Battle Over Telly Listings

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Have you ever wondered why – even on Sky – BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 always come top of your TV listings? It now turns out that viewers may have trouble finding shows they love if public service channels are not guaranteed top positions on TV guides, major broadcasters have warned. Peers are currently debating a change to the law which says channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 must appear top of on-screen listings. Major broadcasters argue public service channels should be protected as people adopt more personalised viewing habits. However, Sky says the networks are acting in “blatant self-interest”.

BBC Comedy Exhibition

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An exhibition featuring the best of British comedy and sitcoms is opening in Warwickshire. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney Art Gallery from 9th July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition – including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments…

Where Have All The Toilets Gone?

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While Razzi and I drive around Merseyside undertaking our daily business, I can’t help but notice the distinct lack of public toilets these days. Furthermore, hundreds of public toilets are planning to be closed around the UK, as council’s look for ways to cut costs during the present economic squeeze they are facing. A freedom-of-information request by the BBC has recently revealed that at least 1,782 public toilets have closed during the past decade, with some councils now offering none at all. When the need to go becomes overwhelming, what can you do? Here are some tips from readers of the BBC News website which we pass on in good faith…