News The Ministry of Defence has spent thousands of pounds on calling the speaking clock

Civil servants spent £18,804 on calling time service in 2012 - and £6,000 this year, despite bosses attempting to impose ban

Mills dips his toe in controversy and sizes up the morning show

Radio 1's presenter tells Rachel Shields he has his eye on higher things – and Edinburgh

Natalie Haynes: The solitary, and very personal, relationship we have with radio

Radio insinuates itself into our lives as we live them. We don’t have to make an appointment to watch it; it comes with us while we do other things

Radio 1's Harry Potter day broke guidelines

The BBC was accused yesterday of "falling under the spell of celebrity" after the BBC Trust ruled that a Harry Potter-themed day on Radio 1 breached editorial guidelines.

WSmall Talk: estleigh sees the light and buys 3.62 million shares in lamp recycling specialist

So to the idyllic English summer; snatched glimpses of sunlight, burnt faces in the office and, of course, the sound of leather on willow. The first Test match at Lord's is always an event, and this year's started on Thursday as England took on Bangladesh. There is nothing Small Talk likes more than whiling away an afternoon amid the egg and bacon ties in the pavilion. But it was Giles Clarke, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who caught the eye last week before a ball had been bowled.

Evans's breakfast show attracts more listeners

The DJ Chris Evans has achieved what few radio industry observers thought possible, and added more than a million listeners to the audience of his Radio 2 breakfast show, which for much of the past four decades has been the domain of Sir Terry Wogan.

Speech radio tops the industry awards chart

Speech radio was this morning celebrating a successful evening at the industry Oscars, with Radio 5 Live being named Station of the Year and the Radio 4 Today programme winning the much-coveted award for best breakfast programme.

Sarah Sands: The camera <i>does</i> lie, but not the radio

If you really want to know what's what, tune in

'Stuck' Chris Moyles misses BBC One breakfast show

Chris Moyles was forced to miss his Radio 1 breakfast show this morning after finding himself unable to return from New York because of the air travel chaos.

6 Music up for record number of awards

Station threatened with closure nominated for an unprecedented seven Sonys

Baftas: And the winner is... anyone but Channel 4

Blunder by organisers of Bafta awards sees station's shows left off voting form

Football accused in homophobia row

Players refuse to appear in video designed to combat prejudice

N-Dubz star Dappy 'sorry for death threat'

N-Dubz star Dappy has apologised after sending threatening messages to a young mother who had texted in to criticise him during a radio show.

TV heartthrobs: Meet the unlikely lads

Hugh Laurie, a megastar in America now he sports a white coat and a limp, is not the only surprising male heartthrob

Chris Evans lays down breakfast show gauntlet to rival Chris Moyles

Chris Evans laid down the gauntlet to soon-to-be breakfast show rival Chris Moyles today, hinting it may be time for him to leave Radio 1.

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