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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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game