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Monday, January 11, 1999 Published at 14:28 GMT


Tong can do no wrong in survey

Keith Hellawell: 'Drug tsar' the 18th most inflential person in Britain's clubs

BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong has been named the most powerful person in dance music in a magazine survey.

Muzik magazine praises the 37-year-old - who hosts the station's Friday night Essential Selection show - in its new issue, out this week.

He beats hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs - also known as chart star Puff Daddy, and owner of the Bad Boy Entertainment label - into second place.

James Palombo - owner and founder of London's Ministry Of Sound nightclub - comes third.

[ image: Pete Tong: Staying in the shadows]
Pete Tong: Staying in the shadows
The influence of drugs on the club scene is shown with the inclusion of Alexander Shulgin - credited with the invention of Ecstasy - at number four. The UK Government's "drug tsar", Keith Hellawell, is 18th in the survey.

Tong acts as an A & R man as well as co-owning the influential ffrr (sic) record label. As well as his work for Radio 1 he has made a number of successful dancefloor compilations.

Fellow Radio 1 DJs Trevor Nelson and Judge Jules are 5th and 7th respectively, while the station's controller, Andy Parfitt, is 11th.

Muzik magazine editor Ben Turner said: "The list is nothing more than our view of those who can direct and truly change this scene.

"The top dogs who make calls to heads of radio and to top politicians, the wizards who create the drugs which fuel club culture, through to the agents who control every big dance act on the planet."

The top 10 is:

1. Pete Tong

2. Sean "Puffy" Combs

3. James Palombo

4. Alexander Shulgin

5. Trevor Nelson.

6. David Levy (artist booker)

7. Judge Jules

8. Simon Dunmore (record label boss, Defective Records)

9. James Barton (co-owner and founder of Liverpool's Cream nightclub)

10. Judy Weinstein (owner and founder of Def Mix DJ agency)

286 films fight for Oscars

[ image: 286 films, but very few trophies to win]
286 films, but very few trophies to win
A grand total of 286 feature-films are to be considered for this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.

It is the highest number of films eligible since 1973, although last year there were 275 movies competing for the much-coveted awards.

Saving Private Ryan and British film Shakespeare in Love are among the films expected to do well. The 1999 nominations are out on 9 February.

But one man is already a winner. Norman Jewison, best known for Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck and In the Heat of the Night, is to receive a special Oscar.

The Irving Thalberg Memorial Prize will be presented to the 72-year-old Canadian during the ceremony on 21 March.

The award goes to a producer whose "body of work reflects a consistently high standard of motion picture production".

Jewison's films have won 10 Academy Awards and 45 nominations.

Scorsese re-releases controversial film

[ image: Martin Scorsese: A second look at Peeping Tom]
Martin Scorsese: A second look at Peeping Tom
The film that virtually ended the career of its director Michael Powell is to be re-released in the States by film-maker Martin Scorsese.

Peeping Tom, the controversial 1960 British horror thriller, starred Carl Boehm as a murderer who photographs his victims at the moment of death.

The original version was denounced by critics and Powell, who had directed such acclaimed works as Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, rarely worked again.

New film censor takes charge

[ image: Robin Duval: Applauds shift to 'sensitive' heroes]
Robin Duval: Applauds shift to 'sensitive' heroes
Britain's new film censor Robin Duval begins work today - taking over from James Ferman who did the often controversial job for nearly 24 years.

A former deputy head of programming at the Independent Television Commission, he is considered a liberal by some clean-up TV and film campaigners.

But he recently said he welcomes the move away from macho role models like Arnold Schwarzenegger to more sensitive role models like Leonardo DiCaprio.

He said: "Over the last ten to 15 years, Hollywood has put out far more films in which violence is a main feature than I am comfortable with."

New editor for Blue Peter

[ image: Simon Thomas (far right) and the Blue Peter team]
Simon Thomas (far right) and the Blue Peter team
A former primary school teacher is to be the new editor of BBC One's flagship children's programme, Blue Peter.

Steve Hocking will become only the fifth editor of the show in its 40-year-history.

The father-of-three used to teach in London before getting into TV.

He has worked in the Children's department for the past 10 years producing and directing Playschool, Going Live! and Live &Kicking.

On Friday the programme unveiled new presenter Simon Thomas, a vicar's son from Suffolk, to join existing presenters Katy Hill, Stuart Miles and Konnie Huq. He replaces Richard Bacon, who was fired for taking cocaine.

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