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Revelations that the BBC paid Terry Wogan £1,300 an hour to present Children in Need last year have prompted a media outcry.

Documents released to The Mail on Sunday showed that Wogan received £9,065 for anchoring the epic seven-hour fundraiser.

The BBC was quick to point out that the payment came from the programme's budget and not from charitable funds. But the Daily Mirror has launched a tongue-in-cheek Celebs in Need campaign. It said: "It can be a struggle paying for those mansions, limos and dinners at the Ivy. So give generously now."

Former Jackson Five singer and Celebrity Big Brother runner-up Jermaine Jackson is also doing his bit for charity. Last week Jackson launched the Coming Together As One awards to "honour the world's greatest humanitarians".

The Asians In Media website said the launch took place at Parliament and was organised by Jackson's charity for young people, Earthcare International, not to be confused with the environmental charity Earth Care International.

The website interviewed Jermaine and asked who was likely to win the top award. Step forward Michael Jackson, who, his brother says, is a "great, great humanitarian". No bias there, then.

Killjoys have pulled the plug on an annual charity bathtub race in Shoreham, East Sussex. Up until now, the race took place every August and involved a number of iron tubs being converted into boats and then rowed six miles along the River Adur.

It has been an annual fixture for 35 years and raised £250,000 in 2006, but the Shoreham and Southwick Round Table has decided to cancel it because of safety fears. Race committee chairman Tony Jelliman said: "It's unfortunate, but that's the way the world is moving these days."

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