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Ben Shephard: GMB presenter says he has ‘long, slow’ recovery ahead in hospital bed update

Speaking about his injury, he said: “A few weeks to go, you may remember I played in the Cup Final of the Arthur Dunn veterans cup, my old boy’s team.

“We won the Cup Final, but I started with two legs and ended with one.

“Without realising, I have ruptured my ACL, I’ve torn the meniscus and I’ve fractured part of my leg as well.”

He’d been wearing a leg brace since to help him with what Dr Hilary Jones called a “nasty injury”.

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Sky Sports presenter Jim White announces departure after 23 years 'with a heavy heart'

Jim White has revealed that he is leaving Sky Sports News in order to pursue other media opportunities after a lengthy spell as the channel’s most recognisable presenter. The 64-year-old had established himself as the face of transfer deadline day, with his enthusiastic style of reporting and trademark yellow tie endearing him to football fans up and down the country.

White confirmed the news in a statement posted to his Twitter account on Friday afternoon which read: “After 23 years, it’s time to bid farewell to Sky Sports.

“After much thought and with a heavy heart I leave Sky Sports News – but what a journey it has been.

“To all the superb producers, assistant producers, directors and floor managers, a massive thank you. To my fellow presenters, thank you.

“Other media challenges lie ahead! Have presented every late shift on every Transfer Deadline Day – thanks for everything Harry!

“To everyone out there, keep watching the best sports news channel in the business. #YellowTieForSale.”

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White is also well-known for his role as a radio host with talkSPORT, taking over presenting duties for the station’s morning programme from Colin Murray in 2016.

Speaking at the end of his final broadcast for Sky Sports News on Friday, the Scot said: “After 23 years here at Sky, I’m signing off.

“Thanks to everyone here, from camera people to producers, from directors to fellow presenters and reporters.

“Good luck to the Home Nations in the Euros, I’ll be at Hampden on Monday working on Scotland’s opening game. It’s been some 23 years!”

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White’s announcement was met with well-wishes from a number of his Sky Sports colleagues, including Spanish football expert Guilliem Balague who posted a message of support on Twitter.

Iconic Jim,” he wrote. “You understood things earlier than most. What a brilliant career you had at Sky. Meet you soon!”

Balague’s sentiments were echoed by former Sky Sports presenter Natalie Sawyer, who added: “Congratulations Jim on a super career at Sky! You’ll be missed but forever iconic!”

White began his career in journalism with STV’s flagship Scotland Today programme in 1979 before taking a role as the organisation’s sport reporter seven years later.

He went on to enjoy a ten-year stint as the main host of Scotsport before eventually joining Sky in 1998.

Sky Sports paid tribute to White in a message on their website, which read: “Jim White is leaving Sky Sports News after 23 years to focus on other media challenges.

“From interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, to the collapse of the European Super League, plus countless deadline day scoops, Jim has always been first with the breaking news.

“White donned his now-iconic yellow tie on every Transfer Deadline Day to become synonymous with Sky Sports News’ coverage.”

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Lisa Shaw dead: BBC Radio presenter dies at 44 after short illness

BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw has died at the age of 44, her family has confirmed. The presenter was known for her mid-morning show as tributes have begun pouring in.
The BBC shared a statement from Lisa’s family earlier today announcing the news.

This read: “We are all completely heartbroken, in disbelief, numb, and saddened, that there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never, ever be filled.

“We are so grateful for the time that we have had with her, and there are so many happy memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives.

“She was the best wife and mammy, sister, daughter, aunty, friend and colleague that anyone could hope for.

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“She loved connecting every day with the wonderful people of the North East, and it gives us great comfort to know how many lives she was an integral part of every single day.

“We’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support we have received at such a difficult time, reinforcing how deeply cherished she was by so many people. We will love and miss her, always.”

Lisa was from County Durham and studied at Bournemouth University.

She began her career working for the North East commercial stations Century Radio and Real Radio.

