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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.

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.

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.

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.

Agony aunt takes her leave from Liberty

Agony aunt takes her leave from Liberty

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

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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