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Sun deletes tweet criticising Channel 4 News coverage of Nice truck attack

Kelvin MacKenzie has sparked controversy with column asking whether Fatima Manji, who wears a hijab, should have fronted report on atrocity

The Sun has deleted a tweet promoting a controversial column attacking Channel 4 News for using a Muslim presenter to report news of the Nice truck attack.

Kelvin MacKenzie’s column, which ran with the headline “Why did Channel 4 have a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice?”, appeared in Monday’s edition of the paper.

Related: Colin Murray quits TalkSport after takeover by Sun owner

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David Beckham: 'I want Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper to play me'

David Beckham: 'I want Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper to play me'
David Beckham has revealed that he would choose Brad Pitt to play him in a movie.

When asked by talkSPORT's Colin Murray which actor he would like to portray him in a film based on his life, Beckham quipped that "Brad Pitt would be the obvious choice".

"Him or Leonardo DiCaprio, or maybe Bradley Cooper," he added. "They're not bad looking guys!"

Beckham also spoke about his retirement from professional football, saying: "I'm coping pretty well. I had lots of things set up for when I called it a day. I was very lucky I finished my career on such a high.

"My career was pretty successful over the last 20 years and to be able to finish my career at Psg with a trophy, and then walk away from football, was very special.

"It's never easy retiring and it's not easy to walk away from something that you love but
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Vernon Kay, Colin Murray front Channel 4's NFL coverage

Vernon Kay and Colin Murray will front Channel 4's coverage of the NFL season, it has been revealed.

American football fanatic and amateur player Kay will host a new Saturday morning series, The American Football Show, which will discuss the latest action and news and preview Sunday's games.

Murray, who previously fronted Channel 5's coverage, will anchor Channel 4's two live NFL Wembley games on September 29 and October 27.

Nat Coombs and Mike Carlson will continue as Channel 4's punditry team for Sunday night football, which launches this weekend with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Sunset+Vine, which jointly produced Channel 4's Paralympics coverage, is teaming up with the channel for the 2013/14 NFL season.

"The wealth of NFL programming on 4 allows us to bring viewers a great presenting team across all the shows," said Channel 4's sports commissioning editor Jamie Aitchison.

"Vernon, Nat and
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Media Talk podcast: can Lord Hall nudge the BBC to gender equality?

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Joining John Plunkett to discuss the week's media news is Answer Me This co-presenter Olly Mann and Media Guardian reporter Josh Halliday.

Director general Tony Hall is aiming for an equal balance of men and women on all BBC local radio breakfast shows within two years – we ask broadcaster and member of Sound Women Miranda Sawyer whether it's realistic and whether it's the right way to solve the problem.

In other news, David Cameron is caught with his trousers down by the paparazzi – but were some papers right to publish?

Sky Living's director announces a makeover to make the channel more inclusive of men – but does that take away its selling point?

Also in the programme, Colin Murray discusses his departure from BBC1's Sunday night football show, MOTD2 as he begins a new job at TalkSport.

And Rebecca Nicholson reviews the final episode of Top of the Lake
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Colin Murray on Clare Balding: 'The second I said it I knew it was too much'

The TalkSport host speaks for the first time about his regrets over the comments he made on 5Live's Fighting Talk

Appropriately for the man who used to present BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk, Colin Murray is in combative mood. Since transferred to 5 Live's commercial rival TalkSport, where he presents a three-hour weekday show, Murray says his new employer is a place where he can "be myself without every so often spasmodically having to deal with the shit of the outraged few".

This is a barely-veiled reference to his final episode of Fighting Talk, on 1 June this year, when the panel show was accused of "homophobic bullying" after a contestant was invited to advance reasons why if given "20 minutes with her, I'm pretty sure I could turn around Clare Balding".

It was intended as satire, a "mockery of idiot views" as Murray put it, in a round called Defend The Indefensible.
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Max Rushden: 'SHOUTsport? Sometimes football is a bit shouty'

As the transfer window inches shut and we welcome back actual football, the battle lines on the airwaves and TV screens have been drawn.

BT and Sky are battling it out on the telly, while Absolute, talkSPORT and the Beeb scuffle over radio. Max Rushden has a foot in a couple of camps, presenting a show on talkSPORT and heading up Soccer Am with Helen Chamberlain.

Ahead of this weekend's top-flight kick-off, Digital Spy met up with Max to talk about the season ahead.

Are you happy that transfer madness is nearly over and some matches will start soon?

"I do love transfer speculation to the point of checking the gossip each day, seeing what it is, and then going off and doing something else. I always have a lot of sympathy and respect for the guys on Sky Sports News or talkSPORT every day who are still managing to
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Mark Chapman interview: "BBC sport coverage is second to none"

Mark Chapman has become one of the BBC's leading sports broadcasters over the past few years. From his days with Scott Mills on Radio 1 to his work on 5 Live, Chapman has shown his extensive sports knowledge on a variety of different projects.

From the 2013/14 football season, Chapman will take over from Colin Murray as main host of the BBC's Match of the Day 2, while continuing to host 5 Live Sport on Saturdays and fronting the Rugby World Cup coverage.

Ahead of his new role, Digital Spy spoke to Chapman about his upcoming projects, BBC Sport and its competition with BT Sport.

Your appointment as regular host of Match of the Day 2 has arrived at an exciting time. What are you looking forward to covering most for the upcoming season?