Here, she won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.

She then continued her career at Metro Radio and Heart.

Lisa had joined the BBC radio station back in 2016 as a daytime presenter.

BBC Radio Newcastle also paid tribute to the presenter on their Twitter account.

They wrote: “We are so sorry and saddened to share with you that after a short illness our beautiful colleague Lisa Shaw has died.

“Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family.

“She was a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend and a loving wife and mum.”

Many of Lisa’s colleagues have also begun paying their respects.

Head of BBC Local Radio Chris Burns said: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more.”

BBC Radio Newcastle’s executive editor Rik Martin said the station were “devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family”.

He added: “She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum.

“She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences.

“We’ve lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people.”

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‘I genuinely was so hurt’: UFC presenter Olivi speaks out after being ‘snubbed’ by ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith

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UFC reporter Megan Olivi has revealed her hurt at being overlooked by fellow broadcaster Stephen A. Smith earlier this year.

After UFC 260 in late March, the ESPN mouthpiece sent out a tweet in tribute to the talents of the MMA championship’s punditry team, but notably missed Olivi out. 

“Ummm hey there – you’re forgetting someone,” she butted in, with a reply that received close to 4,000 likes. 

Yet again Smith failed to acknowledge her.

At a Q&A session after the UFC 261 weigh-ins on Friday, Olivi was broached on topic by reporters and admitted: “That was actually tough for me”.

“I don’t love social media in general, but then to play such a big role in terms of pre and post-fight interviews, like, I’m the one onsite doing them…”

“Then to do all the hits on the broadcast and be a part of this team and literally the only women on the pay-per-view team – there’s no other desk host, there’s no one on the pre- or post-show. It’s literally just me.

“And I’ve worked to be here. I wasn’t handed this. It’s been a very long journey, as people who have seen me 10 years ago I’m sure can attest to. I’ve done everything the right way to get here, and to not get the acknowledgement as my male colleagues got, I genuinely was so hurt,” she confessed, even though it was “nice” to see colleagues and fans defend her honor.

But despite outlining that the treatment is something “the women in this room have dealt”, the American doesn’t believe it is something Smith, who has often fallen foul of the women in the MMA community, did intentionally.

“I don’t think he did it on purpose. I don’t think there was any intent,” Olivi stressed, before then seeming to doubt Smith’s knowledge of the sport.

“I don’t think he was trying to be rude by any means. I just think it didn’t really matter to him. I don’t know how much he actually watched. I know he’s supposed to be an MMA insider and he does his best, but he has a lot on his plate, as well.”

“I also wonder if he was helped with the tweet, if maybe it was just, ‘OK, here are the people on the broadcast’,” Olivi pondered.

“It would be nice if he was like one day like, ‘Oh sh*t,’ I didn’t see this. But I don’t think that’s the character we’re dealing with,” she concluded.

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As mentioned, this is not Smith’s first rodeo when it comes to ticking off females in Olivi’s profession.

A couple of months ago, the presenter paid $ 8 million per year for his thoughts said he just didn’t “want to see women punching each other in the face” in combat sports. 

I think that there’s an awful lot of women who are incredibly qualified to do the jobs they’re doing,” continued Smith’s outburst on Larry Wilmore’s ‘Black on the Air’ podcast.

Where I jump off the bandwagon is where they try to engage physically.

For example, I don’t ever want to see a woman boxing a man. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see a woman in the UFC fighting a man – even though there are some women out there that will kick the dude’s butt.”

As he ranted further, however, it became clear that Smith’s issue was with women fighting full stop, and not just against men.

When I think about pugilistic sports, I don’t like seeing women involved in that at all,” Smith said.

I just don’t like it. I wouldn’t promote legislating laws to prohibit them from doing so, but I don’t want to see women punching each other in the face. I don’t want to see women fighting in the Octagon and stuff like that. 

“That’s just me,” he signed off.

