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#Channel 4

# channel-4 - Saturday 2 February, 2013

From The42 16 reasons why the world needs to get Football Italia back on TV Goooooolazo This post contains videos

16 reasons why the world needs to get Football Italia back on TV

Weekends on the couch haven’t been the same without Jimbo, Gazza and co.

# channel-4 - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

London police to investigate claims which cast doubt on 'plebgate' incident Plebgate This post contains videos

London police to investigate claims which cast doubt on 'plebgate' incident

The chief whip of the British government resigned in October after allegations he called Downing Street police officers ‘plebs’ – but now questions have been raised about the veracity of the allegations.

# channel-4 - Monday 26 November, 2012

Internet TV service YouView being sued over name

The venture has suffered yet another set back and is now being sued or trademark infringement over its name.

# channel-4 - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge Rubberbandits set to hit Channel 4... here's a taster Liar Liar Danny Dyer This post contains videos

Rubberbandits set to hit Channel 4... here's a taster

That Danny Dyer is SUCH a liar…

# channel-4 - Tuesday 4 September, 2012

Poll: Have you been watching the Paralympic Games? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you been watching the Paralympic Games?

Ireland are enjoying great success – but many Irish viewers don’t have the TV channels they might need.

# channel-4 - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

From The42 VIDEO: Channel 4's brilliant Paralympics ad London 2012

VIDEO: Channel 4's brilliant Paralympics ad

Watch the hard-hitting trailer which features members of Team GB.

# channel-4 - Saturday 23 June, 2012

From The Daily Edge VIDEO: Jimmy Carr takes on criticisms over tax avoidance Untaxed

VIDEO: Jimmy Carr takes on criticisms over tax avoidance

The comedian slagged himself off on last night’s episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats on Channel 4.

# channel-4 - Thursday 14 June, 2012

Watch live: Leveson inquiry hears evidence from David Cameron Hacking This post contains videos

Watch live: Leveson inquiry hears evidence from David Cameron

The inquiry set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World continues to receive witness testimony today.

# channel-4 - Friday 16 March, 2012

From The42 Don't touch that dial... here's the sport on TV this weekend Couch

Don't touch that dial... here's the sport on TV this weekend

It’s a long one, so here’s what you can look forward to when the green drinks get too much.

# channel-4 - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series is 'a work of fiction'

The culture represented in the popular show is “unrecognisable” to most Gypsies and Travellers – which, incidentally, are two separate ethnic groups, writes Pip Mckenzie-Borev.

# channel-4 - Friday 17 February, 2012

The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Friday

In the Fix tonight: Eircom Studyhub hacked; unvouched expenses; and Chris O’Dowd v Miss Piggy…

# channel-4 - Friday 3 February, 2012

Watch: Journalists give evidence to Leveson inquiry Hacking This post contains videos

Watch: Journalists give evidence to Leveson inquiry

The inquiry set up in the wake of the News of the World hacking scandal continues to receive witness testimonies today.

# channel-4 - Monday 23 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Channel 4 announcers deliberately mispronounce The Simpsons The Simpsons This post contains videos

Channel 4 announcers deliberately mispronounce The Simpsons

The Crimpsons? The Rumpelstiltskins? The Skiddlybiddledoowhopadomsons?

# channel-4 - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge GALLERY: Life as an obsessive compulsive hoarder Hoarding This post contains images

GALLERY: Life as an obsessive compulsive hoarder

Richard Wallace had accumulated so much stuff in his house that his growing junkyard could be seen from Google Earth.

# channel-4 - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

From The Daily Edge Apprentice sidekick Nick is new host of Countdown You're Hired

Apprentice sidekick Nick is new host of Countdown

Nick Hewer, long-time aide to Alan Sugar, will take over as presenter of the Channel 4 show next month

# channel-4 - Monday 12 September, 2011

From The42 Channel 4 show to lift the lid on footballers using recreational drugs Exposed

Channel 4 show to lift the lid on footballers using recreational drugs

Dozens of professional footballers who have tested positive, but not named, for using recreational drugs will be identified in a documentary tonight.

# channel-4 - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

From The42 Channel 4 drops presenter from world athletics coverage after 'hundreds of complaints' Tuned Out This post contains videos

Channel 4 drops presenter from world athletics coverage after 'hundreds of complaints'

Ortis Deley is vaulted out of studio after shaky performance as station’s main presenter in Daegu.

# channel-4 - Tuesday 23 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge 'Disastermind' contestant loses complaint over "astoundingly thick" jibe Disastermind This post contains videos

'Disastermind' contestant loses complaint over "astoundingly thick" jibe

Simon Curtis scored an all-time record low – 1 point – for his chosen specialist subject, and was ridiculed on TV as a result.

# channel-4 - Thursday 18 August, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From The Daily Edge Channel 4 hires Rubberbandits Good News

Channel 4 hires Rubberbandits

Britain’s Channel 4 has commissioned Irish company Sideline Productions to make three comedy shorts with The Rubberbandits for a new online talent series.

# channel-4 - Friday 17 December, 2010

From The42 Sport on TV this Christmas: because there's only so much Harry Potter we can watch Highlights

Sport on TV this Christmas: because there's only so much Harry Potter we can watch

Light the fire, get the feet up and open a tin of Roses. There’s plenty on the TV schedule for sport fans this Christmas.

