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UK Channel 4 Gets Stake In Whisper Films, ‘Real Men’ Goes German, HBO Go For Singapore

The UK's Channel 4 has taken a minority stake in sports production company Whisper Films. The acquisition is through C4's Growth Fund. Founded by Sunil Patel, David Coulthard and Jake Humphrey in 2010, Whisper Films has built a slate of sports-related programming including films for global brands within Formula 1 such as Red Bull, Ubs, Shell, Casio and Hugo Boss; several short films for the BBC; highlights programming for ITV; a one-off documentary for BBC One, Racing With…
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UK Channel 4 Gets Stake In Whisper Films, ‘Real Men’ Goes German, HBO Go For Singapore

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The UK's Channel 4 has taken a minority stake in sports production company Whisper Films. The acquisition is through C4's Growth Fund. Founded by Sunil Patel, David Coulthard and Jake Humphrey in 2010, Whisper Films has built a slate of sports-related programming including films for global brands within Formula 1 such as Red Bull, Ubs, Shell, Casio and Hugo Boss; several short films for the BBC; highlights programming for ITV; a one-off documentary for BBC One, Racing With…
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Here's how Twitter reacted to Chris Evans's bonkers revival of Tfi Friday

It's all over bar the shouting now, as the heavily-hyped return of Tfi Friday finally hit screens tonight (June 12).

Chris Evans put together a true spectacle, jam-packed with Liam Gallagher and Blur returning as the kings of Britpop, Shaun Ryder trying to keep his mouth shut and Jeremy Clarkson bickering with Evans over the Top Gear succession.

10 classic Tfi Friday moments, from Shaun Ryder swearing to Freak or Unique

Twitter had a feeding frenzy with tonight's Tfi Friday revival, so we round up reaction below:

1. An event 15 years in the making

Been up since 3.07 a.m. Sleep vastly over rated

Cut To 10 O'Clock News:"Tonight on C4 a ginger man slept all the way through his own show"

Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 12, 2015

Yep I'm definitely at Tfi Friday!!! pic.twitter.com/MvICq2JKxP

— Graham Albans (@GrahamAlbans) June 12, 2015

In case you've been living in a cave #TFIFriday is back, live on Ch4 at 9pm.
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Gary Lineker has been confirmed as a new BT Sport presenter

Gary Lineker has joined BT Sport.

There has been much speculation about the presenter's future with the BBC, but it has now been confirmed that he has signed a new non-exclusive deal with the corporation, allowing him to present for both broadcasters.

Lineker will join Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey on the presenting team for BT's Champions League coverage from next season.

He tweeted: "Thrilled to tell you, I'll be presenting @ChampionsLeague football next season on @btsport."

The retired footballer's new deal with the BBC has ensured that he will remain on Match of the Day and other programmes until at least 2020.

It has been reported that Lineker agreed a BBC pay-cut to allow him to present for BT Sport alongside his current commitments.

Your @btsport #ChampionsLeague presenters. Between us we scored 48 goals for England... pic.twitter.com/aM1bOJ2ng7

Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) June 9, 2015

John Petter, chief executive of BT Consumer,
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Robbie Savage to join BT Sport on a three-year punditry deal

Robbie Savage is joining BT Sport on a three-year exclusive deal.

The former footballer, who has carved a career as a football pundit since retiring from the sport in 2011, excitedly tweeted the news this morning (June 7).

"Delighted to have signed exclusively for @btsport for 3 years to work on champs league co comm ,premier league, fa cup and Europa league !" he said on Twitter.

Savage will work with the sports channel until at least 2018, presenting coverage of the top football games.

Delighted to have signed exclusively for @btsport for 3 years to work on champs league co comm ,premier league, fa cup and Europa league !

Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) June 7, 2015

Savage currently acts as a pundit for the BBC, and regularly co-presents 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live.

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey recently signed a new four-year deal to continue fronting football coverage on the channel.
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Gary Lineker 'to front BT Sport's Champions League coverage after agreeing BBC pay-cut'

Gary Lineker will reportedly sign a new non-exclusive contract with the BBC, after agreeing terms allowing him to front BT Sport's Champions League coverage.

