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Margaret Hodge's comment about 'broken BBC Trust' and her call for 'no more lies' said it all

BBC exposed for embarrassing levels of incompetence over pay-offs

Thompson stood down after eight years in 2012

BBC severance row: Corporation's 'big beasts' Lord Patten and Mark Thompson gear up for battle that only one can win

Current BBC chairman and former Director-General will provide theatre in front of Public Accounts Committee

James Moore: Hank Paulson may regret his lenient line on bankers

Outlook Talking of banking, and common sense, has no less a personage than Hank Paulson undergone a damascene conversion and joined the ranks of those questioning the financial world's addiction to bonuses?

Economist Anatole Kaletsky

The Feral Beast: A high-class marriage, cooking the books, literary sport and tattoo talk

As David Cameron's sister-in-law, and former correspondence secretary, Alice Sheffield knows how hectic his schedule can be. So it's considerate of her to be getting married in a window when the Camerons can make it – Saturday 7 September – after recess but just before conference. Sam Cam's 32-year-old half-sister was last in the news five years ago, when the PM was found to be employing her three days a week. Now she is to marry her French estate agent fiancé, Etienne Cadestin, at the Sheffields' family home in North Yorkshire. The gardens of Sutton Park, normally open to the public, will be shut that weekend. Sir Reginald Sheffield, Sam Cam's dad, bought it in 1963, after downsizing from nearby Normanby Hall. My man in the potting shed says the place is a flurry of activity. "They're currently building a pergola to prettify the loo block," he whispers. "Though the kitchen garden is still a little on the wild side."

Sheryl Sandberg

Page 3 Profile: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer

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Katherine Graham, pictured with Truman Capote, in 1966

The Washington Post: A much-diminished force – but it is still a local institution

Its domestic political coverage and foreign affairs expertise are still excellent

Mark Thompson

Is New York Times boss Mark Thompson the luckiest CEO in the world?

He was at Channel 4 when the ad market  was soaring, left the BBC before the Savile scandal and has now inherited a booming New York Times. Ian Burrell  reports on the latest chapter of a charmed career

Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Tunnel vision helps New Yorkers find their voice - and stops traffic!

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Julian Assange delivers a statement on the balcony at the Ecuador Embassy on 19 August 2012

Julian Assange seeks WikiLeaks Party Australia Senate seat from confines of Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will attempt to win a seat in Australian Senate elections while still confined to Ecuador’s embassy in London.

John William's Stoner enjoys renaissance

The novel Stoner sank with barely a trace when it came out in 1965, says Arifa Akbar, but now it’s enjoying a resurgence

Big Brother tells Long Island doctors to wash their hands

Big Brother is watching the doctors and nurses at the North Shore University Hospital in Long Island – and he wants them to wash their hands.

Eric Holder authorised the seizure of the phone records of AP reporters

US media snubs peace talks with Attorney General, Eric Holder, over snooping row

Efforts by the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, to smooth American media feathers ruffled by recent revelations of aggressive snooping by the government on reporters hit a snag, as major news organisations turned down an invitation to meet with him.

Obama officials are 'criminalising journalism', says Republican senator

Administration’s efforts to trace leaks called ‘heavy-handed’ after private emails seized

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks downfield for James Milner

Manchester City face long haul to win over NYC citizens

There was sky blue everywhere at the official launch of the club in east Harlem

Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF file, poses with an award backstage at the Webby Awards. He says the file should be pronounced 'jif' not 'gif' with a hard 'G'.

GIF inventor Steve Wilhite says it should be pronounced 'jif'

The inventor of the Gif file has revealed that the world has been mispronouncing his creation.

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