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BBC boss Mark Thompson has defended the corporation's Olympics coverage after reports he ordered staff to stop “focusing” so much on Team GB's success.

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DJ Taylor: All hail Patten, champion of a clever BBC

It's goodbye to vulgarity as Auntie's new chairman prepares to outrage the philistines with his pro-elitist stance

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Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective gets a belated 25th anniversary tribute. Don't miss it, says Gerard Gilbert

Why mystery man Marlow's return is music to the ears

Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective is back on TV. Don't miss it.

BBC boss may step down after London Olympics

BBC director general Mark Thompson is to step down from his post after the Olympics this year, it was reported last night.

Howard Jacobson: Forget the polar bear. I once faked a kangaroo

I happily accept a little telly trickery, never supposing I am watching unvarnished truth

BBC must include women in sports award shortlist, says Harman

The BBC was facing a growing backlash last night over the absence of any women from its shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.

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