Voices Former concentration camp prisoners attend a ceremony at the memorial site of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Holocaust Day, January 27, 2014. The ceremony took place 69 years after the liberation of the death camp by Soviet troops, in rememberance of the victims of the Holocaust.

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Second Orange Prize nod for Ann Patchett

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Natasha Kaplinsky joins ITV news

Natasha Kaplinsky is joining ITV News in September.

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Denise Van Outen is to head up the judging panel on a new ITV1 show.

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To Quaglino's, for the Costa Book of the Year awards, where compere and noted feminist Andrew Neil – doubtless mindful of the Sky Sports sexism row – topically declared the 21st Century "The Female Century": prize-winner Jo Shapcott and three of the five authors on the shortlist, as well as a majority of the judges, were women. With this in mind, I quizzed some prominent female attendees on the state of gender relations in the media. Delightful wee Scot Lorraine Kelly assured me she'd never been subject to sexism, but revealed that when she was a rookie reporter, "None of the men took me seriously. They all thought, 'She's just a girl'. So I managed to get some great stories that they didn't catch." Celebrity dancer Natasha Kaplinsky, right, a member of the judging panel, seemed somewhat flustered to be asked about sexism on television, and turned to her chum Andrea Catherwood for assistance. "We work hard so we hope to be judged on our own merits," Catherwood told me touchily. All right, love. Keep your hair on.

Debut writer Jason Wallace wins Costa book award for Robert Mugabe novel

A debut children's writer who was turned down by 100 publishers has followed in the footsteps of JK Rowling and Philip Pullman to land a major literary prize.

Five for sale: Who wants Natasha?

Potential bidders for loss-making free-to-air broadcaster Five have received information documents ahead of an estimated £200m sale.

Sense of humour failure as BBC boycotts its own comedy show

ITV and Sky agree to contribute to new series – but Corporation refuses

Business Diary: Work experience doesn't come cheap

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Newsflash: it's time to face up to disfigurement

Five's lunchtime bulletin is to radically test prejudices about the looks of newsreaders, reports Ian Burrell

Pandora: Revenge is sweet as Peston feels the heat

At last! The moment we have all been waiting for – or, at least, the moment many a Treasury minister would have given their eye-teeth for: the chance to see Robert Peston squirm. In public.

Hit & Run: Don't call them autocuties

Peter Sissons took a swipe at young, pretty newsreaders last week, suggesting they lacked "front-line reporting experience." Mary Nightingale, co-presenter of ITV Evening News, retaliated yesterday, "It's a bit of a tired old chestnut that if a woman is pretty than she can't be bright." Is it? Are female newsreaders now less bright (or prettier) than when Sissons was a pink-faced ITN hack?

Sissons quits with a final swipe at 'pretty' presenters

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