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Ladies, meet John Courtney. Unmarried, cripplingly lacking in self-awareness, all he wants in life is a nice wife to make him happy. Is that so much to ask? He's talented (an accomplished musician, he sends compositions to the young women who take his fancy), he's kind – constantly distributing sweetmeats to young ladies – and he's got the perfect marital home.

Terence Blacker: Meet Mr and Mrs Average

The world may be awash with a daily torrent of surveys, graphs, league tables and flow-charts, but there are still those who believe we need more numbers to make sense of modern life. For them, the two little words "per cent" represent all that is real and true. To encourage even more mathematical analysis of all we do and think, the UN will next week launch World Statistics Day.

Stephen Foley: What's the story on the changes at CNN?

US Outlook: So, farewell then, Jonathan Klein, president of CNN. The suits at Time Warner decided it was time to punish him for falling ratings at the news channel, which has lost out to the shock-jockery of rival Fox News and its leftist mirror image, MSNBC.

Piers Morgan confirmed as the new face of CNN

One of the worst-kept secrets in broadcasting has been made official with the announcement by CNN that it is to replace Larry King with Piers Morgan.

Piers Morgan to replace US talk show host Larry King

Piers Morgan spoke of his dream job tonight as he was unveiled as the new host on one of America's biggest talk shows.

Sun, sea but no stand...Blackpool hit the big time

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Stephen Glover: Why Sky News has an attitude problem

Media Studies: I do dislike the idea of foreign media moguls doing shady deals with would-be British prime ministers

Could Piers Morgan be the new Larry King?

CNN, the US news network that styles itself "The Worldwide Leader in News", has reportedly offered Piers Morgan, the Britain's Got Talent panellist, a £10m contract to replace Larry King as the host of its flagship interview show.

Dizzee Rascal tops bill at biggest-ever festival fringe

Chart-topper Dizzee Rascal, Britain's Got Talent dance act Flawless and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson are among the big names featuring in this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, organisers said today.

Acrobatic troupe Spelbound wins 'Britain's Got Talent' final

Simon Cowell described winners Spelbound as 'the 'most astonishing thing' he'd seen on live TV

Now the good news: it's turning out gloriously for Chelsea

After years in the doldrums, Britain's best known flower show is emphatically back in fashion. Victoria Summerley celebrates

SuBo vs J-Lo

Britain's home-grown superstar has beaten the Hollywood diva to a role in the cult TV show 'Glee'. So what does she have that her rival doesn't?

Variety: The spice of life

Though the costumes are still gaudy, the corny gags and old-hat magic have vanished as entertainment from the old school returns

Terence Blacker: Could there really be life after Piers?

It is a strange, heady moment. We are at a time of change, yet no one quite knows what that change will bring. It happened in 1979 and in 1997 and, in some form or other, it will happen in 2010: a big electoral shift will seep into the culture, changing attitudes to more or less everything.

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