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18/02/2020 17:53:41  

In my experience, minority ethnic MPs don’t feel equal to other members. This rotten culture comes from the very top

A study carried out by the broadcaster ITV has shown that almost two-thirds of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs have experienced some form of racism while working in parliament. Not a single figure or piece of testimony from the survey shocked me – even though I am a brand new MP. Being an MP does not make us special. In reality, I am just another black person at work. I face racism and so do my colleagues.

There is a culture in parliament and the media that is largely unchanged by the fact of increased diversity. The tone and leadership regarding what is acceptable comes from the very top. And the top is rotten. Politicians and commentators pander to anti-immigrant rhetoric, with no regard for the fact that immigration in this country is synonymous with race. BAME MPs who challenge racism will hear in response, often on social media, that they are “race baiters”, are ignoring people’s “real concerns” and will be told “go back to where [they] came from”, and worse.

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17/02/2020 23:53:19  

Episode was far from a true representation of the show and the culture that surrounds it

The shock death of Caroline Flack left many wondering what would be next for the Love Island villa. This year’s contestants are one week away from the end of the first ever winter edition of the hit reality contest and two broadcasts – Saturday’s Unseen Bits and Sunday’s main show – had already been halted.

While ITV are yet to confirm whether this year’s Islanders had been informed about the death of the show’s former presenter on Saturday, they released a statement on Monday saying that a tribute to Flack would air during Monday’s episode. The broadcaster also added that they and their sponsor – the food delivery company Just Eat – had worked with the Samaritans to replace the show’s idents with information on mental health support.

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17/02/2020 19:53:23  

The mitigation measures promoted by ministers are important, but a new focus on climate and energy policies is needed

When Sue Marshall was evacuated from her home in Fishlake, near Doncaster, after the town was flooded in November, she told the Guardian: “What we need to know is that in two months’ time, the MPs will revisit this and look at what has been done to stop it happening again.” Barely three months have passed since rains described by experts as a once-in-60-years weather event. Yet parts of Britain are once again underwater.

Some of the worst-hit areas, such as Rotherham, were also badly affected in November. The latest heavy rains, brought by Storm Dennis, have also devastated parts of Wales, with a “major incident” declared at the weekend after more than a month’s rain fell in 48 hours, leading to landslides and people being trapped in their homes. Pontypridd town centre was underwater and surrounding villages were told by the Met Office they could be cut off for days. Hundreds of warnings remain in place, while thousands of homes have been flooded. At least three people have been killed in storm-related incidents, including a woman who disappeared after her car got stuck in water near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire.

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17/02/2020 17:53:20  

Half of black and minority ethnic respondents faced racism from fellow MPs

Almost two-thirds of black and minority ethnic (BME) MPs say they have experienced some form of racism while working in parliament, while half say they have faced it from fellow MPs, according to a study carried out by ITV.

The findings were based on the anonymous responses of 37 of the 65 BME MPs in the current parliament. Of those who answered, 62% said they faced “racism or racial profiling” while on the parliamentary estate, with 51% saying they had experienced this from other MPs.

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17/02/2020 14:53:35  

ITV’s juggernaut is set to air again just two days after the tragic death of former presenter Caroline Flack. Surely a pause – and a lot of reflection – is required

Last year, when a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show killed themselves in the week following the show’s filming, ITV acted swiftly. Kyle’s show spent its entire 14-year existence weathering controversy – a judge once described it as “human bear-baiting” – but when a person directly connected to the show had taken their own life, a quick decision was made. The show was taken off air, never to return.

Love Island is not Jeremy Kyle. It may be manipulative, it may even cross a line at times, but it does not seize on and then amplify serious, complex and often tragic issues in people’s lives in the same brazen way. Yet it has been associated with the suicides of two former contestants – Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis – and now its longstanding host, Caroline Flack. Gradon’s partner, Aaron Armstrong, also killed himself shortly after her funeral. Rather than cancel the show following Flack’s death, ITV2 plans to continue airing the current series tonight after only two nights off. Is that really something it should even consider?

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17/02/2020 11:53:43  

The TV presenter has died aged 40. Share your tributes here

Tributes have been flooding in for television presenter Caroline Flack, who has taken her own life aged 40.

Flack is known for presenting shows mostly for ITV and its sister channel ITV 2. She was the sole presenter of the revival of Love Island which started in 2015. She left the show in December 2019 following her arrest for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend.

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16/02/2020 21:53:02  

ITV says Sunday’s Love Island will not be broadcast as calls mount for regulation of traditional and social media

Politicians have condemned press intrusion, calling for more regulation of both traditional and social media after the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack.

