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Grimmy statistics: Radio 1 chief Ben Cooper defends strategy after breakfast show drops 1m listeners

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Nick Grimshaw and Rizzle Kicks lined up for pair of new Channel 4 music shows

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Radio newcomer Alice Levine to take the reins of John Peel late night Radio 1 slot

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BBC's freelance stars' estimated earnings

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Superstar victor Ben Forster gives sneak preview of Jesus Christ Superstar role

TV's Superstar victor looks to be having a riot as he is seen in his winning role for the first time - facing baton-wielding police.

Elisa Bray: Loudmouth chat trumps music, it seems

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Ian Burrell: New face for radio is off to hang out with the dancing dads

The mission of every major television controller is to find programmes – such as "Doctor Who", "The X Factor" and "Strictly Come Dancing" – which cross generations and bring families together in a shared living room experience.

Ian Burrell: New face for radio is off to hang out with the dancing dads

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Take me to your leader: American voters were asked which American presidential candidate they thought would be better able to handle an alien onslaught. Sixty-four percent of them thought current President Obama (right) would be able to handle the likes of the alien ambassador in Mars Attacks!

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Radio 1 is 'missing target age group'

Radio 1 has still not delivered on its aim to attract younger listeners, the BBC Trust has said.

Dawn French and Jason Donovan search for the new Jesus Christ Superstar

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