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Channel 4 chief executive 'delighted' with F1 deal

David Abraham is overjoyed to get 'one of the world's biggest sporting events' Credit: PA

The chief executive of Channel 4 has spoken of his delight after striking a deal to show live Formula 1 racing.

David Abraham said:

Formula 1 is one of the world's biggest sporting events with huge appeal to British audiences.

I'm delighted to have agreed this exciting new partnership with Bernie Ecclestone to keep the sport on free-to-air television.

– Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham

Union urges Channel 4 to drop Immigration Street

Channel 4's 'Immigration Street' was filmed in Southampton's Derby Road. Credit: Channel 4

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady has added her voice to calls for Channel 4 to cancel its controversial documentary Immigration Street.

The broadcaster's plans for a series about immigration were scaled back after programme-makers were confronted on the street during filming.

The show, filmed in Southampton's Derby Road, was originally intended to be a six-part series but Channel 4 will now only broadcast one hour-long episode.

Ms O'Grady said: "Channel 4 needs to respect the views of the Southampton community and cancel Immigration Street.

"The show looks set to encourage social division and hostility towards migrants and the black, minority and ethnic community."

Instead of such irresponsible broadcasting, the media should expose how communities are suffering from the shocking impact of low wages, lousy contracts and cuts to services."

The show will be broadcast on Tuesday as part of a series of programmes looking at the issue of immigration.

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Caroline Aherne 'will continue to narrate Gogglebox'

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne, who revealed she is fighting lung cancer, said she wants to continue narrating hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

Comedian and actress Caroline Aherne. Credit: Jean/EMPICS Entertainment

She said: "I will be narrating this week's Gogglebox, and I will continue to narrate Gogglebox for as long as Gogglebox want me."

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