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Eddie Izzard - £31,550: The multi-lingual stand-up comic has fronted Labour broadcasts and been talked of as a London mayoral candidate

Miliband still reliant on union barons – but big donors start to return

Political parties suffer drop of almost £1m in quarter but donations still total nearly £7.9m

Lord Sugar finally launches YouView internet television service

Lord Sugar today unveiled the much-awaited YouView internet-supported television service and promptly told customers they could expect to buy the system for one third of the launch price if they waited two years.

'Piers Morgan Tonight' has faded badly

New low for Piers Morgan as show brings worst-ever ratings to prime CNN slot

Less than 18 months after stepping into Larry King's shoes at CNN, Piers Morgan's ratings have bombed to the lowest 9pm primetime levels the network has seen in the 21 years it has been collating audience data.

Internet-based TV service ready for unveiling at last

YouView, the long-awaited internet-based television service which is intended to be the next generation of Freeview, will finally be launched by Lord Sugar next week.

Sky has the bulk of rights to the Premier League

Get set for new era of Premier greed as TV bubble swells

When the envelopes containing sealed bids for the new Premier League television contracts were opened, there was apparently "a gasp" at the size of them.

Last Night's Viewing: The Apprentice, BBC1
Evidently...John Cooper Clarke, BBC4

I'd love to see the shooting schedule for the Apprentice second unit crew. After eight series, the rhetorical flourishes in the programme have become so predictable now that you feel they could film all the nuts and bolts with which the narrative is held together in a single busy day. So 10.00 to 10.30 would be spent on Karen Head Shakes and another half an hour after that on Nick's Wincing and Brow Furrowing.

Sugar tells Ken: you'll soon be fired

Alan Sugar pointed his accusing finger yesterday at Labour's candidate for the London mayoralty, Ken Livingstone, and told him, in so many words: "You're fired!"

Lord Sugar (right), whose catchphrase is 'You're Fired!' described the contest between the incumbent Boris Johnson and Livingstone (left) as a 'real issue'.

Don't hire Ken Livingstone, says Lord Sugar

Apprentice star Lord Sugar may be a Labour peer but today he showed his refusal to toe the party line by urging voters not to elect Ken Livingstone in next month’s London Mayoral Election.

Len McCluskey, whose Unite union has given £5m to Labour since Ed Miliband became leader

Ed Miliband releases his list of dinners with union bosses and wealthy donors

Ed Miliband has met Labour's major union donors more than 20 times since he was elected leader of the party in 2010, it was disclosed yesterday.

James Moore: Beware, The Apprentice can be very addictive

Outlook: It might seem strange now, but business leaders sometimes used to complain about being excluded from popular culture. It was felt that bright and talented young people shunned their blandishments in favour of the professions because business was seen as, well, a bit grubby and best left in a ghetto.

Simon Kelner: A rare view of the patron saint of modern Brit art

As a founding father of modern advertising, Charles Saatchi clearly knows a thing or two about image. He understands how to influence public perception, and how to get a message across powerfully and effectively.

Lord Sugar with last year's Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau

You don't fool me, Lord Sugar. You're just a big teddy bear

As 'The Apprentice' returns to BBC1 for its eighth series this week, Sarah Morrison discovers that the multimillionaire host has a softer side

The latest batch of Apprentice hopefuls

The Apprentice: The new victims in the line of fire

As the contest returns to our screens, Gerard Gilbert meets its new stars – and finds out who'll be giving 200 per cent

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