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Attacking interviewees is not good journalism, says Evan Davis

Evan Davis: Quiet man of the airwaves bites back

Some of his BBC colleagues are a little too aggressive, Evan Davis tells Ben Riley-Smith

Evan Davis: quiet man of the airwaves bites back

Some of his BBC colleagues are a little too aggressive, Evan Davis tells Ben Riley-Smith

Manchester wins University Challenge for third time

The University of Manchester became champions of University Challenge for the third time in just seven years.

Alice Jones: Why can't the BBC treat women as normal people

IMHO: This week the nation's favourite broadcaster, ironically nicknamed Auntie, took a deep breath, rolled up its shirtsleeves and had a go at tackling "women's issues"

BBC pundit Alan Hansen 'set for pay cut'

Match Of The Day pundit Alan Hansen is talking with the BBC about a new deal which will see him stay on the show but take a large pay cut.

Sarah Sands: Sorry, Joan, the lack of an accent is not a bar to a BBC job

The thinking man's neglected crumpet Joan Bakewell believes that her ruling-class voice makes her unemployable by the BBC. Look how cockneys dominate the ratings: Benedict Cumberbatch, for instance, or the pearly king himself, David Attenborough.

The political blogger Paul Staines, who writes under the name Guido Fawkes

Paul Staines: The worm of Westminster

In his guise as political blogger Guido Fawkes, he has spread fear through the ranks of MPs and beyond. And now he's fallen foul of Leveson

Terence Blacker: Come off it Paxo, you can't blame the baby-boomers

The Way We Live: The idea that billions of people were uniquely selfish is idiotic

Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life, By Susie Harries

From the outside looking in: the man who opened a window on Englishness

Last Night's TV: Who Do You Think You Are?/BBC1<br />Village SOS/BBC1

Stop me when you've guessed what I'm describing. "The hooked nose, the thick lips, the swarthy complexion, the curly black hair, and piercing dark eyes..." Got it yet? I'll go on. "Every traditional feature of the Jewish face was there in most marked and pronounced character."

Laurie Penny: Calling Breivik mad lets the far-right off the hook

Few wish to examine the possibility that the killer may simply have taken to a violent extreme ideas that, while hateful, are current in mainstream political debate

Prescott offers little cheer about Hooray, but Simcock dreams on

With the first Classic races of the year just over a month away, honesty was the policy on the Newmarket gallops yesterday as two of the town's trainers issued warnings over the participation of high-profile Qipco Guineas candidates. For David Simcock, dry underfoot conditions are a concern for the colt Dream Ahead; for Sir Mark Prescott, the very well-being of the filly Hooray is proving vexatious.

MP Devine denies expenses conversation

Two MPs did not advise a former colleague accused of fiddling his expenses to take cash from an allowance to pay his staff, a court heard today.

Business Diary: Little Chef banks on a high

A memo to Little Chef. While giving the chef on your logo a name and then producing a range of branded goods, from mugs to t-shirts, must have seemed like a brilliant idea in the marketing department's brainstorming session, a little bit more thought might have been wise. There is just a small risk that the "I love Charlie" slogan may be misunderstood by those who have a passing familiarity with drugs slang.

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