Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (left) attend a press conference where they announced that they will produce a record to help fight Ebola

Is Band Aid is need of a re-tune? Why charity singles don't always sound the right note

Northumbria University academic  Dr Lee Barron looks at the place of charity singles in popular culture

Review: Robbie Williams at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

A suited and booted Robbie Williams returned to Metro Radio Arena for the first time in 14 years to prove he still had us in the palm of his hand

Superstar singer Robbie Williams

'The show must go on...and it will' - Robbie Williams looking forward to Newcastle gig despite 'bad back'

Robblie Williams has assured fans that he won't let a bad back stop him giving them a performance to remember at the Metro Radio Arena

Superstar singer Robbie Williams

10 things not to miss in the North East during June

Here is two handfuls of things we reckon you should include on your wall planner in June

Denise Welch back Pride of Britain Awards

NORTH East star Denise Welch has backed the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.

Hartlepool United 0 Rochdale 2

FOR over an hour last night, Hartlepool United and Rochdale played a League One match with an out-of-shape football.

Turner realising size of the task

IT doesn't get much easier in Hartlepool United’s attempts to make an impact at the top half of League One.

Teaser: Nickie Gott

Nickie has Gott it – but it didn’t come easy

YOU do not have to speak to Nickie Gott for long to realise how she has achieved all she has.

Right manager will appease NUFC fans

THERE are some pretty pointless ‘sports’ at the Olympics already, including the one where teenage waifs run around a gymnastics mat waving pieces of toilet paper, but I think I’ve found another one.

Sky's the limit in picking new manager

WHAT’S all the fuss about? Lose an unsuitable manager, get knocked back by an even more unsuitable manager and then get hammered at Man USA.

Surprise survey of wit, ego and genius

MUSIC producer Geoff Wonfor and former Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw are friends whose work has brought them in touch with some of the best musicians of the time.

House prices

Wednesday's lunchtime bulletin

Top bosses at music label EMI to quit; House prices see slowest increase for over a year; Human rights group calls on Royal Bank of Scotland to monitor its investment in a Chinese bank.

Penney warns on high hopes

DARLINGTON manager Dave Penney sounded strong words of caution after his side coasted to victory at the Crown Ground.

Wednesday afternoon bulletin

BA fined £270m/Guy Hands buys EMI/HBOS loses market share/Manufacturing hits three-year high

A show all about Eva

FAYE Tozer Steps into the shoes of Eva Cassidy for two nights in Newcastle this autumn.

teaser, Sainsbury's

Wednesday's business news

Sainsbury's receives takeover bid; Private equity firm closes in on music group EMI; Bank of England divided over interest rate rise.

Investors in music play for time

PRIVATE equity firm Terra Firma yesterday gave EMI shareholders an extra week to accept its £2.4bn offer for the troubled music label after receiving support from fewer than 4% of investors.

Friday's business news

The Royal Bank of Scotland-led bid for ABN Amro was thrown into disarray today as a Dutch Supreme Court ruling gave the go-ahead for the sale of ABN’s American banking operation.

This Rat’s not afraid of rain

An outdoor gig in the region is set to go with a swing next week come rain or shine.

Warner Music may still bid for EMI

Warner Music has said it has not yet ruled out making another bid for the EMI Group.


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