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BBC's cost-cutting drive prunes extra £6m off talent costs

20 July 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Corporation discloses that it spent £194m on presenters and other on-air talent, against £200m the previous year

The BBC will announce on Monday that it shaved a further £6m from its "talent" costs during a 12-month period that included the departure of high-profile presenters including Susanna Reid.

Unveiling the corporation's annual report, the director general, Tony Hall, reveals that the corporation spent £194m on presenters and other on-air talent in the year to the end of March, down from £200m the previous year.

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- Jason Deans

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Strictly Len Goodman on BBC loyalty: 'I can't stand defectors to ITV'

17 July 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has hit out at stars who leave the BBC for ITV.

The 70-year-old, who joined Strictly when it launched in 2004, explained that he is grateful to the BBC for giving him his television job, The Mirror reports.

Describing himself as "so fortunate" to work on the programme, he admitted that he "can't stand" people who defect to ITV for more money.

"You have to be a bit loyal in this game," he said. "I'd never not do Strictly, it's fantastic. I love it and without the BBC I would have got nothing."

Goodman's comments will raise eyebrows as former Strictly judge Alesha Dixon left the programme to host Britain's Got Talent, while Strictly contestant Susanna Reid defected from the BBC to ITV for a job on Good Morning Britain earlier this year.

Elsewhere, Goodman revealed that he has no plans to leave Strictly Come Dancing »

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Linda Nolan says Rolf Harris' sentence is 'too lenient'

7 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Linda Nolan has claimed Rolf Harris' prison sentence is ''too lenient''. The 84-year-old TV presenter - who was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault - has been jailed for five years and nine months after being, and the singer has hit out while explaining that by her speaking about her own experiences, she might encourage others to do the same. Talking to Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on 'Good Morning Britain', she said: ''In my opinion I think that his sentence was too lenient and I think that if me speaking out helps other people come forward then maybe we »

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Good Morning Britain: Is it ever a good morning for adverts?

7 June 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV's breakfast contender is faring even less well than its predecessor. Perhaps it's just too early to watch commercials

The trouble with tabloid fame is that it only builds you up to let you down. So, one year Susanna Reid was the nation's dancing-cum-breakfast-sofa sweetheart; and now, six months later, she's the overpaid Aunt Susie of Good Morning Britain, ITV's blighted successor to Daybreak. Can Susanna and her hyperactive squad oust old Bill up in Salford from his No 1 morning slot? Not if the viewing figures don't even hit Daybreak's level and trail the BBC by growing margins. Goodbye Gmb not immediately, perhaps, but after six months or so of tweaking desks, running orders, hairstyles in vain? There's always the tried and tested C4 option if everything fails: forget news and high-paid presenters, just fill up the cornflakes half-hour with cartoons.

But there is also another dimension to ponder. »

- Peter Preston

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Ben Shephard "really proud" of Good Morning Britain

6 June 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ben Shephard has said that he is "really proud" of Good Morning Britain.

The presenter co-hosts the ITV breakfast programme, which was this week rumoured to be facing the axe after drawing fewer than 300,000 viewers, though the broadcaster has denied such claims.

Good Morning Britain one month on: Is the breakfast show doomed?

"We're loving it. It's a fantastic team," Shephard told Digital Spy ahead of Soccer Aid.

"We're really proud of what we're doing. It's been amazing. I think we've got a great camaraderie amongst us and everyone's really enjoying it. That's the most important thing."

Shephard co-hosts the programme with Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh, Kate Garraway and Sean Fletcher.

Asked about juggling the breakfast show with his Soccer Aid training, Shephard added: "I've been finishing with Susanna and then coming over here and running around.

"There's nothing better than playing football with your mates to keep you bang up for it. »

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Good Morning Britain not facing axe, insists ITV

2 June 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has denied reports that Good Morning Britain may be on the verge of being axed.

The broadcaster stated that it intends to support the new morning show "for the long run".

Good Morning Britain one month on: Is the breakfast show doomed?

The Sun had previously claimed that the Susanna Reid-fronted series was in danger, due to falling ratings that are below its predecessor Daybreak.

An ITV spokesperson has since stated that there is "no plan" to end the show.

"We are in this for the long game," she said. "We are proud of the show, we are trying something new, and different."

The tabloid report quoted an ITV source claiming that it needed to average a 15% audience share, and may be replaced by cartoons if it fails to do so in six months.

Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher also co-host the show, which launched a month ago. »

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Strictly Come Dancing: Artem Chigvintsev, James Jordan not returning

1 June 2014 3:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Artem Chigvintsev and James Jordan will not be returning for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Former champion and 2013 finalist Chigvintsev has decided to stay in America, after featuring on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars.

Meanwhile, Jordan has decided to leave after eight series on the show. His wife Ola is confirmed to return.

Strictly also confirmed that - in a first for the programme - two siblings will be participating, with the addition of Joanne Clifton.

