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Ball v Evans: Radio audience figures revealed

Zoe Ball, the first female radio host of BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, has kept the show's..

Zoe Ball, the first female radio host of BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, has kept the show's audience after taking over from former host Chris Evans.

From January, when she took over, to March, Ball had an average weekly audience of 9.05 million – almost unchanged from the 9.07 million for Evans's final three months.

Evans left his job on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in December after nine years to present a new breakfast programme on rival network Virgin.

Image: Evans has helped Virgin Radio break the one million listener barrier

Figures show he attracted an average weekly audience of more than one million during his first three months on air across Virgin Radio, Virgin Anthems and Virgin Chilled – up from 427,000 in the same period the year before.

Evans said: "Last year, I said I wanted a new mountain to climb. And the view from the top of the News Tower isn't half bad.

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"But really this is just base camp. I'm back in my spiritual home and loving every minute of it."

Ball said she was "supersized giddy" to have so many listeners.

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Zoe Ball leaves the Radio 2 Breakfast Show at BBC Broadcasting House in London after being named first female host, replacing Chris Evans
Image: Ball had an average weekly audience of 9.05 million listeners

"It was such a gift to be asked to follow Chris and Sir Terry (Wogan) as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show but also a great responsibility," she said.

"Thanks to the listeners for giving us a chance and for getting so involved in the show's antics.

"We can't wait to embark on more adventures together".

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Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin hints at ending for books

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has give..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given hints about the ending of his books after seeing the hit series come to an end – and also said he suspects we have "not seen the last of Westeros" on TV.

The author wrote about the finale of the epic fantasy series on his blog, saying it had been "a wild ride" since his first meeting with the show's writers David Benioff and DB Weiss more than a decade ago.

He is still writing the final instalments of his series of books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, with Game Of Thrones the show having overtaken the published novels – the last one released in 2011 – in its sixth season.

Image: George RR Martin says the TV finale was "an ending but also a beginning"

Martin helped producers as they continued the story on screen and there has been much speculation about whether the ending will turn out to be true to his original vision.

In his blog post, Martin promised the sixth and seventh books, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, "will be done".

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"I'm writing," he said. "Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.

"The Winds Of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream Of Spring.

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Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin hints at ending for books

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has give..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given hints about the ending of his books after seeing the hit series come to an end – and also said he suspects we have "not seen the last of Westeros" on TV.

The author wrote about the finale of the epic fantasy series on his blog, saying it had been "a wild ride" since his first meeting with the show's writers David Benioff and DB Weiss more than a decade ago.

He is still writing the final instalments of his series of books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, with Game Of Thrones the show having overtaken the published novels – the last one released in 2011 – in its sixth season.

Image: George RR Martin says the TV finale was "an ending but also a beginning"

Martin helped producers as they continued the story on screen and there has been much speculation about whether the ending will turn out to be true to his original vision.

In his blog post, Martin promised the sixth and seventh books, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, "will be done".

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"I'm writing," he said. "Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.

"The Winds Of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream Of Spring.

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Sophie Turner hits out at ‘disrespectful’ GoT petition

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at a petition calling for a remake of the final serie..

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at a petition calling for a remake of the final series, saying it is "disrespectful" to those who "worked tirelessly" on the show for more than 10 years.

The actress, who plays Sansa Stark, spoke out about the reaction to season eight after her character was crowned Queen of the North in the last ever episode on Monday.

Fans have been divided by the Game Of Thrones final series, with many criticising it for being rushed and more than 1.3 million people signing the petition set up to demand HBO remakes it.

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Image: Some fans were unhappy with Daenerys Targaryen's transformation into the Mad Queen

Some viewers were also unhappy with how the story ended for Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, who transformed from a hero to the Mad Queen – murdering thousands of innocent people.

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In an interview with the New York Times following the finale, Turner said she was "honestly, not surprised" by the negative reaction from many fans, as "people always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn't go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel".

She said the "amazing" thing about the epic fantasy series is its "crazy twists and turns, right from season one with Ned's beheading".

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Daenerys' transformation "shouldn't be such a negative thing for fans", said Turner. "It's a shock for sure, but I think it's just because it hasn't gone their way."

The star, who recently married husband Joe Jonas in Las Vegas, continued: "All of these petitions and things like that – I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots. (more…)

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