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Peter Kay announces comeback with charity Dance for Life shows (2 hours old)

The comic's Dance for Life show is back more than two years after all his work projects were cancelled.

BTS ask fans to avoid their shows over coronavirus fears (15 minutes old)

The band's upcoming shows will be taped without an audience after the virus spreads to Korea.

Hilary Mantel: Cromwell trilogy finale hailed as 'masterpiece' by critics (3 hours old)

The Mirror and the Light concludes the Thomas Cromwell saga that began with Wolf Hall in 2009.

Love Island: Tributes paid to Caroline Flack as winners are crowned (15 hours old)

The first winter series concludes, a week after the show's former host Caroline Flack was found dead.

Justin Bieber beats Elvis Presley's US chart record (5 hours old)

He's now the youngest artist in chart history to score seven number one albums.

Hunters: Jewish groups criticise Holocaust portrayal in Amazon show (10 hours old)

The drama series draws ire for a gruesome and fictitious human chess scene at Auschwitz.

Samira Ahmed reaches settlement with BBC (4 hours old)

The presenter won her employment tribunal last month against the corporation over equal pay.

The shop that recreated Two Ronnies' famous sketch (5 hours old)

Local residents want to "shine a light" on the hardware shop with the "Four Candles" sketch.

June Brown's 10 best EastEnders moments as Dot Cotton (3 days old [21/02/20])

As the EastEnders legend says she has left Walford for good, look back at her most memorable moments.

Hinds: The band who answered The Strokes' last-minute call (3 days old [21/02/20])

A crazy week in the world of Spanish act Hinds, who are on the road with the New York indie icons.

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Lydia Bright gives birth to her first child as she welcomes 'absolutely perfect' baby girl (41 minutes old)

The former TOWIE star announced she had given birth to a baby girl, telling HELLO! magazine: 'she is absolutely perfect'. The reality star, 30, did not reveal her daughter's name.

Amanda Holden exudes glamour as she departs Heart Radio with trendy co-host Ashley Roberts (56 minutes old)

The Britain's Got Talent judge, 49, looked in good spirits as she left the studio, with the garment featuring an a-symmetric neckline and a daring leg slit.

Madonna leaves her show in Paris as her Madame X tour is hit with more controversy (1 hour 1 minutes old)

The singer, 61, sported a bold black Versace robe as she brandished her signature cane, a day after furious fans claimed on Twitter that her show on Saturday started more than three hours late.

Love Island series six final LOSES 1 million viewers compared to series five (1 hour 43 minutes old)

In 2019 the ITV2 show's finale peaked at 3.8m viewers, showing a peak loss of 1.2m for the programme, relating to those watching ITV2 and ITV2 HD on TVs in homes

Love Island's Shaughna celebrates her BFF Paige and Finley's win during a boozy final party (3 hours old)

The feisty democratic services officer, 25, took to Instagram to reveal her joy over the Scottish singer, 22, and recruitment consultant, 20, taking home the £50K prize money.

Martin and Roman Kemp 'are set to co-host new ITV weekend show to rival Channel 4's Sunday Brunch' (3 hours old)

The father and son pair will co-host the new ITV programme Sunday Best which will feature a mix of celebrity guests and live music.

Kate Beckinsale displays her washboard abs in a white crop top as she performs a dance for her cat (3 hours old)

The actress, 46, looked sensational in a tiny white bandeau when she treated one of her fur-babies to a impromptu Bananarama performance in her Los Angeles home on Sunday evening.

Love Island fans point out all 'best couples' are runner-ups after Siannise and Luke T fail to win (4 hours old)

Yet despite the beauty consultant, 25, and semi-pro footballer, 22, failing to take home the £50K, fans were quick to point out that most of the couples who are still together all finished as runner-ups.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Kate Fleetwood to play Cruella de Vil in new musical (3 days old [21/02/20])

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Kate Fleetwood has scooped the role of Cruella de Vil in the new musical based on Dodie Smith's classic 101 Dalmatians. 'Puppies,' said Fleetwood down the phone from Prague.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Kristin Scott Thomas called her Iraq veteran brothers for Military Wives background (3 days old [21/02/20])

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Kristen Scott Thomas's Kate hides her character behind a façade of effortless efficiency. Her husband, played by Greg Wise, is headed back to Afghanistan.

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Samira Ahmed and BBC reach settlement over equal pay claim (4 hours old)

Tribunal previously ruled Ahmed should have been paid same rate as Jeremy VineThe BBC has decided not to appeal against the equal pay case involving the Newswatch presenter Samira Ahmed after she won an employment tribunal against the broadcaster, giving hope to other women seeking back pay from the national broadcaster.Ahmed successfully claimed she was owed almost £700,000 in back pay because of the difference between her £440-an-episode rate and the £3,000 an episode Jeremy Vine received for hosting Points of View, a similar programme to Newswatch. Continue reading...

