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2008-07-31 15:00:41

THE future of Channel 4 show Countdown has been thrown into doubt after the businessman who owns the rights to the quiz threatened to pull the plug. Over the weekend presenter Carol Vorderman claimed she quit because she was asked to take a 90% pay cut. Now Belgian businessman Marcel Stellman is threatening to pull the plug in response to the show's treatment of the veteran presenter. He told the Daily Mirror: "I control the format and without the format there is no show. I am upset for...

2008-07-29 18:00:35

By Carol Vorderman THE future of Channel 4 show Countdown has been thrown into doubt as the businessman who owns the rights to the quiz has threatened to pull the plug. Over the weekend presenter Carol Vorderman claimed she quit because she was told to take or leave a 90% pay cut. Now Belgian businessman Marcel Stellman, who owns the show's rights, threatened to pull the plug in response to the show's treatment of the veteran presenter. He said: "I control the format and without...

2008-07-29 00:00:00

Television presenter Carol Vorderman has spoken of her shock at being forced out of the programme that she loved. The maths genius, who lives in Portishead, quit Countdown after 26 years after TV bosses told her to take or leave a 90 per cent pay cut and gave her just 48 hours to decide. The shocked star said she so enjoyed the show she even considered continuing at the drastically reduced rate, but changed her mind after a cruel comment from a Channel 4 boss. In an interview with a...

2008-07-28 18:00:28

BELGIAN businessman Marcel Stellman who owns the rights to Channel 4 show Countdown has threatened to pull the plug over the treatment of presenter Carol Vorderman. She claims she quit because she was told to take or leave a 90% pay cut. (c) 2008 Liverpool Echo. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-28 18:00:28

COUNTDOWN presenter Carol Vorderman will be a "true professional" when she returns to filming despite the bitter row which prompted her to quit, her manager said. Vorderman announced on Friday that she was leaving the show and claimed it was because she was told to take a 90% pay cut. Her manager, John Miles, said: "Carol knew she was being forced out and had no option but to stand down." Vorderman, who has worked on the Channel 4 game show for 26 years, said she had offered to accept...

2008-07-28 09:01:08

MICK JAGGER officially hits pension age today, when he reaches the grand old age of 65. But the Rolling Stone, who famously "can't get no satisfaction," shows no sign of slowing down in his twilight years. Though it is understood that rather than having a lavish party, the singer is celebrating quietly with friends and family. Sir Mick has recently been dating model L'Wren Scott, who is more than two decades his junior, as well as raking in the cash from the band's hugely successful A...

2008-07-28 03:00:27

BOOKIES believe Carol Vorderman's exit from Countdown could spell the end of the long-running show. Vorderman, who quit in a row over cash, has been with the show since it launched on Channel 4 in November 1982. It was the very first programme seen on the new channel. Without her, bookmakers Paddy Power are offering 6-1 that Countdown will close down. Spokesman Darren Haines said bosses were struggling to come up with names to replace her. He added: "With a presenter you can just...

2008-07-27 18:00:28

THE search has begun for a telegenic maths expert to replace Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman. The 47-year-old is stepping down after 26 years on the Channel 4 gameshow. Her decision follows the announcement on Wednesday that Des O'Connor, the 76-year-old current host of Countdown, is also to quit the show. Vorderman has been with the show since it began in 1982 and was the first woman to appear on Channel 4. The presenter, who appeared on almost 5,000 episodes of the show, was...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

By Andrew Johnson TELEVISION Bosses' sums don't add up for 'devastated' presenter, as her 26 years on cult quiz 'Countdown' end on a sour note Carol Vorderman quit the daytime quiz show Countdown after she was told to take or leave a 90 per cent pay cut, her manager, John Miles, said yesterday. Vorderman, who has co-presented the show for 26 years, said she was allowing Mr Miles to release this statement "so that the Countdown viewers and all the team know the truth". She added: "I am...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

Carol Vorderman is to step down from her role in the long- running Channel 4 game show Countdown, her manager said last night. The presenter, who has been with the programme for 26 years and lives near Bristol, was said to be "extremely sad". She will quit at the end of the year. Her decision follows the announcement on Wednesday that Des O'Connor, the 76-year-old current host of Countdown, is also to quit. Vorderman, 47, has been with the show since it began in 1982 and was the first...