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

'Today' showdown leaves Des Browne in tight spot

The Defence Secretary receives a mauling at the hands of John Humphrys

Is this drama make-or-break for beleaguered BBC3?

The BBC is making a desperate effort to bolster viewing figures on its ailing BBC3 digital channel with a series of dramas written and directed by and starring young artists.

Dominic Lawson: Of course a deaf couple want a deaf child

It is not as if the implantation of an embryo thought to be deaf is equivalent to mutilation

Philip Hensher: Silly, self-indulgent, subsidised and a musical giant

Stockhausen's least popular music is also that most possessed of true greatness

The BBC's sober-suited Huw Edwards is aiming for a younger audience

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Television leads society astray, says Humphrys

John Humphrys, one of the most respected voices on the BBC, yesterday told the television industry that reality shows were coarsening society with their "mind-numbing, witless vulgarity". He suggested the Sixties campaigner Mary Whitehouse had been right when she said television was on a "downward moral spiral".

From hack to MP: a blurring of the line

Is a journalist who becomes an MP - the ambition of Michael Gove of 'The Times' - really gaining that much power?

Why soft-sofa interviews make political sense

In recent months, the Today programme on Radio 4 has found a new catchphrase: the morning is hardly complete without John Humphrys uttering the words: "No minister was available to talk to us." Yesterday afternoon, though, Tony Blair did find a fair-sized gap in his schedule to squeeze in an interview with Steve Wright for his afternoon show on Radio 2. Meanwhile, over on ITV's This Morning, Michael and Sandra Howard were being massaged and purred over by Fern Britton and Philip Schofield. Where once politicians queued up to put their points across on the hard news programmes, now they are increasingly likely to plump for soft furnishings and softer questions.

The BBC should shed the myth of impartiality

There is no harm in a political commentator talking in committed terms about a government policy

Alastair Campbell: Why my respect for the media has fallen

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If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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