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The BBC has decided to hold a separate investigation into the abuse carried out by Stuart Hall. On Sunday, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten had said that the activities of the former Granada Reports and North West Tonight presenter would be examined as part of the existing review by Dame Janet Smith into abuse carried out by fellow BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile.

Broadcaster Mark Page has pledged to bring local radio back to Teesside in the wake of TFM Radio's move to Newcastle. Last month we reported how Bauer Media had caused consternation with listeners by suddenly closing TFM's Teesside office and merging output with Metro Radio.

Manchester indie, Marker Projects, is to relaunch next week with a new website as it doubles its head count to increase its creative offering.

Five directors have joined the team - Amy Watson, Matthew Wood, Andy Saunders, Oli Holt and Mark Jewitt, each of whom has a different speciality - be it music, fashion, sport, tourism, documentary or art-films.

Channel 4’s Alex Thomson has used his blog to criticise football club’s for banning reporters and his own profession for not standing up for themselves.
It comes following the latest ban, this time enforced by Newcastle United because of a story written by the Daily Telegraph’s Luke Edwards.

TalkSport is working with AdsWizz to enable advertisers to geographically target its international listeners.

Last year, its parent company, UTV Media signed a global commentary rights deal to broadcast all Premier League matches outside of Europe and this technological first will enable advertisers to target their messaging, in real-time, to each of TalkSport’s international broadcast partners.

Bafta is to award Michael Palin with its highest accolade, the Fellowship, at this year’s television awards.
Born and raised in Sheffield, he started out as a writer for The Frost Report before making the move in front of the camera.

John Simons, Real and Smooth Radio’s group programme director, is to leave the company after 13 years.
Previously at BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio, he joined the (then) GMG Radio in 2000 as it launched its first Real Radio station in Cardiff.

Inflammable Films in Yorkshire and the Newcastle-based Third Films are on a list of 20 companies which will receive funding and support from the British Film Institute.
More than 170 film and animation companies applied for the BFI Vision Awards, which have been set up to grow strong and sustainable UK film businesses.

Broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecently assaulting 13 victims. The youngest of whom was 9-years old.
The 83-year-old, who lives in Wilmslow, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court last month, but it can only be revealed today after reporting restrictions were lifted.

The team behind a new documentary telling the story behind comedian Chris Sievey have already reached more than half of their £20,000 fundraising effort via Kickstarter.
They started the campaign on Tuesday and have (at the time of writing) raised more than £11k, through the crowd-funding website.

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