News Miles Kane, Peter Crouch, Andrew Cole, Des Kelly, Patrick Collins and Matt Hughes after a recording of Life's A Pitch

Shares jumped 3% after the company announced 2.5 million customers have signed up for BT Sport television

Can the Big Society work?

In the first part of a three-day debate, our chief political commentator Steve Richards examines the genesis, development and ultimate misjudgment of a Coalition policy that, he argues, is doomed to fail

BT buoyed by broadband as Global Services recovers

Profits at BT soared by almost a third in the final three months of last year as new customers flocked to sign up to its broadband package. The company also revealed that the worst of the problems at its Global Services arm were over, with the troubled division expected to make money again a year earlier than forecast.

Alcatel role reunites Bland and Verwaayen

The former BT chairman Sir Christopher Bland has joined Alcatel-Lucent, a move that re-unites him with Ben Verwaayen, who was chief executive of the UK telecoms giant for much of the same period.

Cuts pay off for BT as broadband pressures rise

BT Group will hope to put out a strong response to moves by rivals to muscle in on its territory when it reports third-quarter numbers this week.

My landline was bugged as papers tried to 'out' me, says Nick Brown

Former chief whip claims his phone and mobile were targeted

Brian Viner: I've spent too long talking to TalkTalk

One of the small ironies of our peculiar age is that telephone companies are less communicative than just about any other kind of enterprise. Phone them up and it feels like a minor miracle when eventually you find yourself in dialogue with a human being after all the automated nonsense of pressing 1 if you want this, or 2 if you want that. If only the next option was, press 3 if you'd like to interact with somebody real, but it never is.

My Secret Life: Eliza Doolittle, singer, 22

When I was a child I wanted to be... a taxi driver, and then I thought it might be more up my street to be a singer.

Ofcom censures BT pricing policy

BT infringed competition law by squeezing rivals through its wholesale pricing of phone calls, according to Ofcom. The telecoms watchdog said BT may have engaged in a "margin squeeze" in 2008 and 2009, by setting the prices charged to other providers for its wholesale calls product at a level that would not have allowed rivals to cover their costs. Its statement follows a two-year investigation after complaints from BT's rivals Thus – now part of Cable & Wireless Worldwide – and Gamma Telecom.

Red phone boxes could be saved

Britain's red telephone boxes could be given a new lease of life as cash machines. Payphone use has halved in the last two years and many have been sold off or decommissioned, but BT is now looking at saving many of them by using them as ATMs. At least two have already been installed.

BT squares up to Hollywood over broadcast rights

Telecom giant tells Competition Commission inquiry that Sky has unfair advantage on films

BT disappointed by Ofcom pension veto

The communications watchdog yesterday blocked BT from raising its wholesale prices to help fill the £3.8bn black hole in its pension fund.

BT fined £300,000 over ladder death

BT was fined £300,000 today after a judge said a "significant failing" by the company contributed to the death of one its engineers.

Providers race for prize as UK users get demanding

Suppliers are battling to bring usquicker broadband, but do we want topay for it? Simon Clarke investigates

Cable TV giant Virgin hooks up to new homes

Virgin Media is to expand its fibre-optic network after securing a deal with Persimmon Homes to bring cable to thousands of new properties.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee