BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after "failed promise" to meet band turned into "disappointment of a…


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BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after 'failed promise' to meet band turned into 'disappointment of a lifetime' Hannah Hastings and Louisa Marsden won a BBC radio competition Then spent 350 to travel to Belfast to meet One DirectionOn arrival were told there was a mistake and they wouldn't meet them The girls then found that their seats were a 'long way from the front PUBLISHED: 11:43 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:26 GMT, 21 March 2013 Two fans of One Direction experienced the 'disappointment of a lifetime' when they won a Radio 1 competition to meet the band but were told at the last minute that they wouldn't. The BBC was forced to apologise after friends Hannah Hastings, 20, and Louisa Marsden, 21, claim they were left disappointed by Radio 1.

How I aim to prevent "another Savile moment", says Britain"s top prosecutor, as he calls for a tougher strategy to bring sex offenders…


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How I aim to prevent 'another Savile moment', says Britain's top prosecutor, as he calls for a tougher strategy to bring sex offenders to justiceKeir Starmer, QC, said prosecutors have been ‘too cautious’ in approachHe is expected to admit number of Savile victims higher than first thought /12/10/article-2245990-0B16469D000005DC-736_306x490.jpg” width=”306″ height=”490″ alt=”Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said there is no need for a law that makes it a crime to insult someone” class=”blkBorder” /> Keir Starmer, QC, said prosecutors have been ‘too cautious’ in their approach to sex offenders Police and prosecutors are to scrap existing guidelines for dealing with sex offences to prevent ‘another Savile moment’, Britain’s top prosecutor will say today.

Sir David Attenborough gets a mauling from academic….because he"s "ignoring" all the gay animals in his BBC nature documentaries


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Sir David Attenborough gets a mauling from academic….because he's 'ignoring' all the gay animals in his BBC nature documentariesHomosexuality in animal world 'pretty much everywhere' Dr Brett Mills says documentary makers are ignoring issueAs a result, audience's view of what is natural is being skewed By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 05:03 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 05:11 GMT, 9 February 2013 David Attenborough is accused of not covering homosexuality in the animal kingdom Gay rights campaigners were delighted when the Commons approved same-sex marriage this week. But it appears there is another fight on the horizon – for equality in Sir David Attenborough’s nature documentaries.

"Leave the man be": Let the BBC honour DJ John Peel, says woman he seduced at 15


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Woman 'seduced by John Peel aged 15' urges BBC to continue plans to name part of HQ after late DJ By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 23:58 GMT, 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 19 January 2013 The woman who claims she had a an affair with the DJ said he did absolutely nothing wrong A woman who claims she had an affair with John Peel when she was 15 has urged the BBC to continue with plans to name part of its headquarters after the radio presenter. The BBC announced in March it would rename the Egton Wing of Broadcasting House the Peel Wing.

Sexist BBC is obsessed with looks, says Clare Balding"s partner Alice Arnold


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'Clare isn't your typical female presenter': Ms Balding's partner Alice Arnold says sexist BBC is obsessed with looks (who could she be talking about, Tess) Alice Arnold said she wanted to speak out about sexism and ageism at BBC 50-year left BBC Radio two weeks ago to help Clare Balding with her career'Clare isn't your typical female presenter and has got where she is on talent' By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:18 GMT, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:30 GMT, 9 January 2013 Partners: Alice Arnold (left) and BBC star presenter Clare Balding (right) at their civil ceremony in 2006 The BBC is too concerned with the appearance of its female presenters, according to one of its former newsreaders. Alice Arnold – the partner of one of the corporation’s star presenters, Clare Balding – said she wanted to speak out about sexism and ageism at the BBC. Miss Arnold, who left BBC Radio two weeks ago to help Miss Balding with her career, said: ‘You look at men of a certain age or appearance who are on TV and think: “If you were a woman, you wouldn’t be there”

Kirstie Allsopp"s Twitter attack on childbirth charity


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Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter attack on childbirth charity: Presenter dismisses its advice and calls it a 'scary organisation' By Simon Cable and Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 00:58 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 4 January 2013 Kirstie Allsopp has become embroiled in a Twitter row with the UK’s biggest parenting charity. The TV presenter attacked the National Childbirth Trust over its pro-natural birth stance, dismissing its advice as ‘b*******’ and calling it ‘a politicised, dogmatic and scary organisation’. The controversial tweets to her 272,000 followers prompted one NCT teacher to threaten her with legal action.

Everyone is to blame but me, insists Patten: BBC chairman faces calls to resign after blasting MPs, the Press and even his own lawyers over…


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Everyone is to blame but me, insists Patten: BBC chairman faces calls to resign after blasting MPs, the Press and even his own lawyers over Entwistle's 450,000 payout Entwistle was paid to leave the BBC in November after 54 days in the jobHe was also handed private healthcare for a year, legal fees and a PR budget as part of the dealBBC Trust chair Lord Patten says they are looking into getting some of the Entwistle money back after damning Pollard review The peer also admits he chose the wrong man when he employed him as Director-GeneralMPs looking at the pay-off said it was an 'unacceptable use of public money' Labour's Margaret Hodge goes to war with BBC over pay and gold-plated benefits of its senior staff | UPDATED: 07:54 GMT, 21 December 2012 BBC chairman Lord Patten faced renewed calls to resign yesterday after he accused a parliamentary committee of ‘shabby’ treatment when it criticised ex-director-general George Entwistle’s bumper payoff. The Tory peer clashed with Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, over a report which attacked the ‘cavalier’ use of public money to give Mr Entwistle a ‘reward for failure’ after a mere 54 days in the job.

Met Police pay 15,000 settlement to teenage rape victim for "shocking" failings which saw alleged attacker acquitted


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Met Police pay 15,000 settlement to teenage rape victim for 'shocking' failings which saw alleged attacker acquitted Officers told to make car crime a higher priority at time of attack in 2005 Alleged attacker of 15-year-old was acquitted when police lost evidence, in what a trial judge branded a 'disgrace'Girl's family took legal action, claiming her human rights were breached Investigation led to four officers being reprimanded and shake-up of teamScotland Yard has agreed an out of court settlement with young victim | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 13 December 2012 The Metropolitan Police are to pay a 15,000 settlement to a teenage rape victim for 'shocking' failings which saw the alleged attacker acquitted. The alleged attacker of the 15-year-old girl was acquitted when the police lost evidence in what a trial judge branded a 'disgrace'.

Lord McAlpine sues Sally Bercow for 50,000 over Twitter slur


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Lord McAlpine sues Sally Bercow for 50,000 over Twitter slur after botched BBC documentary led to him being wrongly identified as a paedophileLord McAlpine has instructed his lawyers to file formal proceedingsMrs Bercow has consistently denied that her Tweet was defamatoryShe has instructed City of London lawyers Carter-Ruck to represent her | UPDATED: 23:14 GMT, 13 December 2012 Sally Bercow is being sued for 50,000 by Lord McAlpine after she sent an online message linking him to sex abuse at a care home.

Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton beat footballers Beckham, Messi and Ronaldo to most searched sports stars of 2012


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The year of girl power! Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton beat footballers Beckham, Messi and Ronaldo as most searched sports stars of 2012 | UPDATED: 11:38 GMT, 7 December 2012 They were among the golden girls at the London 2012 Olympics who proved being a sports woman can be cool as well as glamorous. Now Olympians Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton have cemented their status further by over-taking top male sportsmen like Usain Bolt and David Beckham as the most searched sports stars of 2012.