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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

Shareholders round on SMG for rejecting pounds 100m Virgin bid

SOME OF SMG's leading shareholders have criticised the media group for instantly rebuffing a pounds 100m bid from 3i, the private equity group, for its Virgin Radio business.

The Investment Column: Time to look beyond GWR/Capital

ML Labs needs to kick its cash injection habit - Thorntons' chocolate box has too many hard centres

Greg Dyke on broadcasting

My advice to Mark Damazer: mess with Radio 4 at your peril

Capital and GWR confirm merger talks to create £700m radio giant

Capital Radio and GWR admitted yesterday that they are in talks over a £700m merger of equals, a deal that will kick-start the long-awaited consolidation of the UK commercial radio industry.

Market Report: Talk of Capital-GWR merger boosts radio sector

Dealing rooms in the Square Mile were yesterday buzzing with talk that consolidation may soon be on the agenda in the radio sector. It seems the excitement was caused by a seminar held by Capital Radio in which media buyers surprised investors with largely positive comments about the prospect of industry consolidation. Media buyers were very hostile to the merger of Carlton and Granada last year.

Radio: They say that waking up is hard to do

After 18 years presenting the breakfast show Christ Tarrant has left Capital Radio with a yawning gap. Lucy Rouse reports

Carphone Warehouse talks the talk

London station keeps Capital out of tune; Funeral planning gives Dignity a market edge
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London