News Anjem Choudary refused to condemn Lee Rigby's murder

Broadcaster criticised for prime slot in which he refused to condemn murder Lee Rigby

Jeremy Paxman with his new beard on Newsnight

Do we really need to to talk about Paxman's beard?

Plus, why John Cleese still has some growing up to do

Sony pulls out as sponsor of radio awards after 32 years

Technology firm Sony has pulled out of the annual radio awards after more than three decades sponsoring the event.

Making News: A new comedy from Robert Khan and director Tom Salinsky

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Making News - A BBC drama so improbably daft it isn't funny

There is an excellent satire to be written about the trials of the BBC over the last 12 months. Making News is not it. A new comedy from Robert Khan, a Labour councillor for Islington, and director Tom Salinsky, who last lampooned the government in Coalition, it focusses on the BBC's tendency to become the story, rather than report it.

Incisive interrogator: John Humphrys

Rajar figures: Radio 4 audience at an all-time high, boost for Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw but Radio 3 ratings fall

BBC Radio 4 has achieved a record audience, buoyed by the success of the Today programme, but Radio 3 has suffered a drop in ratings.

The Future State Of Welfare With John Humphrys breached guidelines

BBC welfare state documentary presented by John Humphrys breached guidelines

A BBC documentary on the welfare state presented by John Humphrys breached guidelines on impartiality and accuracy, the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee has ruled.

Good on you Jeremy Paxman – but it’s not just toughness that makes a good quiz question

The titan of University Challenge reckons it’s time the BBC stopped treating audiences like idiots

Tom Watson resigns: The letter in full

Here is the full text of his resignation letter, published on Mr Watson's website

Mick Jagger, musician - 1962-

Yes Sir! Mick Jagger: I could have been a teacher

Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has admitted he finds his music career "intellectually undemanding" and said his original idea of becoming a teacher might have been a "gratifying" alternative.

TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh says women should stop moaning about sexism on television because they benefit earlier on in their careers.

Women should stop whingeing about sexism on TV, says Alan Titchmarsh

The gardener has reignited the ageism on TV debate by remarking that women 'don't complain in the early days when they are disporting themselves on sports cars'

Sir Bernard Howan-Howe

Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe highlights media role in a more diverse force

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, spoke today of the challenges shared by Scotland Yard and the news media in serving the needs of London's increasingly diverse population.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Listen children, the world really was created in seven days

A question thrown up while MPs were arguing over gay marriage is whether fundamentalist Christian teachers should have a legal right to propagate creationism in the classroom. This cropped up while opponents of gay marriage were fighting a rearguard action to ensure that any religious group or individual with a religious objection to gay marriage was protected from anti-discrimination law.

British astronaut Tim Peake being grilled by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight

Further Space Oddity: Jeremy Paxman grills British astronaut Major Tim Peake in weirdly aggressive Newsnight interview

'But what’s the point?' Paxman asks Peake. 'You’re just drifting around, aren’t you?'

Chris Evans presenting his BBC Radio 2 show

Breakfast radio host battle: Chris Evans versus Christian O'Connell at the Sony Awards 2013

Chris Evans will take on the Today programme and Christian O'Connell for best breakfast show at the Sony Awards.

'I won't take a pay-off': New BBC Director-General Tony Hall says he won't accept massive redundancy payment if he fails

Tony Hall, the new BBC Director-General, has pledged to end a culture of excessive redundancy payments for executives and promised that he will not accept a pay-off if he fails in the post.

Boris Johnson (right) has lauded Eddie Mair (left) for the tough TV grilling he gave him on Sunday

Eddie Mair rubbishes reports he's up for Jeremy Paxman's Newsnight job

Broadcaster Eddie Mair has dismissed reports that he could be in line for Jeremy Paxman's Newsnight job following his gruelling inquisition of Boris Johnson.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform