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  1. News and updates for 1 March 2016
  2. Jess Glynne confirms Glastonbury slot
  3. Tributes paid to actor George Kennedy
  4. Adele world tour kicks off in Belfast
  5. Oscars: TV ratings lowest since 2008

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By Steven McIntosh and Neil Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye for now

    Steven McIntosh

    Entertainment Reporter

    Thanks for joining us on today's live page and for sending us your suggestions for Britain's best radio presenter.

    Enjoy whatever it is you're doing this evening. (We don't know about you, but we'll be watching Happy Valley.)

    We're back tomorrow from 08:30 GMT. See you then!

  2. Your reaction: Britain's favourite radio presenter

    Clockwise from top left: John Humphrys, Gemma Cairney, Emma Bunton, Chris Moyles, Mishal Husain, Ken Bruce, Trevor Jordan and Lyse Doucet

    Before we close today's live page, here's some reaction to the news mentioned earlier that a poll has been launched to find the nation's favourite radio presenter.

    The Radio Times has come up with a shortlist of 20 men and 20 women and is asking the public to chose their favourites. One male and one female winner will be announced shortly after the closing date on 4 April.

    We asked you to tweet us your choices and you haven't disappointed us. Radio 2's Ken Bruce, the Today programme's Mishal Husain, Simon Mayo, Robert Elms and, er, Smashy & Nicey were among the suggestions (even though we're pretty sure the latter duo weren't nominated).

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      Lauren herself even thanked that last user for their support.

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    We'll let you know the winner when he or she is announced next month. In the mean time, take a look at the full list of nominees.

  3. Deadpool holds off Grimsby challenge

    Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby

    Grimsby may have had a West End premiere and a two-day head start on last week's film releases, but it wasn't enough to end Deadpool's vice-like grip on the top spot of the UK and Ireland box office chart.

    Despite opening on Wednesday last week, Sacha Baron Cohen's ribald spy comedy made more than £1m less in its first five days on release than Ryan Reynolds' superhero film made from its third weekend in cinemas.

    Take a look at this week's top five.

    1. Deadpool (£2.98m)
    2. Grimsby (£1.92m)
    3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (£1.22m)
    4. How to be Single (£0.95m)
    5. Goosebumps (£0.49m)
  4. Izzard completes seventh marathon

    Eddie Izzard is currently on a quest to run 27 marathons in South Africa to raise money for Sport Relief.

    He's attempting to run a marathon a day for 27 days - one for every year Nelson Mandela spent in prison.

    He had a bit of trouble over the weekend and took day off on doctor's orders. But we're pleased to report he's back on track and has just completed his seventh marathon.

    Here he is setting off earlier.

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    Sport Relief later tweeted that he'd completed the marathon before lunch - a good idea, considering how hot it gets in the afternoon.  

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  5. Listen to Glynne confirming Glastonbury appearance

    Jess Glynne at the Brit Awards

    Earlier, we told you about Jess Glynne confirming she will be playing Glastonbury this summer.

    Now you can hear the full interview on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, as well as hear Jess perform her new single live. 

    During the interview, Jess was asked by presenter Jane Garvey whether she'd be performing at the festival. 

    She sounded a little hesitant initially, but then confirmed it after getting the go-ahead from her manager.

    The 26-year-old she was "so excited" to be playing the festival after having to pull out last year because of vocal surgery.

    Here's exactly what she said.

    Quote Message: Yeah I think... so. [Pauses] I didn't know whether it's been announced or not. [Laughs] Okay, yeah, we are doing Glastonbury. I'm so excited! I didn't get to do it last year.
  6. Rolling Stones to play concert in Cuba

    The Rolling Stones, fronted by Sir Mick Jagger, performing live

    It's just been announced that the Rolling Stones will perform in Havana, Cuba, on 25 March.  

    Its organisers say the free concert - to take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana - will be the first open-air concert in the country by a British rock band. 

    The gig will follow the band's current tour - America Latina Ole - which recently stopped in Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil).

    Here's what the band had to say.

    Quote Message: We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.
  7. Report: BBC Trust 'flawed' and should be replaced

    Broadcasting House

    The BBC Trust is "flawed" and should be scrapped, with governance of the corporation moving to media watchdog Ofcom, a report has concluded.

    Sir David Clementi, who led the independent review, said there was a need for "fundamental reform".

    Here's how Sir David summarised his conclusions.

    Quote Message: The BBC Trust model is flawed. It conflates governance and regulatory functions within the Trust. The BBC should have a unitary Board charged with responsibility for meeting the obligations placed on it under the Royal Charter and Agreement, and responsibility for the interests of Licence Fee payers.
    Quote Message: Regulatory oversight should pass wholly to Ofcom, which is already the public service regulator for the UK's broadcasting industry and has the ability to look at the BBC in the context of the market as a whole. Ofcom would be a strong regulator to match a strong BBC.

    The BBC is currently regulated by the trust, its executive board and Ofcom.

