Veteran British DJ Tony Blackburn is planning to take legal action against BBC bosses for sacking him for his connection to a sexual abuse probe.
The radio disc jockey was linked to a report, set to be published on Thursday (25Feb16), which was commissioned more than three years ago to investigate how late entertainer Jimmy Savile got away with sexually abusing children at the BBC.
In the review, it has been revealed another DJ was accused of seducing a 15 year girl in 1971, and Blackburn has come forward to confirm he is the presenter in question and he has been fired from the BBC this week (beg22Feb16) because of the report.
However, he states the complaint was later withdrawn, he was not guilty of any misconduct, and he believes he was fired because the evidence he gave Dame Janet Smith, who led the report, differed to the version of events given by BBC bosses. They claim in the review that he was interviewed about the claims, but Blackburn insists he was not.
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Ben E. King has died at the age of 76. Dozens of celebrities have paid tribute to the late soul singer on social media and have mourned the loss of "one of the greats".
Ben E. King, the soul singer best known for the 1960 hit single 'Stand By Me', has died at the age of 76. King died on Thursday (30th April), his publicist confirmed to NBC. Details regarding his cause of death are yet to be released.
Ben E. King has died at the age of 76.
The singer was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina. Born in 1938, King moved to Harlem, New York at the age of nine. At the age of 20, King joined a doo-wop group which became known as the Drifters. King fronted the band and they had a number of R&B hits including 'There Goes My Baby' in 1959.
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Myleene Klass has revealed she is enjoying being single and says being on her own has been a ''liberating'' experience.
Myleene Klass says being single is a very ''liberating'' experience.
The musician-and-TV star is not dating anyone at the moment and although she is still open to meeting her 'Mr. Right' she is enjoying having complete freedom to do what she wants and what's best for her two daughters Ava, six, and three-year-old Hero - her children with ex-husband Graham Quinn.
When asked if she is currently dating anyone, she said: ''I love being single, I love the independence I have. Every choice I make in the morning is my own and of course my first thought is always for my children. It's very liberating feeling actually.''
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Veteran British broadcaster Tony Blackburn was honoured for his 50-year career at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards in London on Monday (12May14).
The Dj was presented with the Gold Award from Radio Academy officials for a second time - he was first feted with the same prize in 1989.
He joked to the audience, "It's very kind of you. I want to thank the medical team that keep me going."
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Kylie Minogue says it's a ''dream come true'' to be headlining this year's BBC Proms in the Park, which takes place in London's Hyde Park on September 8.
Kylie Minogue says it's a ''dream come true'' to be headlining this year's BBC Proms in the Park.
The 'All The Lovers' singer will be the star performer at the annual event in London's Hyde Park on September 8 and she says she can't wait to get on stage.
She said: ''I'm delighted to be performing at one of the UK's most outstanding nights of the musical calendar, and to sing in front of thousands of people whilst being accompanied by the legendary BBC Concert Orchestra in such a special year is truly a dream come true.''
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Moyles, whose show has won two Sony Golds since taking over Sara Cox in 2004, announced the news on air: 'We're off. I wanted to let you know. A couple more months of us, then it's someone else's turn. Thank you for listening.' He is still contracted to the radio station until 2014 after signing a two and a half year deal last year and is keen to discuss presenting a new show.
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Kylie Minogue has been added to the BBC Proms bill as the annual classical music festival continues to stretch its cross over links with the world of popular music. Minogue will take part at the Proms In The Park event in London's Hyde Park and will be accompanied by the BBC Orchestra Concert for her show in what will hopefully be a glorious marriage of the Australian star's back catalogue and classical music.
In a statement, reported by The Press Association, Minogue said "I'm delighted to be performing at one of the UK's most outstanding nights of the musical calendar, and to sing in front of thousands of people whilst being accompanied by the legendary BBC Concert Orchestra in such a special year is truly a dream come true."
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The BBC has denied reports Chris Moyles is to be sacked from the Radio 1 breakfast show.
The Sun reported the DJ, who is set to break Tony Blackburn's record as the longest-running host of the prestigious slot, is set to be axed.
According to a source quoted by the newspaper, "patience was beginning to run out," at the BBC after the star made several controversial comments.
But the broadcaster has rejected the allegations.
A spokesperson told the paper there were "no plans to take Chris off the breakfast show".
"He has a hugely successful show with over seven million listeners, and he added more listeners in the last Rajar figures," a statement said.
The star caused controversy this year with a joke about Auschwitz, and the use of the word 'gay' as an insult.
The Sun claims Moyles will be replaced in a reshuffle, which will introduce a "new generation of stars".
The £630,000-a-year star brought back a million listeners after taking over from Sara Cox in 2004, and now regularly draws in seven million fans.
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The BBC has been fined £95,000 for broadcasting unfair competitions on two of its radio stations.
Competitions were run on Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show and Tony Blackburn's programme on BBC London 94.9FM.
Media watchdog Ofcom said in a statement the shows were guilty of serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code as listeners were unable to either enter or win the competitions.
The BBC was said to have "repeatedly taken pre-meditated and deliberate decisions to include audience competitions in pre-recorded programmes".
"The BBC invited listeners to enter these competitions at the time of the broadcasts, in the full knowledge that the audience stood no chance of either entering or winning," the Ofcom report said.
The regulator added the competitions had not been run for profit and acknowledged steps made by the BBC to ensure compliance with the Broadcasting Code.
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