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The CBBC has come under fire on Twitter in response to a section of one of its audience guides entitled ‘Girls are girls and boys are boys’.

American Football: As simple as AFC for CBS

CBS, which four years ago lost its long-standing National Football League contract to its rival network Fox, is getting back in the football business. According to a CBS radio report, CBS Television will pay $4bn (pounds 2.4bn) over the next eight years for the rights to broadcast the American Football Conference games, wresting the package away another rival network, NBC.

Sport on the internet: Super Bowl's silver service

As one might imagine, American football is well-served by the Internet. Tomorrow is Championship Sunday, with the Super Bowl champs Green Bay at San Francisco for the NFC title and Denver at Pittsburgh for the AFC honours. Super Bowl XXXII is in two weeks' time in San Diego.

America's favourite comic leaves the stage

Jerry Seinfeld, the New York stand-up comic who created and gave his name to the most-watched show in the history of American television, is calling it quits. The decision, he says, is all about timing.

Miracle septuplets take a public bow

Normally petite Bobbi McCaughey's stomach measured 55in when she gave birth to septuplets - twice the norm for a full-term pregnancy and nearly as big around as she is tall. "It was scary ... watching the stretch marks go ever so higher and wider and just thinking, how much longer can this body keep going?" Mrs McCaughey told America's Dateline NBC yesterday.

Fake `Marilyn letters' put prize-winning journalist at centre of $1m controversy

As one of America's best-regarded journalists and the holder of a Pulitzer prize, Seymour Hersh is accustomed to being talked about. His latest project, however - a book about the late John F. Kennedy, due out next month - has put him at the centre of a controversy he would wishes would go away.

Little black book tells tales of NY

A New York prostitute known to specialise in sado-masochism could scupper the career of one of America's best-known sports commentators - from beyond the grave. Nadia Frey, described by New York tabloid papers as the "Manhattan dominatrix", was found dead, in her West Side apartment at the weekend. In the room were all the tools of her trade - whips, chains, leathers and so on - but also, crucially, her contacts book.

Where my pitches had to pop

With 'Men Behaving Badly' Simon Nye made his name as one of the funniest writers in British television. But did that mean our man could cut it in the gag factory of Los Angeles?

American TV gets serious

Instead of sitcoms, people who tuned to NBC last night got Schindler's List. Spielberg's depiction of the Holocaust was shown without traditional commercial breaks in a deal between NBC and Ford, which only ran ads at the film's start and end; it also included its badge on a clock which appeared occasionally during brief breaks in which viewers could make their usual urgent domestic visits. If forecasts are borne out, more Americans saw the film than during its entire run in US cinemas after its release in 1994. Then, some 25 million paid to see the film. Last night's audience was expected to top 30 million.

Drinks case executive loses

A television executive yesterday lost his High Court damages claim against a company doctor who said he should not get the job he had been offered because of his drinking habits.

Man `drank to excess'

Liver tests on a company executive showed "wildly excessive" drinking during a week-long business convention in Monte Carlo, the Queen's former physician, Sir Anthony Dawson, told the High Court yesterday.

Scandal of Gulf pesticide blunders exposed

British soldiers sprayed pesticides throughout the Gulf War without being issued with proper protective clothing, documents in the hands of this newspaper reveal.

Interview Craig Reedie: Who do we blame for a national failure?

At the end of Britain's worst Olympics for nearly 50 years, Ian Stafford put some difficult questions to the man who headed the team effort in Atlanta

Faster, higher, stronger, soapier

Forget Olympic medals in Atlanta: in US TV's Patriot Games the battle is for women viewers, writes John Carlin

Sublime or ridiculous? Welcome to the Olympics of the absurd

Beach volleyball day one: Mike Rowbottom sees a new sport make its debut

Beam me up, John Birt

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