Boris Johnson is the ultimate purveyor of fake news | Roy Greenslade (1 day old)

The ‘brilliant entertainer’, aware of the tricks of his old trade, is doing everything to avoid being subject to its wilesBoris Johnson is the first British prime minister with genuine journalistic experience, having been a reporter, columnist and editor. He knows from the inside what the press can achieve. From early in his career, he learned the dark arts.There was the infamous fabrication of a quote in 1988 that resulted in his being sacked by the Times. Then, as the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent for five years from 1989, he learned how to spin, making a significant contribution [...]

The Sun records £68m loss amid falling sales and hacking damages (22 hours old)

Accounts show parent firm still spending an eighth of revenue dealing with phone hackingThe Sun recorded a loss of £68m last year amid falling print sales and the enormous cost of phone-hacking claims against its parent company from figures including Sir Elton John and Heather Mills.Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, which publishes the Sun and retains liability for the activities of the News of the World, spent an enormous £54m on legal fees and damages related to the illegal interception of voicemails. Continue reading...

BBC removes Eurovision choice from public in bid to improve record (20 hours old)

Music label BMG’s choice for 2020 contest will be revealed on Thursday morningThe BBC has decided against allowing viewers to choose the UK’s entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest, following the poor performance of the British public’s recent choices.Instead, Eurovision presenter Graham Norton will unveil Britain’s representative on Thursday, with the singer and song having been selected by record label BMG without public consultation. The unveiling of the entry will take place on Greg James’ Radio 1 Breakfast Show and Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 morning programme on Thursday morning. Continue [...]

Does showbiz press have Caroline Flack's 'blood on its hands'? (2 days old [21/02/20])

Celebrities criticise media following presenter’s death but reporters describe more complicated web of relationshipsStephanie Davis is a singer, an actor in Hollyoaks, a former runner-up on Celebrity Big Brother and a single mum. She was also a friend of Caroline Flack’s, and on Saturday evening, distraught at the news of her suicide, she posted an emotional video on her Instagram feed addressed to the media “and to everyone who has blood on their hands”.She also launched an online petition calling for “new and stricter laws around safeguarding celebrities and people in the public eye” from th[...]

BBC to axe Watchdog programme after 40 years (3 days old [21/02/20])

Consumer rights series will instead feature as segment of The One Show from springThe BBC’s consumer show Watchdog has been axed after 40 years and more than 1,000 episodes.The move was announced by the BBC after it scrapped Victoria Derbyshire’s daily current affairs BBC Two programme because of cuts. Continue reading...

BBC broadcaster Simon Warr dies aged 65 (2 days old [22/02/20])

Former teacher, who also appeared on Channel 4’s That’ll Teach ’Em, dies of cancerThe BBC broadcaster and former teacher Simon Warr has died from cancer aged 65 after announcing days ago he was in a hospice with a “very serious health condition”.On Thursday, he tweeted that he was unlikely to return to social media, while thanking his friends and followers for their support. Continue reading...

$45m, 1.6bn views and ‘Crazy Donald’: How Bloomberg bought your Facebook feed (3 days old [21/02/20])

Part one of a Guardian investigation reveals the strategy and strange decisions driving the campaign’s unprecedented ad blitzMike Bloomberg’s unorthodox presidential campaign has many asking if a billionaire can buy the presidency. He can certainly buy Americans’ Facebook feeds, a Guardian analysis shows.In the first six weeks of 2020, more than 1.6bn of the 2.4bn presidential campaign ads shown to US Facebook users were from the Bloomberg campaign. Since launching his campaign in mid-November, the former mayor of New York City has spent nearly $45m on Facebook ads – more than all his opponent[...]

Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots (3 days old [21/02/20])

Draft of Brown study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages’The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian can reveal.The stunning levels of Twitter bot activity on topics related to global heating and the climate crisis is distorting the online discourse to include far more climate science denialism than it would otherwise. Continue reading...

Amazon Prime Video outpaces Netflix growth after Premier League debut (4 days old [20/02/20])

Subscriber numbers up 35% in fourth quarter, giving Amazon its best year since launchAmazon has overtaken Netflix to become the fastest-growing video-on-demand service in the UK, as tactics including live-streaming Premier League matches helped it record its best year for adding new subscribers since it launched six years ago.Amazon Prime Video subscriber numbers jumped by 35% year-on-year in the fourth quarter, to 7.14m homes, coinciding with its debut broadcast of 20 Premier League matches. Continue reading...

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