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Since the Second World War, when the BBC provided news and comfort for a nation in great peril, it has played a central role in British life and culture. That is why any proposals for radical change at the Corporation, or any sign that its standards might be slipping, deeply disturb its loyal admirers.

Tory rebels (clockwise from top right): Lord Tebbit, former Cabinet minister; Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire; Gerald Howarth, MP for Aldershot and former Defence minister; Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough

'Proud' PM stands by gay marriage bill despite rebellion by 130 Tory MPs

But David Cameron could face a vote of confidence in an attempt to oust him as Conservative leader before the 2015 general election

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House of Cards star Kevin Spacey to give MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at Edinburgh festival

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been chosen to give an annual keynote speech to TV executives - about how his latest hit show bypassed television channels.

According to the The Mail on Sunday, when the Prince arrived at Kensington Palace, one of his bodyguards followed him out carrying 'his favourite embroidered silk cushion', which was then passed to his chauffeur

Keeping the seat of power comfy: Prince Charles and his favourite cushion

It will come as a relief to readers that Prince Charles’s bottom, the very one due to sit – one day – on the nation’s throne, has its own special cushion. According to the The Mail on Sunday, when the Prince arrived at Kensington Palace by helicopter (natch) last week, one of his bodyguards followed him out carrying “his favourite embroidered silk cushion”, which was then passed to his chauffeur.

University Challenge's host Jeremy Paxman with the University Of Manchester team (left to right) David Brice, Adam Barr, Richard Gilbert (Captain), and Deborah Brown, who have won this year's title for the fourth time.

Manchester beat UCL to take University Challenge trophy for fourth time

The University Of Manchester have become champions of BBC contest University Challenge for a fourth time, to equal the record set by Magdalen College, Oxford.

TV presenter Clare Balding will receive a Bafta in recognition for her broadcasting efforts during the 2012 Olympic games

Clare Balding to receive special TV Bafta for Olympic coverage

Clare Balding will receive a special Bafta for outstanding achievement in factual presenting in recognition of her coverage of the Olympics.

Former MP Louise Mensch

Louise Mensch finally ends cosmetic surgery speculation by admitting she had a facelift

Former Tory MP Louise Mensch's fresh-faced appearance has been the subject of repeated speculation. Now she has finally laid the cosmetic surgery rumours to rest by admitting what many suspected all along: she has had a facelift.

Contestants who did caused a scandal in the 1950s and cheating has just been uncovered at Harvard

Q. what should you never do at a quiz? A: Cheat - like Harvard student Andy Watkins did

Contestants who did caused a scandal in the 1950s and cheating has just been uncovered at Harvard. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge

In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early 20s in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.

'The Jimmy Savile crisis? I don't have the time to do this': BBC report reveals chaos and paralysis in handling allegations

Director-General's rationale for inaction on reports of abuse laid bare by Pollard transcripts as Corporation faces fresh questions over how PRs changed Newsnight blog

BBC news chief said Newsnight had 'contemptuous' attitude towards rest of editorial operation

Helen Boaden, the BBC Director of News, said the corporation’s treatment of the women who came forward to accuse Sir Jimmy Savile of sexual assault was “shaming” and described the “contemptuous” attitude which Newsnight held towards the rest of the BBC’s news operation.

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten, left; ex-Newsnight editor Peter Rippon

Lord Patten under fire as 'dysfunctional' BBC faces Savile report

Reams of 'unedifying' internal documents show corporation's 'meltdown'

Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten

BBC Trust chairman says executives misled him over Jimmy Savile scandal

Long-awaited report into handling of Newsnight debacle to be released on Friday

Cara Delevingne, model

Page 3 Profile: Cara Delevingne, model

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As if the other Jeremy was in the hot seat!

The speed and voracity of concocted rage, and “bullying” claims, is startling

Jeremy Paxman, the host of University Challenge

'You know it's very wrong': Jeremy Paxman branded a 'bully' for embarrassing student on University Challenge

Jeremy Paxman once said: "It's stupid to have a simple-minded view." But the University Challenge presenter's razor sharp wit and lacerating tongue have landed him with accusations of "bullying".

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