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Friday, 23 November, 2001, 17:19 GMT
CBE for director Minghella
Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella has been awarded a CBE in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Minghella said veteran actor Sir Michael Caine had given him tips for the investiture ceremony.

"He said: 'Wait five years and you'll get an upgrade to knighthood' - but I certainly would never presume or say that," said 47-year-old Minghella.

The director of The English Patient and The Talented Mr Ripley said he still thought of himself as a writer who directs, having "just stumbled from one to the other".


TOTP Hall of Fame honours Sir Paul

Sir Paul McCartney will be the first music legend to be admitted into the new Top of the Pops Hall of Fame.

The former Beatle is due to be bestowed with the honour at the first Top of the Pops Awards, to be held at Manchester's MEN arena on 30 November.

The honour comes in recognition of Sir Paul's lifetime contribution to popular music.

A spokesman for the BBC programme said: "Sir Paul McCartney is a legend. He has made an enormous contribution to music both in this country and around the world over the last 40 years."


Stars make their marks for medicine

British actors and television presenters have left their fingerprints all over a specially constructed wall in a bid to raise money for medical research.

Action Research's Touching Lives Wall of Fame is at the Theatre Museum, in London's Covent Garden.

The wall now bears Hollywood-style handprints of actors Simon Simon Callow, Peter Egan, Roger Lloyd Pack and Issy Van Randwyck and GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

Presenters Michael Parkinson and Emma Forbes and actress Ruthie Henshall are also due to attend.


Ministers to study media ownership

A consultation paper on media ownership will be published on Monday, the government has revealed.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said the paper would help ministers determine "the best way to regulate".

There will be a two-month, formal consultation exercise, lasting until late January, she said in a Commons written reply.

"We will publish our proposals in the draft Communications Bill next year. There will then be a further, three month period of consultation," she added.


Singer Church pulls out of TOTP Awards

Teenage opera singer Charlotte Church has pulled out of an appearance at the Top Of The Pops Awards.

Church was to have presented the award for Top Album at the event, on 30 November at Manchester's MEN arena.

Pop stars Ronan Keating and Lulu will present the Top Single award, and BBC Radio 1's Sara Cox will team up with New Order frontman Bernard Sumner to present the Top Tour honour.

Fans can vote by phone in eight awards categories by visiting the Top Of The Pops website at www.bbc.co.uk/totp.

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