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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

BBC chiefs debate Newsnight future

BBC bosses will today discuss the future of Newsnight, the chairman of the Corporation's Trust said.

Gabriel Byrne stars as Tom Dawkins in 'Secret State'

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Some Girls, BBC3, Tuesday
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The latest TV portrait of British politics is a watchable but silly conspiracy thriller

With standing water across the country cholera cases are rising

Haiti fears cholera and food shortages will raise storm's death toll

The government of Haiti has warned that Hurricane Sandy represents a "disaster of major proportions," which could bring food shortages as well as an imminent spike in the number of life-threatening cholera cases.

The director of BBC News, Helen Boaden, with Jimmy Savile

BBC Director-General George Entwistle 'tried to move Helen Boaden from news department'

George Entwistle, the BBC Director-General, tried to shake up the journalism culture at the BBC by offering the Corporation's Director of News Helen Boaden a fresh role in radio – but she turned the job down, prior to the outbreak of the crisis over Jimmy Savile, The Independent has been told.

Jimmy Savile was under investigation for a sex attack as far back as the 1980s, say police

Jimmy Savile was under investigation for a sex attack on BBC premises as far back as the 1980s, police said today, as it emerged that at least four forces were aware of claims against the former DJ while he was still alive.

Family in shock as 'murdered' Brazilian man turns up at his own wake

A family in the Brazilian town of Alagoinhas had the shock of their lives this week, when a relative they thought had been murdered turned up to his own wake.

Ian Birrell: Our chance to have better police

Are you excited about the prospect of voting next month for your local police chief? I suspect not; you may not even realise polls are taking place in most parts of the country. Ministers are bracing themselves for turnouts that could be in single figures, which would be a shocking verdict on one of the Government's major reforms.

Jimmy Savile: The TV star is alleged to have abused girls on BBC premises after promising them audience tickets for his shows

Paul Gambaccini 'aware of accusations' linking Jimmy Savile to necrophilia

Former BBC colleague claimed he heard accusations of abuse in the Eighties

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George Entwistle
A popular choice as Director-General, the BBC careerist has been pitched into a news crisis that threatens his position.

Jimmy Savile affair: The key players

George Entwistle

Miliband: new libel laws must include public interest defence

Ed Miliband has become the first leader of a major party to call for a public interest defence for libel to be written into the statute books.

Rupert Murdoch has expressed regret for his personal comments about media campaigner Hugh Grant

Murdoch says sorry to Grant over 'love child' remark

Rupert Murdoch experienced the dangers of tweeting in haste for the second time in 24 hours yesterday, issuing an apology to Hugh Grant for a liverish message questioning the actor's commitment to his daughter.

IGN reportedly up for auction

Break Media and SAY Media said to head a list of potential buyers.
Savile in his Bloomsbury hotel room in 1965, in front of a portrait of himself

BBC boss's Savile claim 'barely credible'

Programme editor dropped 'Newsnight' report and director general didn't ask crucial questions

Brutal: Thamesmead in south-east London, built in the late 1960s

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

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Al Pacino wows Venice

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Neil Lawson Baker interview

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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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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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering