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Cultural Life - Will Young

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Teacher-poet wins BBC short story award

Poet and teacher Kate Clanchy today beat established names such as Orange Prize winners Lionel Shriver and Naomi Alderman to land the BBC's National Short Story Award.

The boy in the corner: Why is Will Young in therapy?

On 'Pop Idol', he fought Simon Cowell – and won. On the slippery slopes of the record industry, he kept his feet and triumphed with four platinum albums. On stage, he was lauded for playing Coward. On screen, he shone alongside Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. And on 'Question Time', he dumbfounded the critics to send ratings sky-high. So why, with a greatest-hits album on the way, has Will Young spent the past decade in outright terror?

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Howard Jacobson: The money men were bound to win, but Melvyn showed us how good TV can be

Our writer admires how his friend kept the South Bank Show's bean-counters at bay

Are two heads better than one when it comes to running Radio 1?

The BBC's king of pop Andy Parfitt has high hopes for Radio 1 chief Ben Cooper, he tells Ian Burrell

Homophobic? Moi? Chris Moyles censured by Ofcom for mocking Will Young's sexuality

Chris Moyles is famed not so much for failing the "cornflakes test" – the media benchmark by which bad-taste stories and remarks are tested for offence – as for spitting out the milk and smashing the breakfast bowl against the studio wall.

Rap for Moyles: Will Young comments 'offensive'

The BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles was criticised by the broadcasting watchdog today for an item in his show in which he mocked the singer Will Young in a high-pitched, effeminate voice.

My schooldays: Will Young, singer

‘The great thing is that I was taught manners’

Radio surges in popularity thanks to digital

Radio audiences increased by more than 400,000 in the last quarter of 2008, to a high of 45.5 million listeners a week.

Wogan reigns as king of breakfast radio

Chris Moyles's listening figures have gone up - despite him causing controversy over near-the-knuckle remarks he has made on his radio show.

Last forecast for GMTV weather girl

Weather presenter Andrea McLean has bowed out of GMTV after more than a decade on the show.

Will Young, Roundhouse, London

Last weekend, in a dramatic show filled with tears and self-importance, Alexandra Burke was crowned winner of The X Factor. On the other side of London town, the original TV talent show graduate Will Young was enjoying a quieter celebration of sorts. It was the final night of his month-long UK tour promoting his album, Let It Go, and he was in a playful mood. Let's not forget that winning one of these shows is by no means a golden ticket to fame and fortune (David Sneddon anyone?) but Young has managed to come into his own as an artist, casting off the shackles of Pop Idol, the show that made his name six years ago, to become one of Britain's most respected pop stars.

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