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

'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”

How to drive jobsworths potty! IN this devilishly inventive manifesto, late astronomer Sir Patrick Moore tells how he fought back against box-ticking…

How to drive jobsworths potty! In this devilishly inventive manifesto, late astronomer Sir Patrick Moore tells how he fought back against box-ticking bullies | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 29 December 2012 Hitting back: Sir Patrick Moore had his own way to fight back against bureaucrats Sir Patrick Moore, who died earlier this month aged 89, is best remembered as the motor-mouthed frontman of television’s longest running show with the same presenter, The Sky At Night on BBC1. But the astronomer and entertainer had another side, as a self-appointed scourge of bureaucracy.

The pension "delusion": Unless you work longer and live more frugally you won"t be retiring in comfort says mandarin (who"s on…

The pension 'delusion': Unless you work longer and live more frugally you won’t be retiring in comfort says mandarin (who's on 200,000 a year) | UPDATED: 23:32 GMT, 18 December 2012 Sir Bob Kerslake, the head of the civil service, said it was 'absolutely clear' the pension age will have to rise in the coming years People are ‘deluding’ themselves if they think they can enjoy a comfortable retirement without living more frugally and working longer, the head of the Civil Service said yesterday.

Gay couples can now "convert" civil partnerships to marriage in secret for 100

Gay couples who are in a civil partnership will be able to 'upgrade' it to marriage, complete with certificate, for 100Conversion would see same-sex couple able to change the legal status of their civil partnershipEquality campaigners condemn decision not to allow straight marriages to convert into civil partnershipsTory MP Peter Bone say it undermines marriage | UPDATED: 20:35 GMT, 11 December 2012 Thousands of gay couples in civil partnerships will be able to ‘convert’ their relationships to marriage in return for a 100 administration fee. Around 50,000 couples will be able to change the legal status of their relationship by simply filling in a form and popping it in the post along with a cheque to cover the cost of issuing a marriage certificate. In effect, the change in the law will mean that some gay couples will be able to get married without even having a wedding, with the result that some couples could become married in secret.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn "pays off maid in sex assault case… with a 2m loan from his estranged wife"

Dominique Strauss-Kahn 'pays off maid in sex assault case… with a 2m loan from his estranged wife' The agreement brokered by lawyers for the 63-year-old former head of the International Monetary Fund will mark the end of a sordid sagaNafissatou Diallo, will 33, sign a legal agreement dropping a civil law suit against Strauss-Kahn, once tipped as a future French presidentMay 2011 sex assault scandal cost Strauss-Kahn his job, his political career and his marriage | UPDATED: 00:39 GMT, 1 December 2012 Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to get a loan of almost 2million from his estranged wife to help pay off the New York hotel maid he was accused of sexually assualting. An out-of-court deal has reportedly been agreed between the former head of the International Monetary Fund and Nafissatou Diallo, 33

Twelve men face execution by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

Twelve men face execution by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay The militia stormed a private party in Tripoli and took the men hostagePictures of men with hands up against wall were posted on FacebookMilitia states on Facebook page that mission is to rid Libya of gay people | UPDATED: 19:54 GMT, 26 November 2012 An extremist Libyan militia has captured twelve men who now face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay. The militia stormed a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of the capital Tripoli, late on Thursday night and took the men hostage. Pictures of the men with their hands up against the wall and their faces covered as well as one of a man's back with a henna tattoo have been posted on Facebook