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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’.

NBC set for stock-market float as Vivendi mulls sale of stake

NBC Universal, the US movies and television giant, could be floated in a scheme under consideration at its parent company, General Electric (GE). The company is drawing up contingency plans for an initial public offering next year, if French media company Vivendi decides to sell its 20 per cent stake.

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Seinfeld ad costs $2m

ADVERTISERS in America may have to pay a record price to advertise during the last episode of the sit-com Seinfeld.

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.

Microsoft unveils $200m TV news plan

NBC, the American television network, and Microsoft, the world's biggest software company, announced two joint ventures yesterday to develop a 24-hour cable news unit and an online news service for the Internet.

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GE plays hard-to-get over NBC

Super Channel to expand in Asia

NBC Super Channel, the US-owned international cable and satellite television channel, is to launch an Asian service next month, out of Hong Kong.
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