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

Radio: It's just the same old ball game

It's holiday time, which, what with the weird remoteness of Norfolk, and the car radio being on the fritz again, meant no FM reception last week. Those of you with good memories and empty, unfulfilled lives will remember that I went through a similar ordeal two or three months ago and made a kind of coded plea for broadcasters to pay a little more attention to medium- and long-wave broadcasting, as that is all that large swathes of the population can receive.

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Evans wins breakfast battle of hype with nomination for radio Oscar

CHRIS EVANS has been handed a new victory in his battle with Radio 1's breakfast show. The ginger disc jockey's Virgin radio show has been nominated in the breakfast category in the radio world's Oscars - the Sony Radio Awards - but Zoe Ball and Kevin Greening's Radio 1 show has been ignored by the judges.

One FM: singularly unsensational

With media attention focusing on the sweeping changes at Radio 4 and the success story of Radio 2, the recent appointment of Andy Parfitt as Radio One controller has slipped by rather quietly (just an interview and a few column inches). Yet, Matthew

The Knack: How to get out of bed in the morning

The show starts at four o'clock in the morning but I usually try to get there an hour and a half earlier, so I have to get out of bed at about 1.30am. Last night, for instance, the plan was to go to bed at eight o'clock so that I'd get a good five and a half hours' sleep. But if you're out at the pub, it's very hard to leave. I'm finding that you either have to sacrifice your social life completely to get a sensible night's sleep, or go out, get a bit drunk, and just hope to wake up in the morning.
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