George Entwistle, the former BBC director general, is expected to give evidence on Monday before Nick Pollard's inquiry into the handling of Newsnight's aborted investigation into sexual abuse by the late Jimmy Savile, in a demanding hearing that will see him grilled on what he knew about it by a silk. The much criticised executive spent the last days of his short-lived director generalship preparing intensively for his appearance, which is expected to last several hours, and comes as the Pollard inquiry moves into its third week of evidence, having seen most of the senior BBC executives touched by the Savile film that never aired. It is likely to be an exacting experience for a man who clearly struggled when he had to give evidence before MPs on on the culture media and sport select committee last month, and who performed poorly when interviewed by John Humphrys on the Today programme on the morning of what turned out to be the day he resigned. Witnesses have been questioned for … [Read more...] about Jimmy Savile scandal: George Entwistle to give evidence at Newsnight inquiry
Once upon a time, politicians who wished to ingratiate themselves with the public used coyly to say “I must confess to having a sense of humour.” Would this be a wise confession to make today? Michael Gove and Neil Kinnock have come under attack for making “inappropriate” jokes on air about Harvey Weinstein. Mr Weinstein is officially no laughing matter, although I must admit that whenever I am reminded that he is an honorary Companion of the British Empire, I guffaw. No Weinstein jokes are permitted, it would seem, even when – as in the Gove/Kinnock debacle – the butt of the joke is not his alleged victims but John Humphrys. … [Read more...] about Jokes are no laughing matter in politics anymore; and why Spain is right to be tough on Catalonia
The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is a matter of weeks away and the professionals are gearing up to be matched with a celebrity contestant. And while many might be wondering if the dreaded Strictly Curse will strike, some of the pros are either happily married or dating. Kevin Clifton is getting serious with Stacey Dooley and Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have just had their first baby. But who's single and might be finding love on the dancefloor this year? Here we take a look at all the love lives of the dancers. Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton Stacey and Kevin met on Strictly 2018 but didn't get together until after the series ended and they were crowned the winners. Kevin was separated from his wife Karen Hauer at the time they were paired together, but Stacey was still with her ex Sam Tucknott - although she insists there was no overlap in those relationships. Sam supported Stacey, 32, from the audience each week as she performed intimate routines with Kevin, 26. and … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing professionals: Who’s married and who’s single?
There’s no denying Lady Kitty Spencer enjoys the company of older men There’s no denying Lady Kitty Spencer enjoys the company of older men. Princess Diana’s niece, who is in a relationship with 60-year-old South African fashion tycoon Michael Lewis, chatted avidly to Cold Feet star James Nesbitt, 54, at the Walpole British Luxury Awards at The Dorchester. Turning heads in a £1,810 Alberta Ferretti gold satin dress, the 28-year-old model later presented the Best Overseas accolade to stationery brand Smythson. ‘I’m definitely a hoarder of their products,’ admits Lady Kitty. ‘Diaries, writing paper, laptop cases — my study drawers are filled.’ Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer (left), who is in a relationship with 60-year-old South African fashion tycoon Michael Lewis, chatted avidly to Cold Feet star James Nesbitt (right) Sex claims snapper welcomed back with open arms by his celebrity set chums Mario … [Read more...] about SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer cosies up with Cold Feet star