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More than 10 million people saw Rebecca Adlington's bronze medal-winning performance for Team GB.

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There was a time, not so very long ago, when we were all terrified of big red buttons. Back when Khrushchev and JFK had their fingers hovering over them – whether figuratively or metaphorically.

Ofcom raises prospect of auctioning off ITV and Channel 5 public service licences

Communications watchdog Ofcom has raised the prospect of auctioning off the public service licences currently held by ITV and Channel 5.

Blue Peter cut from BBC1 as Children's television programmes move to digital channels

Children's television programmes including Blue Peter and Newsround will be moved off BBC1 and BBC2 as part of the corporation's cost-cutting measures.

Ratings are at their lowest - one reason could be that panto villain Simon Cowell hasn't been on the judging panel

X Factor boosts ITV profits

The popularity of The X Factor and Downton Abbey helped profits rise 24% at ITV but the broadcaster warned advertising revenues have dropped in early 2012.

Rogelio Hernandez: Voice actor who dubbed more than 1,000 films

For over a half a century and for tens of millions of Spaniards the grainy baritone voice of the actor and film dubber Rogelio Hernandez was indistinguishable from those of some of Hollywood's greatest stars, from Marlon Brando and Tony Curtis to Richard Harris and Cary Grant.

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For decades it was untouchable, but now Blue Peter finds itself shunted into the digital periphery. Jonathan Brown and Liam O'Brien ask if it can survive

Five Questions About: Home phone deals

BBC4 won't be axed, says channel boss

The boss of BBC4 said the channel "will not be axed" as part of the corporation's efforts to save money.

'I woke up in the wrong life'

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 34-year-old mother – but the next morning was convinced she was 15 again. She describes how she fought a rare form of amnesia to find her way back to the present

'Glee' heads for new home on Sky

The high school comedy drama Glee is to leave free-to-air TV in the autumn and will be screened on Sky. The first two series of the US show were on digital channel E4, but parent company Channel 4 walked away from negotiations on the rights to broadcast the show last month. All future series will be shown on Sky 1 HD.

Ofcom warns 4G mobiles will scramble TV signals

Next generation mobile phones will disrupt digital television when they launch in 2013 unless the companies do something about it, the communications watchdog warned yesterday.

Leighton set to revamp Pace as new chairman

Allan Leighton has vowed to turn around the set-top box maker Pace after it appointed the City grandee as chairman in the latest attempt to put a troubled few months behind it. The Yorkshire-based company saw 40 per cent of its value wiped off after it warned on profits last month, putting the management under pressure.

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