LBC presenter Nick Ferrari has become the first radio broadcaster to be named Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards. He picked up the prize at the awards dinner on Monday night along with the award for popular journalism. Some 400 journalists from across the industry attended the event held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms. The judges were impressed with the calm and methodical way he interviews politicians, most notably shadow home secretary Diane Abbott ahead of this year’s general election.He was also praised for his coverage of the Grenfell Tower disaster and his campaign for a change in the law to protect emergency service staff. He said: “This means such a huge amount. I came into journalism because my late father ran a press agency.“I remember Press Gazette as it was then, coming back on a Monday night I would read it – I would read all the events, I would read all the goings on and I read it through my career when I was on a local … [Read more...] about British Journalism Awards 2017: Nick Ferrari is journalist of the year, Inside Housing named top news provider
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DESPERATE collectors are trying to offload valuable Rolf Harris paintings worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on auction site eBay as a second sex trial gets underway.The most expensive item is a large original oil painting called Buses at Trafalgar with an asking price of £125,000.Dozens of other paintings are going for between £1,650 and £500 – many with watchers ready to snap up a work on the cheap if there are no bids.Other collectables include signatures, photos, records and his original 1970s pocket organ the Stylophone.Many of the original works and limited edition prints are being sold by dealers who can no longer hang his art in their galleries.Other owners of Harris' art have also been flogging his pieces at knock-down prices, after their value plunged.The Harris devotee with the most to lose is the person who paid a small fortune for his pictures of London buses.He snapped up the work from a sale of the shamed painter … [Read more...] about Rolf Harris art and records offloaded on eBay by desperate collectors as shamed entertainer faces sex attack second trial
PAEDOPHILE entertainer Rolf Harris has been flogging off his works of art and other personal items to raise the cash needed to pay lawyers as part of a bid to clear his name.Sources close to the disgraced star say he has sold off many treasured items from his 50 years in the business in order to boost his "fighting fund".The cash raised is expected to go towards paying top notch lawyers and investigators who say they have uncovered fresh evidence which will help get his convictions for sexually abusing children quashed.Previously it was not thought that the 86-year-old would appeal his convictions - due to the pressures it would put on his wife Alwen who is unwell.But pals claim the Aussie-born former television star does plan to fight following recent developments.One told the Sunday People: "Rolf told me that there was what he described as a ‘fire sale,’ and said he understood it included personal memorabilia and paintings to private bidders."He said he wanted to … [Read more...] about Paedophile Rolf Harris sells off his art in ‘fire sale’ aimed at raising cash to help overturn abuse convictions
THE Academy Awards are turning 89, and they're still the biggest, glitziest and most glamorous showbiz event of the year.The stars have had their big moment on the red carpet, and the Oscars ceremony is under way, here's how you can follow along with all the action and watch the event in the UK...Here's everything you need to know about the swanky event...The Academy Awards are an annual ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Most people in the entertainment industry consider the show, dubbed the Oscars after the man-shaped statuette awarded to winners, to be the highest honour you can receive for your work in film.This year's Oscars are hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California overnight on Sunday, February 26 (that's TONIGHT), starting at 4pm PST (which is midnight in the UK).Sky are broadcasting the awards in the UK on their Sky Cinema channel, which is created specially for the event.However, as the show will … [Read more...] about What time do the Oscars 2017 start, is there a live stream, what channel are they on in the UK and how long do the Academy Awards last?
