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Nigel Harman pulls out of Strictly Come Dancing (31 minutes old)

The Casualty star and ex-EastEnders actor pulls out on medical grounds just hours before the quarter final.

Claudia Winkleman quits BBC Radio 2 show (5 hours old)

The Strictly Come Dancing host tells listeners she wants to spend more time with her daughter.

Shane MacGowan's wife hopes Fairytale of New York will be Christmas number one (2 hours old)

Victoria Mary Clarke wants Fairytale of New York to top the festive chart in her husband's memory.

I'm a Celeb producers sorry for liking 'unacceptable' Instagram comment (9 hours old)

Producers say they "apologise for the mistake made and any offence caused" after liking the post.

The Crown's Imelda Staunton on the 'shock' of playing the Queen when the Queen died (17 hours old)

Imelda Staunton found out the monarch had died while filming the final series of the Netflix show.

'Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!' - Home Alone actor gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star (14 hours old)

Macaulay Culkin unveils his Hollywood star and says the honour is meaningful to him as a father.

University Challenge: Christmas episode axed after ableism complaints (22 hours old)

Two contestants in the Christmas version of the BBC quiz say their disabilities weren't provided for.

Brigit Forsyth: Still Open All Hours actress dies aged 83 (1 day old)

The star was best known for TV shows Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Still Open All Hours.

Putin ally Gergiev gets top theatre job at Bolshoi as well as Mariinsky (23 hours old)

Russia's best-known conductor is appointed head of the Bolshoi as well as the Mariinsky Theatre.

Sir James Dyson loses libel claim against Daily Mirror publisher (1 day old)

The inventor was suing the newspaper for libel over an article published in January 2022.

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Nigel Harman QUITS Strictly Come Dancing just hours before live show after 'sustaining an injury' (35 minutes old)

The actor, 50, was gearing up to perform a Charleston to Step in Time from Mary Poppins with his professional partner Katya Jones for the quarter finals.

Nigel Harman joked St John's Ambulance were 'on standby' and he'd be 'surprised if he was still standing' just hours before shock Strictly exit (1 hour 22 minutes old)

The actor joked he had St John's Ambulance 'on standby' and he would be surprised if he 'was still standing', less than a day before he was forced to quit Strictly.

Claudia Winkleman QUITS her BBC Radio 2 show after 15 years to spend more time with her children as Romesh Ranganathan takes over (4 hours old)

The presenter, 51, shared the news with her listeners during Saturday's show admitting she wishes to spend more time with her children.

I'm A Celebrity SPOILER: Tony Bellew snaps at Ant and Dec as he faces terrifying spiders inside a giant replica snake for Eaten Alive trial (5 hours old)

The boxer, 41, has to crawl into a giant replica snake as part of Saturday's upcoming I'm A Celebrity Bushtucker trial.

Gemma Atkinson hits back at mum-shamers who troll her for 'spreading misinformation' after revealing to fans she's weaning four-month-old son (5 hours old)

The actress, 39, announced she had begun weaning her four-month old son Thiago after 'introducing some baby porridge' but was met by cruel comments.

Janet Jackson cuts an edgy figure in grey leather-look jumpsuit as she performs at World AIDS Day event (6 hours old)

The singer, 57, looked trendy in a biker-style grey leather-look jumpsuit complete with various straps and pockets.

Abbey Clancy's followers left in awe of her 'smoking hot' mum Karen, 62, and claim the duo 'could be sisters' as they enjoy a night out at Kylie Minogue gig (6 hours old)

The TV presenter, 37, and her mum, 62, posed for photos before the show at London's Royal Albert Hall with fans claiming they 'could be sisters.'

Michelle Keegan wraps up in a padded fleece coat and joggers as she arrives back at five star London hotel (6 hours old)

Michelle stopped to pet some small dogs who were being taken for a walk in a pram and chatted with their owner.

Pregnant Rhian Sugden cradles her growing bump on a beach day in Majorca after revealing she's expecting her first child after spending £150k on eight rounds of IVF (7 hours old)

The glamour model, 37, revealed last week that she is expecting her first child after spending £150,000 on eight rounds of gruelling IVF .

The Real Full Monty: Gemma Collins, Vanessa Bauer, Julia Bradbury and Ben Cohen strip off in dazzling promo snaps for 2023 Christmas special (8 hours old)

Gemma Collins , Vanessa Bauer and Julia Bradbury are all among the cast set to strip off for the ITV festive extravaganza, titled The Real Full Monty Jingle Balls.

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University Challenge special axed over lack of support for disabled contestants (21 hours old)

Christmas alumni episode had one blind entrant and another who was neurodivergent, both of whom say they did not get helpThe BBC has apologised and pulled a Christmas episode of University Challenge after two contestants complained about a lack of provision for their disabilities.The festive spin-off from the BBC Two quiz show, hosted by Amol Rajan, features teams of distinguished alumni who compete on behalf of their former universities. Continue reading...