# channel-4 - Thursday 4 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge College Countdown contestant gets totally DTCEIASHF Conundrum

College Countdown contestant gets totally DTCEIASHF

The show’s latest ‘octo-champ’, Jack Hurst, admits one of his shows needed editing after he found a NSFW word.

# channel-4 - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE NOTICED – in fact, we’ll admit that we didn’t either – but the final series of Big Brother UK comes to an end tonight, with five housemates fighting it out for a £100,000 (€122,000) prize.

It’s been, all things considered, a pretty tame season with the show finishing its run on Channel 4 – an image not at all helped by the decision to hold the show’s finale on a Tuesday night instead of its usual flagship Friday slot.

So, to keep you up to speed if you fancy tuning in at 8pm to watch the whole thing finish*, here’s a brief synopsis of what’s gone on.

There’s five housemates left – Andrew, Dave, JJ, Josie and Mario. Andrew and JJ are late additions to the house, with JJ arriving on Day 44 while Andrew came on Day 31. The other three have all been there since the start, so today is Day 77 for them.

Last week there was a flood in the house after the roof caved in from heavy rains. The housemates were only able to access a small part of the house for about a day.

Josie fancied John James, who was evicted last week.

That’s pretty much it. There hasn’t been much scandal going on. Oh, for the days of Nasty Nick.

* It’s not the end though, there’s an Ultimate Big Brother show starting tonight which will feature some of the show’s former regular and celebrity housemates, who will participate in a two-week mini-series.

Though Channel 4 has not opted to renew the show, Channel Five is understood to be interested in taking over the Big Brother franchise for future series.

# channel-4 - Friday 23 July, 2010

Musician Sinéad O’Connor has gotten married for the third time, to Steve Cooney.

Australian guitarist Cooney has been a member of her band for the last four years.

We who run this site are very happy to announce the marriage of Steve Cooney and Sinead O’Connor has taken place this morning.

Thanks be to the Great Lord Jah. Rastafarai. Dread I. Conquering lion I. One love

With the surprise wedding being announced through O’Connor’s website – along with a picture showing the couple in a a small chapel with old tattered armchairs in the background, we figured it was an appropriate chance to examine some of the off-the-wall stuff O’Connor has gotten up to.

That time she ripped up a picture of the Pope on live TV

Let’s start with an obvious one. In October 1992, O’Connor was invited on NBC’s flagship Saturday Night Live programme as a musical guest, where she sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s famous anti-racism anthem ‘War’.

Having replaced some earlier words referring to African famine with the phrase “child abuse,” O’Connor led the song to a haunting climax, with the final line: ”Good… over…” – at which point O’Connor produces a picture of then-Pope John Paul II – “evil.”

Staring straight at the camera, she then ripped up a photo of the Pope, urges the viewers to “fight the real enemy”, and throws the scattered pieces of the picture to the ground.

Many people, unsurprisingly, were upset. NBC – being unaware of her plan – substituted the performance with one from a rehearsal, though the original eventually found its way onto YouTube.

That time she refused to perform if someone played the National Anthem

The SNL incident wasn’t the first time she had upset America. In 1990 she had been due to perform at an arts centre in New Jersey – where, unbeknownst to O’Connor, the protocol was to play the US national anthem before every show.

O’Connor said she had a policy of not having the anthem of any country played before her concerts, explaining that such anthems usually related to wars and were, effectively, nationalist tirades (though she meant “no disrespect”).

The venue agreed to her demand not to play the anthem before her show, but banned her for life after the gig.

That time she just showed up at Channel 4 to go on a TV show

Having already stated her anti-clerical abuse credentials with her SNL appearance, O’Connor was watching a TV discussion on the topic and was so interested in it, that she called up and asked if she could appear.

Former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was appearing on the programme – Channel 4′s legendary After Dark, which would start at midnight and end… whenever – alongside a Dominican monk and a Church rep when the studio were told the singer was on her way.

“Sinéad came on and argued that abuse in families was coded in by the church because it refused to accept the accounts of women and children,” recalled a baffled host, Helena Kennedy.

That time she said she was a lesbian – and then took it back

I’m a dyke … although I haven’t been very open about that and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a big lesbian mule. But I actually am a dyke.

2000, in an interview with Curve.

I believe it was overcompensating of me to declare myself a lesbian. It was not a publicity stunt. I was trying to make someone else feel better. And have subsequently caused pain for myself. I am not in a box of any description.

2000, in an interview with The Independent

I’m three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more towards the hairy blokes.

2005, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

O’Connor has been married three times and has four children. It may seem bizarre to have to confirm it, but all three of her spouses were male, and all four of the children were fathered by men.

And yes, that time she became a priest

We could hardly leave it out, could we? On one Late Late Show appearance O’Connor told Gay Byrne that she would have liked to have been a priest if she had not been a singer. A bishop from a breakaway independent Catholic group contacted her, and ordained her.

Mother Bernadette Mary, as she was then known, took her faith seriously: she announced in 2003 that she was quitting music altogether to train as a catechist.

Though her defection from the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church was never fully confirmed, it’s assumed she ditched the faith in 2005 when she released a reggae album and said that Rastafarianism saved her life.

She’s still obviously spiritual, though – she told Interview in 2005 that her mission was “to rescue God from religion.”

# channel-4 - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

IRISH STUDENT CAOIMHE Guilfoyle has become the latest housemate to quit the final series of Big Brother. Guilfoyle (22)’s exit comes two weeks after her closest friend Shabby walked from the house, after which she proposed to her boyfriend through the BB diary room.

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