BBC stripped of powers to bring criminal prosecutions after agreement by three main parties

MPs yesterday passed an historic vote to stop TV licence fee dodgers from going to jail.

Politicians from all three main parties agreed to strip the BBC of its powers to prosecute viewers in the criminal courts.

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It is a victory for campaigners who compared existing laws – which allow . . . → Read More: BBC stripped of powers to bring criminal prosecutions after agreement by three main parties

Noel wants to BUY the BBC

The 65-year-old hopes to purchase the broadcasting company with a team of fellow wealthy investors but has admitted he has “absolutely no idea” how much it would cost.

NO JOKE: Noel is serious about purchasing the Beeb with other wealthy investors

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The ex-BBC presenter insisted he was completely serious . . . → Read More: Noel wants to BUY the BBC

Ant and Dec leave Gordon Ramsay fuming

Gordon Ramsay is fooled by Ant & Dec

Gordon Ramsay subjected Ant and Dec to a foul-mouthed rant after the jokers pulled off one of their most ambitious pranks to date.

Ramsay, 47, was left duped by the pair who dressed as handymen flew to LA and caused havoc on the set . . . → Read More: Ant and Dec leave Gordon Ramsay fuming

After Spitting Image Discussion – Thatcher Threatens To ‘Privatise’ Paxman

Newsnight took a look back at the long-running satirical show Spitting Image on Tuesday ahead of a new Arena documentary on the importance of the programme in defining the public image of Britain’s politicians during the Eighties and Nineties.

Of course, the chat ended with Margaret Thatcher – her puppet at least – interrupting . . . → Read More: After Spitting Image Discussion – Thatcher Threatens To ‘Privatise’ Paxman

An answer to the BBC licence fee: don’t pay it!

These days, with DVDs and the internet, there’s not a huge need for television

Viewers can watch BBC programmes for nothing on iPlayer, so long as they steer clear of live viewing, for which a licence is required

In a recent Spectator column, Charles Moore referred to the BBC licence fee as “the . . . → Read More: An answer to the BBC licence fee: don’t pay it!

The Real Ron Burgundy – Anchorman inspiration

‘I’m the real Ron Burgundy and I was a sexist pig too’ Anchorman inspiration reveals all

THE REAL THING: Mort Crim says he is proud to be the inspiration for the movie characte

Mort Crim had the hair that could make a wolverine purr and suits that made Frank Sinatra look like a . . . → Read More: The Real Ron Burgundy – Anchorman inspiration

BBC receives 108 complaints over Julian Assange left-wing slant

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme received 108 complaints following an edition of the show edited by the singer PJ Harvey.

PJ Harvey editeds the Today show

Widely criticised for its left-wing slant, the programme, which was broadcast on Thursday, featured a contribution by Julian Assange.

The BBC, however, insisted it would not be . . . → Read More: BBC receives 108 complaints over Julian Assange left-wing slant

Haunting lines spoken by Paul Walker and co-star in Fast & Furious clip leaked days before he died in fiery car crash in friend’s Porsche Carrera

A haunting clip of tragic actor Paul Walker promising there would be ‘just one more’ funeral in the next Fast & Furious film was leaked online just three days before he died in a horrific car crash, it has emerged.

In the teaser scene, from Fast & Furious 7 but released as an extra . . . → Read More: Haunting lines spoken by Paul Walker and co-star in Fast & Furious clip leaked days before he died in fiery car crash in friend’s Porsche Carrera

World’s most famous canines pose with their A-list owners in new book Hollywood Dogs

From Lassie to Toto, dogs have taken starring roles in some of the last century’s biggest blockbusters but, unlike their human counterparts, remain relatively anonymous.

Now all that is set to change with the release of Hollywood Dogs, a glossy coffee table book that gives you a closer look at the canine stars . . . → Read More: World’s most famous canines pose with their A-list owners in new book Hollywood Dogs

Downton Abbey secrets revealed: Behind the scenes in the kitchen, parlour and dining hall

THE cast of Downton Abbey have been working together for four years now, so it would be no surprise to hear that disagreements and rivalries might be occurring behind-the-scenes.

A new book has reveals all the behind-the-scenes gossip from the Dowton lot [ITV]

However, in a new sumptuous book that looks beyond the . . . → Read More: Downton Abbey secrets revealed: Behind the scenes in the kitchen, parlour and dining hall

Magician Dynamo stuns onlookers as he levitates from the roof of a London bus

He has stunned audiences with jaw-dropping stunts that defy logic and can make the most skeptical cynic believe in magic.

But in an daring new act, Bradford-born Illusionist Dynamo today took his impressive skills to even greater heights.

The 30-year-old entertainer took in London’s sights by levitating beside the roof of a 15ft double-decker . . . → Read More: Magician Dynamo stuns onlookers as he levitates from the roof of a London bus

TV hits & misses: Corrie makes list of ‘most influential TV shows’ …but where’s the BBC?

There’s no room for EastEnders, Doctor Who or Strictly Come Dancing.

Even Top of the Pops and the Antiques Roadshow fail to make an appearance.

In fact, not a single BBC show features on a list of the 50 most influential international TV programmes of all time.

The Corporation refused to allow the . . . → Read More: TV hits & misses: Corrie makes list of ‘most influential TV shows’ …but where’s the BBC?