Arts and Entertainment Miley Cyrus with her father, country musician Billy Ray Cyrus

The modernised version of his 1992 hit should make for an interesting listen

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? Diana Ross

Main claim

Viacom takeover of CBS forms $80bn media giant

VIACOM, the giant United States entertainment company, is to buy CBS, the leading US television network, for pounds 22bn in the largest ever media deal.

Outlook: Another reason to privatise the BBC

WHAT GOES round comes round. Go back to the 1970s and Viacom was an enforced spin-off from CBS because of US Federal rules, designed to protect the big Hollywood studios, banning the broadcast networks from owning their own entertainment production houses. Those rules were repealed a few years back and since then these two industries, production and broadcast, have been scrambling to re-marry.

Golf: That's rich coming from these guys

FIRST TEE; LAUREN ST JOHN

Arts: Once more into the bleach

Welcome to the small time. Welcome to the cheesy, self-deluding world of the tribute band - the place in which pop finally gets to eat itself. But wait. The figures say this isn't the small time at all. This is pop's Third Way.

Young bear the brunt as Aids spreads through the world on a biblical scale

WE THOUGHT we had Aids beaten. The worst infectious disease of modern times was in retreat in the West and there were signs that it had peaked in parts of the developing world. New drug combinations had brought spectacular improvements in survival, adding to the impression that a global crisis had been averted.

Children's hour - all day, every day

It's young and brash, with a line-up of MTV-style video jocks - and it's a BBC station. Welcome to UK PLAY.

President In Crisis: Politics turns on the youth of America

WHEN MTV, the music channel, launched its "Get Out the Vote" drive in 1992, it was attempting the almost impossible: stirring America's youth out of its political inertia. The campus activism of the early Sixties may have vanished for good, was the reasoning, but at least let's get students talking about politics again.

Focus on Pearson: Scardino plays it by the book

The chief executive wants to double the company's value, and Simon & Schuster is the first big step

EMI goes under the hammer

Internal e-mail reveals that Seagram fired opening salvo in the bidding war

BDB in talks to offer Viacom channels for autumn launch

British Digital Broadcasting, the terrestrial television group, is in talks with Viacom about offering the US broadcaster's channels, which include MTV and Nickelodeon, as part of its offering when it launches its service in the autumn.

CV - Chris Cowey Producer, `Top of the Pops'

I come from a village to the south of Sunderland, where what you usually did was work down a coal-mine or off-shore on an oil rig. But at school in the late Seventies, I developed an interest in drama, and was quite keen on the idea of teaching too. Television wasn't something I'd ever considered, but then Malcolm Gerrie, who was my English and drama teacher, got a job as a researcher with Tyne Tees TV. So, suddenly, there was this link with the world of TV - and Malcolm would often drag me into the studio and show me off as one of his star pupils.

MISSY IN ACTION

MISSY (MISDEMEANOUR) ELLIOTT, the 25-year-old hip-hop performer who is energetically redefining the boundaries of rap music, is a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and talent scout. Six months ago, few people outside the music industry had heard of her; six months from now, it will be necessary to pretend that you've known about Missy Elliott for years. She is the biggest and blackest female rap star Middle America has ever seen. She is the latest incarnation of an American phenomenon: what US magazines like to call the "New Negro".

MTV seeks new tune as fortunes dive

LONG GONE are the days when thousands of pounds were lavished on music videos shot in exotic locations. Cutting-edge directors no longer use them to hone their skills in preparation for the big screen. And now MTV, the channel which made the music video king in the Eighties, has decided the art form is on the way out.

Murdoch's juggling outwits taxmen around the world

An international task-force of tax investigators from at least four countries is attempting to unravel Rupert Murdoch's labyrinthine business affairs in a bid to make him pay more tax. Steve Boggan shows how the Murdoch media empire has been able to outwit the taxman.
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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