Tomlin) and Farewell, My Lovely (Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe), the BBC's recent 'Watching the Detectives' season failed to include one of the greatest examples of the detective movie ever - Arthur Penn's 1975 film, Night Moves. Hardly surprising really, because, as far as I know, Night Moves has only ever been shown on British television once - about eight years ago.

Arts: The trouble with Roseanne

For years, the private life of America's reigning sitcom queen has been grabbing the headlines: a catalogue of sexual abuse, drug and food addiction, family conflict and 'recovered memories'. But with the latest revelations that her marriage was first on, and then off, the rocks, the media began to smell a rat. Can Roseanne's personal problems really be as bad as she says? Or is it all just a manipulative attempt to boost failing ratings? Phil Reeves reports from Los Angeles

Philip Morris sues for dollars 10bn

NEW YORK - Philip Morris, manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes and the world's largest tobacco company, sued a US television network for dollars 10bn ( pounds 6.7bn) yesterday, challenging a news report that suggested it added nicotine to cigarettes to make them more addictive, writes Larry Black.
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

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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Meet the US Army's shooting star

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