Digital Spy is a British-based entertainment and film website and brand and is the largest digital property at Hearst UK. Since its launch in 1999,'DS' has focused on entertainment news related to television programmes, films and show business to a global audience. Digital Spy is one of the 150 most visited websites in the UK, according to Alexa; as well as breaking news, in-depth features and authoritative editorial explainers, the site features the DS Forum. In early January 1999, Iain Chapman launched the digiNEWS website, providing news and information on Sky's new digital satellite platform SkyDigital. At the same time, Chris Butcher launched the ONfaq website, offering similar news and information on the UK's new digital terrestrial platform ONdigital. Both sites proved to be popular, attracting a lot of attention from visitors eager for more news about these developing TV platforms. Iain and Chris discussed the idea of a merger of the two sites, to create the digiNEWS Network. On 28 February 1999, digiNEWS and ONfaq merged and were rebranded as sites of the new'digiNEWS network'.
More websites joined the network, including Chris Norris's cablenews:uk, Mark Hughes' DVDNews and Neil Wilkes' TV:uk. While the network grew, it was still served from personal webspace from ISPs such as Freeserve, so discussions with website guru Jose Cardoso began and work started on integrating the multitude of sites into a single portal, it was important for the new site to be accessible, so a. COM address was preferable but the diginews.com address was taken. After many many emails back and forth, the name'Digital Spy' was chosen; the Digital Spy forums first went live on 1 March 2000. The newly named'Digital Spy' news portal went live on 19 May 2001, running on a custom-built content management system called RAMS. Digital Spy Limited was incorporated in late 2001 by Alan Jay, Neil Wilkes and Mark Hughes, with Ian Chapman, Jose Cardoso and James Welsh joining as shareholders. On 9 April 2008, it was announced that the website had been purchased by magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group for a "significant" sum.
In March 2011, former NME.com and FHM.com editor David Moynihan replaced Neil Wilkes as Editor. On 1 August 2011, ownership of Hachette UK was sold to Hearst Magazines UK, with the Digital Spy editorial team and operations unaffected. On 2 May 2013, Digital Spy won the Media Editorial Team of the Year 2013 at the British Media Awards. On 3 July 2014, Digital Spy won Consumer Website of the Year 2014 at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards. In October 2015, Digital Spy moved its content management system from RAMS to Hearst's newly developed Media OS. In November 2015, former Heat editor Julian Linley was appointed Editor in Chief. In November 2016, former T3 and Gizmodo UK editor Matt Hill was appointed Editor. In January 2017, Digital Spy was made an official partner of the National Television Awards, held at The O2 Arena and broadcast live on ITV. In October 2017, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year, was shortlisted for Website of the Year and Content Team Leader of the Year. In December 2017 one million people voted in the DS Reader Awards.
In March 2018, Digital Spy was shortlisted for International Website of the Year at the Hearst Editorial Excellence Awards. In October 2018, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year for the second year in a row. In 2008, the website held its first Digital Spy Soap Awards; the nominations shortlist was chosen by Digital Spy's soaps editor Kris Green. From 2014, the awards became the annual Digital Spy Reader Awards, which polls the site's readers for the best moments in various categories. Media related to Digital Spy at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Carl-Erik Nordanger Torp is a former Norwegian footballer who last played for SK Brann as a central midfielder. He played futsal for NFF Futsal Eliteserie club KFUM Oslo Futsal. Torp was forced to retire from playing football in 2011 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match, he played on football teams Kolbotn Fotball, KFUM Oslo and Manglerud Star before joining Kongsvinger ahead of the 2007 season. In 2010, he made his debut in the Norwegian Premier League. On 11 November 2010 he signed a 3 years contract with Tippeliga club SK Brann on a free transfer because of his contract expiration with Kongsvinger on 31 December 2010 On 25 September 2011, Torp suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch after being substituted on in the 79th minute of a Norwegian National Championship game against Sogndal. A defibrillator and CPR was administered to stabilise his condition until he was air-lifted to a nearby hospital, he is now a coach at SK Brann
The BTEC First Diploma is a vocational qualification taken in England and Wales and Northern Ireland by young people aged 14 and over and by adults. The qualification is awarded by the Edexcel Foundation within the BTEC brand; the BTEC First Diploma is a vocational qualification at Level 2. It is the equivalent of 4 GCSE grades 9-6; the course is in many different subjects. This qualification is studied at further education colleges; the course is designed to give students a good grounding to progress onto the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / BTEC Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma in a related subject. As BTEC stands for Business & Technology Education Council, the best known subjects for the Diplomas are business and Information Technology; the course is assessed in units. Students are graded on their understanding of the unit by the grading of either a pass, merit or distinction. Students who wish to progress onto a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / BTEC Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma will need to attain merit grades or above in order to meet the entry requirements, this can vary depending on the college.
The First Diploma is regarded as equivalent in level to the GCSE. However some students who may have three grade Cs could progress onto a degree in a university providing that they have gained a distinction or a merit profile. Most Universities will require a Level 3 qualification such as BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / BTEC Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma so it would be advisable to contact each University first; the usual entry requirements consist of a mix of GCSE subject passes at better. Equivalent entry qualifications are commonly accepted, including an appropriate BTEC Introductory Diploma with a merit grade or higher. Animal CareArt and Design Business Construction Engineering Health and Social Care IT and Computing Land-based Technology Media, Music & Performing Arts Vehicle Technology Science Sport Public Services Travel and Tourism Management Hospitality Possible outcomes include: progression to a BTEC Extended Diploma course at a further education college progression into employment http://www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/first/ http://www.don.ac.uk/courses/full-time/full-time_courses/computers_ict/btec_first_diploma_for_it_prac.aspx http://www.edc.ac.uk/all-courses/information-technology_44/cj20_188.html