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Thursday, 11 May, 2000, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Israel flagging in Eurovision row
Israel's participation in Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest is in doubt following a flag-waving row involving its entrants - a group called Ping Pong.

Israeli TV's official delegation has told the group that they cannot wave Syrian and Israeli flags as planned during their performance in Stockholm.

The group's song, Happy, is about an Israeli girl and her Syrian lover and the routine was planned as a gesture to promote peace.

But Israeli officials were worried at the sight of the Syrian flags appearing before an estimated audience of 100 million viewers and have threatened to pull the plug on their entry if they do not remove them.

Band member Guy Asif said: "We came to Stockholm to bring pleasure, peace and love and if they stop us from waving Israeli and Syrian flags in our act there's no point in singing our song."

BBC voted Britain's leading export

The British public regards the BBC as the nation's leading export, a new survey has revealed.

The corporation scored 40% of the vote in a poll conducted by government body British Trade International.

The Beatles and the Royal Family tied for second place, with William Shakespeare in third, followed by the Spice Girls.

The survey is being used to promote British Trade International's 2000 Export Awards for Smaller Businesses.

Liverpool Live gig scrapped by council

The Liverpool gig in BBC Music Live's summer series of concerts has been scrapped because of poor ticket sales, it has been confirmed.

Liverpool City Council cancelled the event - due to be headlined by Public Enemy - which was to have been held at the 25,000-capacity King's Dock.

BBC Music Live festival director Mike Gibbons said he was "disappointed" by the decision, although he understood why the council had taken it.

'Nipper' logo wins award

The longevity of one of the world's most instantly recognised logos is being recognised with a new award.

Nipper, the HMV dog on the music chain's His Master's Voice logo, has adorned adverts and records for 100 years.

The Patent Office is to mark the dog and trumpet's century by awarding the first Century Trade Mark Award.

The picture was painted in 1898, three years after the dog's death. It was based on a photograph taken by artist Francis Berraud.

Prince fans to tour Artist's studio

The artist formerly known as Prince is opening his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota to the public next month.

Fans willing to spend over 40 will be treated to a half-hour tour of the studio, where the star has made many of his records.

Each night for a week, fans will be able to attend parties, with suprise musical guests and concert footage.

They will also vote on which unreleased songs should appear on future albums.

The only person who will be missing is the man himself, who is not planning to make a personal appearance.

Anthony weds his "Cleopatra"

Puerto Rican pop star Marc Anthony has married former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres at a casino in Las Vegas.

Anthony, 31, and his 25-year-old bride married at a hotel-casino after taking a private jet from Tuesday night's Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

They have been seeing each other for a year.

A spokeswoman for the singer said: "You could call it spur of the moment. We got a call saying 'Marc wants to get married'. We're still tired."

Bafta honour for Changing Rooms guru

Peter Bazalgette - the brains behind top BBC shows like Changing Rooms and Ready, Steady Cook - is to receive an industry award.

Bazalgette, the creative director of GMG Endemol Entertainment will be awarded the prestigious Bafta fellowship at the British Academy Television Awards.

Bazalgette, whose other hit programmes include Groundforce and Food And Drink, is being honoured for "innovative leisure programming".

Former winners include ex-Channel 4 chief Michael Grade and one-time BBC boss Bill Cotton.

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