Politics

All change at the Beeb as Trust chairman Lyons steps down and BBC1 programme boss Jay Hunt ships out for Channel 4

It’s trouble and strife at the BBC despite director general Mark Thompson’s ringing defence of the corporation at the recent Edinburgh International TV Festival. BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons, head of the body that’s supposed to regulate the Beeb, ...

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Mad Man Gene Case, the man behind LBJ’s ‘nuclear’ ad, dies at 72

Back in 1964, the height of the Mad Men era, there were a few other things on people’s minds, like a possible, even likely, nuclear war with Russia. John Kennedy’s successor Lyndon Johnson was fighting the arch-right Republican candidate Barry ...

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Margaret Thatcher steals the show at Saatchi 40th birthday party

She may be 84 and struggling with dementia but former prime minister Margaret Thatcher stole the show at the joint Saatch & Saatchi/M&C Saatchi 40th birthday celebrations at Charles Saatchi’s Kings Road, Chelsea, art gallery. No sign of Charlie though. ...

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UK police to reopen News of the World phone hacking investigation, rest of Fleet Street quakes

A clearly uncomfortable Scotland Yard assistant commissioner John Yates appeared on BBC radio this morning to admit that the Metropolitan Police was prepared to reopen its investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World, should any “new evidence” ...

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Will Pepsi drop Pakistan cricket over bribery allegations?

Pepsi is the main sponsor of the Pakistan national cricket team, about $6m worth which is part of the problem, but it can’t be very pleased about the current furore over Pakistan cricketers taking bribes to accomodate illegal bookmakers. Why ...

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Torrent of sleaze hits Cameron government, News of the World

UK coalition government prime minister David Cameron may need to find himself a new foreign secretary and a new director of communications over the weekend. Foreign secretary William Hague, de facto deputy leader of the Tories and a former leader ...

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