News TV presenter Melanie Sykes has been cautioned for assaulting her husband

The TV presenter was arrested and cautioned after admitting to the offence

My week Steve Wilson druid

Druids have mortgages to pay just like everyone else, so I started work at 11am in the Atlantis Bookshop. With our London Solstice Ceremony tomorrow, people want to know when (1pm British Summer Time is the real midday), where (Parliament Hill this year) and why the ceremony is taking place. To be precise, most people want to know why midday and not sunrise. I explain that sunrise equates to the spring equinox, midday to midsummer, sunset to autumn equinox and midnight to mid-winter, and then get on with selling unusual books to druids, witches and confused tourists. Tonight I check my lottery numbers and iron my robe ready for the big day.

SHORT, SHARP, SHOCKING

Hip on the surface, hard beneath, Charlie Parsons has a handle on the hearts and minds of Britain's youth. His brash, flash style of television is the wave of the future; and, worryingly, a magnet for aspirant TV tyros oStanley Kalms is a capitalist red in tooth and claw He's also got a conscience, agood deal of power, and some very old-fashioned notions about how to save the proper charlie parsons nose don't you know or elseSTUDIES IN POWER

When Talk Radio becomes Bloody Well Shut Up Radio

DO YOU find too many talk shows encourage people to phone in and say what they think? Do you agonise over whether to dial that number? Did you discuss making that call with your partner? How did he or she feel about it? How do phone-ins affect people with heart problems or varicose veins? Have you had a positive or negative experience on the line? Or no experience at all? Do many people experience not having experiences? Call us.

Gay TV: as in lively, bright, playful, merry

Next week the BBC launches its first weekly lesbian and gay series. And it's about camp, not campaigning. Paul Burston explains

If The Word dies, can Big Breakfast survive?

Rhys Williams looks at prospects for the runaway breakfast-TV success now that its stablemate seems doomed

Edinburgh Television Festival: Glib becomes ITV formula for success: Rhys Williams on the Hollywood docu-glitz phenomenon and the failing fortunes of the Big Breakfast

THE Independent Television Commission's dismissal of Carlton's docu-glitz series (that's what they call them now) Hollywood Women is now legendary. 'Glib and superficial' could become the most exciting double- act since Cannon and Ball.

Look Who's Talking: A life of disorganised calm: Hates arguing, loves talking. Gaby Roslin wants to be a TV presenter for ever

AT THE weekends I have a lie-in and don't get up until about 8am. That's a lie-in for me because weekdays I'm usually up long before dawn to get to work.

Media: Sunny side up for breakfast: David Lister meets the rising star of The Big Breakfast's happy riverside cottage kitchen,

A swan glides down the River Lea in Hackney, east London, past a giant milk bottle outside the multi-coloured cottage with its fried egg murals that houses The Big Breakfast. Even in the drizzle you find yourself smiling.

Opinions: Is school uniform a good thing?

RAY HONEYFORD, former headmaster: It's a splendid idea. Absolutely essential. Uniform gives a sense of loyalty and identity. It identifies children outside school too. People would say, 'We saw one of yours misbehaving last night,' and we could identify them. Girls tend to compete about clothes when they wear their own.

Athletics: Akabusi's bouquets and bonhomie: Mike Rowbottom sees a heartfelt farewell for one of Britain's most popular athletes

THEY gave Kriss Akabusi a bouquet after his 400 metres hurdles race yesterday even though he was not the winner. He would probably have got one if he had come last - this, after all, was the final British appearance for a man who has established himself as one of the most popular athletes of his generation.

Morning TV made a fool of me: Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast' is cheap, nasty, noisy, low-grade . . . and quite brilliant

DAYTIME television is now a joke that has entered the language. For hardworking, metropolitan types to say that they have been watching daytime amounts to a self- conscious boast that they have been wallowing in the grunge of low-intensity culture, hanging out with the housewives and the unemployed.

In bed with . . .Like sleeping in a railway station: Susan De Muth talks to Paula Yates: In the first of a new series, the Big Breakfast presenter explains how she sleeps with all the family and gets up at 3am to hop from one bed to another

Paula Yates is a presenter of Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast', on which she interviews people in bed. She is also an author and the mother of Fifi Trixibelle, 10, Peaches, 4, and Pixi, 21 2 . She is married to Bob Geldof.

TELEVISION / Morning sickness

AS THE Channel 4 Daily drew to a close last Friday morning, its anchorwoman handed over to its sportscaster for the final time with appropriate commiserations. Then, reality rushed in: 'I don't suppose anybody at home gives two hoots about this,' she said.
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