The Match of the Day host's future with the public broadcaster had been the subject of some speculation, with reports earlier this year that he was having serious discussions with BT Sport.

A BT spokesperson told Digital Spy: "BT doesn't comment on rumour and speculation."

However, the Daily Telegraph says that Lineker has now agreed to take a pay-cut in his new deal with the BBC, where he is expected to continue fronting football coverage.

BT Sport is scheduled to unveil its talent line-up for the 2015/16 season next week, but earlier today confirmed that Jake Humphrey has signed a new four-year deal.

As part of the new contract, Humphrey's role has been expanded to include anchoring the pay-tv channel's coverage of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games.
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Jake Humphrey takes on BT Sport's Champions League coverage as he signs new deal

Jake Humphrey has signed a new four-year deal to continue fronting football coverage on BT Sport.

In addition to continuing to host the channel's Premier League and Fa Cup coverage, Humphrey's new deal will see his role extended to include UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games.

BT Sport won the rights to all 350 live matches from both tournaments for the next three seasons, starting with the 2015/2016 competition.

"I have loved being involved at BT Sport from the very beginning," Humphrey said. "The last two years have been some of the most enjoyable of my career and on the way we've had some cracking games, part of the reason we've taken the channels from zero to over five million subscribers in the process.

"The next stage is even more exciting as we become the only place to watch live UEFA Champions League. Fulfilling a childhood dream to present the
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Can Top Gear continue without Jeremy Clarkson? Vote in our poll

Top Gear's future is up in the air following Jeremy Clarkson's suspension over a "fracas" with a producer.

Three of the current series' episodes have been pulled from the schedules, and it is currently not clear if the show will return, with or without Clarkson.

Hundreds of thousands of fans have already called for Clarkson to be reinstated, and Top Gear remains a hugely popular programme around the world. But would it be anywhere near as successful without Clarkson front and centre?

James May and Richard Hammond are also integral to its popularity, but could the show remain as popular with just the two of them or perhaps a new presenter?

Bookmakers have already picked the likes of Chris Evans, Jake Humphrey, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Eddie Irvine as potential replacements, but would they have the same impact? Or is it time for the show to come to an abrupt end?
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BBC spending on talent is down by 15% since 2008

A review has found that the BBC has spent 15% less on talent over the past five years.

Salaries for stars on TV and radio have dropped from £221m to £188m since the last review from Oliver & Ohlbaum was released in 2008.

The BBC has also spent 29% less on stars earning over £100,000 a year.

The review stated that the BBC had made "vast improvements" in managing salaries, and that the corporation had paid less and allowed more stars to leave.

It also showed how stars including Susanna Reid, Chris Moyles and Jake Humphrey had left the BBC, but that it had still "maintained the quality of output for licence fee payers".

Former employee Jonathan Ross - whose salary was thought to have been around £6m - has also left since the Trust's last review.

The report added that the BBC must keep in check "what it gets for the money it pays
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Suzi Perry: 'Turning down Top Gear was a bad decision'

F1 presenter Suzi Perry has said that turning down the opportunity to present Top Gear was a "bad decision".

Perry, who is the first permanent female presenter of F1 on British TV, spoke to producers about joining hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Jason Dawe and Richard Hammond before the show's relaunch in 2002.

However, she insisted that she has no regrets about the way her career has unfolded.

Asked by The Daily Telegraph about her worst business decision, she said: "Years ago, when TV was about to bring Top Gear back and rebrand it with Jeremy, James [May] and Richard, I sat down and talked to Andy Wilman, the series producer, about joining them.

"I remember thinking, 'I might be out of my depth and it might not be a good idea', instead of grabbing the opportunity.

"Looking back, I may have made a large error, but it's not like I didn't work for the next 15 years.
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X Factor 2013 grand final: Sam Bailey vs Nicholas McDonald - Live blog

Way way back in August, James Arthur seemed like a pretty nice bloke, Busted and McFly were two separate entities and mugs weren't terrified of Huey Morgan.

A lot can change in four months. Who'd have thought that the two final acts standing on The X Factor 2013 would be a 36-year-old mum-of-two and a wee Scottish lad with as much charisma as Shane Filan?

