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Commercial stations and the BBC expected to confirm the switchover to digital services, 40 years after Britain’s first independent station opened

Review: Kylie and Jason reunite to put the Eighties magic back in Christmas at Hit Factory Live

Cool isn’t really what it’s about when you come to see this show

DJ David Rodigan resigns from Kiss FM over 'marginalisation' of reggae music

The Jamaican music expert has worked at the radio station since 1990

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Sue Cook reflects on two decades of broadcasting at the BBC

Imagine turning on the TV to watch I’m Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s celebrated sitcom, and hearing your name mentioned over and over again. It’s something Sue Cook has had to get used to. The comedian constantly talks about her in his show, although she insists their association is pure fantasy.

Michael Bukht: Broadcaster who helped launch Classic FM and was the Crafty Cook on 'Food and Drink'

At the press launch of Classic FM in September 1992 Michael Bukht, one of its founders and its first Director of Programmes, spoke with characteristic exuberance of the limitless prospects for a commercial station playing constant classical music in a less snooty way than the BBC's Radio 3. Yet like most of the worldly-wise media commentators present, I came away from Classic's modest new studio in Camden, north London, convinced that the enterprise would not be long for this world.

Radio 2 fans get ready to roll up for reggae show

Listeners to BBC Radio 2 are to sample the ganja-scented atmosphere of the reggae dancehall for the first time when the station launches a late-night, weekly "spliff hour".

The Business On... John McFarlane, chairman-designate, Aviva

The insurer that used to be called Norwich Union?

Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (17/10/10)

Always the last man out

The Business On... Ashley Tabor, Founder and Global Group CEO, Global Radio

Isn't he rather young to be running such a large company?

Ex Luminar boss to revive pizza restaurant chain

Stephen Thomas, the former chief executive of the UK's biggest nightclub group, Luminar, is to relaunch the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory restaurant chain in the UK.

Charlie Gillett: Broadcaster and author who championed world music

Over the last four decades, the radio presenter, author and music publisher Charlie Gillett was one of the most influential people in the British music industry, a feat he achieved without a national media profile and no trace of an ego. He typically downplayed the excellence of The Sound Of The City – The Rise of Rock'n'Roll – the authoritative book he first published in 1970, and one which has sold 250,000 copies and has remained in print ever since, a rare feat in a market littered with cash-ins and remaindered titles. He made light of the part he played in the careers of Ian Dury, Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, Darts, and most famously Dire Straits, whose demo of "Sultans Of Swing" he aired on his legendary Honky Tonk show on BBC Radio London in July 1977, the first step on their way to a record deal with Phonogram and worldwide success.

World Music DJ Charlie Gillett dies

Pioneering DJ Charlie Gillett has died aged 68 after battling a long illness, it emerged today.

Public Image Ltd, Academy, Birmingham<br/>Julian Casablancas, Forum, London

Even though John Lydon is flogging butter on the telly, his Public Image is above criticism

Global warning: time to wage war on BBC&rsquo;s &lsquo;Politburo&rsquo; radio

Richard Park, the mastermind of Britain&rsquo;s biggest commercial radio group, tells Ian Burrell why he is furious with the BBC and why he is taking the Heart and Galaxy networks national to fight the corporation

Question Time: Charlie Gillett

Work: Presents ‘World on 3’ on BBC Radio 3 and ‘World of Music’ on the BBC World Service

Life: Married with three children and two grandchildren

Balance: Will be appearing at the Womad world music festival on 24-26 July. Co-founder of Oval Records

Charlie Gillett’s Sound Of The World: Otro Mundo compilation is out now on Warner Classics & Jazz

Lady Gaga: How the world went crazy for the new queen of pop

She's pop's newest princess and the paparazzi's latest plaything. But it is Lady Gaga who is calling the shots
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