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The Great British Bake Off winners - where are they now?

What started out as a humble amateur baking contest has now gripped the nation, as we've tears and tantrums in the baking tent.

With thoughts turning to this year’s final, it begs the question: what are the former winners up to now?

Nancy Birtwhistle

Last year's nail-biting final saw Birtwhistle triumph over bookie's favourite Richard Burr.

Since winning she has launched her own cooking website and has appeared on a number of food shows such as BBC Good Food Spring in April . 

RTS ANNOUNCES 2015 UNDERGRADUATE BURSARY RECIPIENTS

RTS Bursary Student Abigail Freeman (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The RTS has this year invested £75,000 in two schemes – offering 20 bursaries for Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students and, for the first time, five bursaries for Computing and Engineering undergraduates. The bursaries aim to widen participation in media and related industries and support talented students from lower income backgrounds seeking to pursue a career in television. During their studies, each recipient will be given £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses.

ITV launch the ITV Hub this year

ITV will merge their website, TV outlets and on-demand service under the ITV Hub.

The service will give viewers the ability to watch and catch up on shows in one place.  

This will also be the first time that episodes of Family Guy and American Dad will be available on-demand without subscription.

Figures from ITV reveal that 30% of their online usage is from live streaming, which will be the main service of the Hub.

In pictures: RTS Cambridge Convention 2015

The RTS Cambridge Convention 2015 took place from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 September, seeing senior leaders from the television industry on both sides of the Atlantic converge on the city. 

The topics covered over the three days ranged from the importance of the BBC worldwide, to a debate about the lessons learnt from the General Election 2015, to the continued challenge that the television industry faces with the rise of video content emerging on digital platforms. 

ITV launch Rugby World Cup app

ITV have launched a free app that allows fans to interact live with the 2015 World Cup.

The play-along platform also allows people to catch the latest news and receive video highlights from the tournament.

The app gives fans the chance users to vote during Television Match Official decisions about whether a try should have been given.

ITV online product manager Ashley Fletcher said: “Our app is a great way for fans to get even closer to games, interact with the programme and share and debate with fellow rugby fans.”

Eurosport discovers a new playbook

Eurosport

Over-the-top hyperbole is usually de rigueur when it comes to unveiling big TV sports-rights deals. But, this summer, when Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav declared his company’s €1.3bn, pan-European deal with the International Olympic Committee a “game changer”, it seemed more like an understatement.

The contract, which runs from 2018, caused many people’s jaws to drop – while others scratched their heads over its implications. It seemed like another blow to the BBC and its grip on the world’s greatest festival of sport.

New handset will turn your TV into a touchscreen tablet

Tech company Touchjet has invented a device called the Wave, which transforms televisions into touchscreen tablets.

The Wave uses a set-top camera with an embedded infrared sensor to track finger movements, before transforming your television into an Android 4.4 KitKat tablet.

Helen Thomas, CEO of Touchjet, told Techradar, “This is the experience of the future. It's all interactive, and kids understand touch.”

Families and friends can use the Wave to play interactive games such as Angry Birds and to complete work on Microsoft Office or Google Docs.