But heck, you voted for 'em! So join Digital Spy for the final time from 7.30pm, as we kill time before Sam Bailey wins watch nervously to see whether Sam or Nicholas McDonald will be crowned your champion...

21:29Anyway, that's all, folks! Hope you enjoyed this series, and we'll be back at the same time, same place next year. Goodnight!

21:29Come 2014, we should try and remember that Bailey's isn't just for Christmas. Sam is talented and lovely enough to get a proper career outta this,
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Olivia Colman, Gogglebox stars, Peter Capaldi top 2013 TV Talent list

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman, Great British Bake Off hosts Mel and Sue and new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi are among the stars in industry magazine Broadcast's Top TV Talent of 2013 list.

More surprising entries in the top 15 include stars of Channel 4's Gogglebox Steph and Dom, and Ricky Gervais's friend and Moaning of Life star Karl Pilkington.

Colman topped the list for her work in Broadchurch, Run and upcoming drama The 7:30.

Other stars in the countdown include BT Sport's anchor Jake Humphrey, Paul O'Grady, Big Brother host Emma Willis and Radio 4's Mishal Husain.

Broadcast's Top TV Talent of 2013

1. Oliva Colman

2. Mel and Sue

3. Peter Capaldi

4. Jake Humphrey

5. Mishal Husain

6. Paul O'Grady

7. David Tennant

8. Clare Balding

9. Karl Pilkington

10. Emma Willis

11. Grayson Perry

12. Sheridan Smith

13. Ade Adepitan

14. Alice Roberts

15. Steph & Dom (Gogglebox)
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Andrew Newman: 'There are lots of challenges with Derren Brown'

Objective's chief on why the magician's Channel 4 special this week had to be different and the return of Peep Show

Andrew Newman, an executive producer on illusionist Derren Brown's latest Channel 4 show, in which he coaches pensioners to steal a Chapman brothers painting from an art exhibition, is no stranger to brazen stunts. Early in his TV career, Newman worked with Sacha Baron Cohen in his Ali G phase and Chris Morris on Brass Eye, so he should have a natural affinity with Brown's high concept pranks.

As chief executive of Objective, the independent producer behind Brown's TV output, Newman oversees a programming slate that mirrors his own background working on offbeat, sometimes spiky series. The likes of Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Toast of London – recommissioned for a second Channel 4 series last week – attract critical plaudits and industry awards, but not always large audiences.

Newman
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Andrew Newman: 'There are lots of challenges with Derren Brown'

Objective's chief on why the magician's Channel 4 special this week had to be different and the return of Peep Show

Andrew Newman, an executive producer on illusionist Derren Brown's latest Channel 4 show, in which he coaches pensioners to steal a Chapman brothers painting from an art exhibition, is no stranger to brazen stunts. Early in his TV career, Newman worked with Sacha Baron Cohen in his Ali G phase and Chris Morris on Brass Eye, so he should have a natural affinity with Brown's high concept pranks.

As chief executive of Objective, the independent producer behind Brown's TV output, Newman oversees a programming slate that mirrors his own background working on offbeat, sometimes spiky series. The likes of Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Toast of London – recommissioned for a second Channel 4 series last week – attract critical plaudits and industry awards, but not always large audiences.

Newman
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Alan Partridge lights up the Norwich skies for Christmas

Laserbeams, a Roachford CD and massive dancing Alans illuminate an East Anglian crowd for 'the biggest turning-on of lights since the end of the three-day week'

A giant image of Alan Partridge's face that shoots 25m dancing Alans into the sky is the highlight of this year's Norwich Christmas lights display.

Hundreds of people – a crowd that might have rather disappointed Steve Coogan's famously egocentric radio jock, sport presenter and chat show host – turned out to see the festive display switched on by BT Sport frontman Jake Humphrey last night. Christmas Alan also "performs" a version of the song Cuddly Toy by 90s pop-funk band Roachford, in a nod to his lip-synch scene at the beginning of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, in which he drives to his hometown of Norwich.

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Partridge was unable to attend the event himself, but his geordie friend Michael (Simon Greenall
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Alan Partridge appears in Norwich Christmas lights display

Alan Partridge appears in Norwich Christmas lights display
The face of Alan Partridge has been used for this year's Norwich Christmas lights display.