ANT and Dec sent their fans into meltdown as they switched places for the first time on TV today, after being awarded OBEs in reverse order.The TV duo flashed beaming smiles as they stood arm in arm outside Buckingham Palace after meeting the Prince of Wales.But they delighted fans as they appeared in a TV interview shortly after, and playfully switched places so Dec was on the left and Ant on the right.Refusing the request at first, Ant said: "Don't ruin our day," as Dec added: "It would be weird."But they eventually agreed, albeit briefly.Not keen with the new arrangement, they quickly switched back before revealing they'd been called up to meet Prince Charles in reverse order too - with Dec asked to step up first.Ant said: "It's normally me first but today, Dec went before me," to which a smug Dec said: "It was a welcome break from tradition."The shorter of the duo was delighted with the change however, and smiled happily as he spoke on Sky News.Presenter Gillian Joseph tweeted: … [Read more...] about TV presenters Ant and Dec switch places for first time in hilarious moment after being awarded OBEs in reverse order
ANT and Dec have topped off an incredible week today as they posed with their wives ahead of being awarded OBEs - before delighting fans as they switched places on TV for the first time.The much-loved presenting duo flashed beaming smiles as they stood arm in arm outside Buckingham Palace, before meeting the Prince of Wales.Their Investiture ceremony comes just two days after they were awarded their sixteenth National Television Award on Wednesday.Dressed to impress, the pair co-ordinated in matching tux, while their proud wives Lisa Armstrong and Ali Astall watched on.Ali opted for a long navy coat and Fascinator, while Lisa wore a deep blue fur jacket and long dress.The pair were honoured by the Prince of Wales for services to broadcasting and entertainment. Despite building their career based around being a partnership they were separated briefly as they got up to receive their awards alone, under their real names Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. And … [Read more...] about Ant and Dec switch places for first time EVER after being awarded OBEs at Buckingham Palace alongside their wives Lisa & Ali
I AM very sad to report that a talent show institution is coming to an end.After 12 years, X Factor spin-off Xtra Factor is being taken off the air by ITV.It’s the end of a programme which was launched alongside the main talent show by SIMON COWELL in 2004 and has made household names of former hosts including HOLLY WILLOUGHBY, FEARNE COTTON and CAROLINE FLACK.The decision has nothing to do with the show’s recent run — which was fronted by RYLAN CLARK-NEAL and MATT EDMONDSON.It is purely down to ITV bosses embracing the future, as they plan to focus on a digital spin-off instead.A source said: “The Xtra Factor has had an incredible run on TV but the producers have realised they need to keep up with the times and move with the audience.“The majority of young X Factor fans are now consuming the show’s extra content via social media, on the official app and on YouTube, where their clips reach millions of people.“The plan is to build on that and … [Read more...] about The Xtra Factor to be AXED as ITV takes show which made household names of Caroline Flack, Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton off air
WE need to talk about Kevin. On the one hand I’m delighted a cascade of truth about sexual harassment and abuse of power has come to light in Hollywood.On the other, I still want to watch Kevin Spacey’s movies and shows. House of Cards is the best thing produced by Netflix to date.A tiny part of me sank on hearing the news that Netflix has axed the actor from the show for good. His Frank Underwood was a masterclass in villainy. Spacey’s incredible performance as the twist unravels at the end of The Usual Suspects had me spellbound.He was mesmerising in Seven, LA Confidential, American Beauty. I would and will watch them all again. Does this make me a supporter of abusers?Harvey Weinstein produced some of the greatest movies of the last two decades. Pulp Fiction, Gangs of New York, Kill Bill, The Lord of the Rings, True Romance. Can we watch these modern classics again with a clear conscience?In these pages in March I wrote with anger about how Casey Affleck could win … [Read more...] about The lid has been lifted on Kevin Spacey and others in Hollywood – but do we still watch his films?
WHY not spend New Year’s Day planning your dream holiday?Here, TRISHA HARBORD asks ten top travel company bosses for insider information about where to travel in 2017 and finds out their best deals. GM, easyJet Holidays Where are the 2017 hotspots?Mallorca and the Algarve are always favourites, especially with families. They offer value for money, a wide range of flying and accommodation options, plenty to see and do and picture-postcard beaches.Croatia is becoming ever more popular, too. We recently announced a number of new flights from the UK.The city of Zadar, tucked away on the northern end of Croatia’s Dalmation coast, will be offered for the first time.Malta has also developed the quality of its hotels and is now seeing a resurgence, especially for couples. Sicily and Sardinia also have plenty of high-quality accommodation. What is your best value package deal for 2017?Seven nights’ B&B at the 5★ Real Marina Hotel and Spa Hotel in the Algarve … [Read more...] about Top travel bosses reveal the insider tips on the top holiday hotspots around the globe you’ll want to see and be seen in 2017
Targeted killings, suicide bombings, mayhem and carnage; Pakistan, particularly its southern port city of Karachi, presents a ghastly picture these days. Many say that there is a civil war going on. Some think outlawed militant Islamist organizations are creating panic and chaos in the country so that parliamentary elections - which are due in a couple of months - cannot be held on time. A peaceful transition of power from one elected civilian government to another will weaken the Islamists and consolidate democracy in Pakistan, political analysts say. On Wednesday, March 13, terrorists in Karachi shot dead senior development and social worker, Ms. Parveen Rehman. Religious extremism and intolerance are on the rise in the Islamic Republic. Last week, a mob of Islamic fanatics torched more than 100 Christian-owned houses in the central Pakistani city of Lahore over blasphemy allegations. But in the midst of this violence and madness, some Pakistanis are creating poetry, making music … [Read more...] about Music in the midst of violence and madness