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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