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BBC gaffe flagged up in Game of Thrones-style Six Nations intro

Animators use Bulgarian colours instead of Italian tricolour in sequence trailing rugby contest Continue reading…

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Nigel Farage swings behind Europe in Paddy Powers Ryder Cup ad

Eurosceptic Ukip leader makes tongue-in-cheek political U-turn for campaign based around the Ryder Cup golf contest Continue reading…

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Sky Sports clears Andrew Strauss over Kevin Pietersen C-word outburst

Presenter criticised former England colleague during an ad break in the MCC’s match against the Rest of the World at Lord’s

Sky Sports is considering its inquiry into how it aired audio of Andrew Strauss using the C-word about Kevin Pietersen closed, reports the Daily Mail. The presenter was talking to his colleague Nick Knight during an ad break in the MCC’s match against the Rest of the World at Lord’s on Saturday. Strauss became animated about Pietersen’s influence on English cricket, describing him as a “complete cunt”. Unfortunately the microphone was still on the commentary box and although Strauss’s words did not go out on Sky Sports, they could be heard by users of the Fox Sports app. Sky tweeted an apology:

Earlier comments were made during a break of play which were heard overseas. We apologise for the language used.

Personally, I’d fire Andrew Zzzzzztrauss for offences against the tedious commentary act, let alone calling @KP24 a “c**t”live on air.

I cannot wait for @KP24 ‘s confidentiality clause to end so he can tell HIS side of the story. People will be shocked.

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BBC backs Phil Neville despite ‘monotone’ World Cup commentary

Ex-Man Utd player is an ‘important, well respected member of
our team’, corporation insists despite Twitter backlash

The BBC is backing Phil Neville despite almost universal ridicule on Twitter over his debut as a World Cup pundit. The ex-Manchester United player was accused of being “boring” and speaking in a “monotone” during England’s match against Italy on Saturday. Danny Baker tweeted:

Fucking hell BBC! Has no one the guts to say to Gary Neville – alter the tone and pitch of your voice. It ENGAGES the listener! #monotone

“And the BBC have just made one change for the second half. They’ve taken off Phil Neville and brought on a speak-your-weight machine.”

Phil Neville sounds like a Dignitas satnav.

Phil Neville could make Zippity Doo Dah sound like a cancer diagnosis

1st live co-comm last night-sometimes u have to take the criticism – it will only make me better- thanks for the feedback(ahhahaha)!

@Mako_or_Breako: I thought ur technical explanations & general commentary was spot on but it was all a bit monotone. 7/10, I agree!!

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ITV’s Glenn Hoddle feels the squeeze over World Cup ‘camel toe’

Viewers comment on Twitter after camera angle puts pundit’s tight trousers in sharp focus Continue reading…

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Adrian Chiles off target with his World Cup welcome

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Chelsea in Springfield of dreams after tie-up with The Simpsons | Media Monkey

Chelsea star David Luiz is often called Sideshow Bob due to his haircut (and sometimes comical defending) – and now the comparison is even more apt after the Premier League club signed a merchandising deal with The Simpsons. Characters from the Fox series, which was voted Best Show of the 20th Century by Time magazine, will feature on a new range of Blues’ merchandise … So, with Bart and Homer Simpson appearing at the Bridge, what other collaborations can we hope for? Queens South Park Rangers? Fans sitting in the Family Guy Section? Or maybe Manchester United’s new shirt sponsors could be Duff?

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Sochi 2014: BBC’s David Attenborough reveals the frisky side of curling | Media Monkey

Radio 1’s Greg James persuades natural history presenter to revoice Team GB and Team USA match – with hilarious results

Curling must be a mystery to many viewers of the Winter Olympics – even hardened sports fans. So who better to explain the intricacies of the baffling sport than Sir David Attenborough? Radio 1 DJ Greg James persuaded the veteran BBC natural history presenter to revoice the commentary from a Team GB and Team USA match in Sochi – with hilarious results. Attenborough begins by confessing that “in all my years of exploration, these are the creatures I find most curious”. He continues: “Here we have a pack of sliding curlers. Watch as the alpha female displays her dominance over herd by tapping the head of the frisking broom to check for rogue insects …” He describes how the curler launches an “oversized walnut” down a “frozen river” followed by the herd “gently frisking the foreground”. It sounds like there’s a glint in his eye as he concludes in a fruity voice: “Frisking is frantic and often futile, making no difference to the success of the net thrust. But it’s playful, and all part of what makes this game the sliding curlers play so magical … Look how happy it makes them.” Monkey is still no wiser about the rules of curling – but the “oversized walnut” sport will never look the same again.

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Eric Cantona Kronenbourg ad gets the boot over French claims | Media Monkey

Kronenbourg scored an own goal in their advert featuring Eric Cantona that claimed hop farmers in France were as lauded as footballers in the UK. While this may well be true, the advertising watchdog decided the implication was that the lager was brewed in France – despite on-screen text making it clear that it was made in Blighty. King Eric says the farmers are ‘idolised and adored’, but not by the ASA, which saw fit to give the ad the red card.