"I think how unpredictable it's going to be. You're always looking for stories. Football is so much more now than what happens on the pitch.
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TV & Football: You Can Still Make It As A Pundit

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Starting a successful career in football television broadcasting is often considered to be as difficult as actually starting a professional footballing career. Some would even say that in order to work within this industry you would need to have been a professional footballer, or at-least have some previous association to the game.

Take for example, the line-up of Saturday night’s popular Match of The Day (Motd) football highlights show, presented by Gary Lineker (Ex-pro and former England Captain), and most commonly guest presented by pundits Alan Shearer (Ex-pro), Mark Lawrenson (Ex-pro), and Alan Hansen (Ex-pro). Similarly, Sky Sports newly appointed main pundit Gary Neville has only just finished hanging up his boots at Manchester United, while his controversial predecessor Andy Gray, also began his career as a professional footballer. Andy now works as a presenter for talkSPORT.

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Colin Murray to be replaced by Mark Chapman on 'Match of the Day 2'

Colin Murray to be replaced by Mark Chapman on 'Match of the Day 2'
Colin Murray will reportedly leave Match of the Day 2 at the end of the current football season. The Northern Irish presenter has hosted the Sunday edition of the long-running BBC show since taking over from Adrian Chiles in 2010. Mark Chapman - who has also occasionally presented the programme - will take over as lead host next season, according to The Sun. Murray is said to have received complaints from colleagues (more)
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Chris Moyles tipped to take late-night Radio 1 slot

Radio 1 DJ who will step down from breakfast show in September could take 10pm slot once occupied by John Peel

Chris Moyles's departure from the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show has been long expected; a switch to the late-night slot once occupied by John Peel, less so.

The Radio 1 breakfast DJ, who will step down from the most coveted slot in music radio in September, is being tipped for a move to the 10pm weekday show which would effectively see him swap jobs with his replacement, Nick Grimshaw.

A move to the late-night slot is of a number of options being considered by Radio 1 controller – and one-time Moyles producer – Ben Cooper, as he seeks to find his most popular DJ a new role on the station.

Moyles, who had been tipped for a switch to Radio 2, lost half a million listeners in the latest official Rajar audience figures, slumping to
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Match of the Day 2 to move to BBC1 because of number of Sunday games

Increase in Premier League matches prompts schedule change for BBC2's football highlights show at the start of the season

The BBC's Match of the Day 2 is to be broadcast on BBC1 because of the increased number of Premier League games played on a Sunday, the corporation has said.

The Premier League highlights programme, which is fronted by Colin Murray, will move from BBC2 for the start of the upcoming season.

Match of the Day 2 will now air on BBC1 at 10.25pm on a Sunday. Gary Lineker's Match of the Day will continue to be broadcast in its regular Saturday evening slot on BBC1.

Danny Cohen, the controller of BBC1, said: "As a huge fan of Match Of The Day I'm thrilled that MOTD2 is moving to a regular home on BBC1. The audience response to the BBC's coverage of Euro 2012 has been fantastic, meaning that this is the
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Coolio, Stephen Baldwin to star in 'Scream Extreme' on Watch

Watch has recommissioned rollercoaster gameshow Scream If You Know The Answer! with a new Us twist. Retitled Scream Extreme: USA, the show has moved to Six Flags Magic Mountain in America and is now a co-production with The Travel Channel. Celebrities confirmed for the series include Gavin & Stacey star Sheridan Smith, Strictly duo Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, and Us reality TV regulars Coolio, Stephen Baldwin and Corey Feldman.

Original 90210 actress Shannen Doherty is also signed up to take part. Blue's Duncan James continues as host and Radio 5 Live DJ Colin Murray is back as the commentator for the high-octane challenges, (more)
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London welcomes first remote controlled Black Cab

London welcomes first remote controlled Black Cab
Londoners today were given a potential look into the future as the world's first remote controlled Black Cab pulled up outside the O2 Arena in Greenwich. Dubbed the "ultimate boys' toy", the full-size remote controlled car was created by Dr James Brighton to mark the launch of Driving Wars, the new extreme driving show premiering on Dave next Wednesday. Dr Brighton and the Driving Wars team spent two months setting up the cab up so that it can be controlled remotely with a handheld console. Users are able to control all the braking, acceleration and steering of the nearly two-tonne vehicle that can hit 80 miles per hour. Presented by Colin Murray, Driving Wars will invite members of the public to recreate (more)
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Jim Rosenthal to helm Channel 5 football

Jim Rosenthal has been confirmed as the new face of Channel 5 football. The veteran broadcaster will take over the role on Thursday September 16, when he will anchor coverage of Liverpool vs. Steaua Bucharest. He succeeds Colin Murray, who replaced Adrian Chiles on BBC Two's Match Of The Day 2 in the summer. Speaking about his new role, Rosenthal said: "I've covered many different sports throughout my career, but football has always been my first love. It's tremendous to be back covering the game at the highest level. "Five has an innovative and inclusive approach to its coverage, which really excites me. With Liverpool and Manchester City in the tournament, alongside some of the biggest names in European football, such (more)
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Friday's TV Headlines: Colin Murray for Match Of The Day 2 & Eric Mabius joins Outcasts

We bring you all the TV gossip with our daily news round up. Today's top stories: Colin Murry joins Match Of The Day 2, while Denise Van Outen admits she's an Over The Rainbow fan. Colin Murray To Front Match Of The Day 2 The Guardian BBC Radio 1 DJ Colin Murray is the surprise new face of Match Of The Day 2, replacing former presenter Adrian Chiles.
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