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EU bans ‘Dr Death and the Tooth Fairy’ comments under ‘Media Council’ diktat

Toby Young, writing at The Telegraph, on EU plans for media regulation (my emphasis): “All EU countries should have independent media councils,” the panel concluded. “Media councils should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.” But if you think that sounds bad, wait till you hear the marmalade-dropper. In the words of the panel: “The national media councils should follow a set of European-wide standards and be monitored by the Commission to ensure that they comply with European values.” Does this means that any future Terry Wogan’isms

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To Lose Two Eurovision Commentators Would Be… An Opportunity

Picked this one up from Boom Bang a Blog (go on, guess the subject matter) and ESC Today: You may have read this week that Graham Norton could be set to leave the BBC for his old stomping ground of Channel 4 after his last show, Totally Saturday, proved totally unwatchable. This does raise one question – will this mean Graham won’t be back in the commentary box for Eurovision in Norway next year? Norton a No-Show in Oslo? The BBC are widely reported to be concerned that they do not have enough shows for Norton, who is one of

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Download My Commentary Track for Tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest

More temporal reporting from the modern Internet as I present my commentary for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest final. It’s the Grand Final tonight, with 25 countries battling it out for the right to, well, host the contest next year. As I’m still here, reporting on the Song Contest in Moscow, while watching the dress rehearsals I’ve recorded a commentary track for those who (a) are watching on the free internet stream at www.eurovision.tv and have no commentator, or (b) who would like something a little bit different to the regular TV commentators. Please note that the commentary is very

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Starting My Next Adventure – I’m Off To Moscow and The Eurovision Song Contest

This Tuesday, I left a rather cryptic message on Twitter: I have in my hand a piece of paper from the Russian Consulate. Now very happy. That piece of paper was my Russian Business Visa. It joins a number of other ‘pieces of paper,’ including return tickets on British Midland from Edinburgh to Moscow; a reservation for a central Moscow hotel, a guide to the Moscow metro and specifically how to get to the Olimpiyski Stadium, and full press accreditation for a certain music event… I’m going to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest!!! Naturally I’ll be bring coverage from Russia

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Liveblog: UK Eurovision, Your Country Needs You (ep 4)

If you are looking for the liveblog for this week’s episode (Jan 31st) you can find it here… Welcome to my thoughts, live, on the fourth episode of the UK’s quest to find a signer for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. A big welcome to everyone from The Stage… feel free to leave your comments below, or find me on Twitter (@ewanspence) 1935: So we’ll have either Mark, Jade or The Twins will sing for the UK in Moscow. It will all be down to a public vote. We’ve been here before, with a perfect Eurovision act not sent by

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Graham Norton Shows Why Jonathan Ross Should Host Eurovision

Finally, Saturday mornings are back to normal, as Jonathan Ross returns to the Light Programme (sorry, I mean Radio 2) right after Brian Matthews. Unlike his return to the TV, his radio show felt much more natural and “Wossy".” hey, he even had a woman to interview. But what caught my attention was his first interviewee, Graham Norton. As well as pushing his appearance in La Cage Aux Folles, the pair of them also discussed the Eurovision Song Contest. And it seems from the conversation aired that the BBC had the perfect Eurovision host under their nose. Someone who knows

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