Met office forecasters 'off screens'

One of the BBC's most popular weathermen is to be removed from an on-screen role as part of cost-cutting measures, it was revealed today.

Why it shouldn't be all white on the night

Brit-flick SoulBoy has black music but a white cast. That's a poor reflection of our multi-cultural country, says Paul McKenzie

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Once they'd invented the postage stamp, it took 12 years for the authorities to work out that the convenient pre-payment of postage could be best exploited by the free collection of mail in secure, prominent containers.

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Yorkshire Building Society looks for buyers for its Channel-isles business

The Yorkshire Building Society, which recently merged with Chelsea, is to sell off its Channel Islands business.

Asian hornet on the way to prey on honeybees

Invasion of predators across Channel threatens massacre of bee colonies

'We have more cameras than any broadcaster in the world'

The 162-year-old Associated Press news agency, an American icon, has chosen London as the hub of its global television operation. Ian Burrell pays a visit to its historic offices

Is it news? BBC accused of plugging Elle Macpherson

Viewers have complained that a BBC programme, in which a reporter spent "a day in the life" of Elle Macpherson was effectively an "advert" for the supermodel's lingerie collection.

CNN in crisis as viewers switch to partisan rivals

CNN, the pioneering 24-hour news channel, is considering an overhaul of its schedule after haemorrhaging viewers in its core US market.

Death toll rises on holiday island

At least 42 feared dead as rescuers search rubble after flash-floods and mudslides strike Madeira

McLaren's grandsons receive Scotland call

While announcing his squad for the opening two matches of the Six Nations Championship campaign yesterday, the Scotland head coach, Andy Robinson, paid tribute to the late, great Bill McLaren. "He was an icon of British sport," the former England coach and flanker said of the long-time BBC television commentator, who died on Tuesday, aged 86. "Growing up as a youngster I was inspired by his use of language. Our thoughts are with his wife, Bette, and the family, because they're a tremendous sporting family."

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E4's hit teen shows include Skins and Misfits but it's still criticised for making 'vacuous pap'. The controller Angela Jain argues her case to Ian Burrell
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