13 items from 2013
Stand-up and Hebburn actor Chris Ramsey has claimed that the fallout from the Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross Sachsgate incident is still being felt, arguing that people are still "scared" and "terrified" when they're on television.
Ramsey is currently touring the UK with his show 'The Most Dangerous Man On Saturday Morning Television', which is based around an incident when he was thrown off Sky's Soccer Am for using the term "bumming" twice live on air.
"Also there's a line of talentless idiots ready to go on telly at the drop of the hat now. So you know you'd better be good, or else there's another five idiots behind, »
Gene Simmons’ gum is now almost as accomplished as his tongue. A piece of gum chewed by the Kiss singer during a September 28 appearance on Sky TV’s “Soccer Am” has been auctioned off on eBay for over 153,800 British Pounds, which amounts to approximately $245,602. Also read: Gene Simmons Sued for Sexual Assualt (updated) The sports talk show put the gum up for sale to raise money for the United Kingdom’s Street League Charity, an organization which benefits young people through the power of football, and 99 people put in a bid score on the unusual collector’s item. Simmons put forth the idea on the. »
- Greg Gilman
It was the first day for the newest team in the Premier League and no expense was spared – Liverpool v Stoke seemed like the Fa Cup Final
Blokes' weekends in Britain's parallel universe are full of half-remembered chores and pastimes: a perfunctory breakfast before taking the lad to his football. Afterwards, there could be a trip to Tesco followed perhaps by an outing to see the local United, City or Rovers. On Sunday it might still be church, the in-laws and Ikea.
In the real world, meanwhile, the weekend has become a televised football theme park, starting early on Saturday and continuing, unabated, until the early hours of Monday. And so, having rolled up and paid my money for a BT Sport subscription on top of my Sky package, I took part in the birth of the new world at 6am yesterday.
BT is the latest challenger to enter the »
- Kevin McKenna
As the transfer window inches shut and we welcome back actual football, the battle lines on the airwaves and TV screens have been drawn.
BT and Sky are battling it out on the telly, while Absolute, talkSPORT and the Beeb scuffle over radio. Max Rushden has a foot in a couple of camps, presenting a show on talkSPORT and heading up Soccer Am with Helen Chamberlain.
Ahead of this weekend's top-flight kick-off, Digital Spy met up with Max to talk about the season ahead.
Are you happy that transfer madness is nearly over and some matches will start soon?
"I do love transfer speculation to the point of checking the gossip each day, seeing what it is, and then going off and doing something else. I always have a lot of sympathy and respect for the guys on Sky Sports News or talkSPORT every day who are still managing to »
The only way a pop star gets on the small screen these days is via cookery programmes. Where are the new Top of the Pops and CD:uk? As two music pilots launch, we look at what is going wrong
Music on television just does not work. If you ask around in TV circles, this is what people say. It is more than five years since Top of the Pops, CD:uk and Popworld all disappeared, two-and-a-half years since the BBC axed youth strand Switch, and six months since T4 shut its doors. Simon Cowell, no stranger to getting ideas away, said in 2011 that a Top of the Pops-style show restricted to the UK was simply "not cost effective", adding ominously that "to do it properly it would need to be bigger than one country". His plans for such a show were, he said, "for a year down the line" – two years on, »
- Peter Robinson
Andy Murray and the Ashes may be dominating sports fans' summers, but for football fans the countdown has already begun for the 2013-14 season. The fixture lists are out and yesterday Sky Sports released the first details of their televised matches between August and December.
Facing fresh competition from new rival BT Sport, Sky have refreshed their punditry lineup and made changes to their Saturday schedules to ensure that they're still the number one destination for football fanatics. Digital Spy spoke to Sky Sports Head of Football Gary Hughes to find out what we can expect.
You're opening the season on Sky with Manchester United. Was there ever a thought about picking any other game?
"I don't think there was any doubt ever. Three stories have dominated the summer. Moyes's arrival being the biggest one, followed by Mourinho returning and then the changes at Man City. It was always our »
Sky Sports 1 will be made available for free on the first day of the 2013/14 Premier League football season.
On Saturday, August 17, the channel will replace Sky 2 (on Sky and other pay TV services) and Pick TV (on Freeview and YouView).
