Sunday Round Up: Ant and Dec to split?, BBC, Toys R Us, .xxx, Midsomer Murders

Sunday Round up this weeks involves racial rows, bully allegations, the potential break up of Ant and Dec, and a new development for the porn industry.

Director general of the BBC Mark Thomson has admitted that the corporation does hire private detectives. The Independent on Sunday reports that private investigators have been hired by the BBC under its editorial guidelines.

The UK’s favourite presenters Ant and Dec could be on the verge of splitting claims The Sunday Express. The pair have apparently denied that they plan to work separately from one another, but the paper says that they have also failed to deny that they would attempt solo projects.

A new internet domain for pornography will go ahead under the official domain name of .xxx, the Observer says. The domain was approved by the international Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), with more than 230,000 pornographic websites having reserved an address ending in .xxx, in advance of the approval of the domain name.

One of the founders of Childline, Sarah Caplin, has been fired by ITV Studios amidst accusations of bullying, the Mail on Sunday reports. ITV has apparently said that producer Caplin has left by mutual consent, but the paper intimates otherwise.

The Sunday Express reports 'a new development' in the race row surrounding Midsomer Murders, with a black man appearing as an extra within the new episode currently being shot. The executive producer and creator of the series, Mr True-May, has been suspended by ITV following an interview with the Radio Times in which he claimed that ethnic minorities were deliberately left out of the show.

Meanwhile Toys R Us has entered a race row of its own, says the Daily Star, for selling a toy named ‘Paki’.

Calls have been made for the store to stop selling the toy, based on a character from new Pixar film, Cars Toon.

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