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Kay Mellor has hit out at the Yorkshire branch of the Royal Television Society after the Fat Friends and The Syndicate writer was overlooked at its recent awards ceremony. Mellor was nominated for three awards at the Leeds event but walked away empty-handed for the second year running.

Liverpool will host one of this year's BBC Reith Lectures, with artist Grayson Perry today named as lecturer. St George's Hall will host the second lecture, with the others held at the Tate Modern and Central Saint Martins in London and The Guildhall in Derry-Londonderry.

Entries have opened for the Royal Television Society North West Awards 2013. There are a total of 24 award categories, and all entries must have been transmitted between August 1 2012 and July 31 2013.

Veteran chatshow host and journalist Sir Michael Parkinson has revealed he has prostate cancer. The 78-year-old Yorkshireman is undergoing radiotherapy but said he was confident of returning to full health.

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Colin Murray is to replace Richard Keys and Andy Gray as host of talkSPORT's mid-morning show. Keys and Gray recently announced their departure from the daily show after confirming they had accepted a new TV role with Al Jazeera's English language channel.

The BBC is to take a 3 year break from developing 3D programme making at the end of the year. It’s citing a lack of public interest for the decision to stop the 2-year pilot.

“It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to say that it will be practically impossible to get the Prime Minister on set.” It was a comment about BBC Breakfast’s move to MediaCityUK which didn’t go down well in the North West and now Chris Hollins appears to have a few regrets about saying it.

Lime Pictures has cast Danny Dyer (Human Traffic, Mean Machine) as a “ruthless ex-pat” in its Hollyoaks Later series for E4.
Slated for transmission in the Autumn, the 5 x 1 hour episodes are due to start filming this summer.

There is a big Northern influence in the RadioCentre’s Roll of Honour, which has been revealed to mark 40 years of commercial radio.
Produced in association with Audioboo, it was announced at the Arqiva Awards

at MediaCityUK has purchased a Baselight Two System for its new colour grading suite.
It follows the appointment of renowned colourist, Jamie Parry, who’s spent almost 2 decades at Granada and Sumners, working on shows including The Forsyte Saga, Clocking Off and Phoenix Nights:

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