Clifton, a World Professional Ballroom Show Dance Champion, joins her brother Kevin on the show. Kevin was an eventual finalist last year with Susanna Reid.

Also joining the professional lineup is Tristan MacManus, who previously appeared on Dancing with the Stars and has danced with Gladys Knight and Pamela Anderson.

Eight female and seven male professional dancers will feature in the 2014 series, with Natalie Lowe returning after withdrawing »

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Good Morning Britain one month on: Is the breakfast show doomed?

29 May 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Judging a breakfast show on its ratings alone is always dangerous.

Watching breakfast TV is a habit and it has to fit into our busy morning schedules, so a slight change to the format can mean that our 10-minute breakfast break with our corn flakes and the telly suddenly coincides with the weather and we'll probably switch channels or even switch off altogether.

Viewers look for familiarity, comfort and something easily digestible in the mornings. BBC Breakfast has nailed all three of these traits over the last five years and for that reason, ITV has been floundering to match them in the early morning ratings war.

GMTV had grown tired and grey, and Daybreak was an ugly explosion of colour and dreadful decisions. The channel's latest attempt to wrestle back viewers, Good Morning Britain, opened with lukewarm reviews one month ago and the ratings have been dropping ever since.

But are the problems terminal? »

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Tom Cruise embraces Susanna Reid, sips coffee at Edge of Tomorrow premiere

28 May 2014 5:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Cruise enjoyed a squeeze from Susanna Reid and a steaming mug of coffee as he kick-started his 24-hour global premiere marathon for Edge of Tomorrow in London this morning.

The 51-year-old actor looked smart in a pinstripe three-piece suit as he arrived at the BFI IMAX in the capital before heading to the next promotional screening in Paris.

He was joined by co-star Emily Blunt, also embarking on the three-city cinematic trip, who looked summery in a strapless, exotic red, pink and blue print Osman dress.

The pair were also being interviewed by Reid - wrapped up in a green mac - for ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Blunt, who recently welcomed her first child with actor husband John Krasinski, joked to reporters: "When I heard about the premiere idea of three in one day I just said, 'That's Tom's idea'."

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Baftas 2014: the best television of the year as it happened

18 May 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadchurch was the big winner with three awards at UK TV's most glamorous event, and this is how Stuart Heritage saw the action unfold

10.03pm BST

Anyway, thats that for this evening. Were the winners worthy? Some of them. Do the Baftas change anything? Not really? How weird was it for me to not just look up who won an hour before any of this started? Extremely.

Still, thanks a lot for joining in. You really are the best. If youd like to follow me on Twitter, Im @StuHeritage, but youre not missing out on much if you dont. Thanks everyone.

10.02pm BST

Oh, wait, time for the awards that couldn't fit into the two-hour broadcast. Good news! The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs didn't win! I didn't need to think of a joke about it! Hooray!

10.00pm BST

Walters' speech is all about how someone in the press thought »

- Stuart Heritage

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BAFTA TV Awards 2014: Who's going to triumph? - live blog

18 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Okay, so we might not be wearing our gladrags and we might not be sipping champagne, but who says a onesie and a takeaway can't be glamorous?

It's BAFTA night, and while we're not at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with all the best and brightest from the last year of television, at least we can join the party from our sofas. Yep, we'll be blogging along with the awards - which start at 8pm on BBC One - so grab your slippers and a cuppa and join in by tweeting @digitalspy and leaving your comments below...

And as a reminder, the awards actually start in "real life" at 7pm - but we'll be doggedly going along with the television broadcast and pretending we're not an hour behind everyone else, so there's no fear of spoilers. If you want things as they happen, we'll be updating our winners' list here. »

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Bob Blakeley: My journey from The Voice to recording my own album

18 May 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Bob Blakeley has had a crazy couple of months. He auditioned for The Voice, but there was public outrage when none of the coaches turned for him. Not to worry, though, because Mike Batt offered him a record deal live on BBC Breakfast and his debut album Performance is out tomorrow. You see? Crazy! Bob chatted to Digital Spy about his surprising journey...

"I was working in a chilled warehouse before The Voice. You'd start at six in the morning, and you'd get an order that you'd have to go and complete by walking through the different aisles and picking up different things. I'd do that for ten hours a day - it was a long day."

"My daughter Joanne applied for The Voice for me online. I started doing pubs and clubs in 2007 and I used to practise songs in the bedroom, and Joanne used to come up and use the PC, »

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Adrian Chiles on Good Morning Britain: 'It needs to be given time'

15 May 2014 8:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Adrian Chiles has wished the presenters of Good Morning Britain success.

The 47-year-old, who previously presented Daybreak alongside Christine Bleakley, said that the new breakfast show could do well if given a chance, reports The Mirror.

He commented: "They just have to stick to their guns. It is a perfectly good show now - it was a perfectly good show when we left. It wasn't getting the audience so they changed it.

