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Dani Garavelli: Time Lady won’t drag us out of Dark Ages

Is it terrible to admit I was underwhelmed by the Doctor Who announcement? Not for the, “Oh my God, a shape-shifting Time Lord can’t have breasts” reason, obviously. That would make me a retrogressive idiot, and there were enough of those about in the hours that followed. Nor because the actor chosen was Jodie Whittaker and I had set my heart on Tilda Swinton. True, I thought Whittaker was lacklustre in Broadchurch. But the show’s producers have said she aced the audition, so I will watch with an open mind. No, it’s more that the great unveiling felt a bit too gimmicky, a bit too superficial, a bit too let’s-pat-ourselves-on-the-back-for-being-so-enlightened to signify real change.

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Milton Jones is Out There, at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Milton Jones

One of the best exponents of the one-liner in British comedy is on the other end of the phone and I’m braced for a machine gun fire barrage of witty puns and bon mots as Milton Jones limbers up for his Edinburgh Festival run. As well as puns, Jones has a taste for the surreal and the absurd so I’m wondering if I’ll get any sense out of the man responsible for “I’ve got a bad feeling about intuition fees” and “A lot of people like cats. Take the Pope, for example: I read recently that he was a cat-oholic!” or “I went out with this girl the other night, she wore this real slinky number...She looked great going down the stairs.”

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The sale to Cairn Group has secured 125 jobs in Aberdeen. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Jobs saved as buyer found for Holiday Inn sites in Aberdeen

Administrators for two Holiday Inn hotels in Aberdeen have found a buyer for the venues, safeguarding 125 jobs.

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Is Chris Evans worth four times as much as Claudia Winkleman? Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Deborah Miller: BBC salaries shine spotlight on gender pay

The BBC’s annual report and accounts made for some interesting reading; not least because of the gender pay gap they revealed.

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The Lewis Chessmen are ranked number nine on the list of 25 items. Picture: Neil Hanna

5,000 years of Scottish history summed up in 25 objects

They are the objects deemed to have shaped Scotland’s history, ranging from a medieval football to Antarctic goggles and a dancing fiddle.

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Visitors are here in ever-increasing numbers, and a small levy would not put them off

Kenny MacAskill: Tourist tax will not deter anyone from visiting Scotland

Other European cities have benefitted from a tourist tax, and so can Edinburgh, writes Kenny MacAskill

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The tax payer-funded BBC was compelled by the government to publish the salaries of on-air talent, which had previously been secret

BBC under pressure over gender pay gap among top earners

The BBC is facing calls for equal pay for women after published figures suggested a gender disparity in salaries paid to its top talent.

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Chris Evans. Picture: BBC

BBC release wages of staff earning over £150,000

The salaries of the BBC’s highest-paid sports commentators, presenters and pundits have been revealed for the first time, with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker earning more than £1.75million.

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Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding. Picture: BBC

In full: the salaries paid by the BBC to top stars

The BBC has published the salaries of its top-earning talent, by disclosing the details of anyone earning more than £150,000 a year for the first time.

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Rebecca Thompson, business development manager for the Focus project. Picture: Iain McLean

£750,000 project shines light on screen production sector

A pilot project has been launched that aims to provide business support to screen production companies working in Scotland.

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Broadcasting House in London. Details of what BBC stars earn will be published on Wednesday. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

BBC stars allowed to defend their salaries on social media

BBC star presenters who earn more than £150,000 a year will be allowed by the corporation to defend their salaries on social media if they so wish.

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Fans of The Boss helped digital revenues rise for Bloomsbury. Picture: Greg Macvean

Bruce Springsteen and Harry Potter work magic for Bloomsbury

The unlikely combination of Harry Potter and Bruce Springsteen helped pump up revenues at publisher Bloomsbury in the first quarter as sales at the group’s digital division picked up pace.

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John McLellan says the BBC's online services remain a 'direct threat' to rivals. Picture: John Devlin

John McLellan: BBC Scotland’s impact on the media landscape

There is just over a year to go before the launch of the new dedicated BBC Scotland channel.

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Savills said Edinburgh is the UK's most sought-after hotel market outside London. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh leads the way amid surge in hotel investments

Scotland’s hotel sector has been boosted with investment of about £118 million in the first half of this year, according to new data from Savills.

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The recipe for Pickering's Gin dates back to 1947 - the same year that saw the first Fringe. Picture: Contributed

Pickering’s Gin limited edition marks 70 years of the Fringe

Gin distiller Pickering’s has launched an exclusive bottling to mark the 70th anniversary of both its original recipe and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker, Clare Balding. Picture: BBC

BBC steels itself for gender pay gap storm ahead of earners list

BBC officials are reportedly bracing themselves for a gender pay storm as the corporation prepares to publish a list of its top earners on Wednesday.

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Carolyn McCall becomes ITV chief executive on 8 January. Picture: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

EasyJet boss Carolyn McCall departing for top job at ITV

Broadcasting group ITV today said it has appointed EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall as its next boss.

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Jodie Whittaker was showered with tributes after being announced as the 13th Doctor Who and first female to fulfil the role. Picture: BBC

Colin Baker leads tributes to Jodie Whittaker as new Doctor Who

Since 1963 there have been 36 seasons of Doctor Who, a movie, specials and 12 Doctors, but when the show returns television history will be made after Jodie Whittaker was announced as the first female Doctor.

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Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor Who. Picture: BBC

Jodie Whittaker announced as first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker has made history after being announced as the first female Doctor Who.

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Stephen McCall started his career in hotels after studying accountancy and business finance in what he says 'was not a carefully thought through strategic plan'.

The Big Interview: Stephen McCall of InterContinental Hotels Group

I can’t remember the last time I was bored,” says Stephen McCall, the chief operations officer for Europe of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

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