The former Love Island presenter is understood to have taken her own life on Saturday at her home in Islington, London. She had been charged with assaulting her partner and was due to stand trial in several weeks’ time.

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16/02/2020 18:49:22  

ITV pulls Sunday's edition of Love Island following the death of the show's former host.
15/02/2020 20:49:04  

ITV pull Saturday's edition of Love Island following the death of the show's former host.
15/02/2020 11:52:47  

Rita Ora plays the emperor in the feral singing show. Who will she give the thumbs down to in tonight’s final?

Feels gladiatorial, doesn’t it – a baying and screaming crowd, chanting in violent unison, demanding Denise van Outen rip her own head off. Perhaps this is the deep truth at the heart of The Masked Singer (Saturday, 7pm, ITV): that it unmasks not its weak singers buried deep within the costume of a monster, but the crowd themselves, the raw and feral omniperson we become when we’re in them. The same crowds that called for Roman slaves to murder each other are present, here, in a pre-record studio somewhere in Hertfordshire. Rita Ora is the emperor, her thumb wavering in the air for a moment, and lo, she does point it down, and what is almost certainly Jason Manford in a hedgehog costume has to pull his own guts out with a sword, for God and for glory.

If you have not yet seen ITV’s Saturday night not-quite crown jewel, you have managed to miss absolutely nothing at all, or perhaps everything. The format is something that plunges you into a fever dream: huge unblinking creatures – a monster, a yellow bath duck, a wizened old tree – waddle on to the stage, and perform a song, and we are told a celebrity is inside there, somewhere. A panel of judges – Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, former Community star Ken Jeong when he can be bothered, and Rita Ora – review the song and make frantic, incorrect guesses about who the celebrity inside the beast could be.

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15/02/2020 09:52:46  

The bestselling novelist on computer gaming, the apology she owes her mum and the review that still hurts 40 years on

Born in Fife, Val McDermid, 64, published her first crime novel in 1987 and has sold more than 16m books, translated into 40 languages. The long-running ITV drama Wire In The Blood, starring Robson Green, was based on her novels about psychologist Tony Hill. She discusses the latest in the series, How The Dead Speak, at Essex book festival on 28 February. She lives with her partner in Edinburgh.

When were you happiest?
I am happiest right now. Things are going really well – my professional life, my personal life, my family life.

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12/02/2020 16:52:21  

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Dan Gosling made his signature contribution to the grand tapestry of football history one evening in 2009, playing for Everton against Liverpool in the FA Cup. As he sent three red shirts the wrong way and curled the ball towards the top corner, ITV infamously cut to an advertisement for Tic Tacs. The nation’s postprandial constitution thus settled by the breath-freshening and indigestion-relieving properties of the popular hard candy, live pictures from Goodison Park were restored and everyone in blue was cavorting about as though something important had happened. Which it had. Oh, and before we forget, other brands of pocket peppermint are available.

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11/02/2020 16:48:22  

ITV has announced the end of the dating show hosted by Paddy McGuiness, after more than 100 episodes.
11/02/2020 12:52:01  

Like being out at a club at 2am, the silly, fun dating show has been hotting up Saturday night TV for over a decade. Its cancellation should be mourned

Reader, remember this day. Look around you. Notice how all the people look a little glummer, how the branches droop a little lower. Commit all these sights and smells to memory, because one day your grandchildren will ask you what the world was like when ITV cancelled Take Me Out.

It is inexplicable, but true. Take Me Out is dead. After 10 years, ITV has announced that no more episodes will be made, with a source telling the Sun that “ITV and Paddy have done all the specials you can eke out of a dating show, so it’s been decided it’s time for it to go”.

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11/02/2020 11:52:11  

It wasn’t as dramatic as Phillip Schofield on national TV, but I’m a walking example of teaching about queer life done right

It was 1992. I was a five-year-old girl with a head of Barbra Streisand-esque Jewish curls and an embarrassing early 90s outfit, sitting on the stairs with my dad, when he told me he was gay. Not as dramatic as Phillip Schofield on national television, sure, but just as powerful.

Related: Phillip Schofield, ITV presenter, announces he is gay

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08/02/2020 21:51:20  

Why did the 33-year-old actor meet with scathing criticism that the TV host avoided?

Beyond a talent for appearing in front of the television cameras and a photogenic appeal that has earned them both legions of devoted fans, Jameela Jamil and Phillip Schofield may not have thought they had much in common. But last week they both made the same big decision: to come out.

