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Willie Mitchell told his victim 'I'm gonna show you' before shooting her vehicle

Sour note for man with golden voice

A feel-good story about a homeless man with a radio-voice from heaven has been soured by a war of words between two American broadcast networks.

The tycoon, the temptress, and a TV station in turmoil

Everybody agrees that the Electric Barbarellas can't sing. So what does the billionaire controller of MTV see in the band? And why is he so touchy about it?

Daniel Schorr: Unflinching broadcast journalist who became a thorn in the side for both the Soviet and US authorities

Among Daniel Schorr's many awards, distinctions and achievements as a journalist, one was surely unique. He was the only US reporter both to be expelled from Moscow for crossing a Soviet leader – and to feature as an officially designated "enemy" of an American President.

Archie Bland: Logan's run-in with Rolling Stone (and proper reporting)

How CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan argued against objective reporting of the facts of the McChrystal case – and all the best things to read on the subject.

CBS looks at streaming shows online

The US television network CBS is in talks to make its top shows available on the internet streaming service Hulu.com, in the latest sign that programme-makers are stepping up experiments with new ways to distribute their content.

It's Showtime for compelling female roles

A US cable channel is challenging the male-dominated world of TV drama – and not before time, says Sarah Hughes

Two guys kissing set to steal the Super Bowl show

Next Sunday's football final will highlight an extra showdown: between liberals and the religious right

Judge refuses to dismiss David Letterman extortion case

A judge has refused to throw out the criminal case against a TV producer who is accused of trying to blackmail late-night TV host David Letterman.

CBS and Walt Disney 'may join US Apple TV venture'

Apple's plan of offering television subscription via the Internet might receive a boost with US media companies CBS and Walt Disney's probable participation in the venture, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Frosty the smutty snowman's adult skit whips up storm for CBS

Fury over adult-themed trailers promoting network's Christmas schedule

Bernard Birnbaum: Television producer

Bernard Birnbaum, who died on 26 November aged 89, was a CBS News producer who helped shape the American public's view of issues ranging from poverty to the Watergate scandal while working alongside Walter Cronkite and Charles Kuralt. His CBS career won him seven Emmy Awards and took him to places ranging from Vietnam to small-town America.

Oprah Winfrey quits TV show after 25 years

Oprah Winfrey, the reigning monarch of daytime chat and occasional champion of presidents and authors, is to announce on her television show today that after nearly a quarter of a century of syndication success she is preparing to quit her show for good the year after next.

Letterman: 'Even my sat nav won't talk to me'

David Letterman, the late-night comic who astonished his audience last week by detailing an alleged extortion plot against him over affairs he had with female staff members, is now using his airtime to apologise to his wife and production team.

Letterman's rivals quick to jump on chat-show host's confession

But industry sources say he was right to own up to affairs with his staff

Medical drama - No politics, we're doctors

In the post-'ER' world of American TV medical dramas, a raft of new shows is shifting the focus from the doctors to the nurses. But, says Gerard Gilbert, while they offer gore, adultery and drug abuse aplenty, one subject remains stubbornly out-of-bounds
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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