News Anjem Choudary refused to condemn Lee Rigby's murder

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

Producer rejects Mastermind 'dumbing down' claim

Mastermind programme-makers defended the show against "dumbing down" claims.

Text messages are a direct – yet conveniently distant – way to get teenagers talking

Sarah Goldman's 16-year-old son texted her from upstairs. "He had told me to go downstairs 10 minutes before and keep my phone on. I thought he was going to tell me a joke or something, and was slightly irritated. He then texted me and told me he was gay, and he hoped I could be happy for him.

Katy Guest: It's the <i>Today</i> programme, Ceri love, not <i>The Ice Age</i>

Employing women need not end in tears

Users to pay &pound;2 a week to read Times online

Customers will be charged £2 a week to read The Times and The Sunday Times online from June, News International announced today.

Terry Wogan enjoying 'student' lifestyle

Sir Terry Wogan said today he is living a "student" lifestyle - lying in bed watching TV until the afternoon.

Don't let Pope present Thought for the Day, say secularists

Secular groups have reacted angrily to news that the director-general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, is lobbying the Vatican in an effort to persuade the Pope to deliver the Thought for the Day religious slot on Radio 4's Today programme. The corporation hopes that a broadcast can be recorded to coincide with the Papal visit to Britain, which is set to take place in September.

BBC lobby Pope to deliver Thought for the Day slot

The BBC is lobbying the Vatican in an effort to persuade the Pope to deliver the Thought for the Day religious slot on the Radio 4 Today programme.

Campbell to coach PM for Piers Morgan appearance

Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell is to coach Gordon Brown ahead of his showpiece interview with Piers Morgan, he said yesterday.

Liz Hoggard: We are too quick to judge older mothers

Society has a new hate object. She hasn't murdered anyone, or stolen anything. She is fit and healthy. She spent most of her life working as a special needs teacher. So what has she done to incur such wrath?

Children who text are best spellers

Traditionalists may not like it, but it appears that children who text regularly may be better spellers and readers.

Dom Joly: My specialist subject is... sheer blind terror

Once again, it started with a telephone call a long, long time ago. Would I be interest- ed in doing Celebrity Mastermind? Like most things that I'm asked to do far in advance, I agreed, and then sort of forgot about it. Until about two weeks ago, that is, when I noticed a frightening-looking reminder in my diary. To make things even worse, I was having problems with my "specialist subject".

The Week In Radio: It's sad to see the sun set on Wogan's world

Breakfast, as anyone who interacts with games kit or sleep-deprived teens will tell you, is a delicate time. Nerves are raw, the tempo of the day is still to be set and the slightest irritation, like burnt toast, or Gordon Brown saying "I feel the pain of families" on the radio, has the capacity to provoke out of all proportion. Some listeners enjoy being jolted into their day with a scrap about Conservative party selection procedure, but most others will say 'take me away from all this'.

Will the listeners of tomorrow feel the need to tune in to Today?

Radio 4's Today is reaching out to a new audience. Former staffer Tim Luckhurst asks whether it has lost its way
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