    In response, the BBC Trust said it was important to "get the details right" on any changes.

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  8. Jake Bugg and The 1975 to play Radio 1's Big Weekend

    BBC Newsbeat

    Jake Bugg and Matthew Healy from The 1975

    Jake Bugg and The 1975 have been added to the bill for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter.

    The latter - whose frontman is Matt Healy (above right) - will be joined at the city's Powderham Castle by Coldplay, Bring Me the Horizon, Chase & Status, Craig David and Ellie Goulding on 28 and 29 May.

    More artists will be announced soon, with ticketing details revealed on 21 March.

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  9. Maids stars reflect on play revival's 'resonance'

    Neil Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    Laura Carmichael, Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton in The Maids

    The stars of a new West End production of Jean Genet's The Maids have told the BBC that staging a play with three actresses - two of them black - in the theatre closest to the Houses of Parliament holds a special resonance at a time when issues of diversity and inclusion have been major talking points in the entertainment industry.

    "I feel that three women standing on stage in the West End on Whitehall, two minutes from Parliament, is a brilliant bit of visibility," said Zawe Ashton, who appears with US actress Uzo Aduba and Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael at London's Trafalgar Studios. 

    "Our very presence feels like a bit of activism in itself. And yes, Uzo and I being of colour and playing these incredible lead roles that don’t come along that often... there is definitely a conversation to be had."

    Jamie Lloyd's revival of Genet's 69-year-old play had its official opening on Monday, just a few hours after the Oscars - an event that was rocked this year by controversy and discord over its all-white line-up of acting nominees - came to an end in Los Angeles.

    Uzo Aduba in The Maids

    Yet Aduba, known to millions as "Crazy Eyes" in Netflix prison drama Orange is the New Black, believes the issue goes far beyond the concerns of one high-profile awards ceremony.

    "I’m not as hung-up on the Oscars as I am in having interesting stories to tell and produce," she told the BBC on Monday.

    "The conversation needs to step back and say, what are the stories we are investing in? They’re clearly being written so it’s more about: what are we putting out there into the ether?"

    Laura Carmichael in The Maids

    As for Carmichael, the chance to play a flighty mistress whose maids - the roles played by Ashton and Aduba - fantasise about murdering offered an intriguing flip-side to her role as Downton's aristocratic Lady Edith.

    "It's not a happy relationship, so I guess it’s a different take on that upstairs-downstairs theme," she mused.

    "But it explores so much more. It's about being repressed and being held captive, and the feelings of how unfair life can be."

    Carmichael had support on Monday from her former Downton co-star Elizabeth McGovern, who admitted she had not had a wink of sleep since appearing as a pundit on Sky's overnight Oscars broadcast.

    The Maids, which contains adult themes and some very strong language, runs until 21 May.

  10. Madness announce summer festival

    Madness singer Suggs with bass player Mark Bedford

    Time to get those baggy trousers out the closet - Madness are back!

    Or at least, they WILL be back - on 29 August to be precise - for a one-day bank holiday festival.

    Suggs (pictured) and the boys will be hoping the rain holds off during House of Common, which will see them perform alongside "some very special guests" on Clapham Common in south London.

    Pre-sale tickets will be released tomorrow to those who sign up on the band's official website

  11. BBC's Peter Salmon to join Endemol Shine

    Peter Salmon

    It's been announced that Peter Salmon, the BBC's director of studios, is to leave the corporation to take up a senior role with media company Endemol Shine.

    Salmon was previously controller of BBC One and director of BBC North and was instrumental in launching Sport Relief. He also held a senior role at Channel 4 during time away from the corporation in the 1990s.

    Here's how Tony Hall, the BBC's director general, paid tribute to him in a letter to staff.

    Quote Message: It's been a really difficult decision for Peter - and we're very sorry to see him go. He first came to the BBC some 35 years ago and, over that time, he's led numerous teams with distinction - in sport, natural history, factual, drama, comedy, entertainment and, of course, children's.
    Quote Message: He's collaborative, adventurous and fun - we'll miss him. He's also been - and will continue to be - a brilliant ambassador for public service broadcasting.

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  12. Hollander: Posh-sounding actors 'are fashionable'

    The Guardian

    Tom Hollander

    Tom Hollander has said he thinks the trend for high-profile TV and film roles to go to privately educated actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Damien Lewis is simply because posh accents are in fashion at the moment.

    Quote Message: When I started in the profession there were very visible actors who were Scottish, Welsh or regional. Lots of working-class-hero leading actors - it was not fashionable to sound posh.
    Quote Message: Now I'm middle-aged, it's fashionable to sound posh if you are the generation behind me.

    The actor’s comments come amid concern - voiced by stars such as Judi DenchChristopher EcclestonJulie Walters and David Morrissey - about the lack of opportunities for actors from poorer backgrounds.

    Hollander can currently be seen on BBC One with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in John le Carre adaptation The Night Manager.

