BBC Radio 5 live signs Freddie Flintoff

BBC Radio 5 live has signed former England cricket captain Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff to host a new podcast as the station launches a series of podcast first programmes.

Freddie is teaming up with former premier league footballer and BBC Radio 5 live regular Robbie Savage to host a new weekly podcast starting on Monday 13 February.

The pair will be joined by former Olympic table tennis player and respected sports journalist Matthew Syed.

The podcast will be called Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy. The three will discuss the week’s sporting talking points.

Ukraine to 'Celebrate Diversity' As The New Theme and Logo of Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine ("UA:PBC") and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), today revealed the much anticipated theme of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 which is to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

‘Celebrate Diversity’ is the central message for this year’s event and is to be complimented by a creative logo design based around traditional Ukrainian bead necklaces called Namysto. More than just a piece of jewellery, Namysto is a protective amulet and a symbol of beauty and health. It is made up of many different beads, each with its own design and celebrates both diversity and individuality.

Eurovision Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand said: “The notion of celebrating Diversity builds on last year’s theme of ‘Come Together’ and is at the heart of Eurovision values: it is all inclusive and all about countries around Europe, and beyond, joining together to celebrate  both our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music.”

He continued: “Incorporating this beautiful and meaningful logo based on a traditional amulet gives not only a sense of history and heritage but also a modern look and feel. As the production grows from these themes, we are very much looking forward to seeing what is sure to be a fantastic event in May.” 

Gordon Ramsay returns to the UK’s most watched commercial channel

ITV today announced that world-renowned chef and global television star Gordon Ramsay is to return to the UK’s biggest commercial channel to front a primetime documentary series, a daytime cookery series and as a host on the network’s forthcoming late night entertainment series, The Nightly Show. 
The new programmes in the pipeline mark the superstar chef's return back to where he first launched the globally successful and multi-award nominated Hell's Kitchen. 
Studio Ramsay will produce a new daytime cookery series for 2017. Due later in the year, Culinary Genius (20 x 60) is an entirely original format mixing food with compelling gameshow and cooking elements. The high octane, large-scale competition will run for four weeks on ITV, and each episode will see nine keen amateur cooks competing across a range of challenges in the hope of taking home a cash prize, and the title of Culinary Genius. Featuring a different guest professional chef each week, with Gordon Ramsay appearing in the first week of shows, the series will air in 2017, and the host will be confirmed in due course. Culinary Genius was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Daytime, Helen Warner.

E4's Celebs Go Dating Series 2 Line Up Revealed

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so what better time to join our seven celebrities in the ultimate game of love? E4 is once again opening its doors to the Celebrity Dating Agency as seven famous singletons search for love in new territories, with YOU the viewers at home!

Ricki Lake confirmed as guest judge for the first live show of Let It Shine on BBC One

BBC One announces today that American actress, singer and Emmy Award-winning television presenter Ricki Lake is to join Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp and Dannii Minogue as a guest judge for the first live show next month.

Ricki says: “I am super excited to be a guest judge on Let it Shine! I love musicals and this is a fantastic show. I was only 18 when I won the role of the original Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray so I can’t wait to share some of my own experiences with the boys. It is truly a pleasure and I’m excited to see the bands perform live for the first time! And not to mention, I am thrilled to be back in the UK!”