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Sky News sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The former Olympian revealed to her 34,000 Twitter followers that doctors had broken the news to her on Christmas Eve. Jacquie tweeted: “Been neglecting my twitter had a bit of a wobbly time of it – diagnosed with Breast Cancer on Xmas Eve – all positive thoughts welcome… Read more

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The BBC today announced it will launch five new subscription-free HD channels on Tuesday 10th December, including BBC News HD. The other four channels are BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD and will be available on Freeview HD, Freesat HD, YouView, Sky HD and Virgin Media. Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “I am delighted that… Read more

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Sky News has appointed Afua Hirsch to the newly created role of Social Affairs and Education Editor. A regular guest on Sky News, Afua has worked for The Guardian newspaper since 2008. After training as a barrister, she joined the paper as Legal Affairs Correspondent where she covered issues including secret courts, control orders, extraordinary rendition, and the legality of… Read more

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Laura Kuenssberg will be joining BBC Newsnight as Chief Correspondent from mid-February 2014. Laura, who joined ITV News as Business Editor in 2011, will also regularly present the programme. Kuenssberg is the latest in a series of appointments made by new Newsnight Editor Ian Katz as part of the transformation of the BBC Two flagship news and current affairs programme…. Read more

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Eamonn Holmes has signs a new five year contract with Sky News, ending rumours of a move to ITV to present its morning news programme, Daybreak. Sky said it’s delighted to announce that Eamonn has signed a new deal that will see him continue on in his current role as presenter of Sky News’ popular morning show, Sunrise with his… Read more

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Sky News Presenter Kay Burley celebrates 25 years at Sky TV today. The Wigan born presenter joined the satellite broadcaster on 1st November 1988, and was one of the first presenters to grace the Sky News screen on 5th February 1989. Over the last 25 years, Kay has covered some of the biggest breaking news stories for Sky News including,… Read more

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Sky News cameraman Mick Deane has been shot and killed in Egypt this morning. The 61-year-old had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem. He was part of Sky’s team covering the violence in Cairo, which was headed up by Sky’s Middle East Correspondent Sam Kiley. The rest of the team are unhurt. “Everyone at… Read more

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BBC foreign correspondent Jon Leyne has died at the age of 55. Earlier this year, Jon ended his Cairo posting early after suffering from severe headaches. He returned to Britain for treatment and was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. “Jon was a brave and courageous journalist in the best traditions of the BBC,” said Fran Unsworth, Acting Director BBC… Read more

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The BBC has announced the launch of BBC News Channel HD. The channel, alongside four other subscription-free high definition channels – BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD – will launch by early 2014. BBC Director-General, Tony Hall said: “BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences… Read more

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Earlier today, the BBC confirmed the departure of regional news presenter Christa Ackroyd. Christa, who was a co-presenter on BBC Look North from 2001 until recently, was taken off air for unspecified “editorial reasons” in March. There was speculation of a dispute surrounding her payment of tax. In a statement this morning, the BBC Said: “We can confirm that Christa… Read more

BBC Breakfast Editor - Alison Ford - Dies after long battle with cancer

Alison Ford, Editor of BBC Breakfast, has died after a long battle with cancer. “Alison was a wonderful and passionate Editor of BBC Breakfast, who inspired her team and colleagues with her editorial spirit and flair,” said the BBC “She successfully led the move of Breakfast to Salford and was an important and well-regarded senior figure within the BBC Newsroom… Read more

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The BBC today confirmed that regional news presenter Christa Ackroyd has left the corporation. Christa joined BBC Look North in 2001 from the Yorkshire TV Calendar show which she had presented from 1990 with the late Richard Whiteley. In a statement the BBC said that as of Friday 28 June Christa Ackroyd no longer worked for the corporation. The 56-year-old,… Read more

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BBC News Presenter, Julia Somerville, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former ITV News presenter, who was a regular face on news bulletins for almost three decades, was commended for her work chairing the Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection. In September 2003, Julia was appointed Chair of the Advisory Committee of the GAC…. Read more

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The Queen visited the BBC’s new Broadcasting House today, in order to declare it officially open. During her visit, she saw the main TV news studio from the other side of the glass, while presenters Julian Worricker and Sophie Long looked on from inside. Simon McCoy, who was commentating on the event, described the moment as “one of the most… Read more

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Sky News has appointed Anushka Asthana as Political Correspondent, filling the role vacated by Glen O’Glaza and Peter Spencer. Anushka joins Sky from The Times where she has worked for over two years as a Columnist and Chief Political Correspondent based in the House of Commons. “I’m extremely excited about joining Sky News – which I feel is at the… Read more

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The funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher will take place today with live coverage on BBC, ITV and Sky News. The ceremony takes place at St Paul’s Cathedral following a procession from the Palace of Westminster. The service will be attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Thatcher family and leading politicians from the main parties including the current… Read more

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This week’s edition of Question Time has been moved from Rochdale to Finchley – the former constituency of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. Joining David Dimbleby on the panel is: Conservative Cabinet Minister Ken Clarke; Labour’s former Home Secretary David Blunkett; former leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell; Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and Baroness Thatcher’s biographer Charles Moore. “To reflect… Read more

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TV broadcasters will air special documentaries this evening following the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. The former Prime Minister died this morning at the age of 87 following a stroke. Her spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.” She became the Conservative… Read more

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TV broadcasters will air special documentaries this evening examining the background to the tragedy that shocked the nation – the deaths of six young children in a house fire in Allenton, Derby, in May 2012. Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley were found guilty of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court this afternoon. BBC One will broadcast… Read more

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Sky News’ Political Correspondent, Glen O’Glaza, has left the company. The news comes just a month after Peter Spencer retired from Sky News, reducing the channel’s on-air political team to just four members – Editor Adam Boulton, Deputy Editor Joey Jones, Chief Correspondent Jon Craig and Correspondent Sophy Ridge. Glen, who joined Sky News as a Political Correspondent in 2003,… Read more