News Anjem Choudary refused to condemn Lee Rigby's murder

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

Media: Victory for presenters as Birt backs down

Changes planned for the BBC's news programmes have been delayed after a torrent of protest by presenters and editors. Paul McCann, Media Correspondent, reports on John Birt's first big U-turn after years of pushing through reforms

I've started it, now you can finish it ...

May I say straightaway that I intend to follow the general code of practice where the Royal Family is concerned, and that I have no intention of pestering Prince Harry or Prince William for their opinion on Scottish devolution?

Books: Obey the Old Norse code

Name: Susan Jeffreys. Occupation: writer. Subject: Magnus's memoirs; I've Started So I'll Finish: the story of Mastermind by Magnus Magnusson, Little, Brown, pounds 16.99

The pass master

John Walsh talks to MAGNUS MAGNUSSON

CV: ROGER BOLTON Independent producer, presenter, `Right to Reply'

I went to Liverpool University in 1964, and at the beginning of 1967, the BBC sent people round to talk about the jobs that were available. They said we could apply to be studio managers, but told us not to bother with the general trainee scheme, because only people from Oxbridge got on that. But I thought: "Bugger that - I'll have a go", and they offered me a general traineeship.

Don't mention the s-word

Short-term contracts, freelance work and job insecurity are imposing new pressures on journalists. But haven't hacks always thrived on stress? Glenda Cooper and Jennifer Rodger report

Nepali boy faces a life alone as `father' goes to France

The businessman who successfully battled for seven years to keep a Nepalese boy in Britain is leaving the country.

Changing Radio 4? Over to you, John

James Boyle, boss of Radio 4, is rumoured to be axing some of the channel's best-loved programmes, and people have been speculating about which ones are due for the chop. I refuse to take part in such idle gossip. I prefer to speculate about how the programmes themselves would deal with the matter. These, for instance ...

BUNHILL : Clarkey's second chance to stuff the right-wing

They think it's all business ... it is now. The transformation of football into a mainstream industry seems to have made it through to the final whistle, following the invitation to Kenneth Clarke to become chairman of Nottingham Forest. Who better, the first division club argues, than the former Chancellor of the Exchequer to don the sheepskin coat and steer Forest to the premier league of high finance - a stock market listing?

Radio: St Martin's passion

Have I got news for Neil and Christine Hamilton. Martin Bell, the Independent MP for Tatton, has abandoned neutrality. He doesn't believe in it any more. In The Truth Is Our Currency (R4, repeated today at 6.15pm), Bell was specifically talking about television news, but the criticisms he made of its values helped to explain his recent trajectory from observer of the conflict in Bosnia to combatant in the Battle of Knutsford Heath.

Election '97: Why the politicians worry about 'Today'

Nine minutes past eight yesterday morning and in the Today programme studio Gordon Brown is worried. And he's not even there.

inside back: Lie back and think of elephant

We imagine that we are all blind when we listen to the radio - that since there are no pictures to look at, a blind person and a sighted person are listening to Gardeners' Question Time or Simon Mayo on roughly equal terms. A few seconds thought suggests that this can't really be true, though. You can't really understand a blind person's experience of the world by shutting your eyes and groping your way around the house for 10 minutes: to be blind is not simply to have the pictures taken away, any more than radio is simply television without the pictures - a point movingly demonstrated in Touching the Elephant (Wednesday, Radio 4).

PASSED/FAILED: John Humphrys

John Humphrys, 53, is a newsreader and presenter of 'Today' and 'On the Ropes' on Radio 4, and BBC1's 'On the Record'

Election '97: Media Watch: Dimbleby too tough on Blair, say Labour voters

The BBC's switchboard was swamped with calls from Labour Party supporters complaining about David Dimbleby's questioning of Tony Blair in his first big interview of the election.

Election '97: Major complains of interview hijack

John Major clashed with John Humphrys on the Today programme yesterday, accusing the broadcaster of "hijacking" the interview to talk about sleaze in the Conservative Party rather than the manifesto.
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?