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Sochi 2014: BBC viewers stoked over Jenny Jones snowboard commentary | Media Monkey

Viewers take to Twitter to praise Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood’s lively coverage of Briton’s bronze medal win in the slopestyle

We’re only three days into Sochi, but the BBC‘s Winter Olympics commentary team is already in medal-winning form. Viewers have taken to Twitter to praise Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood’s coverage of events such as the slopestyle. One tweeted: “@SnowEdLeigh @Tim_Warwood provide the best commentary I have ever heard! Rad man totally rad!!!”. Another said: “I would watch paint dry if @SnowEdLeigh and @Tim_Warwood were commentating on it. #bestcommentaryever”. The Independent reports that some of the pair’s choice phrases on Saturday included: “That was a grab, I thought it was more of a tickle”, “If he was any smoother he would melt”and “That was a nice little slap there, that would have felt amazing.” Joined by British boarder Aimee Fuller in the commentary box on Sunday to cover Jenny Jones’s medal-winning run, Leigh said: “I can feel my pulse in my lower intestine.” Warwood said: “That’s not your pulse Leigh.” Fuller cried as Jones won her medal, with Leigh saying “You can cry.” Their other comments included: “She’s got a face that could help bread rise”, “Look at the stomp on that” and “Riding switch is like writing left-handed while wearing a chip hat and being attacked by seagulls”. As the lads simply put it on Jones’s run: “Boom!”

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Viewers cry foul over Adrian Chiles’ FA Cup commentary | Media Monkey

ITV faces demands to pay up after presenter promises £5 to anyone still watching a boring Fulham v Sheffield United match

Adrian Chiles‘s big mouth has got him in trouble after he promised £5 to viewers who were watching a boring FA Cup tie. The ITV4 presenter was covering a replay between Fulham and Sheffield United, which resulted in a 0-0 draw at full time. At half time in extra time, Chiles said that any viewers who hadn’t fallen asleep could to write in and he would send them a fiver. However, Sheffield went on to win 1-0, and several viewers tweeted to request their cash. One viewer wrote: “Hi @ITV Adrian Chiles said if anyone was watching they’d get £5 sent out to them. How do I go about claiming this? Cheers”, while another added: “Adrian Chiles promises everyone still watching @itv4 £5. There are four of us watching here… ;)”. Another went even further: “Adrian Chiles owes me £5 for sticking with this game as promised then… I’ll also claim £4.38 for having to listen to Clarke Carlisle #zzzz” Another viewer, Peter Hyam, even got as far as emailing ITV, writing: “I’m currently watching Fulham v Sheffield United on ITV4. It’s an awful game. Possibly the worst I’ve ever seen. But I’m still persisting. At half time in extra time Adrian Chiles said ‘if you’re still watching, write in and we’ll send you a fiver each’. This is obviously a stupid thing for any presenter to say – and I doubt it was on the cue cards. However, I’d like my fiver please. If not then I shall formally complain about your dreadful presenter lying to the one viewer. I’d prefer it in cash or cheque … Alternatively a signed photo of Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield would do.” Time for Chiles to put his money where his mouth is?

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The Jump final sees another star slope off injured | Media Monkey

Off piste might not be the correct word order when it comes to describing some contestants after the final of Channel 4’s series The Jump. As singer Joe McElderry triumphed, Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave and comedian Marcus Brigstoke joined the ranks of wounded after another couple of tumbles. The Sun reports that Sir Steve attempted to swerve a difficult jump during practice and came a cropper, adding to his list of injuries list as he’d already broken his hand earlier in the series. The five-time gold-medalist and Brigstoke are in the company of Melinda Messenger, ‘socialite’ Henry Conway and the star of Flash Gordon, Sam Jones – who didn’t even make it through the pre-competition practices. Should C4 have trouble signing up stars for a new series, how about a spin-off with their current crop, Celebrity A&E?

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BBC goes Westeros for its Winter Olympics coverage | Media Monkey

Winter (Olympics) is coming … so who’s the Game of Thrones fan in the BBC Sport marketing department? There’s a definite “beyond the wall” feel to the BBC’s promotional campaign for its Sochi Games coverage, details of which were unveiled on Thursday. In case anyone is still missing the cultural reference, voiceover duties are taken by Charles “Tywin Lannister” Dance.

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Radio Times encouraging listeners to take in chess through the ear | Media

Chess … on the radio. BBC Radio 4 is getting round the obvious drawback of the game of kings not producing a lot of actual, um … sound with the clever wheeze of having Dominic Lawson interview his opponent across the chessboard during their match. A chesserview, if you will. The BBC has tried chess on the radio before, 50-odd years ago, with Radio Times writer Christopher Holme providing helpful hints for listeners planning to tune in. “As a subject for the sound medium, chess has obvious difficulties.” Yes, go on. “Many of these programmes will be a of a kind which can be taken in by any listener through the ear alone; for others, diagrams will be provided in Radio Times (see page 34); but there will be some few programmes which can be fully enjoyed and appreciated only by the listener who has his board and men set up in front of him.” Holme expresses the hope that “chess-players of all classes will not only listen but also compete”, as chess by radio will only succeed with the “fullest participation of the audience up and down the country”. You don’t get a lot of sentences constructed along the lines of “taken in by any listener through the ear alone” these days, more’s the pity. So stand by your boards, people – but radio chess will still have to go some to compete with the thrills and spills of the World Championship Stare-out Finals.

