Interview: TV presenter Angela Rippon

She's a famous face on television but she's also a pitman's daughter. David Whetstone talks to TV favourite Angela Rippon

BSkyB shares tumble after UEFA deal

  • Sky

Shares in BSkyB were hammered following the company's failure to win the UK rights to show Champions League and Europa League matches

Ant and Dec bring hit Takeaway show to Metro Radio Arena

TV duo Ant and Dec are to take their hit Saturday Night Takeaway show on the road next year and will be coming to Newcastle for three shows

Tyne Tees site to be affordable housing

One of the UK’s largest providers of affordable housing has outlined plans to build new homes on the site of former TV studios

Denise Robertson: Time to face the facts of smoking cigarettes

Too many people are refusing to face the facts of smoking with 102,000 lives lost every year from tobacco-related illnesses

Ponteland TV and film director Gavin Taylor dies aged 72

TELEVISION and film director Gavin Taylor, who worked with some of the greatest stars in music, has died at the age of 72.

Literature leading lights join forces for True North free event

SOME of the region’s finest literary minds will be coming together for a special event this week.

TV star David Leon back home to flesh out impressive short film

Action has been called once again on David Leon’s film Orthodox, which impressed the short film circuit last year

Top 10 is still our target, insists Tim Krul

TIM Krul says Newcastle United have re-calibrated their aims to focus on a top-10 finish this year – but sees no reason why they cannot dream of a return to Europe or glory in one of the Cup competitions.

Bob Moncur: SAFC and NUFC rivalry is too aggressive

FORMER Newcastle United and Sunderland captain Bobby Moncur wishes his old clubs could get back to the friendlier rivalry of years gone by, despite having inadvertently helped fuel hostility in the past.

Gareth Southgate walks out on elite post with FA

  • ITV

GARETH Southgate is to quit the Football Association after only 18 months – dashing hopes that the former England defender would become the body’s new technical director.

North East youth holds the key to England's future glory

IN a piece of scheduling that now looks particularly cruel on the poor unsuspecting football fan, ITV showed the superior football documentary One Night in Turin in the run-up to England’s Euro 2012 quarter-final.

Martin O’Neill up to the challenge of changing perceptions

UP in the gods at the Stadium of Light, Roy Keane might have been excused a feeling of deja vu.

Manager Martin O'Neill sees golden touch desert him

MARTIN O’Neill picked a bad time for his golden touch to desert him.

O'Neill's unsure about risking Lee Cattermole

MARTIN O’Neill will talk to Lee Cattermole before deciding whether to risk his captain at West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.

SAFC sign Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos on loan

SUNDERLAND signed two defenders before yesterday’s transfer deadline, but only Wayne Bridge joined in time to make his debut tonight.

Goalkeeper Jason Steele set for an early Boro return

GOALKEEPER Jason Steele could be rushed back ahead of schedule tonight to protect teenager Connor Ripley.

Wear-Tees derby poor attendance sparks FA Cup questions

IT was a big derby between local rivals who had not met for three years.

Sunderland v Boro FA Cup clash put back a day

SUNDERLAND’S FA Cup fourth-round Wear-Tees derby date with Middlesbrough has been put back a day.

Peterborough 0 Sunderland 2

SUNDERLAND overcame a potentially tricky FA Cup obstacle to comfortably book their place in the fourth round and set up a mouthwatering Wear-Tees derby clash.

Brian Clough inspires Cats manager Martin O'Neill

  • ITV

DURING a brilliant three-year playing career, Brian Clough’s attempts to stamp his influence made him a few enemies at Roker Park.

Zamora's not in Darren Bent's league says Bruce

STEVE Bruce is hoping regional bias does not torpedo Darren Bent’s World Cup dream – after confessing he is “amazed” Bobby Zamora is being mentioned in the same breath as his prolific 25-goal striker.

Revived Magpies on the up again

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IT was the nightmare scenario which stung pride and battered egos when it became a reality, but Newcastle United can finally start to move on from the shame of relegation

Sunderland will keep eye on World Cup stars

STEVE Bruce has confirmed Sunderland will be looking to the World Cup for potential summer recruits.

Bruce blasts back in Beckham TV rumpus

AN UNDER-STRENGTH England finished their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 home win, with goals scored by two men hoping to push claims for South Africa.

Blyth spirit shining through

  • ITV

TWELVE weeks ago Blyth Spartans were putting the jitters up a Premier League side who, in their next game, thrashed Newcastle United out of sight.

Pub Landlord hits road

  • BBC

Comedy favourite Al Murray heads north on his national tour. But the aggressive, in-your-face Pub Landlord of TV fame is quaking at the thought, as Keith Newton reports.

ITV must stop the own goals

THE most nervous team ahead of FA Cup fifth round weekend?

Turner rules out a move for Windass

HARTLEPOOL United caretaker boss Chris Turner has ruled out signing veteran striker Dean Windass, who is free to leave Hull City.

A passion for fashion

MENTION “taffeta” to mature journalists and visions of ball gowns and wedding dresses rustle down the mind’s aisle.

Jan gets chance to wipe out his errors

JAN Budtz starts his first Hartlepool United game since February and will vindicate Danny Wilson’s decision not to farm him out on loan in the process.

More TV cash for Cup stars Spartans

BLYTH Spartans’ FA Cup second round replay against Bournemouth has been moved back a week but their patience will be rewarded with £190,000 if they can finally see off the League Two strugglers.

Spartans hero Reay has got it figured out

Shaun Reay started the season on a low but this month he became a national celebrity for a weekend.

Capello clears air over injuries

FABIO Capello insists he has no problem with Premier League managers.

Keane launches attack on lazy punditry

THE television studio is a comfortable place for many ex-players but Roy Keane has declared he would rather have his teeth pulled out.

Cup run was life-changing for Blyth hero

BLYTH Spartans will always be associated with the FA Cup after the non-League club reached the fifth round 30 years ago.

Elizabeth is quick to defend home ground

  • BBC

She’s known to millions for her top TV roles, but Middlesbrough’s Elizabeth Carling has been back on home turf for her latest part.

It’s Strictly come Thornton

SHE has been one of the most recognisable faces on TV over the last few years.

Cheryl a victim of website hoax

NORTH pop singer Cheryl Tweedy and her football star husband Ashley Cole have become the latest celebrity victims of internet hoaxers.

Thursday lunchtime business bulletin

  • ITV

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley gets backing from senior directors; Fresh wave of speculation causes shares in technology firm Johnson Matthey to jump 8%; John Lewis achieves record festive sales.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer