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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

GWR could make waves on back of merger talks

Ride out Monsoon's tempest; Hold Wolverhampton & Dudley

Market Report: Foreign `tie-up' talk offers Safeway respite from gloom

SAFEWAY LED a lively pack of retailers yesterday as returning bid rumours won the sector a brief respite from its recent woes.

The Investment Column: Capital playlist puts it on hold

NO WONDER David Mansfield, chief executive of Capital Radio, gets angry if you suggest his 26-year-old business is mature. Unlike some of its rivals, Capital Radio is growing earnings in double-digits.

Football: Voices of football live in fear of the own goal

Radio commentators strive to stay focused in the heat of the moment but on occasions it can all go horribly wrong.

Emap venture wins digital radio licence

A JOINT venture betweenCapital Radio and media group Emap won Greater London's first digital radio licence yesterday, beating two other bidders, including one supported by Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun.

Yentob is not on BBC final shortlist

ALAN YENTOB, the BBC's head of television, who was one of the front-runners to be the next director-general, has dropped off the governors' final shortlist for the job.

Network: All change at BBC Online

It's another year, another head and yet another relaunch for the nation's biggest website.

Radio 4 discovers its `lost' audience found

RADIO 4 has seen its audience leap an extra 1.5m listeners a week thanks to a more accurate type of listener research.

Tories refuse to accept Dyke for BBC position

THE CHANCES of Greg Dyke becoming BBC director-general diminished last night as William Hague delivered the strongest attack yet on the Pearson chairman's candidacy for the job. The Tory leader said in a letter to the governors of the BBC that it would be "totally unacceptable" for his party if Mr Dyke became successor to Sir John Birt.

Why are they famous: Chris Tarrant

Main claim

Frolics in the sun, a bride betrayed, and the end of a honeymoon with the press

WHEN HER camera shutter clicked on a boisterous sunny afternoon almost 11 years ago, Kara Noble could not have known that she was setting the fuse on a time bomb.

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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

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Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

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