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

A note uncovered by a BBC News Freedom of Information request showed the organisation made the concession after April 2012 became the wettest on record despite a forecast sent to contingency planners suggesting it was likely to be drier than usual.

The outlook...well, we're not sure actually: Met Office email admits long range forecasts are 'not helpful'

A note uncovered by a BBC News Freedom of Information request showed the organisation made the concession after April 2012 became the wettest on record

Mo Farah is interviewed after winning the New Orleans half marathon

Mo Farah - polite man

And now, in nice-man news, Mo Farah has run to the defence of an interviewer ridiculed for not realising she was talking to a double Olympic champion.

Emilia Fox in Silent Witness which is now in its 15th series

BBC apologises for 'sadistic sexual violence' in Silent Witness after 632 complaints

The BBC has apologised for including scenes of ‘sadistic’ sexual violence in an episode of Silent Witness which broke corporation guidelines.

From left: Nicola, Kimberley, Cheryl, Nadine and Sarah

Simon Price on Girls Aloud: It's been emotional, says Cheryl. Forget that – it's been fab

What's not to love about the comeback of these five glam girls with their unrivalled fusillade of songs?

Stupidity is contagious – just watch the television news headlines

From mindless juries to Mantelgate, it seems a new virus is raging

BBC breakfast Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid voted BBC TV host you'd most like to see while eating your cornflakes

TV host Susanna Reid has been named the most popular presenter of BBC Breakfast in a poll to mark the morning show's 30th anniversary.

Andrew Marr missed his eponymous breakfast show yesterday as he continued his convalescence from a stroke he suffered last week

Convalescing Marr misses his breakfast show

Andrew Marr missed his eponymous breakfast show this morning as he continued his convalescence from a stroke he suffered last week, with Ed Miliband wishing him a speedy recovery during a programme hosted by stand-in presenter James Landale.

Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

BBC's Andrew Marr in hospital after stroke

Andrew Marr, the TV presenter and journalist, has had a stroke, the BBC said today. The 53-year-old presenter of The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week was taken ill on Tuesday and is recovering in hospital.

CNN News anchor Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan stares down the barrel in bust-up with gun nut Alex Jones

The CNN anchor invited the man who launched a petition to deport him on to his show - with predictably explosive consequences

Wildfires rage in Australia amid searing heat

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across south-east Australia today as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to “catastrophic” conditions in some areas.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher leaves hospital after bladder operation

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has left the hospital after an operation to remove a bladder growth.

Max Clifford denies breaching former royal butler Paul Burrell's confidentiality by passing personal details to News of the World

Max Clifford, the king of Fleet Street’s kiss-and-tell market, has denied claims by the former royal butler Paul Burrell that he breached his confidentiality by passing personal details about him to the News of the World.

Must watch: Chicago TV reports breaking news of plane crash, only to discover it was TV show set

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!! Plane crashes into highway! Oh wait...that's just a TV set.

Newsnight scandal review is delayed

The Pollard review, which is examining a shelved Newsnight report into the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations, is to take about a month longer to report than expected.

Lord Hall, who is expected to take a salary of £450,000 per year:

BBC confirms Tony Hall to be appointed new Director General

The BBC has appointed Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - as the new Director General of the corporation. 

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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The geeks who rocked the world

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
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Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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