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Jeremy Clarkson: Top Gear host suspended by BBC

The BBC has suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson "following a fracas" with a producer.

Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC. Credit: PA Wire

Top Gear will not be shown as scheduled this Sunday following the 54-year-old's suspension, the broadcaster said in a statement.

A BBC statement said: "Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday."

Clarkson and the hit BBC Two show have been dogged by controversy in recent years.

The presenter was said to have been given a final warning last year after video footage emerged appearing to show him using the N-word while reciting nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe during filming.

In another incident, Clarkson and co-stars, James May and Richard Hammond, were forced to flee Argentina after a number plate appearing to refer to the 1982 Falklands conflict sparked anger.


Nick Robinson's tumour operation successful

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson Credit: PA Wire

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson was discharged from hospital on Monday after a successful operation to remove a lung tumour.

The 51-year-old journalist, who announced in February that he was suffering from cancer, is at home with his family recovering according to his spokesperson Mary Greenham.

Nick Robinson was discharged from hospital today after a successful operation on his lung to remove a carcinoid tumour last week.

Nick is now recovering from his surgery at home with his family whilst regaining his strength.

He and his wife Pippa are grateful for all the support they have received over the last week and now ask that his privacy is respected whilst he recuperates.

– Mary Greenham


MPs want BBC licence fee replaced with subscription

The BBC has insisted its licence fee is vital to ensure its programmes can be accessed by everyone, amid claims that up to 50 MPs will call for the charge to be scrapped and replaced with a subscription option.

MPs want to replace the BBC licence fee with a subscription service. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A group of Conservatives will support an appeal to the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid urging a review into funding for the corporation, the Sunday Express reported.

The paper said it had seen a letter from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen to Mr Javid which said the current funding arrangement is "increasingly becoming unsustainable and out of keeping with the modern media environment".

Mr Bridgen went on to say the organisation should plan for a future without the licence fee, looking at subscriptions as well as "the wealth of further opportunities that exist for its worldwide operation".

But the BBC has said the licence fee ensures wider access to its programming.

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