Press Complaints Commission to examine Mail column

The Press Complaints Commission has announced it will examine a column in The Daily Mail by Jan Moir about the death of singer and actor Stephen Gately. Moir’s comments within the column have provoked anger from fans of the singer, while 21,000 people have lodged complaints to the Press Complaints Commission regarding it. Moir was forced to publish a statement over the weekend denying any homophobic undertones in her writing.

Tories threat to BBC

If the Conservative Party came to power in the next election it would ‘rip up the BBC charter’ in a radical overhaul of the corporation which would threaten its future.   In an interview with the Financial Times Tory culture spokesperson Jeremy Hunt has revealed Tory plans for the BBC. Hunt revealed just how much of a threat a Tory government would be to the future of the iconic and

No return to Corrie for two stars

Coronation Street producers have denied stories in the press that actresses Tina O’Brien and Kate Ford where due to reprise their respective roles next year for the soap’s 50th anniversary.   Coronation Street producers have denied tabloid stories that they were planning on bringing back Sarah Louise Platt [Tina O’Brien] and Tracey Barlow [Kate Ford] for the soap’s 50th anniversary next year. Sunday tabloid News of the World claimed that

Jill Gascoine joins EastEnders

Actress Jill Gascoine, star of 80’s cop series The Gentle Touch, is to join the cast of EastEnders in the New Year. Jill Gascoine will join the cast of BBC One soap EastEnders in the New Year as Glenda Mitchell, the mother of Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell and ex-wife of the devious Archie. Glenda walked out on her children and husband many years ago and her appearance in Walford will

Charlie Brooker Slams Hate Mail Article

A first for ATV News; a direct link to another article on a newspaper website. However no one could put into words better than Charlie Brooker the sheer disgust held over comments made in the Daily Mail yesterday about the late presenter, actor and singer Stephen Gately.   Read Charlie Brooker at the Guardian HERE (opens in a new window.)

Chiles for The Ten Show

According to reports in the media the BBC are planning to launch a late-night spin-off of magazine show The One Show with Adrian Chiles as host. A pilot episode of The Ten Show, a topical show about the stories behind the week’s headlines, is due to be filmed shortly.   The BBC is reportedly planning to launch a late-night spin-off of its evening magazine show, The One Show. The BBC

Amanda Burton joins Waterloo Road

Former Silent Witness and Brookside actress Amanda Burton will join the cast of BBC One drama Waterloo Road next year. Original Silent Witness star Amanda Burton returns to BBC One to take a lead role in the popular drama series Waterloo Road.  Amanda joins the cast of Waterloo Road as Head Teacher Karen Fisher. Amanda begins filming on location in Rochdale in November and will make her first appearance in

Illegal Immigrant for Emmerdale

Yorkshire soap Emmerdale is set to tackle the subject of illegal immigrants when a new character joins the ITV soap having smuggled herself onboard one of the King family haulage’ trucks. ITV soap Emmerdale is set to tackle the topical subject of illegal immigrants entering the country in an upcoming storyline. A young Ukrainian woman will smuggle herself into the country by hiding in one of the King family haulage’