Arts and Entertainment Kylie Minogue's arrival as a judge for The Voice saw the BBC show thrash ITV's Splash

BBC show thrashes ITV's Splash, where viewing figures dived

Simon Cowell tweeted 'a slightly irritated congrats to Danny and the BBC' after the ratings defeat

Simon Cowell throws in the towel as BBC wins ratings war

ITV admits defeat in Saturday night duel with The Voice as Britain's Got Talent moves to later slot

James Moore: Expect more wonders from the Far East

Outlook Amazing what you can do with Japanese managers. Thanks to the small matter of an £8m bung from the Government, more than 1,000 desperately needed jobs are going to be created in the North-east, where Nissan will build some new cars.

The News Matrix: Monday 2 April 2012

Calls to identify sperm donors

It's 'The Voice' vs 'Britain's Got Talent': Round One

Forget the fighting talk, flick between the channels and it's hard to tell which show you're watching

Sport Relief raises record £50m

The Sport Relief fundraising extravaganza has raised a record on-the-night total of £50 million.

ITV breached code with lawyers plug

ITV1 show This Morning breached the broadcasting code when guest Amanda Holden plugged a group of law firms, media regulator Ofcom has ruled.

Amanda Holden expecting a baby girl

Amanda Holden is expecting another child.

This time it's serious: The Edinburgh Fringe comes to terms with a bruised Britain

Even before riots broke out in England, bursting the Festival bubble, Edinburgh 2011 promised political engagement on a scale not seen for some time. Alice Jones rounds up the biggest hits of a startling month

Can Domino's new 'gourmet range' satisfy a food snob?

The pizza chain is going upmarket – with mixed results, says John Walsh

Nixon gets £14m windfall from Moneysupermarket

The founder of financial comparison website Moneysupermarket.com Simon Nixon is £14m wealthier today after the firm – which he stopped running in 2008 but still owns a majority stake – paid out a special £20m dividend to shareholders on top of its interim dividend.

Domino's shrugs off 'World Cup' effect to boost half-year sales

The UK's demand for pizza remains undimmed this year as Domino's revealed profits were up 15 per cent and management shrugged off fears that its popularity was on the wane.

Fresh way for artists to earn their crust

Artists are often the toast of the town. But Maurice Bennett, one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists, is known as the "toast man" of the town because he creates vast mosaics from thousands of slices of toast. An exhibition of his rugby player portraits, made out of toast, opens at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, in September, to coincide with the Rugby World Cup.

McIntyre hurt by 'nasty' remarks of fellow comics on awards night

The comedian Michael McIntyre has told how a career-capping night of triumph descended into "nastiness" that left him feeling wretched at an awards event in January.

Margaret Drabble: Now we have the chance to purge ourselves of insidious shame

The Murdoch press has infected our public discourse. Rival newspapers have been forced to compete in lurid headlines, fake scandals and celebrity gossip
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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

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Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

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Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

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