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They love him in Los Angeles and Milan but Auckland, New Zealand, is less keen on the venerable David Beckham after an LA Galaxy match billed around him lost the Auckland Regional Council NZ$1.7 million (£630,000). The game was played there last December, shortly before Becks began his loan period with Milan, and the hoo-ha about who is to blame for the huge loss is now at full throttle. The local city council say they highlighted the financial risk and decided against underwriting the match, but the regional council recommended going ahead and have now admitted it was "a disaster", with revenue reaching less than half the break-even price after players such as Edgar Davids were hired for exorbitant fees to play for the "Oceania All Stars".

Rocked again: BBC all at sea in another storm

First it was Greg Dyke. Then Peter Fincham. Now another top BBC executive has been forced to walk after a media frenzy. So why is the corporation so accident-prone? Ian Burrell investigates

My Life In Media: The One Show's Christine Bleakley

'You have a split second to get tone, questions and all the rest of it right. You can't redo live performances'

Pandora: Aitken's university challenge

Not long after Jonathan Aitken emerged from prison, looking considerably humbled and a few pounds lighter, he decided to return to his studies.

The 5-minute Interview: Christine Bleakley, TV presenter

'A flock of geese on my granny's farm decided to sample me for lunch'

Sport on TV: Chiles a natural in fan zone for the common man

The BBC divides its football anchormen and pundits into an elite squad and the dirt-trackers. With a few add-ons, it's essentially Lineker, Hansen and Shearer – the Permatan Three – versus Chiles, Dixon and Peacock, the Men in the Street. The former get the plum jobs, the latter the leftovers. They've got it the wrong way round.

We Don't Know What We're Doing, by Adrian Chiles

As he is a popular and highly paid BBC Television presenter, not least of 'Match of the Day 2', you could argue that Adrian Chiles seems to know exactly what he's doing. Add in the fact that his team, West Bromwich Albion, have just returned to the Premiership and you might wonder whether this chronicle of the 2005-06 season, which saw them go down, is somewhat past its sell-by date. Yet his hopeless passion for an unfashionable side is timeless, and he tells his tale of woe with self-mocking humour.

Adrian Chiles: Why ITV want the Beeb's bloke

The most popular Brummie on British television is currently presenting three hit BBC shows and being aggressively courted by its commercial rival. He tells Ian Burrell how his nightly magazine programme, 'The One Show', made him a bankable star

Facebook favourites: Which media celebrities come out on top on the social networking site?

On the social networking site, media celebrities have found themselves subjected to both loathing and adoration. Chris Green investigates to find out who comes out on top

BBC staff rewrote Wikipedia pages to water down criticism

BBC officials repeatedly altered the Wikipedia internet encyclopaedia to water down attacks on the corporation, The Independent on Sunday can disclose.

Prince Charles jets in to US to collect environment award

The Prince of Wales was still deciding yesterday how to offset the carbon dioxide generated by a two-day visit to the United States - to pick up an award as a leading environmentalist.

Why British students are opting for American universities

Harvard? Princeton? Yale? More and more British students are choosing to study in the US - and for some the cost can be minimal. Karen Gold and Sarah Cassidy report

Mike Catt: 'If I miss a kick now I don't worry. I tried, I missed. That's it'

Brian Viner Interviews: The veteran centre's return to form has carried London Irish to the final of the European Challenge Cup and earned him an England recall for the tour to Australia. The World Cup winner explains his evolution from a maddening maverick to a faultless field marshal

Leading article: How green is this super-jumbo?

The smooth landing of the A380 super-jumbo Airbus at Heathrow airport yesterday brought a double dose of cheer in two areas - manufacturing and Europe - where much of the news this season has been gloomy. The world's largest passenger plane, with 555 seats, made a detour to fly over the two British plants that designed and made its wings. The British contribution to this aircraft is proof that manufacturing in this country lives on, even if car-making is contracting.

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