News Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Blatter faced heavy criticism for his

Fifa president Sepp Blatter finally admits 'racism cannot be stopped with a handshake'

Blatter faced heavy criticism for his "unfortunate words" in an interview with CNN

All change at top of BBC – for now – in the director merry-go-round

At least a dozen senior BBC executives have left or changed their roles as a result of the abuse scandal.

Tim Davie spent his first day setting out his credentials

New Broadcasting House the latest media circus as BBC becomes the story

“The BBC is reeling from a crisis of its own making,” intoned Nick Higham, the BBC News correspondent. And with its officer class decimated, the Corporation devoted its energies to crawling over the minutiae of developments on a rolling BBC News loop.

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie spends first day setting out his credentials for taking the job full-time

Tim Davie, also a habitué of extreme marathons, may cope with the pressures of the job rather better than his predecessor

Helen Boaden with Jimmy Savile in 2006

Newsnight crisis: it is inconceivable that further heads will not roll

Ironically, the lack of checks on the McAlpine might be helpful to some top BBC figures, but they're far from in the clear yet.

John King, America's answer to Gary Neville

Best US election TV wizardry: CNN gives good graphics

The Beeb may have had the gravitas of the Dimblebot, Sky News may have had the resources of News International and ITV may have had slightly squiffy Ian Hislop at the US embassy party, but for sheer number-crunching brilliance, yesterday morning's winner was CNN.

The director of BBC News, Helen Boaden, with Jimmy Savile

BBC Director-General George Entwistle 'tried to move Helen Boaden from news department'

George Entwistle, the BBC Director-General, tried to shake up the journalism culture at the BBC by offering the Corporation's Director of News Helen Boaden a fresh role in radio – but she turned the job down, prior to the outbreak of the crisis over Jimmy Savile, The Independent has been told.

The latest hot internet trend: Passive-agressive wi-fi names

Irritated by your neighbours taste in music? Think that buddleia bush might be straying into your garden? In the pre-wi-fi age, your only recourse was to have it out face-to-face, or perhaps send a strongly worded letter to the council.

This is not the 9 o'f**** news

Viewers of BBC Breakfast would have choked on their toast this week when, just as presenters Susanna Reid and Charlie Stayt were welcoming the conductor John Wilson to the show, an off-camera voice piped up, "What the fuck is that?" It turned out to be business reporter Steph McGovern, whose mic had been left on accidentally.

Fox News apologises for showing live suicide

A man apparently shot himself in the head on live television at the end of a high-speed chase that began in Phoenix, Arizona.

Two removed from Republican convention for tossing nuts at black camerawoman

Two people were ejected from the Republican National Convention for throwing nuts at an African-American camera operator for CNN and telling her: “This is how we feed animals,” the cable network said.

Michael Gove doesn't want to bring back O-levels

Education Secretary Michael Gove last night rowed back from plans to bring back O-levels to replace GCSEs.

Mr Osborne wants the George Osborne’s bold claims have failed the test of time

David Blanchflower: Osborne's 'consensus' has come crashing down

Economic Outlook: The consensus now seems to be that the Chancellor’s policies have resulted in failure

John Rentoul: There was no cosy deal for Murdoch to gain from

There were no revelations and anyone who was expecting news should have known better

We need policy to stop cycle deaths, says C4 presenter

The Government has shown "no leadership" on cycle safety despite an alarming rise in cyclist deaths over the past year, it has been claimed.

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