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Ray Mears: Wildlife presenter admits he 'gets bored' watching nature programs on TV

“Well, I like creating them,” he chuckled.

“And I appreciate the work that goes into them, and the unique view of things that the average person will never see in the flesh.”

But he points out we miss the breeze on our faces, smelling the fresh air and physically feeling things with your own hands – “the ambience and excitement of actually being there.”

Some may disagree though, with walking being the only enjoyment we have had throughout the UK’s three tedious coronavirus lockdowns.

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Katy Hill: Blue Peter presenter left with facial scar after hitting her head on toilet

Katy Hill was scarred for life when she tripped and fell while playing with her daughter at home. The former Blue Peter presenter, who took on a number of dangerous tasks during her early career such as jumping out of planes, said the irony of being injured in this way was not lost on her.
Katy has been left with a scar that runs down the centre of her forehead.

The 49-year-old mum-of-two was running up the stairs to amuse her children when she tripped and “smashed” her head on the toilet lid.

She later admitted that she thought it was the end, while sharing pictures of her injury on Instagram.

The cut required a number of stitches both internally and externally and has left her with a facial scar.

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Talking about the incident, Katy said that she was extremely lucky that she hit her head square on when she “face planted”.

“It was a bad one and I was very grateful that the impact went down the centre of my forehead.

“As I found out from the doctors, if it had been slightly to either side, I might not be here now because the skull is thin in those parts.

“The irony isn’t lost on me that I used to jump out of planes and all sorts, and yet I injure myself in this way,” she told The Sun.

“One year ago I smashed my head and genuinely thought it was the end,” she wrote on the picture-sharing site in view of her 27,000 followers.

“The irony that I spent my early career throwing myself out of planes, flying fast jets and generally doing all I could to put myself in danger wasn’t lost on me.

“The head injury? Bringing the morning lols with my daughter Kaya, racing her to the loo to bring the mummy fun then tripping and face planting the toilet lid. FULL FORCE.

“It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me, largely because it was in the safety of my own home, bringing the fun, at 7.30 in the morning and, as I waited for the ambulance to check me I truly thought it was the end.”

Jasmine Harman: A Place In The Sun presenter 'nearly in tears' amid weight admission

A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman was feeling rather emotional this morning. The 45-year-old TV star said she was almost in tears as she made her way home from a Zumba class following the relaxation of lockdown rules regarding outdoor exercise classes.
The mum-of-two admitted that she was overcome with emotion for two reasons.

Reuniting with friends from the class that she hadn’t had any contact with in almost a year was the first reason.

However, the workout had also made Jasmine realise that her fitness levels had dipped following lockdown.

Delighted to be able to leave the house to attend a class, the teary presenter took to Instagram to document her trip.

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“It’s actually hard to describe how excited I was to just go to my first class back at David Lloyd. And I’m trying to work out why,” she told fans, as she sat in her car following the dance class.

“I was literally nearly in tears as I walked into the class and I saw loads of the people that I haven’t seen for a year.

“And I think it’s because we’ve been so deprived of human contact over the last year that I felt emotional.

“But also because, doing the class, I realised how far I have to go to get myself back to any sort of semblance of fitness,” she went on to add.

“That was the best class I’ve done in a year,” Jasmine told her instructor.

“Probably the only one I’ve done in a year to be fair, that’s actually in person,” she went on to quip.

“I’m so happy now,” she later added before noting that the timing of gyms reopening was not ideal for her.

Jasmine, who shares daughter Joy, and son Albion, with her husband Jon Boast, pointed out that it was now the Easter holidays, so her children would be off school again.

However, the determined Channel 4 host said she hoped to return later in the week.

Her trip to the gym comes almost two months after Jasmine admitted that she was finding lockdown hard and had been emotionally eating and drinking.

She said she was struggling to keep her head above water and had not found time to exercise in a social media update.

The presenter shared a before and after picture of herself online, which showcased her recent weight gain.

As lockdown restrictions begin to lift, life can start to return to normal.

