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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

Network: Big Brother really is watching you

It won't be long before our every move will be monitored by security cameras

Curbs on radio ownership may be eased

THE Government is considering plans which would lift ownership restrictions on Britain's commercial radio companies, paving the way for the creation of a new breed of media moguls.

Music: A case of middle-of-the-road rage

Stephen Jelbert fears that the sale of indie rock station XFM to Capital Radio could mean the death of alternative music programming on London's airwaves

Capital captures alternative rock station

CAPITAL RADIO, the music- based entertainment group whose bid to win control of Richard Branson's Virgin Radio was blocked earlier this year, has agreed to buy 90.1 per cent of Xfm, the London-based alternative rock station, for pounds 14.5m.

Interview: Tim Westwood: Rappin' with Auntie

Tim Westwood's name is synonymous with rap music. Westwood, who presents the Radio 1 Rap Show, tonight launches "Westwood" at The Temple; the first hip-hop event to gain a prime-time Saturday night residency at one of London's A-list venues.

Review: Step by step

The story behind Led Zeppelin's most famous song - Stairway To Heaven

Foreign giant 'to bin UK radio'

Talk Radio, XFM, Atlantic 252 and RTL Country will shortly say farewell to their Luxembourg owner

Capital Radio to challenge MMC block on its bid for Virgin

Capital Radio yesterday hit out at the recent recommendation by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) to block its bid for Virgin Radio, saying it intended "to challenge the MMC conclusions to ensure they are not followed in future by any other regulatory body".

New Labour, don't laugh

Hear the new jokes, just like the old jokes. What is going on when politicians cosy up to would-be satirists and vice versa? asks Debbie Barham. And if a politician really does need to fight back? Don't go to court, get on to Have I Got News For You.

MMC report casts doubt on Capital Radio's expansion hopes

Capital Radio's ambitions to expand its radio interests took a knock yesterday when Margaret Beckett, President of the Board of Trade, published a report suggesting its failed bid for Virgin Radio would not have been allowed to go ahead. Peter Thal Larsen reports

Media: pounds 25,000+ at 26? Not bad for a salesperson

Sales used to be regarded as the least glamorous job in the media. But good money and perks, plus a surfeit of available positions, makes it more and more attractive

Advertisers stir up a war with BBC

A television ratings war is set to break out after powerful advertisers urged the ITV network to measure itself only against the BBC. Paul McCann, Media Correspondent, explains the background to the battle for our control buttons.

From prankster to media mogul

Good Times, Bad Times: The Business Personalities Of The Year

Jazz FM owners to bid for Melody Radio

Golden Rose Communications, owner of the radio station, Jazz FM, is understood to have put in a bid for Melody Radio, the London station controlled by Hanson.

Media: Ginger's Virgin vs the Capital city slickers

Chris Evans's successful bid for Virgin Radio has left Capital Radio, which offered more money but lost out after lengthy negotiations, licking its wounds. Meg Carter looks at the challenges ahead for the deal's winners and losers.
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