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A BBC presenter has revealed how her strong Northern accent once led to her being derided as "too common for telly" by one of the corporation's senior managers. Stephanie McGovern, who presents the business news on BBC Breakfast, has also spoken out about the abuse she receives from viewers because of her Teesside tones.

The BBC is to launch subscription-free HD channels for CBeebies and CBBC - with regional HD channels also under consideration. The broadcaster is launching five new HD channels in total, with BBC News HD, BBC Three HD and BBC Four HD also set to add to its current portfolio of HD channels.

One Marketing Communications has unveiled a series of idents for United Utilities’ sponsorship of Granada and Border Weather on ITV. The Manchester agency has created a new look for the United Utilities' second year in partnership with the broadcaster.

Former North West Tonight anchor Gordon Burns has retired from broadcasting after quitting his weekend BBC radio show. Burns' last ever Sunday morning show on BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Lancashire went out yesterday.

Veteran broadcaster, Alan Whicker has died, aged 87. A spokesperson said he was suffering from bronchial pneumonia. His television career spanned almost 60 years and he will be best remembered for the long-running television series, Whicker’s World.

However, Whicker was also instrumental in founding Yorkshire Television in 1968 as a major shareholder in the consortium.

Andrea Day is leaving travel news provider INRIX, to join BBC Radio Merseyside in September.
She first joined the company’s European headquarters in Altrincham in 2004 as a broadcaster and editor, when it was Trafficlink.

The National Media Museum in Bradford is calling on Doctor Who fans to share stories and memorabilia for a major new exhibition.
Taking place this Autumn, it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the long-running series by exploring the public’s devotion to the Doctor.

Asian Lite, a weekly Asian newspaper, recently celebrated its sixth anniversary with the ambitious news that it has teamed up with the leading Indian TV station, NewsX, to launch an internet based television station based in the UK entitled Asian Lite TV.

Channel 4 has ordered 6 specials of quiz show mash-up, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. It will be a co-produced by ITV Studios and Zeppotron.

BT Sport has announced that it will be airing Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match at Old Trafford this August.
The game between Manchester United and Sevilla could become the most viewed testimonial ever, following a deal with Streamworks International, which will stream the match to 170 countries through a dedicated website: www.riotestimonial.com.

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