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GWR could make waves on back of merger talks

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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

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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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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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

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

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