Indoor leisure facilitates, such as gyms and swimming pools, are scheduled to re-open on April 12.

Lorraine Kelly: ITV presenter rages 'take your c**p home with you' in heated Twitter post

Lorraine Kelly took to social media today to blast picnic goers for leaving their rubbish in the park, as clean-up teams moved in to tidy up. On the second day of lockdown restrictions easing, sun-seekers headed to outdoor spaces in their droves to meet up in groups of six or with another family.
Some parks and green spaces were left covered in litter in depressing scenes this morning.

On seeing pictures of the mess, Lorraine shared her thoughts on the matter.

“FFS – and I can’t stress this enough – take your c**p home with you!”(sic) she blasted on Twitter.

The ITV star made her comments while sharing a tweet with her 640,600 followers, which showed one clean-up operation.

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“Instead of paying them to clean up they should pay a park ranger to make sure people use the bins. On the spot fine for litter louts too. Too soft in this country, very good at whinging about things afterwards instead of nipping it in the bud at source,” one social media user wrote.

“Ffs obviously this pandemic has not made some people appreciate nature’s great outdoors it’s what’s been the one thing for every body to enjoy in COVID and now they treat it like this maybe they want that taken way too,”(sic) a second annoyed user added.

A third remarked: “When people say people have changed and become more caring in lockdown I disagree when we see things like this. The people that cared before still do and those that didn’t still don’t.”

Meanwhile a fourth person penned: “Makes me sad as this is the generation we have taught most about #pollution & #recycling; yet appears from this & park pictures from elsewhere that some are more than happy to treat the environment with contempt & happy to live in a dustbin. Classic #notmyproblem?”

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However, another user pointed out that it wasn’t just the “younger generation” at fault.

Lorraine returned to the site a short while later to respond to a user who shared her frustration.

“This is so annoying! If you can carry full bags of things to parks then you can carry empty bags & bottles home with you!” the post read.

“Well exactly,” the TV presenter added as she shared it on.

‘Don’t ever celebrate too soon’: American TV presenter suffers cruel basketball embarrassment in viral VIDEO

An American TV presenter Anna Hoffman learned a vital lesson the hard way, as part of a news piece that has gone viral on social media amid the ‘March Madness’ basketball extravaganza Stateside.

Hoffman is a reporter for WMBBTV News 13, and was shooting footage by the side of some public courts in Panama City, Florida.

The clip was reportedly showcasing the youth empowerment night at the local Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, as Hoffman appeared alongside local official Sean DePalma.  

Turning towards the hoop to close the segment, Hoffman let off an inch-perfect long-distance throw which seemed destined to become the perfect basket. 

Right at the last second, however, while Hoffman was already cheering her feat and again facing the camera, another ball cruelly knocked it out of the way of glory. 

“That’s March Madness for you folks … don’t ever celebrate too soon,” she wrote in the caption to a video of her exploits, which has been seen almost 3.4 million times on Twitter so far. 

Naturally, the clip has creased viewers online, some of whom have been reminded of similar occurrences in the pro ranks. 

“I can’t stop watching this,” wrote sports pundit Grant Paulsen, who also asked Hoffman: “When did you find out you hadn’t made it?”

“Not until I heard the anchor say ‘Great job Anna you almost made that shot’ so basically wayyyy after my celebration,” Hoffman replied.

“You can’t argue with people who think they made it,” quipped one user. 

“C’mon. You gotta at least see it get into the net before you celebrate. WTH?,” asked another.
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A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton exposes 'killer body' in tight workout gear

“My voice is a little bit hoarse as you can probably tell, because I have spent so much of today talking…,” she told her followers.

“I’ve been talking all things Lord Roberts On The Green. The balance sheets. Talking profit and loss. All because I’ve been doing viewings of the business.

“It’s very exciting. I’ve bought and sold many houses, but never sold a business before.

“Its amazing how much interest we have had in the business, very exciting, but it’s hard work,” she explained.