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Thursday, 19 October, 2000, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Spice Girls to present TFI Friday
The Spice Girls are to be drafted in to front the first show in the final series of Channel 4's TFI Friday, after Chris Evans's surprise decision to quit.

Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty will present the early evening music and comedy programme when it returns on 10 November - just days after their new album is released.

Show chiefs want the last few shows to be presented by different celebrities each week, many of whom appeared on the show.

"They're doing it as a tribute to the show that helped to launch many of their careers," a spokeswoman said.

The show, which has only six editions left to run, was created by, and fronted by Evans for almost five years. It is now to be axed due to falling audiences.

Kensit to host Barbie FM show

Actress Patsy Kensit has signed up as a host for an internet radio station aimed at young girls.

Kensit, the former wife of Oasis star Liam Gallagher will be presenting the breakfast show on internet radio station later this month.

The station - aimed at three to nine years old - was dreamed up by the broadcaster David Freeman's two daughters, and will feature guests including Kate Winslet, Sandi Toksvig and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

"I have never hosted a radio show before and to do so for and an audience of young girls around the world is fantastic," said Kensit.

Aguilera sues former manager

Teenage singer Christina Aguilera is suing her former manager for "improper, undue and inappropriate influence" over her personal and professional life.

In the legal action, filed in the US, Aguilera is claiming her that her representation by Steven Kurtz and his management company "was a sham".

The 19-year-old singer is alleging that she was influenced into signing a deal that gave Kurtz 20% of all her "commissionable income".

Viewers want regional TV - watchdog

The Independent Television Commission (ITC) says research shows audiences are keen for regional programmes to be maintained in the digital age.

Sir Robin Biggam, chairman of the TV watchdog, said regional programming should not be marginalised.

"The consolidation of ownership in ITV must not be allowed to dilute regional commitments," said Sir Robin.

His comments come in the wake of Granada's purchase of United's franchises, leaving Granada and Carlton as the two major ITV shareholders.

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11 Oct 00 | Entertainment
Evans quits doomed TFI
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