News Presenter Lorraine Kelly (third right) stands with 'Dagenham Women' members of the former machinists plant at Ford Motor Company in Dagenham

They got up from their sewing machines and walked out on strike more than forty years ago, but today the Dagenham women machinists who fought for equal pay were awarded the ‘Good Housekeeping’ Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award.

Media: Who do you want to wake up with?: Channel 4 feeds us snap, crackle and pop, while BBC1 sticks to news. How should GMTV compete? Martin Wroe on the battle for breakfast ratings

FORGET News at Ten. Forget BBC1's problems in recovering the mid-evening audience lost by Wogan and Eldorado. The fiercest battle for viewers this autumn will take place while a significant proportion of the nation is still in bed.

GMTV tries new recipe for breakfast success

CILLA BLACK came on to announce that her new nose was about to reach the same age - a fine quarter century - as her old bent one, but yesterday's relaunch of GMTV, the breakfast time service, was rather more than a nose-job, writes Martin Wroe.

This TV duck's no canard: Darkwing's mission is to win back the missing viewers, writes Martin Wroe

DARKWING DUCK, caped crimebuster of St Canard and one of America's most popular animated characters, landed at GMTV yesterday facing the most difficult case of his life.

Media: Not everyone's cup of tea: Maggie Brown sees problems of cash and content behind the GMTV reshuffle

THE BREAKFAST franchise has departed from TV-am, but Bruce Gyngell, the colourful Australian who pioneered the format, has been closely observing the mistakes of his successor, GMTV.

Media: Rise and shine for kids and couch potatoes

GMTV'S breakfast programme, a pale copy of TV-am, is getting the cold shoulder from viewers. It may not easily be unfrozen even by the common touch of the new chairman, Greg Dyke.

Dyke takes over at GMTV but denies crisis

GREG DYKE, chief executive of LWT, was yesterday hastily installed as chairman of the troubled ITV breakfast-time station GMTV.

Anxious breakfast times ahead for TV-am's successor

BRUCE GYNGELL, the chairman of TV-am, is a man accustomed to receiving rueful letters. When TV-am was outbid for its franchise last year, Margaret Thatcher, architect of the system, wrote to her favourite television executive describing her shock.

Media: They're serving the same thing for breakfast: That was TV-am; this is Good Morning. Owen Slot wonders if viewers will notice the difference

THE 14-month countdown has ticked away, and there are just nine days left. Nine days, that is, until TV-am is switched off and Good Morning Television finally says 'Good Morning' - until ITV's breakfast television audience will have seen the last of one presentation team and been introduced to another.

Innovation is ruled out on new TV show

'WE are the same old-hat TV-am but just a little bit different,' Lis Howell, programme director of GMTV which takes over the ITV breakfast franchise on 1 January, said yesterday at its launch.

Media: Talk of the Trade: Relaxed over race

THE BROADCASTING Standards Council's research on how minority groups are depicted shows there is no apparent public anxiety over the use of reconstructions on programmes such as BBC 1's Crimewatch when they feature black criminals. Pressure groups such as the Bar's Race Committee argue that whenever these popular shows feature an unidentified black person, they result in an outbreak of harassment of black people by the police.

Media / Talk of the Trade: Strange things for breakfast

THE BIG Breakfast has been launched on Channel 4 with a predictable degree of chaos and mixed reviews, with some advertisers saying it is geared too obviously towards children rather than young people. Bruce Gyngell, defeated head of TV-am, apparently predicts it will not be around too long, while GMTV, the new ITV breakfast service taking over in January, refuses to comment.
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