English TV Presenter and broadcaster Keith Chegwin passed away on Monday after a 'long term battle with a progressive lung condition'. Popularly known as 'Cheggers', Chegwin had been having lung issues for a while, but 'his condition had rapidly worsened towards the end of this year,' his family said in a public statement. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year," the statement read, "Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December. His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were by his side." Born in Liverpool, Chegwin had a career spanning five decades. He starte...
Silently sitting in Mariah Carey’s penthouse, Marilyn Monroe’s white piano is locked away from the world. Sold at a private Christie’s auction in 1999, it is unclear if the public will ever be able to view it again. Is the sale of personal memorabilia threatening the loss of parts of music and film history? However, It’s positive news for auction houses. The popularity of film and music memorabilia have steadily increased over the last decade. Christina Moriame from Ewbank Auction house believes its due to “more activities and awareness of sales in this specialism, marketing and being able to be pushed by valuers” another significant point is that “items are becoming older thus more collectible” she added. Auction houses are now cashing in, generating profits boasting far h
A petition calling for the abolishment of the TV license, which funds the BBC channels, has now reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate by the parliament. It has gained traction following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. A covert reporter discovered that bosses at company Capita pressure employees to find and fine a minimum of 28 people a week. Employees are reportedly offered bonuses of up to £20-25 per person fined over the target number of 28. This can amount to as much as £15,000 per year. The reporter was told by a Capita manager: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.” LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari, described the methods as “incredible bullying tactics” on T
UK’s media landscape is inching deeper into the hands hands and pockets of large corporate giants. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is currently revisiting his bid to buyout UK’s largest broadcaster, Sky. Media activists and politicians are calling foul, flagging the £11 billion takeover as a threat to media plurality, and are asking for the Leveson Inquiry Part Two to take place. ‘News of the World’, owned by Murdoch, was critically discussed at the first inquiry for the newspaper's controversial practices in relation to the phone hacking scandal of murdered teen Milly Dowler. “When you’ve got a news editor telling you that you will print something even you know that is wrong, you get a situation where journalism is compliant — that is basically another form of corporate bullying. We
TV magician Paul Daniels died at home in Berkshire on 17th March. The 77-year-old entertainer had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last month. Daniels was with his wife Debbie McGee in his last hours. His son Gary confirmed the news on Twitter and posted a picture of a crying rabbit sitting in a magician’s hat carrying an Ace card within a broken heart. “It is with incredible sadness that I can confirm that Dad, Paul Daniels, passed away over night”, he wrote. It is with incredible sadness that I can confirm that Dad, @ThePaulDaniels, passed away over night. pic.twitter.com/XhZepFJ4DW — Gary Daniels (@AllNRG) March 17, 2016 "Debbie and the family would like to thank everyone for their support and asks that their privacy be respected at this sad time," his publici