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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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BBC rules on Gaza complaint

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

The BBC has partly upheld a complaint that a World Service programme misled listeners about the health of Palestinians in Gaza.

A segment on the Health Check show in October last year looked at the situation facing patients suffering from kidney failure.

It suggested that medical supplies and equipment had been blocked by Israeli authorities, hampering the treatment of the Palestinians.

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Campus chaplain gets BBC radio slot

June 17, 2013

University of Surrey Jewish chaplain Alexander Goldberg is joining BBC Surrey’s Sunday breakfast programme, which is broadcast from studios on the university campus. From this week, Mr Goldberg will discuss “religious and ethical issues and how they impact on our region”.

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Row over BBC Jerusalem documentary flares again

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

The director of a documentary about Jerusalem’s history that was mysteriously pulled from the BBC schedules at the last minute, has distanced himself from an attack on the broadcaster.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, was to be shown on BBC Four in April as part of an archaeology series but was replaced because the BBC said “it did not fit editorially”.

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Skype’s the limit for revealing radio show

By Anna Sheinman, May 17, 2013

Radio presenter Alan Dein opens our conversation by asking: “So where are you and what are you doing?” I wonder if I should remind him that it is me who should be asking the questions. But then Dein, who fronts Radio 4’s Don’t Log Off, does it so nicely that I’m tempted to let him continue.

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I’ve made mistakes over apprentices, says Lord Sugar

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2013

Lord Sugar admitted that there have been “occasions where I got it wrong” in the Apprentice boardroom, as he launched the ninth series of the BBC reality show this week.

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