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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

The right move, without a shadow of a doubt

Gordon Brown's conversion to the cause of an independently determined monetary policy has been such a swift one that the rather eccentric approach he eventually adopts should come as no surprise. It wasn't so many years ago that the new Chancellor was against it altogether, though to be fair he has accepted for some little while now that Bank of England independence is "a good thing" in principle - an acceptance that found its expression in the curious hotchpotch of half-way house proposals he announced a couple of months back.

Capital acquires Virgin Radio

Cathy Newman

The Investment Column: Capital shares power ahead

Shares in Capital Radio jumped 18p to 542.5p yesterday in busy trade that saw more than a million change hands after the company's annual meeting helped reverse a relentless slide over the past year. "Our radio revenues continue to grow ahead of the radio market as a whole, the radio industry took a record 4.6 per cent of the UK's display advertising market in the year to September 1996 and independent forecasters predict that this share will continue to grow," was its encouraging, if terse, message.

Your Money: The cafe society needs researchers

Fancy a cappuccino? Then put your money where your mouth is, says Justin Urquhart-Stewart

A commercial licence will soon be awarded for London. Will the Radio Authority finally get to flex its muscles?

The relationship between the broadcast media and their regulators - the Independent Television Commission and the Radio Authority - is always a bit fraught. Commercial broadcasters push as hard as they can against ceilings of any description, including limits on ownership, watershed rules and sponsorship restrictions. The regulators fight back, intent on using their full powers to ensure that public service interests are met and that programmes, whether on telly or on the wireless, are of a sufficiently high and morally acceptable standard.

Obituary : Tricia Ingrams

The art of being a good radio and television interviewer is to be a good listener. Interviewees sensed Tricia Ingrams's interest in them and her gentle manner drew revealing insights. She was especially good at interviewing children. Young leukaemia sufferers or transplant patients and their families enjoyed her support long after their news value had ended.

Capital moves into restaurant business

Capital Radio, the profitable commercial radio company, yesterday turned its back on the overvalued media sector, confirming a much-trailed pounds 51m acquisition of My Kinda Town, the themed restaurants business.

Radio success gives new Heart to Chrysalis boss

A Boardroom mutiny at the loss-making music and media group Chrysalis has backfired, strengthening the position of executive chairman Chris Wright rather than the high-profile rebels who stormed out of the company three weeks ago.

Mathew Horsman on the battle to rule the waves

Discussion of the new Broadcasting Act, scheduled to come into effect this autumn, has so far been largely limited to the television and newspaper sectors. But when the dust settles, the new ownership rules may have a greater effect on commercial radio than on ITV or Fleet Street.

Books: Goodbye Kenny, it's nice to see you back

Roger Clarke on the anarchic tendencies and lonely death of the altar-boy who never grew up; In the Best Possible Taste: The Crazy Life of Kenny Everett by David Lister Bloomsbury, pounds 16.99

GWR poised to take control of Classic FM

GWR, the quoted commercial radio company, is ready to take control of Classic FM, one of four national radio stations in the UK, sources close to the company said last night.

Virgin turns cheeky in capital war

Richard Branson's London radio station has been riling rivals in a bid to boost audience figures. Meg Carter reports

on the race for a radio licence

Any doubt that radio is a sexy, profitable and attractive medium will be dispelled today when the Radio Authority receives up to 30 applications for the new London FM licence, to be awarded by October.

CLT set to join bidders for London FM radio licence

CLT, the Luxembourg-based broadcaster, is expected this week to confirm it is bidding for the hotly contested London FM licence, offering a "pop" music format similar to its successful Atlantic 252 station.
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?