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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 June, 2003, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
JK Rowling grilled by Paxman
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has given an interview to Jeremy Paxman in a UK broadcast exclusive for the BBC.

The interview, which is being produced by the Newsnight team, will be broadcast on 19 June, ahead of the publication of the long-awaited fifth Potter novel on 21 June.

Rowling tells Paxman about Order of the Phoenix, gives him a taster from the new book, and provides an insight into the inspiration behind the novels.

She also discusses the impact her much-loved books have had on children's literature.

Paxman said: "She talks honestly about her fame, her wealth and the time she even considered breaking her arm to avoid the pressures of writing.

"As well as dropping some clues about what will happen in the Order of the Phoenix, she raises intriguing new possibilities about Harry's longer term future.

"We've been trying for 18 months to get an interview with JK Rowling - I think it was worth the wait."


Justine favourite for Brother boot

Jon and Justine have been nominated for eviction from the Big Brother house on Friday.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have made Justine 4-7 favourite to be evicted on Friday with Jon at 5-4. Justine's odds of winning Big Brother have lengthened to 33-1.

"Jon's popularity with punters has grown in recent days. On Friday he was a 50-1 shot but now he is just 10-1 to win and we don't fancy that he will be going this Friday," said a Ladbrokes spokesman.

Scott is the current favourite to win Big Brother at 3-1.


Magician injured in accident

Comedy magician Ali Bongo has been seriously injured in a road accident.

The Indian-born magician, real name William Wallace, and his passenger in the car were both hurt, but neither are thought to have life-threatening injuries.

Both were taken to hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Ali Bongo was a popular magician in the 1970s.


Low-key start for Wogan TV show

About 300,000 viewers tuned into Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin's new daytime show on Five on Monday, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The Terry and Gaby Show was beaten by BBC One's live coverage of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Queen's coronation - watched by about 1.3 million.

In contrast to his chat show ratings, Wogan's BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast show attracts nearly eight million listeners.

However, a Five spokesman said: "It's a solid start and we hope it will build from there. The critics seemed to like it."


Santana's Aids donation

Grammy-winning guitarist Carlos Santana is donating proceeds from this summer's Shaman tour in the US to fighting Aids in South Africa.

Funds from the US leg of his tour will be donated to Artists for a New South Africa who distribute money for Aids sufferers and research.

The tour, kicking off on 13 June, will include information on Aids at each concert venue, plus selected speakers.

Santana, who has been touring in Asia, was recently forced to cancel a gig in Hong Kong due to Sars fears.


REM won't perform 'happy' songs live

Pop group REM intends to release a greatest hits album - but that does not mean they will be performing their more upbeat numbers live.

Losing My Religion and Man In The Moon will remain on the playlist, guitarist Peter Buck told the Los Angeles Times.

But Buck says he and Michael Stipe have agreed they will no longer perform Shiny Happy People, Stand or Pop 69.

"We were trying to write super, super pop songs for kids and we overstretched our abilities," Stipe explained.


Beyonce album brought forward

The release date of Beyonce Knowles' debut album Dangerously In Love has been brought forward to June 24 in an attempt to thwart US internet pirates.

Columbia Records hope to capitalise as well on the success of the singer's new single Crazy In Love, featuring Jay-Z.

The album features guest appearances from Luther Vandross, Missy Elliott, Sean Paul and Outkast's Big Boi.

Knowles will perform with her Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland in a June 14 TV special.





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