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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

How the DJ turned the tables

Capital Radio is kicking itself for letting Chris Evans get to Virgin first. But, Hilary Clarke wonders, is theirs the next station on his list?

Are these the eyes of happy mavericks or hard-nosed businessmen?

It sounded like the ultimate Chris Evans jape when he announced it on his breakfast show on Virgin Radio: he wanted to buy the station to make sure he kept his job.

`Ginger Whinger' buys Virgin Radio from Branson

Chris Evans, the maverick DJ, yesterday snapped up Richard Branson's Virgin Radio, thwarting a rival offer from Capital Radio. Cathy Newman says the media industry was stunned that Mr Evans had finally put his money where his mouth is.

Another executive to go at BSkyB

BSkyB is bracing itself for the resignation of another senior member of staff as Jeremy Boulton, director of programme acquisitions, is poised to quit the satellite broadcaster for a similar position at the newly invigorated ITV.

Classic FM may expand into finance

GWR, the acquisitive commercial radio group, is considering expanding its Classic FM brand into financial services. It also hopes to take the radio station, which made its first profit this year, around the world. Cathy Newman reports on GWR's plans for Classic.

Shares: Week Ahead: Festive cheer kicks in early as brewers line up to report results

The corks will be popping this week as the festive season begins in earnest and three of the big drinks companies report their results.

Capital Radio's pounds 87m Virgin bid may fall foul of MMC advertising objections

Capital Radio may have to outsource Virgin Radio's advertising sales if the deal to merge the two groups is to get clearance from the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, according to City sources. Cathy Newman assesses the chances of the merger being cleared, and the threat from a rival bid launched yesterday by Chris Evans, the DJ.

DMG Radio's sale of stake in GWR could spark bidding war

DMG Radio is considering selling its stake in GWR Group, owner of Classic FM. City analysts said yesterday a sale by DMG would spark a bidding war for GWR, one of the biggest commercial radio players in the UK.

"This is not a joke. If you can you lend us 50 million quid between you, we need it"

Insiders dismissed it as a "jape" when Chris Evans appealed to his listeners to help "save" Virgin Radio from a takeover bid by Capital. But if the Monopolies and Mergers Commission rules out that deal, the rufous DJ may be in the bidding himself.

Capital to overhaul ailing restaurants

Capital Radio is overhauling its restaurants less than a year after it moved into the catering business by purchasing the My Kinda Town chain. Cathy Newman reports on Capital's plans to convert several ailing restaurants into Latin American live music venues in a belated attempt to win the City's approval of the MKT deal.

Tune in, turn on and listen to the world on your computer

Around the world and around the clock, hundreds of radio stations are sending their programming out over the Internet. With the right software and a decent modem, you can now listen to music from South Africa or catch the news from Lake Wobegon.

It just eats you up for breakfast

RADIO: So farewell, Mark and Lard; good morning, Zoe Ball. David Runciman wishes her luck in Radio One's toughest slot

Chris Evans heads back to Virgin territory

The disc jockey Chris Evans moved against his old employers at Radio 1 and their new breakfast team by agreeing to front a rival show for Virgin.

Capital Radio poised to sell 13% stake in GWR

Capital Radio is poised to sell its stake in GWR, owner of Classic FM, as part of a move by the company to concentrate on its wholly owned stations.

Dear Handbag: What is a Tory prime minister without a handbag?

Ruth Picardie, who died yesterday, age 33, wrote extensively and wittily on the features pages of `The Independent'. In October 1993 a TV documentary revealed to her what Thatcher had and Major lacked
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