Managing director of Sky Sports Barney Francis said: "It's our biggest ever season of Premier League football and we're inviting every home in Britain to enjoy the opening day.
"All fans can join the action as we launch our new Saturday schedule for the most eagerly awaited Premier League season in years."
Pundit Jamie Redknapp added: "This is a brilliant way for everyone to follow the action from the first day of the Premier League season with Sky Sports."
The announcement marks the relaunch of the Sky Sports weekend - which includes Sky's 5.30pm Saturday evening Premier League fixture as part of Saturday Night Football. »
Jake Humphrey has introduced BT Sport in a new TV advertisement.
BT Sport is aiming to topple Sky's domination of sports coverage, launching three channels yesterday (May 9) - BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and Espn.
Coverage includes 38 exclusive Premier League games, 69 Aviva Premiership rugby games, and various Fa Cup, Europa League, Bundesliga and Scottish football fixtures. MotoGP, Wta women's tennis and Ufc fights will also be shown.
Humphrey, Lawrence Dallaglio and Balding will head up the BT Sport presenting team.
Lovejoy was among the new signings announced this morning (May 9) by BT, which will launch its three channels BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and Espn later this year.
It was previously announced that Clare Balding will have a weekly sports magazine chat show, which will feature interviews and debates about the biggest talking points in sport. Balding's show will also shine a light on women's sport.
Journalist and broadcaster Des Kelly will host his own series Life's A Pitch, while Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand will be working with the channel as a football pundit and programme-maker.
BT revealed its pricing details today, which set the broadcaster up for a head-to-head battle with Sky.
BT Broadband users will have access to BT Sports's 38 Premier League football matches, and all their other sports coverage, »
Life on the road has taken its toll on Meat Loaf, who's now on his second new knee. But will this coming tour really be his last? He talks about high Cs, being signed for $6 and outwellying Wagner
A decade ago, Meat Loaf was invited on to Sky Sports' Saturday morning show Soccer Am. He didn't know anything about football, but being an actor by background, he did what actors do – he prepared. First, he knew he needed a club to support. "I thought, I don't want to go on and say I'm a Manchester United fan or a Liverpool fan – I'm gonna go down to the third level. And so I picked Hartlepool. I read about them and I found that the people of Hartlepool had hanged a monkey thinking he was a Frenchman, and I loved that story. I read everything I could about every game they played. »
- Michael Hann
Somebody get the cake ready - Sunday Brunch celebrates its first birthday this weekend!
Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer's weekend magazine show has been airing for a year on Channel 4 and Digital Spy caught up with the duo to talk about their highlights and find out what they really think about each other.
Tim on the move to Channel 4...
"I absolutely love it. I think it's a much better fit on Channel 4. BBC Two was great, but I feel like we've moved up a bit since Something For The Weekend. It feels so natural and it reminds me of my days working on Soccer Am and The Big Breakfast. It's really, really good fun. I turn up to work every day and I love it."
Simon on the move to Channel 4...
"I was slightly apprehensive about moving out of the kitchen when we moved to Channel 4, »
Clark also won 'Best Joke' for his comeback in an exchange with Barlow on The X Factor.
Rylan Clark: "I used to be in a Take That Tribute band..."
Gary Barlow: "I hope you weren't me!"
Rylan: "Naa, I was too skinny to be you!"
Rushden said: "We were so excited to have been asked to present the special tenth anniversary Loaded LAFTAs awards, it is always such a great experience and this year was exceptional."
The lack of drama in Scottish politics means that a series rooted in Holyrood would attract precious few viewers
Before the end of this year, one of our universities will win Britain's most prestigious academic prize. This will be awarded to the research facility that first proves that people who watch Borgen will, on average, have a life expectancy 10 years above the national average.
Those who watch it will first have tweeted that it is "Borgen time" before settling down with a bottle of Cloudy Bay. Earlier in the day, they will have pulled on one of those green, North Face, sleeveless fleeces over an Aran sweater tucked into the freshly pressed denims and gone stravaiging about the local park. For this is the outdoor apparel that tells the neighbours: "I've been locked in crucial executive meetings all week, but now I'm letting my hair down outside, albeit in a controlled and responsible way. »
- Kevin McKenna
13 items from 2013
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