For the 57-year-old presenter of ITV’s This Morning it was a matter of issuing a statement on Instagram before sitting down, for once the interviewee, on the sofa with his co-host Holly Willoughby. “I have been coming to terms with the fact I am gay,” he wrote. “Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been brave and open in confronting their truth – so now it’s my turn to share mine.”

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08/02/2020 13:51:17  

Quite right, Chris. It’s eight years since Wales came out on top here ...

@LukeMcLaughlin If I've worked this out right, Wales have not won at the Aviva since 2012. That's a heck of a record to overcome today.

They’re talking about wind on ITV. Wilkinson and O’Driscoll agree that given the choice, they would play into the wind in the first half, and have it behind them for the second.

But as Kearney said, the wind tends to swirl around at the Aviva Stadium anyway, so it might not be quite that simple.

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08/02/2020 00:47:50  

Many of Saturday's front pages react to the ITV host's decision to publicly come out as gay.
07/02/2020 18:51:15  

Attitudes to gay people have undergone massive change since 1980s when presenter made his TV debut

In 1985, the year Phillip Schofield made his debut on British children’s TV, the Sun reported that a Liverpool publican had banned gay people from his establishment. “A lot of ordinary people are going to catch something from the glasses,” he told the paper, according to a contemporaneous report in the Gay Times. “We don’t want gays on the premises.”

Two years later, when Schofield moved to present the flagship children’s Saturday morning programme Going Live!, Margaret Thatcher’s government introduced a bill with a clause that banned schools from teaching “the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. By the time Section 28 was repealed in 2003, Schofield was already in his current job as a presenter of ITV’s This Morning.

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07/02/2020 12:51:16  

Christians on TV were once limited to ethical debates and Songs of Praise. But from Fleabag to The Righteous Gemstones, portrayals are now less pious and more provocative

Shocking as it may seem to newer viewers of British TV, there used to be a BBC-ITV ratings battle between shows in which viewers sang hymns and told Bible stories.

The Sunday stand-off between the public service Songs of Praise and the commercial Highway was the biggest manifestation of what broadcasters called the “God slots”. Broadcasting guidelines required both main networks to screen not only sacred song anthologies, but also live church services, and late-night “religious and ethical” discussion shows. The emphasis was almost always on respecting Britain’s residual state religion, Christianity.

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07/02/2020 10:52:53  

This Morning host appeals for kindness, particularly to wife and daughters who support him

Phillip Schofield, the co-presenter of ITV’s This Morning programme, has announced he is gay.

In a statement released on the programme’s Twitter account, the presenter, who has been married to his wife for almost 27 years, paid tribute to his family.

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07/02/2020 10:47:17  

The Dancing on Ice and This Morning presenter made the announcement on his Instagram story.
06/02/2020 13:47:08  

Brianne Delcourt and Kevin Kilbane from the ITV show are speed skating their way to a wedding.
04/02/2020 19:50:31  

Defending the government’s record on accountability is above Gove’s pay grade – so he sent a junior minister instead

It’s sad, so sad. It’s a sad, sad situation. Poor Boris. Poor Classic Dom. Just imagine the pain of having 75% of the media blowing smoke up your arse and telling you that you are the most brilliant men to have ever lived. To have to suffer so many journalists reporting your outstanding works of staggering genius, when all you really want is to be truly seen for who you are. The comfort that comes from being accepted for your failures: the Brexit plan that isn’t really a plan; the extreme narcissism that tips into solipsism; the total disregard for the truth; the inability to remember your own children.

Understandably, then, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings have been forced to take the only course of action open to any sensible sociopath. Having already disengaged from the BBC’s Today programme and ITV’s Good Morning Britain – who wants to explain to 7 million people why Priti Patel doesn’t understand the difference between terrorism and counter-terrorism? – the government is now steadily distancing itself from all other media outlets. It can’t be long before there is only one second-rate journalist left – other than Boris – to report the news as the Downing Street would like it to be.

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02/02/2020 10:50:09  

ITV’s breakfast show epitomises – and fosters – the UK’s culture wars. To see for himself, Tim Adams wakes to Piers Morgan for a month

There were a few days in mid-December when it looked like the nation might have won some respite from its daily diet of shouty culture wars. But then, on 17 December, just days after Boris Johnson’s election victory, Piers Morgan signed his new contract with Good Morning Britain, and the most enthusiastic cheerleader of national disharmony was granted two more lucrative years behind his breakfast desk.

Morgan insisted that this would be his last term of office, and that he will “sail off into the sunset” in 2022. His original tabloid mentor, Kelvin MacKenzie, argued a year ago that Morgan would not be happy until he “absolutely owns breakfast” and “is making £10m a year”. I don’t imagine he is quite there yet.

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