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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

Capital-Virgin referral to MMC stuns investors

Investors were stunned yesterday by a surprise referral to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission of Capital Radio's planned pounds 6.5m acquisition of Richard Branson's Virgin FM.

Bells toll for `News at Ten' as early time slot beckons

News at Ten could soon become News at Seven Thirty as ITV bosses plot once again to move the programme to an earlier time slot, a ratings-driven manoeuvre which looks set to irk the Government but which could not be blocked by it.

ITV regions urged to adopt single Channel 3 brand

Richard Eyre, the incoming chief executive of ITV, is being urged to adopt a single Channel 3 brand at peak viewing times in a move which reflects the increasing consolidation in the independent television market.

Capital gets go-ahead to buy Virgin Radio

Capital gets go-ahead to buy Virgin Radio

Mansfield appointed Capital chief executive

Capital Radio has moved quickly to plug the senior management gap left by Richard Eyre, chief executive, who has left the company to join ITV. Following a rapidly convened board meeting Capital yesterday announced that Mr Eyre, who will be chief executive at ITV, will be succeeded by David Mansfield, currently group managing director with responsibility for operations.

Capital Radio chief on brink of joining ITV

Capital Radio's chief executive, Richard Eyre, is on the verge of quitting the radio group to join ITV in the newly created position of chief executive.

Too many try to pour into the advertising honeypot

"These are the people who will take your jobs." So runs the invitation to this week's Student Expo, hosted by the Designers and Art Directors Association (D&AD).

DJ Caesar jailed for deception

Caesar the Geezer, Capital Radio's controversial "shock jock" DJ, who resigned suddenly last month, claiming he had stomach cancer, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months imprisonment.

Virgin channels may go through BDB

Virgin Media Group, Richard Branson's radio, television and Internet offshoot, is in talks with British Digital Broadcasting (BDB) about securing distribution for its music and travel television channels, writes Cathy Newman.

WHOLE LOT OF SOUL

The 1997 Capital Radio Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival returns to the Royal Albert Hall from 1 to 6 July with an impressive line-up of artists from the last four decades.

GWR to lobby over licence limits

GWR Group, the radio operator, is to lobby Chris Smith, the National Heritage Secretary, for a relaxation of the rules on UK radio ownership.

Exam tips for parents

Stress is inevitable when your children are facing examinations, and it's likely they will become short-tempered and irrational, so how should you react? Andrew Gillespie offers some dos and don'ts

Agony aunt takes her leave from Liberty

Agony aunt takes her leave from Liberty

BUNHILL: The Beast of Yeast in a boardroom blitz

"Things can only get better" was the Labour campaign tune, and how well chosen it was. After 18 years spent licking their wounds, kicking their heels and standing on the outside looking in, Labour's leading lights are finally fit for office - for the office.

BBC protest leads to Sky U-turn over football deal

The prospect of England's forthcoming internationals against Brazil, Italy and France becoming Britain's first pay-per-view football events appeared certain last night after a bizarre day of broadcasting politics.
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Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
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Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
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The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible