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Behind the Proms’ celestial opening number

Behind the Proms’ celestial opening number

The BBC Proms blasts off on Friday with a musical exploration of the moon. The season opens with Zosha Di Castri’s latest work Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory, which marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings. The piece examines how humanity has “looked to the moon over different time periods […]

Government’s TV licence fee decision was ‘nuclear’, BBC boss says

Government’s TV licence fee decision was ‘nuclear’, BBC boss says

The BBC’s director general has claimed the Conservative government went “nuclear” by telling the corporation to take responsibility for free TV licences for over-75s. The BBC announced last month¬†that most over-75s would lose free licences. The BBC took on the policy “really unwillingly” but had “no choice”, Tony Hall told MPs on the House of […]

Google suspends ticket site Viagogo from advertising

Google suspends ticket site Viagogo from advertising

Google has suspended Viagogo as an advertiser, after claims touts resell tickets at inflated prices on the site. The Competition and Market Authority is taking the ticketing website to court, alleging it has not done enough to change its business practices. It says it is “working with the CMA”. Last year, the Football Association, the […]

Westworld: Series premiere draws 3.3m viewers to HBO

Westworld: Series premiere draws 3.3m viewers to HBO

Westworld has become HBO’s most-watched series premiere for almost three years, attracting 3.3 million viewers. The futuristic epic based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie debuted in the US on Sunday evening. The figures, reported by Variety, take into account those watching live TV as well as people viewing on HBO’s streaming platforms. It makes Westworld […]

Elena Ferrante: Journalist defends unmasking ‘anonymous’ author

Elena Ferrante: Journalist defends unmasking ‘anonymous’ author

An Italian journalist who published the true identity of the “anonymous” author Elena Ferrante has said he did so because she is “a public figure”. Claudio Gatti published a story in the New York Review of Books outing the author, who writes under a pseudonym, as Italian translator Anita Raja. He said: “Millions of [Ferrante’s] […]

Amanda Knox Netflix documentary gets mixed reviews

Amanda Knox Netflix documentary gets mixed reviews

A new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, which explores the Meredith Kercher murder case, has received mixed reviews. Miss Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted and imprisoned for the 2007 murder of Miss Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Surrey. Both spent four years in prison but were cleared of murder last year. The LA […]

Niall Horan releases debut solo single

Niall Horan releases debut solo single

One Direction star Niall Horan has surprised fans by releasing a solo record, called This Town. The acoustic ballad is the first fruit of his new record deal with legendary US label Capitol Records. The star split from Simon Cowell’s Syco label earlier this month, but fans were not expecting new material to follow so […]

Daniel Craig ‘still first choice for Bond role’

Daniel Craig ‘still first choice for Bond role’

The makers of the James Bond films want Daniel Craig to remain in the 007 role, one of their executive producers says. Callum McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds, said Craig was “absolutely the first choice” of series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. “I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” […]

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