News Dave Lee Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, arrives at Southwark Crown Court on 17 January 17 2014

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is “astonished” at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a “normal, decent human being”.

Radio 2 DJ David Jacobs pictured in August 2012

Legendary Pick Of The Pops presenter David Jacobs dies aged 87

Tributes have been pouring in for the much-loved radio and television presenter David Jacobs who has died aged 87.

Angela Merkel had a 90-minute TV debate with the Social Democrat candidate for Chancellor, Peer Steinbrück

Angela Merkel’s rival Peer Steinbrück critical of eurozone austerity ahead of elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her centre-left rival sparred over Europe’s debt crisis and how best to keep Germany’s economy strong as they faced each other on Sunday evening in a televised debate ahead of elections on 22 September, with Ms Merkel’s challenger insisting that it makes no sense to apply a “deadly dose” of austerity to eurozone strugglers.

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into alleged sexual offences, prompted by claims of abuse made against disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile

Calls to NSPCC double after Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal

The fallout from the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal has seen the number of telephone calls reporting sex abuse to a charity helpline nearly double since last year.

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley after the final Daybreakshow. Despite a huge budget the programme failed to beat its BBC rival

Adrian Chiles returns to the BBC three years after defection to ITV

Adrian Chiles is returning to the BBC for the first time in three years after he quit the corporation for ITV.

PFA chairman, Gordon Taylor

Comment: Gordon Taylor's position as PFA chief left untenable by ignoring own advice on betting

Betting is football's oldest friend and its oldest foe, its Jekyll and Hyde

Small Talk: Profits slump for TalkSport owner UTV after fall in advertising

Profits have slumped more than 40% at TalkSport owner UTV because of an advertising drought as there has been no big football tournament this summer.

David Blunkett: The former Cabinet Minister has been blind since birth

Blunkett wants broadcasters to dub rather than subtitle foreign dramas

David Blunkett has called on broadcasters to dub more foreign dramas so that blind members of the audience like himself are able to enjoy imports such as The Killing.

NHS spent more than £1bn on staff severance packages

50% rise in the number of senior staff receiving redundancy payouts of over £200,000

Album: Travis, Where You Stand (Red Telephone Box)

Yes, they really are still going. No, of course they haven't gone dubstep. That's the headlines out of the way.

Audio: Belle & Sebastian

Listen to the track below to listen to one of the songs from the Belle & Sebastian rarities and non-LP collection ‘The Third Eye Centre’, out on 26 August.

Professor Brian Cox will present a TV quiz show

Professor Brian Cox to front BBC science quiz show

Everyone's favourite pop keyboardist turned physicist turned TV presenter, Professor Brian Cox, is to present a BBC science quiz show.

England v Scotland: Sky Sports News reporter Nick Collins falls from ladder live on air

Incident occurs outside Wembley Stadium

The cover of Lady Gaga's new single 'Applause'

Lady Gaga's new single 'Applause' nears the Top 10 after only seven hours on sale

The track's rush release doesn't seem to have damaged sales

Ed Miliband returned from holiday to growing complaints that the Opposition has been virtually invisible in recent weeks

Analysis: Welcome back... Ed Miliband faces growing criticism after holiday

Ed Miliband has vowed not to be panicked into a knee-jerk response to disquiet in Labour ranks over its summer performance and the slow slide in the party's opinion poll lead over the Conservatives.

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.

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