Media: Things we like


We've all had a look at Teletext for those last-minute bargains but it has come under increasing pressure from internet travel sites.

Now, Teletext is staging a welcome fightback with a revamp of its digital service via ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. It is launching its digital magazine, which also gives advertisers greater creative freedom regarding the look of their ads.

Could this be Teletext entering the modern age?


Amir Khan, the Bolton-based boxer, may be one of the fittest men in the UK but he doesn't have time for fancy nutrition fads. "I love takeaways, I have at least one or two every day," the 19-year-old pugilist told this month's Observer Food Monthly. His favourite? "Burgers, chips, curries, doner kebabs, all sorts." He claims the food helps him prepare for the ring, revealing: "If I don't eat takeaways for a few days, I feel weak and tired, I don't feel myself." We know how you feel Amir. And it's doing him no harm - last Saturday, Khan won his fifth professional fight in record time.


Sky Digital has once again revamped its EPG line-up, making it easier to find channels by category and tucking those annoying religious channels away on a second menu screen. We're still not sure about having to press the green button to access Sky+, though, and hitting the "back up" button when in Sky+ planner mode returned us to the "adult" category on the menu. Awkward if your partner happens to walk into the room.


ITV1 does it again with gentle detective drama. It was difficult to imagine how Inspector Morse could work without John Thaw but Kevin Whately as his former sidekick Lewis just about pulls it off. There's murder, the added bonus of a tourist guide to Oxford's dreaming spires and the reluctant drinker Lewis even orders an ale. The first episode was a big hit, attracting more than 11 million viewers.


UK Gold's campaign for Wogan's Now and Then

Sir Terry Wogan might be a broadcasting legend and all that but we find the press and poster ads for his new UK Gold chatshow more than a touch nauseating.The programme, which mixes new interviews conducted by Wogan with some old material from his BBC talkshow, launched last week with considerable fanfare. An enormous cross-track execution showing Tel as he is "now" hugging an even cheesier-looking Terry as he was "then" was particularly hard to take. Having said that, the return of old-school presenters such as Wogan and Noel Edmonds seems to be paying off for broadcasters.

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