Gambling on TV? It's a sure thing

Betting on the box is big business. But it's set to explode, says Lucy Rouse

Which one are you - a chav or a snob?

One of the accusations made against the Government's plans to liberalise gambling is that Labour's socialist forefathers would be horrified. The closest Tessa Jowell can come to rebutting this is to suggest that those who don't like the idea of widespread gambling are driven by "snobbery".

Jowell 'flexible' in face of gambling revolt

Tessa Jowell is preparing to indicate she is "flexible" and "open-minded" over the Gambling Bill and could make some concessions to head off a growing revolt over plans for casinos with jackpots of up to £2.5m.

Government 'promised casinos cut in gambling tax'

American casino operators claim the Government has offered to slash taxes on gaming to encourage them to invest in Britain, it was reported last night.

It is not the state's role to prevent adults from spending their money on gambling

Tessa Jowell was being disingenuous yesterday when she asserted that the Government's plans to liberalise the UK's gambling laws are about "new protections, not new casinos". The objective of the Government's Gambling Bill is quite clearly to allow "new casinos" to be built. Indeed, some American entertainment companies are already sizing up tracts of land in the UK on which to build their vast gambling complexes. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport was merely attempting to appease the increasingly vociferous opponents of this Bill.

Greg Dyke on television

The BBC needs a new top team, so farewell to the great and good

Summer camp

The search to emulate all things American goes on. And, as any reader of Peanuts knows, there is nothing more American than summer camp - the bus out of town, the first nights in the dorm, the cards back home. So now New Labour is taking it up with enthusiasm as an idea to develop here. Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, wants them as "an important learning process" with lots of "empowering activities". David Miliband, the minister for School Standards, says they would tackle the "problem of bored teenagers". We say: fine idea. But stop lecturing kids on what is good for them, and listen to what they want.

Switching to digital radio is expensive and wrong

Tessa Jowell has only partially understood the mood in the radio industry

BBC ordered to make its website less commercial

The BBC was ordered by Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, to make its websites more distinctive from commercial alternatives after an independent review into its online services was published yesterday.

Mirror chief on panel to advise over BBC charter

A panel of the great and the good including Sly Bailey, the chief executive of the group that owns the Daily Mirror, is to advise the Government on the future of the BBC.

Government forced to back down on Lottery

The Government yesterday changed its plans to shake up the National Lottery after a scathing report by MPs.

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