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TikTok does not want to compete with BBC for Eurovision final viewers

TikTok does not want to compete with the BBC at Eurovision but instead “complement” and drive viewers towards its grand final coverage, a manager has said. The social media platform has partnered with contest organiser the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC for the event in Liverpool, with busker pop-ups around the city, special coverage and gigs. James Stafford, TikTok’s general manager of marketing and operations for the UK, Ireland and Nordics, […]

todayMay 11, 2023 8

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Hit makers Duran Duran handed top Birmingham civic award

Multi-platinum hit-makers Duran Duran have added a top civic award from home city Birmingham to their vast collection of accolades, calling it “quite an honour”. The synth pop pioneers, who have just completed a UK tour, were handed a Lord Mayor’s Award ahead of their May 5 homecoming show at the city’s Utilita Arena. Councillor Maureen Cornish, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, was pictured back stage with current line-up, Simon Le […]

todayMay 10, 2023 8

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John Lewis boss to face confidence vote over leadership

The boss of the John Lewis Partnership is set to face a confidence vote on her future after criticism of the leadership of the retail giant. It comes after Dame Sharon White, chairwoman of the business which runs the department store chain and supermarket arm Waitrose, said the group is considering options for its future after reports that it could bring in outside investment. However, industry leaders such as Mary […]

todayMay 10, 2023 14

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Archbishop of Canterbury criticises Governments small boats Bill in Lords

The Archbishop of Canterbury has made a rare intervention in the House of Lords, to criticise the Government’s Illegal Migration Bill as it faces its first test in the upper chamber. Justin Welby argued against the flagship legislation aimed at ensuring people who arrive in the UK in small boats would be detained and promptly removed, either to their home country or a third country such as Rwanda. The intervention marked his second major rebuke of the Government’s […]

todayMay 10, 2023 7

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No enforcement action over release of Nicola Bulleys personal information

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will not be taking any enforcement action against Lancashire Police over its disclosure of missing mother Nicola Bulley’s personal information, the force has said. In an update issued on Tuesday, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) also said its investigation into an officer’s contact with Ms Bulley prior to her disappearance identified two areas of learning. The force came under heavy criticism after the […]

todayMay 9, 2023 7

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Energy bills to drop from July experts say

Energy bills are expected to drop significantly from the start of July, according to new analysis released on Tuesday. Energy industry consultancy Cornwall Insight said it thinks the price cap on energy bills will fall by more than £1,200 for the average household when it is next updated. However, because the Government bill support, which has artificially lowered bills, will fall away, households will only be around £437 better off […]

todayMay 9, 2023 6

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Trump rape case jury to begin deliberations

A jury in New York City is set to begin its deliberations in a civil trial over advice columnist E Jean Carroll’s claims that Donald Trump raped her in a luxury Manhattan department store in 1996. US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan will read instructions on the law to the nine-person jury for about an hour before jurors begin discussing the civil claims of battery and defamation. If they believe […]

todayMay 9, 2023 7

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Prince William says Queen Elizabeth would be proud of King Charles

The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the King’s coronation “pledge of service” as the newly crowned monarch’s life was celebrated by a host of stars. William took to the stage during the Coronation Concert to speak about the pride he felt for his father, highlight Charles’ recognition of “people of all faiths, all backgrounds” and fondly remember his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. During a night of music staged in the […]

todayMay 8, 2023 7

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Charles crowned King in front of the watching world

The King has been crowned the nation’s monarch and prayed to be a “blessing” to people of “every faith and conviction”. Charles became the 40th reigning sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, the nation’s coronation church since 1066, as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby placed St Edward’s Crown on his head. The historic moment, watched around the globe, was a fulfilment of the King’s destiny, but followed the death […]

todayMay 6, 2023 23

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