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RTE will shut off longwave

RTE is pressing ahead with its shutdown of its longwave radio service despite Government concerns.

The station's announcement that the longwave 252 service for Irish emigrants in Britain and beyond was to be ended, sparked an outcry.

Minister for the Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan declared last week that he hoped "some way can be found to maintain this valuable service".

But an RTE spokesperson stated during the bank holiday weekend: "We don't want to give false hope. The service will close in January."

Beyonce in Top Shop link-up

Beyonce is joining forces with Topshop in a joint venture which will feature clothes she has designed for exercising.

The 33-year-old singer announced she is merging with Topshop to launch the company Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd in a 50/50 joint venture.

The clothing line will be available next autumn.

Beyonce said in a statement that she "could not think of a better partner" as she continues to grow her production company, Parkwood Entertainment.

Gay wedding minister to stay

A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister.

The Judicial Council of the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination ruled that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he refused to promise never to perform another gay marriage. The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general.

Strictly's huge gap on X Factor

Strictly Come Dancing opened up a 1.6 million lead over the X Factor for viewers - a fortnight after the rivals were neck and neck.

Figures show Strictly had an average audience of 9.5 million, while ITV's singing contest drew just 7.9 million, even including viewers of its +1 catch-up channel.

To make matters worse for Simon Cowell's show, it is 1.2 million down on the equivalent programme in 2013, despite his return to the judging panel this year.