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Look Who's Talking: A life of disorganised calm: Hates arguing, loves talking. Gaby Roslin wants to be a TV presenter for ever

AT THE weekends I have a lie-in and don't get up until about 8am. That's a lie-in for me because weekdays I'm usually up long before dawn to get to work.

How We Met: Paula Yates and Jools Holland

After appearing on Wogan, Paula Yates, now 33, was picked to co-host the pop programme The Tube with Jools Holland. She has written six best-sellers, is an interviewer on Channel 4's Big Breakfast, and lives in Kent and London with her husband, Bob Geldof, and their three daughters.

Media: Sunny side up for breakfast: David Lister meets the rising star of The Big Breakfast's happy riverside cottage kitchen,

A swan glides down the River Lea in Hackney, east London, past a giant milk bottle outside the multi-coloured cottage with its fried egg murals that houses The Big Breakfast. Even in the drizzle you find yourself smiling.

Media: Who do you want to wake up with?: Channel 4 feeds us snap, crackle and pop, while BBC1 sticks to news. How should GMTV compete? Martin Wroe on the battle for breakfast ratings

FORGET News at Ten. Forget BBC1's problems in recovering the mid-evening audience lost by Wogan and Eldorado. The fiercest battle for viewers this autumn will take place while a significant proportion of the nation is still in bed.

Morning TV made a fool of me: Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast' is cheap, nasty, noisy, low-grade . . . and quite brilliant

DAYTIME television is now a joke that has entered the language. For hardworking, metropolitan types to say that they have been watching daytime amounts to a self- conscious boast that they have been wallowing in the grunge of low-intensity culture, hanging out with the housewives and the unemployed.

In bed with . . .Like sleeping in a railway station: Susan De Muth talks to Paula Yates: In the first of a new series, the Big Breakfast presenter explains how she sleeps with all the family and gets up at 3am to hop from one bed to another

Paula Yates is a presenter of Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast', on which she interviews people in bed. She is also an author and the mother of Fifi Trixibelle, 10, Peaches, 4, and Pixi, 21 2 . She is married to Bob Geldof.

Baby, Baby, Baby: Paula Yates, the rock chick who married Bob Geldof and interviews people in bed, has set herself up as an expert on motherhood. Is she serious, or is she just flirting with it, the way she does with everything else?

PAULA YATES took me to bed. There were other rooms where we might have done the interview; there were even two perfectly comfortable chairs in the room she chose. But no, she skipped up on to the heart-appliqued counterpane, commandeered the pillow end, and proceeded to disport herself. Sometimes she sat with her little boots planted firmly on the bed, knees apart, her limp grungey dress falling fetchingly between her legs; sometimes she twisted round to lie down, so that I felt I was interviewing her cleavage; sometimes she clasped the pillow to herself like a lover, and gazed at me winsomely from over the top of it.

What's Gone Wrong? Watching with mother

'MONDAY', said my friend, 'was Picture Book. Tuesday was Andy Pandy. Wednesday Bill and Ben, Thursday . . . ' To my amazement a small clear voice from somewhere deep in my unconscious memory piped up. 'Thursday,' it said, was Rag, Tag and Bobtail. Friday was Woodentops.'

Paula Yates fined over TV licence

Paula Yates, 32, the television presenter, was fined a maximum pounds 400 yesterday for not having a television licence - for the second time in less than four years. She was twice summoned for not having a licence at the home that she shares with Bob Geldof in Redburn Street, Chelsea, west London, in June.

TELEVISION / Morning sickness

AS THE Channel 4 Daily drew to a close last Friday morning, its anchorwoman handed over to its sportscaster for the final time with appropriate commiserations. Then, reality rushed in: 'I don't suppose anybody at home gives two hoots about this,' she said.

TELEVISION / Wake up and smell the coffee: Britain's latest breakfast television show starts on Monday. Mark Lawson looks back over the chequered history of early morning output and wonders whether its creators aren't working against the odds

The sterling performances of the BBC's Economics Editor, Peter Jay, during the current financial reversals have been widely remarked on. His confident commentaries are rightly regarded as marking the renaissance of his reputation. But it is interesting, on this particular weekend, to recall what Jay needed to make a recovery from. It has taken 'the most intelligent man in Britain' nearly 10 years to lose the stigma of unsuccessful involvement in breakfast television. The failure of his 'mission to explain' at TV-AM in 1983 humbled him to such an extent that his last stop before the BBC was as Chief of Staff to Robert Maxwell.
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