People in the news - 12/01/11

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David Beckham is second only to British fathers when it comes to being a role model for young boys, according to new research.

Around 1,200 boys and their parents found 18 per cent look up to the former England captain while 50 per cent said their father was their top role model.

Hollywood star Harrison Ford has paid tribute to his friend Michael Douglas for beating throat cancer.

“I’m very happy for him because he’s a great guy,” Ford said at the UK premiere of Morning Glory.

Douglas revealed in a US TV interview the tumour is gone.

Radio 1 would “rapidly lose listeners” if its daytime DJs were given more choice over what records they played, according to its head of music.

George Ergatoudis, whose career includes a stint as a producer at the station, said Radio 1 faced a challenge in attracting young listeners and playing new music.

Among the station’s daytime DJs are Fearne Cotton and Greg James.

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has hit out at Charlotte Church for making unflattering comments about the Queen.

The Welsh diva said in a recent magazine interview the Queen was “an old woman and has no idea what’s going on”.

Singer Walsh, 29, said: “I’m not a mad royalist, but that is disrespectful of someone she has met.”