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BBC given 400 Wimbledon tickets worth £51,000 so senior executives got the best seats

BBC staff enjoyed some of the best seats at Wimbledon this year as the broadcaster handed out more than 400 tickets worth £51,000.Household TV names and six-figure executives from the Beeb, as well as their pals, got seats for this year’s tennis showpiece that ordinary people could only dream of getting.The public can only nab Wimbledon tickets by getting lucky in a hugely over-subscribed ballot, queuing up overnight or paying for a pricey hospitality package. But as the tournament’s “official broadcaster”, the BBC gets a wedge of tickets, which it dishes out to business contacts as well as select staff.READ MORE: Roger Federer had no time for bed hopping 'wife-a-year' rivals distracted from tennisAmong those handed freebies were reporters, news executives, MPs, members of the House of Lords, sports company bigwigs and comic Lee Mack.

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Party At The Palace rakes in biggest TV audience of 2022
BBC has said a peak audience of 13.4 million viewers tuned in to Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday night. The special Jubilee event, which was broadcast on BBC One, had a huge audience share of 66.8% and an average overnight audience of 11.2 million.It was held outside Buckingham Palace and featured star performances from the likes of Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and Sam Ryder, with Paddington Bear even making an appearance.The concert kicked off with The Queen having tea with the much-loved animated bear as they bonded over their love of marmalade sandwiches.The clip brought back fond memories of the video she made with Daniel Craig as James Bond for the London 2012 Olympics.The Queen and Paddington then tapped out the rhythm of Queen's We Will Rock You on teacups, before Queen and Adam Lambert appeared to get the show going.Elsewhere, viewers were left in hysterics after comedian Lee Mack's dig at Prime Minister Boris Johnson.He told the crowds: "We are here right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the party of a lifetime."And I tell you what, finally you can say the words 'party' and 'gate' - and it's a positive."The event also featured dance act Diversity, as well as songs from hit musicals including Hamilton, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera.The Platinum Party at the Palace tripled the number of football fans who watched England lose by a goal to nil to Hungary.A peak of just 4.5 million watched the national team’s defeat, with an average of 2.7 million viewers.As well as the millions of people watching at home, there was a crowd of 20,000 members of the public in attendance at the palace.
This Morning in presenter shake-up after Holly and Phillip announce break
This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield have announced they will be taking a break from the ITV show from Friday.The duo confirmed the news during Thursday's Spin to Win segment.After the first few viewers failed to answer their phone, Phil suggested the money would have to be rolled over to Monday.But Holly told him: "We're not here on Monday. We've got a week off."At the end of the game, Phil told viewers: "Spin to Win will be taking a break for half-term so keep an eye out for it when it returns."The pair will return to the show after the Queen's Jubilee weekend on Monday, June 6.Some viewers weren't too impressed with the pair for taking time off, with people taking to Twitter to share their annoyance.One person wrote: "They're always on flipping holiday."Another said: "Where do you think Phil and Holly are going on holiday next week?"One person Tweeted: "Another week off why am I not surprised, so many holidays for working 2 hours a day."Holly, 41, and Phil, 60, don't usually host This Morning over half-terms and bank holidays.Holly has taken multiple breaks from the show throughout the year.Her most recent break came earlier this month when she enjoyed some time out to film The Games, which she hosted with 44-year-old Freddie Flintoff.Singer and TV presenter Rochelle Humes, 33, stood in for her alongside Phil.Rochelle also presented back in January when Holly took more than two weeks off to film the BBC's Freeze The Fear with Lee Mack, 53.
Holly Willoughby suffers setback as show 'axed' after 'not landing with viewers'
Holly Willoughby's BBC quiz show 'Take Off' has been axed after one series.The show, which was co-hosted by The Chase's Bradley Walsh, saw members of the audience compete each week to win luxury holidays abroad last summer.However, despite the incredible prizes and well-known presenters, the show failed to impress viewers as many were unable to go travelling at the time it aired due to coronavirus restrictions.According to The Express, the show had been filmed before the pandemic but only aired on our screens in the summer of 2021.Take Off was produced by Hungry Bear Media, which is owned by Holly Willoughby's husband Dan Baldwin.The show, which consisted of four episodes, has now reportedly been shelved as it appeared to be 'too difficult' to get the winners of the show on holiday.A source told The Sun that travel was much easier when the show was filmed prior to the pandemic.They said: "Now, it’s more difficult with so many restrictions. It didn’t land with viewers who were grounded."According to the publication, the BBC did not comment on the claims.Despite the show being axed, the source said Holly and Bradley had great on-screen chemistry and loved working together.Last year, Bradley admitted that he didn't know the rules of Take Off and that he leaves that to his co-host, Holly.He said: "I leave that to Holly - she is the nuts and bolts of it all.