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

BBC appoints two female newsreaders in their 50s

The BBC is poised to name Zeinab Badawi and Fiona Armstrong as two of its new over-50 female news presenters, in a bid to widen its talent roster and thwart allegations of ageism.

Young, fearless and feisty – the new face of Russian TV news

Freed of the shackles of Soviet-style journalism, RT is trying to transform Russia's tarnished global image, reports Ian Burrell

Wanted: TV news presenter. Must be female. Young need not apply

BBC responds to ageism debate with year-long recruitment drive to find a mature woman to host prime-time bulletins

Brian Viner: Confront the autocue, ride the storm

Fronting today's bulletins is not nearly as easy as Terry Wogan thinks

Charles Hunt: NICE pat on the back for osteopathy

This morning as I got my usual fix of breakfast TV news, I found every major channel covering the new NICE guidelines (released today) on the treatment of back pain, which endorse the effectiveness of manual therapy including manipulation as currently given by osteopaths across the country.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/by-john-rento-5.html">John Rentoul: Step away from the Tardis, Peter</a>

Marvellous headline on BBC News: "Mandelson 'against return to '80s'."

Leading article: The minister of inequality

Perhaps it was a sign of prime-ministerial weakness. We prefer to think that it was a measure of the strength of the argument for equality before the law. Either way, Tony Blair gave up trying to exempt Roman Catholic adoption agencies from the new Equality Act remarkably quickly.

The BBC's sober-suited Huw Edwards is aiming for a younger audience

Why one of the Beeb's leading newsreaders is spending a week on 'Newsround'. By Sophie Morris

Miles Kington: There's nothing silly about the silly season

On holiday, you don't know what's going on. At first it's worrying, but then you realise you don't care

Greg Dyke On Broadcasting

Shame on BBC News for its sour grapes over the ITV News scoop

Miles Kington: G8 has all the elements to be a Fringe success

They have a hit on their hands. I think this G8 Summit will be touring the world indefinitely for years to come

Stewart Purvis: British journalism is better than it used to be

From a speech by the professor of television journalism at City University
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