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Controller tells Ian Burrell why 12m listeners can't be wrong

Show's over for the man who saved Radio 1 from 'Smashie and Nicey'

The man who saved BBC Radio 1 from ridicule by rescuing its credibility in the wake of the "Smashie and Nicey" era yesterday announced he was leaving the station after 13 years.

BBC programmes hit by strike

BBC radio and TV programmes were hit by a journalists' strike today, with fresh industrial action being planned in protest at compulsory redundancies.

Mark Steel: How about a TV detective called Yates?

Oh this is such fun. And every few hours it gets better, but always with an announcement there's "still worse to come", leaving us struggling to imagine what they might have done that's worse. Presumably by tomorrow it will turn out they planted a bug in Heather Mills's false leg and hacked into Stephen Hawking's voicebox.

Album: Wiley, 100% Publishing (Big Dada)

In the two years since Wiley's last album, grime's gone mainstream, with assorted mediocre MCs selling millions.

Sarah Sands: A prodigal son returns. Welcome back!

The vagaries of celebrity that have blown Cheryl Cole back across the Atlantic will strike terror in many British performers, but James Corden need worry no longer. He turned his back on television just before it consumed him, with a wise decision to return to the theatre that launched him. His acknowledgement of a standing ovation at the first night of the National's latest hit, One Man, Two Guvnors, last week, was modest and relieved. The returning sinner was not merely forgiven but greeted with rapture. The son of a Christian bookseller, Corden was almost lost, but now is found.

BBC considers leaving iconic London sites in bid to save cash

BBC figures from Chris Moyles to the director general Mark Thompson could be removed from their offices under BBC plans to save money through a "radical" reduction of the buildings it owns in London.

Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave break radio world record

Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave have broken the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever marathon radio show.

Chris Moyles targets 37-hour Radio 1 record

He's used to an early start, but Chris Moyles is planning to forgo sleep by broadcasting for more than 37 hours.

Nicky Campbell helps Radio 5 past seven million listeners

Nicky Campbell helped push Radio 5 Live to its biggest ever audience with more than seven million listeners, according to figures released today.

BBC coverage of Elton's baby provokes claims of homophobia

Gay rights campaigners urge viewers to boycott licence fee in protest

The Week in Radio: Radios 3 and 5 combine to little effect

It's been a bit of a surreal week in radio. There was waking up with Ian Hislop instead of Today on last Friday's strike-hit Radio 4. This was a whole lot more stimulating than the birdwatching programme that followed. Why replace Today with birdwatching? It seems unlikely that an audience accustomed to fast-moving current affairs would want breakfast-time birdlife. But along with the Living Cheap documentary, which gave tips on coping with smaller salaries, there was obviously some subliminal management message going on with these replacements. What you discover with short strikes is that listeners actually like a bit of change. Birdwatching makes people feel grounded and filled with inner peace. Losing the Today programme for just one day reminds them they aren't slaves to routine. Cue numerous commentators boasting either that they hadn't noticed the strike or they preferred the birds.

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