News Gred Dyke said Lord Patten’s presence was damaging the corporation, and he had mishandled the row over staff payoffs

Chris Patten is a “busted flush” as chairman of the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s former director-general Greg Dyke has claimed.

Ofcom's threat to broadband providers over stricter rules

The communications watchdog is threatening to formally regulate broadband providers that do not give an accurate picture of the speeds customers can internet receive, after it found companies were falling short.

Ofcom plans to force BT to open network to broadband rivals

Ofcom, the communications regulator, hopes to accelerate the march of "superfast" broadband across the UK by demanding BT offer rivals access to its fibre network as well as its underground ducts and telegraph poles.

Watchdog urges BT to open up network to competitors

BT should open up its network of telegraph poles, underground ducts and new fibre lines to competitors under Ofcom plans announced today to promote super-fast broadband in the UK.

Ofcom launches investigation of calling card giant Lycatel

Complaints trigger inquiry into whether company has infringed consumer laws

Saturday Kitchen Live rapped over swearing incident

Popular TV show Saturday Kitchen Live has been rapped by the broadcasting watchdog after a guest chef swore while attempting to cook an omelette.

Ofcom clears Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner over Sharron Davies 'faecal matter' comment

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner did not fall foul of broadcasting rules by condemning a performance by Sharron Davies as like "faecal matter that won't flush", Ofcom ruled today.

Gaunt heads to court after censure for 'Nazi' jibe

Controversial radio presenter Jon Gaunt is to go to court today to uphold his right to freedom of expression after he was censured for calling a local councillor a “Nazi” and an “ignorant pig.”

BBC's Kennel Club ruling postponed

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has postponed a ruling over a controversial documentary about the Kennel Club after the BBC raised concerns over the watchdog's investigation.

C4 to name 'Teflon Terry' as chairman

Lord Burns, a former senior civil servant at the Treasury, is set to be unveiled as the new chairman of Channel Four, and his first job will be to find a replacement for the outgoing chief executive, Andy Duncan.

BT and 3 urge Ofcom to slash cost of calls

Terminate the Rate, the campaign launched by mobile phone group 3 UK and telecoms giant BT, will today hand the communications watchdog a 114,000-strong petition calling for a cut to the cost of calling mobiles.

Channel 4 cleared of harming children in 'home alone' show

Channel 4 has been cleared of putting child welfare at risk with a series in which under-12s lived without adults for a fortnight, prompting a flood of complaints.

David Prosser: Sky warns football Ofcom is an own goal

Outlook Take it as a threat or just a statement of fact, but Jeremy Darroch wants the football world to be in no doubt that the sport will share the pain should Ofcom follow through on its threat to force Sky, his company, to sell its football rights to rival broadcasters at regulated – ie, lower – prices.

£80,000 fine for ITV awards fix

Regulator Ofcom imposed an £80,000 fine today after a prize-fix incident at ITV1's British Comedy Awards which wrongly named Ant and Dec as the People's Choice winners.

David Prosser: What Rupert wants, he usually gets

Outlook Too little, too late. Ofcom said this week that David Cameron's little faux pas on Absolute Radio this summer – the Conservative Party leader swore twice during a live show – did not constitute a breach of broadcasting rules. But the regulator's leniency will not persuade Mr Cameron to remove it from his crosshairs – the Tories have already singled out Ofcom for the axe should they win the election.

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing