News Playlister allows listeners to tag tracks played across the BBC

Service allows listeners to tag tracks played by BBC radio presenters and songs performed on BBC television shows and then export them from their personal playlist to a chosen music streaming service

An audience with the director general – 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

Tricky returns to the live arena

After five years in the wilderness, Tricky is staging a comeback. Matilda Egere-Cooper caught up with the voice of trip-hop about where he’s been – and why he thinks that Jo Whiley has got it in for him

Highlights of 2009: Radio

Lily Allen's second album, Jude Law as Hamlet, Michael Sheen as Brian Clough, Martin Amis on feminism – 2009 promises a variety of treats in the arts. Our critics predict what will make waves in the coming months

First Listen: Another Way To Die, James Bond Theme, Jack White and Alicia Keys

Bond gets the better of White and Keys

My Week In Media: Tracey Cox

Last week I read...

I looked through the Daily Mail most days this week because I get it free at my gym. I've been following its coverage of knife and gun crime with interest. It really concerns me, but actually I was talking to a senior police officer this week who was adamant that the situation wasn't getting any worse – it is just getting more media coverage.

BBC fined £400,000 for faking winners of phone-in shows

The BBC has been fined £400,000 by Ofcom, the media regulator, for faking winners and misleading audiences in viewer and listener competitions.

BBC fined £400,000 over 'unfair' phone-ins

The BBC has been fined £400,000 by media regulator Ofcom for faking winners and misleading audiences in viewer and listener competitions.

Madonna wows the crowd at free Kent festival

Madonna wowed a 12,000-strong crowd with tracks from her new album, Hard Candy, at her only UK festival appearance of the summer – at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Maidstone, Kent.

Guillemots aim to show they're no fly-by-nights

Elisa Bray speaks to the Mercury nominated band

Hunting a pop hit? Radio pluggers are the people to chase

Once upon a time a good word from the 'NME' was all wannabe stars needed for success. Not any more, reports Sophie Heawood

BBC under fire after staff member posed as radio competition winner

The BBC fell into further introspection and controversy last night after an internal report revealed a member of staff posed as a competition winner and another entrant's name was invented on radio shows presented by Russell Brand and Jo Whiley.

Facebook favourites: Which media celebrities come out on top on the social networking site?

On the social networking site, media celebrities have found themselves subjected to both loathing and adoration. Chris Green investigates to find out who comes out on top

The infinite shades of Gray

Cherished in Ireland and Ibiza, David Gray is now set to impress his fellow Brits

Yawning to the beat of cosy consensus

Jon Savage argues that such surveys ignore the influences - black, dance or indie - that make pop music exciting
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