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Tom Daley video is the perfect springboard for ITV’s Splash! | Media Monkey

Publicity around show’s mentor provides great profile – but will contestants such as Saturdays singer Una Foden get a look-in?

The names of the first few contestants in ITV’s Splash! have leaked out – but given recent developments, their mentor Tom Daley is likely to attract all the attention. According to the Sun, Saturdays singer Una Foden has signed up for the diving contest – unlike bandmates Rochelle Humes and Frankie Sandford, who chose to strut their stuff in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Daley has already started training the celebrities for Splash!, which starts next month – and Foden tweeted her support last week for Daley when he posted his “coming out” video: “Huge respect for @tomdaley1994 for coming out in such a brave manner. Lovely guy too X” Other stars featuring in the diving contest include Hollyoaks’ Gemma Merna, radio and TV presenter Paul Ross and model Danielle O’Hara, while Daybreak’s Anna Williamson and Towie’s Gemma Collins are also rumoured to be taking part. But can any of them make a bigger splash than Daley?

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BBC boss turns Gary Lineker into Gabby Lineker | Media Monkey

Match of the Day presenter cited as one of the corporation’s top female stars in director of sport’s evidence to MPs

The BBC is under pressure over the lack of female presenters in high-profile roles – but a senior executive may have gone too far when she told MPs Gary Lineker was one of its top female stars. BBC director of sport Barbara Slater was giving evidence to the Commons culture, media and sport sommittee on women’s sport. MPs asked why TV executives put “very young, attractive” women on screen, while male presenters are usually “old, fat and bald”. Slater insisted presenters were selected on merit and experience, but went on to add: “We have some fantastic women presenters who have longstanding careers, genuine expertise and are there absolutely to enhance the credibility of what we do. We have Gary Lineker, we have Sue Barker, we have Gabby Logan, we have Clare Balding, we have Suzi Perry now doing Formula One, we have a new sports correspondent Natalie Pirks. They are there on merit.” Lineker responded quickly on Twitter, tweeting “Yikes!” Perry joked: “Well, you haven’t seen Gary on a Friday night.” Logan added: “He’s very in touch with his female side – it’s what makes him so universally loved.” Monkey looks forward to Lineker fronting Match of the Day in female attire – as he did for Walkers crisps ads a decade or so ago.

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World Cup field of dreams for French TV viewers | Media Monkey

England football fans have had a miserable couple of weeks after two defeats at Wembley – on the other side of the Channel, things are far more upbeat, reports the Daily Telegraph. Not only were France supporters celebrating their team overturning a 2-0 deficit to win their World Cup playoff, but as a bonus, two TV presenters came good on promises they made should Les Bleus make it to Brazil. Canal+ presenter Antoine de Caunes had to do his show in English, which seems an odd choice of forfeit. But he was totally upstaged by Doria Tillier, who presents the weather on his programme, after she honoured a pledge to do her segment naked. 151,000 people signed a up to a Facebook page asking for her to keep her word and she didn’t let them down … well, not really. Presenting the weather in the village of Poil (à poil being French for “naked”), Tillier then streaked across a field while being filmed … by a camera on a hill quite some distance away. Still, you have to admire her gaul.

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Will rugby World Cup stars have only tweet memories of 2003 triumph? | Media Monkey

ITV has teamed up with Twitter to get rugby union World Cup winners Matt Dawson (@Matt9Dawson), Lawrence Dallaglio (@Dallaglio8), Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood), Phil Vickery (@Phil_Vickery), Ben Kay (@BenKay5) and Richard Hill (@RHillRugby) tweeting along with their memories when the broadcaster shows highlights of their 2003 triumph in Sydney 10 years ago. Using the #RWC10YearsOn hashtag, the former players will share their recollections during ITV’s Rugby World Cup Winners: Ten Years On from 10.35pm on Friday. The players will all be tweeting live from ITV’s studios, and another former England rugby player, Martin Bayfield (@MartinBayfield) will host the show. Monkey looks forward to the live tweeting carrying on past England’s nail-biting win to the equally epic night of celebrations that followed in Sydney, which included Dallaglio and others cadging a lift back to the team hotel in Manly in a police car.

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Simon Cowell: the XL factor? | Media Monkey

Simon Cowell’s publicists must be earning their money this week – if only to prevent the X Factor boss from seeing the unflattering pictures of his new “puffy-faced” look in the British press. The Sun’s front page has the picture caption “Pieman Cowe…

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ITV’s offer to footballer cuts no ice | Media Monkey

Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers star forced into retirement by a heart condition, has described the prospect of appearing on Dancing on Ice as “more dangerous than football,” reports the Daily Express. Muamba was approached by ITV to star o…