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Why Vanessa Feltz is sobbing ahead of Strictly performance

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Vanessa Feltz says reheasing the waltz for Strictly Come Dancing this week has made her want to cry.

The broadcaster and journalist has spent the week practising the dance with her partner James Jordan, for a performance on the BBC show tomorrow night.

She said: “The waltz is about love and loss. Just like everyone else, I have been through some tough times.

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Simon Schama and BBC attacked over Story of Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Activists have attacked historian Simon Schama’s documentary series on the history of the Jews, claiming it should not include his opinions on the creation of Israel.

The fifth and final episode of The Story of the Jews will focus on the relationship between the Holocaust and the creation of the modern-day state of Israel.

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Broadcaster David Jacobs dies

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster David Jacobs has died aged 87.

Mr Jacobs, whose career spanned seven decades, died at home "surrounded by his family", the BBC said in a statement.

BBC director general Tony Hall described him as "one of the great broadcast personalities".

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BBC upholds complaint over reporter’s Gaza tweet

By Simon Rocker, August 29, 2013

The BBC Trust has partially upheld a complaint against the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza last November.

Stephen Franklin, a Zionist Federation member who has repeatedly challenged the corporation over its reporting on Israel, took issue with a tweet from news correspondent Wyre Davies.

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Making a history of UK Jews for the BBC was so daunting, reveals Simon Schama

By Jenni Frazer, August 28, 2013

The historian Simon Schama, writer and presenter of an ambitious five-part BBC series, The Story of the Jews, has admitted he was "daunted" by the immensity of the project .

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Kelly Hoppen, the Dragon lady

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

With fiery, curled hair, freckled skin and almost always dressed in black, Kelly Hoppen is the stern-but-fair Jewish businesswoman billed as the poster girl for the latest series of Dragons’ Den on BBC2.

On last Sunday’s programme, Hoppen nostalgically recalled her South African roots as she chewed on a piece of cured meat and compared it to growing up eating biltong.

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Kelly Hoppen gives thumbs down to Orthodox Jewish couple on Dragon's Den

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

Strictly Orthodox couple Rachel and Alta Fogel were taking stock this week after their "intimidating" experience on BBC’s Dragons Den last Sunday.

The couple had hoped to impress the panel of entrepreneurs with their Bizzy Bitz toy company and offered a 10 per cent stake in exchange for a £80,000 investment.

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Lib Dems divided over support for David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

A majority of Liberal Democrat supporters believe MP David Ward’s controversial comments about Israel and the Jews were wrong, according to a poll of party members.

But a majority also oppose the party leadership’s decision to withdraw the whip from the Bradford East MP.

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Hollywood star leads cast in BBC Israel thriller

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2013

Oscar-nominated actors Janet McTeer and Stephen Rea have joined the cast of a major BBC thriller set against the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it was announced this week.

Hollywood's Maggie Gyllenhaal has already signed up to star in The Honourable Woman, Hugo Blick's seven-part drama about family inheritance and world politics.

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Alan Sugar says he won't quit The Apprentice

By Ellis Bolle , July 9, 2013

Lord Sugar is not planning to walk away from The Apprentice after nearly 10 years as boardroom boss of the hit BBC reality show.

The peer said: "As long as the BBC wants to screen The Apprentice, I will do it for them".

He was responding to a Radio Times interview with Nick Hewer, his right-hand man on the show, who speculated that Lord Sugar might be thinking of calling it quits.

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