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Sir Jimmy Savile's nephew 'disgusted' at allegations that his uncle sexually abused school girls

The nephew of the late broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile has said his family is "disgusted and disappointed" that allegations his uncle sexually abused school girls have been made when he is no longer around to defend himself.

Simon Kelner: Unplugged, unenlightened and just un-British

It's possibly easier to come across a rock god than a black cab in London at the moment. First up was Bruce Springsteen, who found out what unplugged really means when his concert at Hyde Park was summarily curtailed after over-running his allotted time.

Joan Smith: Give the viewers a break, Jeremy Paxman

You can't hear some presenters without wishing they'd shut up

'Do you ever think you’re incompetent?: Chloe Smith gets 'Paxmaned' after Government's fuel tax U-turn

Political commentators compared the disastrous interview with a scene from political comedy The Thick of It

Peter Horrocks, the BBC director who is under acute pressure to find new ways to “monetise” his department

Peter Horrocks: The BBC boss with a sharp shock for his reporters

Peter Horrocks, the BBC director whose controversial email has angered journalists at the corporation, is under acute pressure to find new ways to "monetise" his department.

Violent Londonderry-based Irish republican group boasts it 'can do everything the IRA used to do'

A violent republican vigilante group which in recent years has murdered one man and wounded dozens of others has claimed it as both community support and stores of weapons and explosives.

Laurie Penny: Shame has become our stick for beating the poor

Single mother Shanene Thorpe was squeezed by the BBC into a caricature: shameless scrounger

Mensch claims that the issue of Rupert Murdoch's fitness to run a company had not been discussed by the committee until its final meeting

Mensch condemns 'misogyny and bullying' on Twitter

The Conservative MP also clashed with another committee member, Paul Farrelly, at a coffee kiosk in Parliament

Roberto Di Matteo: The Chelsea manager will not 'throw anything away' in the FA Cup semi-final

Di Matteo plays straight bat before semi-final

Harry Redknapp's Tottenham mirror their creator: impromptu, entertaining and sometimes too open for their own good. Fortunately for Chelsea fans at Wembley tomorrow, and watching neutrals, their team does not reflect its current steward.

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BBC Director-General Mark Thompson will step down this autumn

Mark Thompson today wrote to BBC staff to tell them of his decision to stand down as Director General of the BBC in the autumn “once the Olympics and the rest of the amazing summer of 2012 are over”.

Paxman criticises BBC Television Centre plans

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has criticised the BBC's decision to sell Television Centre and move some staff to central London during a period of budget cuts.

Alice Jones: Why can't the BBC treat women as normal people

IMHO: This week the nation's favourite broadcaster, ironically nicknamed Auntie, took a deep breath, rolled up its shirtsleeves and had a go at tackling "women's issues"

A poster girl for idiotic journalism at its most inane

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Ian Burrell: Michael Crick, the master of politcal ambush

People go to great lengths to avoid Michael Crick. During an election campaign, the former Tory leader Michael Howard hid in a heliport after the irreverent and bespectacled reporter turned up in the BBC chopper in hot pursuit. He is an unofficial biographer and untiring nemesis of Jeffery Archer, who tried to lock him out of a press event at Conservative Central Office before hissing: "You wait til I'm mayor, you'll find out how tough I am."

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

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A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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