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Walsh attends Brits as debut album sales hit 130,000

Quiz show host Bradley Walsh has walked the red carpet at the Brit Awards after his album of classics - the only debut album to go gold in 2016 - sold over 130,000 copies and earned him an invite to the prestigious music event.

Walsh, who hosts The Chase, told ITV News "I suppose if you sell a lot of albums you get an invite and here I am."

His classic album was the only debut album to go gold in 2016.


Craig David hails Brit Awards diversity

Brit Awards nominee Craig David has praised the ceremony's history of recognising diversity in the music industry as he walked down the red carpet this evening.

Speaking to ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar he said: "It's always represented... but this year it's shown diversity in the way you can see four or five grime artists that are actually in the mix."

David, who is up for the British Male Solo Artist award, was joined in his praise of this year's awards show diversity by British Female Solo Artist nominee Lianne La Havas who said: "I think the genre has now been a bit more acknowledged."

"For me personally, when I hear grime, because I'm from London it sounds like London to me - it does in hindsight feel a bit unusual that it was something that wasn't promoted as much. But I also think now we've got some real stars happening in that genre, it makes a lot of sense now", she added.

Brits: 'Whole thing should be dedicated to George Michael'

Brit Award nominee James Arthur has told ITV News that he thinks the "whole" of tonight's award should be dedicated to former Wham! star George Michael.

Describing Michael's recent death as a sad loss he paid tribute to the late star's "unapologetic" artistry and said "everything about him was inspiring".

Arthur whose single Say You Won't Let Go has been nominated in both the Best British Single and Best British Artist video categories added: "This whole thing should be dedicated to him."

Stars start to arrive at Brit Awards

Stars have started to arrive at the O2 ahead of tonight's Brit Awards ceremony.

Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Craig David were among the first to walk the red carpet at this year's event.

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BBC to create new channel for Scotland

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The BBC is to create a new channel for Scotland as part of plans which will see the "biggest single investment" in the corporation north of the border for more than 20 years.

The new channel will be on air every evening from September 2018 and will include an hour-long news programme which will be edited and presented in Scotland, leading to the creation of 80 new journalist posts at the BBC.

The new channel will be available on digital services - such as Freeview - and online.

The BBC will invest £19 million a year for the three years to March 2019 to fund BBC Scotland, while £1.2 million will be allocated for the Gaelic channel BBC Alba.

BBC director general Sir Tony Hall said: "All of this combined amounts to the biggest single investment by the BBC in broadcast content in Scotland in over 20 years.

"This will be a huge boost for BBC Scotland and for the Scottish creative industries.

"This is an exciting time for BBC Scotland and for the millions of Scots who love TV."

The corporation also expects to increase the £65 million it spends per year in Scotland making programmes for a UK audience by £20 million.

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