Channel 4 secure 2012 Paralympics rights

Channel 4 has been awarded the broadcast rights for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Don't wreck the recovery, says Brown

Gordon Brown will warn voters today not to "wreck the recovery" in a New Year's message setting out the political battlelines ahead of 2010's general election.

Cabinet divided over 'class war' attacks on Cameron

Ministers blame Ed Balls for pushing Gordon Brown to draw class divisions between the two main parties

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The London Olympics are failing their racial promises

Time to make sure the games are what Mandela believed they could be

Ministers force debate on voting reform

Move designed to expose Tories as defenders of first-past-the-post

65,000 towels... 8 trampolines... Olympic organisers go shopping

British businesses battle for contracts worth £1.7bn to kit out the 2012 Games

C4 to name 'Teflon Terry' as chairman

Lord Burns, a former senior civil servant at the Treasury, is set to be unveiled as the new chairman of Channel Four, and his first job will be to find a replacement for the outgoing chief executive, Andy Duncan.

The man who set sail on an island... and other works chosen for the Cultural Olympiad

Arifa Akbar examines how Britain hopes to inspire the world in 2012

Cultural Olympiad projects announced

Some might regard a cash injection of £5.4m into the Olympic Games to be best spent on Britain's competing athletes in preparation for 2012.

Raymond Snoddy: The case against has not been proven

Who would have thought that Labour and the Conservatives would form an unholy alliance to abolish such a social menace as – the BBC Trust?

Close to the Wind, by Ben Ainslie

In most sporting contests the plan is to win, but in Ben Ainslie's most memorable race he made no attempt to do so, finishing halfway down the Laser fleet in the final race at the Sydney Olympics.

Mandelson is running Britain...from Corfu...on his BlackBerry

He's still on holiday (at the Rothschilds' luxury villa) but the First Minister's in charge

2012 organisers bank on dry weather

London 2012 leaders claim it does not matter that the majority of visitors to the Olympic Stadium will not be seated under a roof - because it hardly ever rains in the capital.

High speed Olympic train arrives early

The high speed Olympics Javelin Train hit its target today and even arrived at the Olympic Park ahead of schedule.

World Cup bid could change Olympic plans

The woman in charge of 2012 legacy has revealed that she may revamp the plan to scale down the main stadium from 80,000 to 25,000 seats after the Games, especially if it becomes a big part of England's 2018 World Cup bid.

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