"They are good broadcasters and they will find a way. It seems to be national sport to give it a bloody kicking, and having been on the end of that, it is no fun.

"I am not enjoying watching them suffer now. They have just got to stick to it and they will be fine. It will come round. It just needs to be given time, and it is difficult in the current climate."

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ITV boss: Good Morning Britain needs a year

14 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Good Morning Britain' needs at least a year on air before its ratings can be judged, according to ITV's director of television Peter Fincham. The TV boss has defended the new breakfast show - which is fronted by Susanna Reid - and insists the channel is firmly behind the programme despite ratings dropping to as low as 400,000 viewers. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch on Tuesday (13.05.14), he said: ''It's like your breakfast cereal. We are all very habit formed at breakfast time. We wouldn't expect to see anything happen very quickly.'' ''We are in it for the long term. We »

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BAFTAs 2014: Aaron Paul, Danny Dyer, Sir Bruce Forsyth attending

14 May 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first list of attendees for the 2014 TV BAFTAs has been announced.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Sir Bruce Forsyth and EastEnders actor Danny Dyer are among the guests who will be walking the red carpet on Sunday (May 18).

The It Crowd, Southcliffe lead BAFTA TV Awards nominations

BAFTA Television Awards 2014: This year's nominees in full

Ant & Dec, new Strictly host Claudia Winkleman, James Corden, 50 Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan, Susanna Reid and Helena Bonham Carter will also attend.

Graham Norton hosts the awards, which are taking place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The TV BAFTAs air at 8pm on Sunday.

Julie Walters will receive a Fellowship and Cilla Black will be given the Special Award at the event. »

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ITV director defends breakfast show after ratings dip to below 400,000

13 May 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Peter Fincham says Good Morning Britain, fronted by presenter Susanna Reid, needs to be judged over time

ITV's director of television has defended his new breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, after its ratings dropped to below 400,000, saying it needed to be judged in a year's time, not after a couple of weeks.

Peter Fincham said that the show, fronted by Susanna Reid, previously on the BBC's Breakfast programme, had a "really strong line-up" and was "fresh and different".

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- John Plunkett

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Ben Shephard criticises Good Morning Britain viewers

13 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ben Shephard has criticised 'Good Morning Britain' viewers for focusing on Susanna Reid's legs. The 39-year-old presenter, who hosts the new ITV morning show along with the former 'BBC Breakfast' star and ex Sky News anchors Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher, has spoken out against people's complaints that her famous pins were hidden behind a desk. He said: ''I find it extraordinary. It beggars belief people say that. She's an incredible journalist who has worked for 20-odd years in this industry and seemingly that is important? There is quite a lot more happening in the world.'' Ben praised his new co-host as one »

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Good Morning Britain: Ben Shephard legs it to Susanna Reid's defence | Media Monkey

13 May 2014 1:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV presenter says media should stop focusing on his co-host's physical attributes and give the breakfast show time to bed in

Good Morning Britain's Ben Shephard has criticised media coverage of the show for focusing on co-presenter Susanna Reid's legs. The Daily Mail and other papers claimed viewers complained that Reid's legs could not be seen due to the desk-bound set of the new ITV breakfast show. Chris Evans went further on Monday night, introducing Reid at the Radio Academy awards as "the former breakfast queen of British television". Shephard has now hit back, reports the Mirror, saying he can't believe the media's obsession with Reid's legs: "I find that extraordinary that people say that. It beggars belief. Susanna is an incredible journalist, who has worked for 20-odd years in this industry yet seemingly her legs are more important. There is quite a lot more happening in the world. »

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Freddie Starr walks out during Good Morning Britain interview

12 May 2014 2:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Freddie Starr took off his mic and walked out of an interview with Good Morning Britain today, during his first TV chat since sex abuse allegations against him were dropped.

Starr later returned to complete the interview and explained that the subject was still "so raw".

The comedian, 71, was cross when interviewer Susanna Reid asked: "You've been in showbiz 50 years - do you think over that time you have done anything that could have been misinterpreted, in terms of your relationships?"

"Are you being serious?" replied Starr, before asking Reid to leave his house and walking out of the room.

Explaining his walk-out later on, he told Reid: "It's hard to have an interview like this with it being so raw - I've only been released three days ago. I'm just catching up on my sleep."

Talking about the allegations made against him, Starr claimed that if the Cps "could've »

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Rihanna rejects X Factor role?

11 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ben Shephard has criticised 'Good Morning Britain' viewers for focusing on Susanna Reid's legs. The 39-year-old presenter, who hosts the new ITV morning show along with the former 'BBC Breakfast' star and ex Sky News anchors Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher, has spoken out against people's complaints that her famous pins were hidden behind a desk. He said: ''I find it extraordinary. It beggars belief people say that. She's an incredible journalist who has worked for 20-odd years in this industry and seemingly that is important? There is quite a lot more happening in the world.'' Ben praised his new co-host as one »

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