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Plastic Surgery Undressed










BBC Three has commissioned factual series Plastic Surgery Undressed, which follows people considering having cosmetic procedures. 

The show, hosted by Mobeen Azhar and Vogue Williams, will explore different kinds of procedures on the back of research that shows almost half of British people aged 18 to 34 have considered having such work done. 

Studio guests will share their experiences of surgery and then the show’s subjects will consider whether they want to go ahead with their planned procedures. 

The six-part series will be broadcast next year. 

4 November 2019                Write to Waveguide

Gay Byrne Dies

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Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has died surrounded by his family aged 85 after a period of ill health. 

Mr Byrne, who died in Howth near Dublin, first hit Irish screens in 1962 with the Late Late show. 

Ireland's president Michael D Higgins, described him as a man 'of great charisma' after hearing of his death.   

Mr Higgins added: “Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. 

“This was combined with an innate gentleness as a person, professionalism and humour. 

“Through his work in radio and on television he challenged Irish society, and shone a light not only on the bright but also the dark sides of Irish life. 

“In doing so, he became one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of our times, helping shape our conscience, our self-image, and our idea of who we might be. 

“Beyond compassion, which he had in abundance, he had a sense of what was just.” 

4 November 2019


BBC Television Election Coverage

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Huw Edwards will be the lead presenter for the BBC’s 2019 election night coverage. Huw has played a major role in the BBC’s election and political coverage over the decades and was formerly a political journalist in Westminster for 13 years. 

BBC Director of News, Fran Unsworth, said: “Huw is the perfect presenter to have at the helm as a trusted and authoritative guide throughout election night. This is one of the most important - and unpredictable - elections for years. The BBC’s aim is simple: we want to give audiences the information they need to help them decide how to cast their vote. Over the next six weeks, we will broadcast from up and down the country to ensure political parties are scrutinised on their election pledges and we will give the audience the chance to hold them to account. In polarised times, the BBC is here for everyone in the UK.” 

Huw Edwards said: “Our aim in BBC News is to provide the best possible service to voters in a very uncertain world. It is my job - both during the campaign and on the night - to guide viewers through the most important election for decades. I hope to put my 35 years of experience to good use and to offer our viewers a service they can trust.” 

Results night 

Huw Edwards will be the lead presenter of BBC Election 2019, alongside Reeta Chakrabarti, Andrew Neil, Tina Daheley and Jeremy Vine with his swingometer. 

The 2019 election programme team will include BBC experts including Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe Editor Katya Adler, Economics Editor Faisal Islam, and Media Editor Amol Rajan, alongside Professor Sir John Curtice. 

BBC presenters in key constituency locations, including Naga Munchetty, Andrew Marr, Martha Kearney, Nick Robinson and Lucy Manning will bring news and results from across the UK throughout the night. 

Sarah Smith and Kirsty Wark will broadcast live from Scotland. 

Sophie Raworth will analyse the results as they come in on a giant constituency map of the UK. 

4 November 2019                                Write to Waveguide

Sky Creates UK Jobs











Sky has created 1,000 new jobs throughout the UK, including opening a new customer contact centre in Leeds, to meet growing customer demand. 

The creation of new roles will see Sky’s UK and Ireland employee base grow to 25,000 employees – an increase of nearly 5%. 

As part of the move, Sky will directly employ 500 new engineers to install Sky Q, Sky’s next generation TV platform, into thousands of customer’s homes over the coming months. 

Sky already employs 3,500 engineers across the UK with the new permanent positions currently recruiting all over the UK. 

In addition to Sky’s new team of engineers, Sky is also creating 500 new customer service roles at its new contact centre at No 1 Leeds in the city centre. 

The soon to be recruited customer service agents will support customers across a range of Sky products and services including Sky Broadband, Sky Mobile and Sky TV. 

The new contact centre will be set up to support Sky customers however they choose to contact Sky, including call, text, chat via the MySky app or even via Facebook messenger. 

Over 1,000 people already work for Sky in Leeds, making it one of the city’s biggest employers. 

Last month, Sky also announced the creation of a new Sky Studios Innovation Hub based in Leeds and focussed on the development of talent, scripted partnerships and new content experiences. Over the next five years Sky will more than double its investment in original content through Sky Studios. 

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & Ireland, Sky said: “Our customers love viewing all their favourite shows in one place with Sky Q, so it’s great that 500 new Sky engineers will be hitting the roads right across the UK this winter to meet growing customer demand. Together with our expanded team in Leeds, these 1,000 new employees are a real testament to Sky’s commitment to customer service and investment to create a diverse workforce right across the UK.” 

4 November 2019

Simon Cowell To Launch New Show

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Simon Cowell has announced he is launching another version of the X Factor, which will provide direct competition to a rival talent show from Little Mix to be broadcast on the BBC. 

Cowell told The Sun he had axed the proposed X Factor All Stars series, which had been set to premiere next month and feature previous winners including Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. 

Instead, the 60-year-old music mogul will premiere X Factor The Band, to find new all-male and all-female groups. 

Cowell, who helped launch Little Mix’s career on the X Factor and had them on his record label before a split last year, said he was relishing the competition. 

He told The Sun: “This is what really happened. I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management. 

“I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021. 

“Then we had the fallout and find out Little Mix were bringing their show forward. Was that intentional because we are doing our show? I have no idea. 

“But regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first. 

“It 100% makes it more exciting there being a battle.” 

The Search will see Little Mix – consisting of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall  – going back to their talent show roots to mentor new talent. 

They won the 2011 series of The X Factor as a group, having been formed on the show after originally auditioning as solo singers. 

The winner of The Search will have the opportunity to join Little Mix on their summer tour in 2020.

4 November 2019

Free TV Licence











Labour is pledging to keep free TV licences for over-75s if it comes to power in the 12 December general election.

The BBC has said from 2020 only those on pension credit will qualify, after it was made responsible for funding them under the charter agreement.

It has also been reported that Boris Johnson is looking to save the perk, as part of his election campaign.

According to the Sun, the prime minister has ordered officials to find a way to ensure no over 75s would need to pay as a "priority".

The BBC and the government have come under fierce criticism over the move to scrap free licences to all people aged over 75, which was announced in June.

The decision came after the government made the BBC shoulder the cost of the benefit as part of its funding settlement.

The corporation said retaining the benefit for all over-75s would have cost £745m - a fifth of the BBC's budget - by 2021-22 and led to "unprecedented closures" of services.

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