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Monday, 21 February, 2000, 14:31 GMT
Eurovision loss for PM's daughter

Bertie Ahern's daughter Cecelia Ahern Irish Prime Minister's daughter Cecelia Ahern in Dublin


The 18-year-old daughter of Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has failed in her bid to become the Ireland's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Cecelia Ahern and ehr four-piece group Shimma finished third out of eight challengers with their song When You Are Near.

They had hoped to become the youngest Irish entrants to win the competition since 18-year-old Dana charmed the juries with All Kinds Of Everything in Amsterdam in 1970.

They were beaten by Millennium of Love, performed by Eamonn Toal and written by Gerry Simpson and Raymond Smyth.




Channel 4 rapped over 'blue' subtitles

A TV watchdog has criticised Channel 4 after a dubbed-over swearword from the documentary Road Raj was shown in the accompanying subtitles.

One viewer complained to the Independent Television Commission about the programme, which followed the fortunes of people whose lives are dependent on the main road in Bombay.

A spokesman for C4 said the inclusion of the offending subtitle was "an error" and had led to an inquiry into subtitling procedures.

"This kind of thing is extremely rare, but it did happen," he said.




Oasis topped by 'beached' All Saints

All Saints have knocked Oasis off the top of the charts to claim their fourth number one.

The girl group's single Pure Shores, taken from the soundtrack to the new Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach, went straight to the top spot in its first week of release.

Oasis, who spent just one week at number one with Go Let It Out, dropped down to number four. Gabrielle maintained her place at number two with her former chart-topper Rise.




Tree campaign backed by musicians

Musicians including Jools Holland and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits are backing a campaign to save trees which are used to make musical instruments.

The campaign follows a study which found that species such as rosewood and cedar are "globally threatened" due to over harvesting and poor management.

Guitarist John Williams and singer Bonnie Rait are also supporting Flora and Fauna International's campaign, to include a London concert in March.




British 'tour' for Elvis stage show

Elvis Presley's backing band is in England in preparation for the King of Rock 'n' Roll's debut British tour - 23 years after his death.

Guitarist James Burton and pianist Glen D Hardin are among seven musicians set to take the stage at seven major UK venues from next month in front of a giant projection of Elvis himself.

The concerts will feature "live" footage of Elvis recorded during some of his greatest shows, while his singing voice will be played back on the film soundtrack, the accompanying music will be "added" live by the band.

The Elvis 2000: The King Returns tour, which starts at Wembley Arena on 10 March, follows a string of successful dates in Europe, Australia and Japan, starting in 1997.




The Muppets snapped up in German deal

German family media group EM.TV & Merchandising AG has bought The Jim Henson Company for $680m (425m).

"By acquiring The Jim Henson Company, we ain some of the most powerful and enduring kids' and family brands worldwide and get access to the world's biggest and most important media market," said Thomas Haffa, chief executive of EM.TV.

Founded in 1958 by the late Jim Henson, The Jim Henson Company has produced The Muppet TV shows and films, plus the legendary children's show Sesame Street, several movies including The Dark Crystal and the sci-fi series Farscape.

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