  13. Justin Bieber meets the NHS choir

    Justin Bieber at the Brits

    Cast your mind back to last Christmas. Turkey, crackers... and the NHS Choir beating Justin Bieber to the Christmas number one.

    Justin had been riding high in the charts with Love Yourself in the weeks running up to Christmas. But A Bridge Over You - performed by the NHS Choir - eventually took pole position, thanks in part to Bieber encouraging his fans to buy the choir's charity single instead of his.

    To prove there are no lingering hard feelings, Bieber has now met up with his Christmas chart vanquishers.  

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    The BBC was there to witness the encounter and to hear 'Biebs' tell them to "keep making smashes".

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    Video caption: When Bieber met an NHS choir
  14. Lena Dunham hits out over 'Photoshopped' image

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    You mess with Lena Dunham at your peril, as the publishers of Spanish magazine El Pais have just found out.

    The Girls star called out the publication on Instagram for allegedly publishing an airbrushed picture of her on its cover, saying its photo depicts her body "NOT [as it] has ever looked like or will ever look like".

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    We hasten to add that we don't have the original photo to hand and are thus unable to make an informed comparison.

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  15. Rihanna & Drake 'Work' their way up chart

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    Rihanna performed her new single Work at the Brits last week, with a special appearance from Drake.

    The publicity from the show seems to have done her good. She's gradually climbing up the charts and is catching up with 7 Years by Lukas Graham, the current UK number one.

    She's already topped the charts in America, where Work is spending its second week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Could she reach the number one spot on both sides of the Atlantic?

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  16. Rock's role can't halt Oscars rating slump

    Chris Rock

    Chris Rock (pictured) may have earned good reviews for his Oscar hosting stint, but the telecast as a whole still attracted its lowest audience in eight years.

    Some 34.3 million Americans watched the ceremony on ABC - something civil rights leader Al Sharpton said had been prompted by calls for a "tune out" in protest at the lack of black acting nominees.

    To be fair, the Oscars is not the only awards ceremony of late to have seen a drop in audiences. The Grammys, Golden Globes, Emmys and Tonys have all seen their ratings decline too.

    The Oscars were a hit on social media though, generating 24.2 million tweets throughout the night.

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  17. Who has the best voice for radio?

    John Humphrys and Chris Moyles

    What's the first thing on your morning routine? Shower? Breakfast? Snooze button?

    If you're anything like us, it's highly likely switching on the radio fares somewhere in your morning, whether it's waking up with John Humphrys on the Today programme or Chris Moyles on his new Radio X show.

    Now the Radio Times are trying to find Britain's favourite voice - not necessarily its favourite presenter, but rather the most pleasing voice to the ear.

    They're looking for qualities like tone, texture and an air of authority and have put together a list of 40 presenters - 20 male and 20 female - for listeners to vote on. 

    Emma Bunton has competition from Lyse Doucet and Lauren Laverne (it's not often you write those three names in the same sentence), while Ken Bruce is up against Barry Cryer and Charlie Sloth (ditto).

    See the full shortlist and read more on this story.

  18. Jess Glynne confirms she's playing Glastonbury

    Jess Glynne

    Singer Jess Glynne has just revealed on Radio 4's Woman's Hour that she'll be playing at this year's Glastonbury festival.

    The Grammy-winning, triple-Brit nominated, platinum-selling artist also talked about everything from her biggest musical influences (Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey) to sexism in the music industry (she doesn't think things are as bad as they were years ago) before performing her new single, Ain't Got Far to Go

    The interview will be going up on the iPlayer shortly, so we'll post a link when it does.

  19. Stars celebrate NYC theatre company anniversary

    Jane Krakowski

    Ally McBeal and 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski made a spectacular entrance during the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2016 spring gala in New York on Monday.

    Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane

    The evening, held to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary, also saw host Nathan Lane reunited with Matthew Broderick, his co-star in both the stage and film versions of Mel Brooks musical The Producers.

    Alec Baldwin, Dame Helen Mirren and Audra McDonald

    Alec Baldwin, Dame Helen Mirren and Broadway star Audra McDonald were also at the bash, where the latter - a six-time Tony winner - received an award in recognition of her theatrical accomplishments.

  20. Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy join Reading & Leeds line-up

    Biffy Clyro performing live

    Biffy Clyro (pictured) and Fall Out Boy have been announced as the fourth and fifth headliners of this year's Reading and Leeds Festival.

    The two bands join fellow co-headliners Foals and Disclosure, as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers, over the three-day, two-site event.

    Five headliners may seem like a lot for a festival, but Reading & Leeds has a lot of slots to fill - three days' worth in fact, with bands moving from one location to the other. 

    So, if you're The Vaccines, for example, you're playing Leeds on Friday 26 August, then Reading on Sunday 28 August. If you're Foals, however, you play two days in a row, then have a day off on the Sunday.

    Confused? Here's a helpful chart of who's playing when.

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