Vox and Condé Nast are latest to announce media layoffs (20 hours old)

Vox lays off at least 20 people in second round of cuts this year while Condé Nast to reduce staff by 5% over next few monthsVox Media and Condé Nast announced sweeping cuts this week in various departments, adding to a long list of recent upheaval within media organizations around the world.The two media powerhouses held layoffs on Thursday after losing a hard-fought battle against the declining ad market, which makes up a large portion of revenue for these companies. Continue reading...

James Dyson loses libel claim against Daily Mirror publisher (1 day old)

Inventor alleged that article criticising his championing of Brexit and move to Singapore was ‘vicious and vitriolic’Sir James Dyson has lost his libel claim against the publisher of the Daily Mirror after a columnist at the newspaper stated that he had “championed Vote Leave … before moving his global head office to Singapore”.The inventor gave evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice for two days during a trial against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over an article published in January 2022. Continue reading...

Barclay family expected to regain control of Telegraph temporarily (1 day old)

Debt repayment will put group step closer to being controlled by consortium backed by UAEThe Barclay family is expected to close a deal on Friday to regain control of the Telegraph and Spectator temporarily, as part of plans that would ultimately put the titles under the control of a consortium backed by the United Arab Emirates.The Barclays have engineered a two-stage deal to control the future ownership of the titles, which were seized by Lloyds bank in June after the family failed to repay £1.16bn in debts. Continue reading...

BBC under fire after ‘flat out bad decision’ to make big Newsnight cuts (2 days old [30/11/23])

Former staff and media experts express dismay and anger as Emily Maitlis says corporation bosses have shown ‘they don’t really care’Cuts to the BBC’s flagship evening news programme Newsnight have been described as “a bad decision” that reveals a “loss of confidence” at the corporation.Newsnight staff past and present have reacted with dismay and anger at the axing of half of the programme’s staff by BBC, which will see the programme cut to 30 minutes and its headcount slashed from 57 to 23. Continue reading...

Sacked S4C chief calls for investigation into Welsh-language channel (2 days old [30/11/23])

Exclusive: Siân Doyle asks culture secretary to launch inquiry into taxpayer-funded channel and its chairUK politics live – latest updatesThe former head of the Welsh public service broadcaster has sent a scathing letter to the culture secretary calling on her to urgently investigate S4C and its chair, amid a deepening crisis at the top of the Welsh-language channel.Siân Doyle, who was sacked as chief executive of the taxpayer-funded S4C on Friday, sent the letter to Lucy Frazer calling on her to examine the actions of the channel’s chair, Rhodri Williams, before he is appointed for a further [...]

Laurence Fox accused of ‘insulting intelligence’ of libel trial attendees (23 hours old)

Actor called critics ‘paedophiles’ after they labelled him ‘racist’ following his call for boycott of Sainsbury’s over Black History Month stanceThe actor and politician Laurence Fox has been accused of “insulting the intelligence of everyone present” during a libel trial at the high court over an argument on social media.Fox had called for a boycott of Sainsbury’s in October 2020 on X, then known as Twitter, in response to the supermarket chain saying it would provide a safe space for black employees during Black History Month. He was called “a racist” by the drag artist Crystal, the former S[...]

Buckingham Palace hints at legal action after royals named in race row (1 day old)

Book identifies King Charles and Princess of Wales as allegedly having discussed skin colour of Harry and Meghan’s unborn sonBuckingham Palace is said to be “exploring all options” over the naming in a new book of two royals alleged to have discussed the skin colour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s unborn son, in a hint legal action could be on the table.When asked by the BBC about reports that legal proceedings were being considered over the naming of the senior royals, a palace spokesperson told the broadcaster “we’re exploring all options”. Continue reading...

Fears raised after Hong Kong journalist fails to return from China trip (1 day old)

Minnie Chan has reportedly been out of contact since travelling to Xiangshan Forum a month agoFriends and colleagues of a Hong Kong journalist have raised concerns after she failed to return from a defence and security forum in Beijing a month ago.Minnie Chan, a reporter for the South China Morning Post, has not been in contact since she went to the Xiangshan Forum, Japan’s Kyodo News reported on Thursday. Chan filed several stories from the forum, the most recent of which was published on 2 November. Continue reading...

Jeff Stelling to return on Premier League live goals show with Prime Video (1 day old)

Stelling stood down from Sky Sports job in MayPrime Video showing 20 games in DecemberJeff Stelling will return to the screens in a presenting role as host of Prime Video’s Every Game Every Goal show, the on-demand streaming service has announced.The 68-year-old, who stood down as the anchor of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show in May after almost 30 years, has joined Prime Video’s broadcast team for 20 live and exclusive Premier League matches next midweek and across 26-28 December. Continue reading...

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