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Mum of the Year Awards to air on Channel 5, hosted by Fiona Phillips

11 February 2013 4:46 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Fiona Phillips will host this year's Tesco Mum of the Year Awards, which for the first time ever will be broadcast on Channel 5.

The awards, which are now in their eighth year, take place at London's Savoy on March 3.

Since 2006, Tesco has given out the awards to inspirational mums around the UK.

This year's winners will include Anna Kennedy, who remortgaged her home to set up a school for autistic children, Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall and local Gloucestershire pre-school campaigner Mireille Williams.

There will also be a 'Celebrity Mum of the Year' award at the event.

"I am delighted to be bringing such an inspiring and emotionally-charged event to Channel 5," said Channel 5's entertainment, daytime and soaps commissioner Greg Barnett.

"On a day when we celebrate mums, we'll be championing some of Britain's best."

Tasha Gladman, Tesco brand communications director, said: "Many mums are unsung heroines and the Tesco Mum »

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Stephen Merchant Apologises For 'Autism' Comment

30 January 2013 4:48 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Stephen Merchant has apologised for poking fun at sufferers of autism in a TV interview on Friday.

Ricky Gervais' comedy partner sparked complaints with his appearance on The Graham Norton Show, where the host asked if Merchant's role in new movie 'I Give It A Year' was written specifically with him in mind.

Stephen Merchant caused a storm on Friday with his off-the-cuff remarks to Graham Norton

He replied, "Yes, he wrote the role of a sort of socially autistic nerd who always says the wrong thing."

Merchant came under fire for the remark, with autism-awareness campaigner Anna Kennedy telling Britain's The Sun newspaper the comment was "disgraceful".

The 38 year old has since issued an apology, insisting, "I'm sorry if it caused offence."

Last year saw his pal Gervais cause a storm with his use of the word 'mong', but was cleared for inappropriate use of the »


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