Steve Coogan's fictional radio DJ appears in an eight-metre-high light sculpture, which sings Roachford's 'Cuddly Toy' and features a laser projection.

Hundreds of people turned out to see Jake Humphrey switch on the Christmas lights in Norwich.

The lasers shot from Alan's eyes projected 80ft giant dancing Alans across the town centre and into the skies.

Partridge was unable to attend the event, but his friend Michael (Simon Greenall) read out a note from the star, saying: "Dear people of Norwich, and to a lesser extent anyone here from Suffolk - welcome!

"I'm genuinely heart-broken not to be there with you, but it's quiz night at the Rose & Crown and I'm the designated driver. You're about to witness the biggest turning on of lights since the end of the three-day week.

"The electricity
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David Beckham Once Called Police Over Bedroom Prowler: "I Had Clothes On, Thankfully"

David Beckham Once Called Police Over Bedroom Prowler:
Well, this is a little scary. During an interview to promote his new book, David Beckham recalled an incident that occurred back in 1998. "I was in my house, three or four o'clock in the morning, and the dogs were just going mad, barking, running at the fence, and I'm thinking, 'Oh my goodness,'" the retired soccer star told BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey during Wednesday's Q&A session and global book signing, Digital Spy reports. He continued, "So I looked out the window and there was this guy standing there just looking up at me in my bedroom. I had clothes on, thankfully, so he wasn't just standing there for that. He just stood there and continued and I...
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BBC’s ‘Wolfblood’ Leads BAFTA Kids’ Awards Noms

BBC’s ‘Wolfblood’ Leads BAFTA Kids’ Awards Noms
The BBC’s supernatural drama “Wolfblood” leads the race for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Children’s Awards with four nods.

The kids’ kudofest, which honors the best in children’s media, will be held on Nov. 24 at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. This year’s host is TV presenter Jake Humphrey.

Tyke toon “Peppa Pig” follows a close second with three nominations for pre-school animation and writer as well as Multiplatform for the “Peppa Pig’s Holiday” mobile app.

Among the programs with double nominations are “The Amazing World of Gumball,” which features in the writer and animation categories; “Hackertime,” for comedy and performer for Phil Fletcher as “Hacker the Dog”; “Stepping Up,” with nominations in the drama and writer categories; “Horrible Histories,” with a nomination in the comedy category and one for its spin-off program “Horrible Histories: Gory Games in Entertainment”; and “Something Special,
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BAFTA Children's Awards nominations revealed: Wolfblood leads the pack

The BAFTA Children's Awards 2013 nominations have been announced today (October 22) and acclaimed supernatural drama Wolfblood is among the shows battling for the top gongs.

BT Sport's Jake Humphrey will host the ceremony, which celebrates the best in children's media, on Sunday, November 24 at London's Hilton hotel.

Peppa Pig, The Amazing World of Gumball and Horrible Histories are also nominated for accolades.

The 'Presenter' category will see BAFTA's most-awarded children's performer Justin Fletcher, Sam and Mark, Barney Harwood and Chris Jarvis competing for the prize.

"Presenting the British Academy Children's Awards is a way for me to say thank you to children's TV for the career it has given me, and I can't wait," said Humphrey.

"We all remember the shows we watched as children; for me it was Pigeon Street, Knightmare, and Live & Kicking. The fact these memories are so strong 25 years later is a reminder of the deep impact
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Gareth Bale first post-signing interview for BT Sport today

Gareth Bale will today (September 4) give his first interview since his record-breaking move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.

The footballer will speak to Jake Humphrey and Steve McManaman live on BT Sport 1 and on btsport.com at 6.30pm.

In the interview, Bale will talk about the £85 million deal that took him to Spain and his thoughts on life at Real Madrid.

"A short interview will air this evening, Wednesday, 4 September, at 6.30pm on BT Sport Live, BT Sport 1, and online at btsport.com," the broadcaster confirmed.

"A full in-depth interview will be shown on BT Sport Live, BT Sport 1, at 10pm on Friday, 6 September."

Bale is a BT Sport Ambassador.
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