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

Plymouth and Co make final pitch to survive World cull

Powers-that-be will cut applicants to 12...then all England must do is win 2018 bid.

For the record: Rich pickings for breakfast

Next year's radio industry Oscars, the Sonys, will have four new categories to give marketers and advertising bods their chance of picking up a bauble.

46 BBC bosses earn more than the Prime Minister

The BBC published details of the pay of its 107 most senior managers today, revealing that 46 earn more than the Prime Minister.

Serious times propel Radio 4 to largest audiences for a decade

Amid economic gloom, war and postal strikes, Britain's most serious radio network is experiencing its largest audiences in more than a decade.

Radio 4 big winner in listener figures

BBC Radio 4 has added more than 750,000 listeners in the space of a year to achieve its biggest audience figures under current research methods.

Big mouth: Chris Moyles

Radio 1's most audacious DJ is about to eclipse Tony Blackburn as the station's longest-serving breakfast show host. What's his secret?

Wogan goads 'nice fella' Moyles

A week after re-confirming his status as king of breakfast radio, Sir Terry Wogan said today he expected rival DJ Chris Moyles to "broadcast for six hours a day" to try to catch up with his listener figures.

Wogan takes back breakfast radio lead

Sir Terry Wogan was re-confirmed as king of breakfast radio today, pulling clear of rival Chris Moyles in the latest official listening figures.

Last Night's Television: Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1<br />Wildest Dreams, BBC1

"This is going to be another depressing day isn't it," said Chris Moyles, absorbing the latest of the revelations about his family line in Who Do You Think You Are?, "... it's going to be death all day today." Could have been worse Chris. The programme researchers could have come back with the news that your ancestry was so tediously unremarkable that they weren't going to bother filming at all, as Michael Parkinson has just revealed happened to him. And while stories of infant mortality and Dublin slum hardship might bring a lump to your throat you must have known that it would be the sort of thing to get a Who Do You Think You Are? researcher beaming broadly. This is, after all, a social-history programme cunningly disguised as celebrity biography, and the only real point of the latter is to sugar coat the more interesting bits of the former with a gloss of intimate connection. A documentary about slum conditions in Dublin in 1910 wouldn't stand much chance of a 9pm slot on BBC One. But attach it to that fat, mouthy bloke off Radio One's breakfast show and you're home and dry.

The Couch Surfer: 'Celebrity endorsements rarely convince me of a book's quality'

Tim Walker: I had to get my hands on the thing. If everyone else is after it, it must be worth reading, right?

Philip Hensher: Violence in the classroom is a two-way affair

A story in which a teacher is alleged to have struck a 14-year-old boy with a heavy weight, leading to his hospitalisation and a charge of attempted murder may seem to be a clear-cut one. Things, however, are not necessarily so straightforward, and a horrible story has more than one aspect.

An audience with the director general &ndash; you're kindly invited to take a pay cut

BBC's star presenters told to expect 25% to 40% salary reductions as Thompson seeks efficiency savings

Moyles poised to steal Wogan's radio crown

Controversial DJ close to overtaking rival's listener figures
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