Stephen Fry"s show QI is on Australian TV so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent

Why folks Down Under are fed up with Fry: The TV presenter's show QI is on so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talentFormer senator tells Australian inquiry she wondered how viewers knew they were Down UnderHis quiz show has appeared on Australian Broadcasting Corporation so often, there are fears local talent is being killed off By Richard Shears PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:02 GMT, 4 February 2013 Too much Stephen Fry's quiz show QI appeared on national channel the Australian Broadcasting Corporation so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent If you think there’s too much Stephen Fry on British TV, spare a thought for Australians. His quiz show QI has appeared on national channel the Australian Broadcasting Corporation so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent. Former senator Margaret Reynolds told an Australian parliamentary inquiry into ABC’s content that Fry was on the channel in Tasmania so often she wondered how viewers would know they were actually in Australia.

Why folks Down Under are fed up with Stephen Fry: The TV presenter"s show QI is on so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent

Why folks Down Under are fed up with Fry: The TV presenter's show QI is on so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talentFormer senator tells Australian inquiry she wondered how viewers knew they were Down UnderHis quiz show has appeared on Australian Broadcasting Corporation so often, there are fears local talent is being killed off By Richard Shears PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 4 February 2013 Too much Stephen Fry's quiz show QI appeared on national channel the Australian Broadcasting Corporation so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent If you think there’s too much Stephen Fry on British TV, spare a thought for Australians. His quiz show QI has appeared on national channel the Australian Broadcasting Corporation so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent. Former senator Margaret Reynolds told an Australian parliamentary inquiry into ABC’s content that Fry was on the channel in Tasmania so often she wondered how viewers would know they were actually in Australia

Happy New Year! Enormous firework display lights up central London as UK celebrates 2013 in style

Happy New Year, London! Fantastic firework display on the banks of the Thames lights up the capital's skyline to welcome 2013 in UK About 250,000 people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display of pyrotechnics and lightsAround 75,000 partygoers joined in a mass rendition of Auld Lang Syne after the clock struck midnight in Edinburgh . Colourful: Thousands of people have lined the banks of the Thames to see the extravagant firework display light up the capital Ambitious: Thousands of people lined the banks of the Thames to witness the incredible display of pyrotechnics and lights Elaborate: The London Eye is dwarfed by the impressive fireworks Bright: Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London Popular: The banks of the River Thames near Parliament in central London were packed with thousands of happy revellers Attractive: The capital's skyline was transformed during the incredible firework display The spectacle in London saw a quarter-of-a-million people gather on the banks of the Thames to watch the 11-minute firework show which followed the traditional counting down of the final seconds by Big Ben

Thorpe Bay Southend: Man dies and another injured after dinghy capsizes just 300 yards off the coast

Pensioner, 73, dies and another injured after dinghy capsizes just 300 yards off the coastRescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat and the other drifting Both men received medical attention on the shore for up to an hour | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 17 December 2012 One man has died and another has been taken to hospital after their dinghy capsized at sea. The two men, aged 71 and 73, were pulled from the frigid water by Southend RNLI after Thames Coastguard received several phone calls from members of the public at 2.45pm today. The rescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat 300 yards off the coast of Thorpe Bay, Southend, while the other had begun to drift away in the current

Merry Christmas from Charles and Camilla! Spirit of Diamond Jubilee kept alive in royal couple"s official card

Merry Christmas from Charles and Camilla! Spirit of Diamond Jubilee kept alive in royal couple's official card Prince Charles and Camilla use image from Diamond Jubilee river pageant Their official Christmas card shows couple aboard Royal Barge Shows weekend of celebrations to mark Queen's 60 years on throne | UPDATED: 12:36 GMT, 14 December 2012 From helping to raise the curtain on the spectacularly successful London Olympics, to the announcement that Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child, 2012 has been a remarkable year for the royal family. As the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year draws to a close, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have chosen an image that recalls the spirit of celebration that swept through Britain during 2012 for their official Christmas card

MI5 spy appears at Southwark Crown Court in London to deny sexually assaulting and beating a colleague

Spy appears in court under false name to deny sex attack on fellow spook MI5 officer denies attack on female colleague last year Defendant, victim and witnesses will use pseudonyms | UPDATED: 12:30 GMT, 10 December 2012 A spy appeared in court today to deny sexually assaulting and beating a colleague. The MI5 officer – who is known in court by the pseudonym 'Mark Barton' – is accused of attacking the female colleague between August and December last year. Today, 'Barton' appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court behind a screen to deny four charges: two of assault, one of sexual assault and one of putting a person in fear of violence and harassment

The new police commissioners appointing their friends as deputies – on up to 68,000 a year

The thin blue gravy train: How new police commissioners are appointing their friends as deputies – on up to 68,000 a yearNew unelected jobs are being created even though police and crime commissioners (PCCs) already have offices full of staffMany have handed them to friends and political alliesUse of taxpayers’ money to put PCC's 'mates in cushy jobs' will damage public confidence, expert warns | UPDATED: 08:07 GMT, 2 December 2012 The row over the cost of Britain’s police commissioners grew last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation found that more than a dozen of them have appointed deputies on wages of up to 68,000. Just weeks after the 75 million vote that saw a record low turnout for a national election, a third of the crime chiefs are giving jobs to councillors, magistrates and former police officers to help them in their roles

Britain begins the clean up operation after devastating floods as Environment Agency issues another 350 alerts for areas at risk

Families flee condemned terraced houses after flooding causes landslide as Britain begins huge clean-up operationSeven homes in Whitby will be demolished over the next 48 hours after gardens fell away threatening foundationsResidents given just 48 hours to move essential items out of their housesNumber of flood warnings across the rest of the country expected to fall throughout todayEnvironment Agency: 'We are over the worst in terms of flooding'Pumps continue to remove water from behind St Asaph flood defences Dry weather expected throughout today across the UKLocalised flooding expected along Trent, Severn and Thames rivers | UPDATED: 11:33 GMT, 28 November 2012 Seven houses will be demolished within two days after the ground beneath them disappeared when raging torrents of water caused a massive landslide. The 150-year-old row of terraced houses in Whitby, North Yorkshire, will have to be torn down after their gardens became saturated by rainfall and slipped away last night. However, despite being given two days notice residents have been told only to take essential items and the rest of their property will go with the houses.

Two-hour delays and six-mile queues on M25 after fatal crash as lorry hits bridge support

Two-hour delays and six-mile queues on M25 after fatal crash as lorry hits bridge support A man killed at about 1pm today when lorry hit bridge parapet on anti-clockwise M25 carriageway Tailbacks stretched six-miles as emergency services worked at the sceneTwo lanes remain closed for resurfacing and Highways Agency said normal traffic conditions not expected until 6am tomorrowA second crash reported just three miles before lane closures | UPDATED: 01:43 GMT, 28 November 2012 A man died when a lorry smashed into the parapet of an overbridge on the M25 today. Police closed a stretch of the southbound anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 17 at Maple Cross and 16 at Uxbridge following the fatal crash at 1pm