News Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Westminster auditor is accused of bias: 'Council homes for votes' case defendants say investigator who announced interim guilt cannot be open-minded at public inquiry

THE WESTMINSTER district auditor, James Magill, was accused yesterday of breaching every code and precedent of local government when he announced an interim finding of guilt against 10 councillors and officials accused of spending pounds 21m of council money to gain votes for the Conservatives.

Letter: BBC support for Panorama

Sir: Maggie Brown's article (' 'Panorama' on single mothers 'misleading' ', 21 July) was misleading itself. Ms Brown knows that the BBC is not in a position to comment in detail until the Broadcasting Complaints Commission adjudication is officially published. Even so, she failed to make clear, despite being given a statement, that we fully stand by the programme.

Letter: No CNN - no comment

Sir: Jonathan Eyal's column 'Look what happened in Asia' (28 March) claims that CNN does not present commentary on stories, and cites the revolution in Moscow in October as an example. This will be inexplicable to those who watch us.

News on television

Last week, I mentioned improving news flow as an important investment criterion for selecting shares. The company I am going to tell you about today has been one of my favourite investments of the last two years. It has had an incredible flow of news during the past 12 months and operates in an industry that is constantly in the news.

Labour chief protests to BBC over TV news 'bias'

BBC TELEVISION'S reporting of the ERM crisis, the Government climbdown on school tests and the VAT on fuel controversy has stung Labour into a protest to John Birt, the corporation's director-general, writes Patricia Wynn Davies.

BBC news presenters to switch programmes

MARTYN LEWIS and Peter Sissons, two of the BBC's main news presenters, are to switch programmes in the new year, writes Martin Wroe.

Leading Article: News presenters who arouse strong views

THOSE who present the news on television and radio are currently themselves much in the news. There is a brisk debate about the significance of shifting ITN's News at Ten to an earlier slot; meanwhile, the same programme's new one-man format continues to draw flak. Over at the BBC, Martyn Lewis, one of the two principal presenters of the Nine O'Clock News, was apparently derided by his colleagues, but not by the public, when he called for more good news on television.

Nine O'Clock watershed for BBC and newsreader

MARTYN LEWIS, the newsreader who angered BBC management with his demands for more good news on television, will leave the corporation if he is dropped from the Nine O'Clock News slot, close colleagues said yesterday, writes Steve Boggan.

Story of the Year: Hours in the New Forest: Jon Snow, Channel 4 news presenter, talks to Angela Lambert about his childhood reading

THE CHILDREN of the New Forest by Captain Marryat was my favourite: it revealed to me the possibility of survival by your own hand, growing your own food, making your own things, which I found enormously attractive.

Birt supporters counter-attack

SUPPORTERS of John Birt, Director-General of the BBC, have launched a counter-attack to strengthen his position before the crucial meeting of the corporation's governors this week that may decide his fate.

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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