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Apple Music Launch: What You Need To Know

Apple Music Launch: What You Need To Know

Spotify beware - Apple Music is coming. The long-awaited music streaming service is being launched at 8am PDT (4pm UK time). …

  • BBC3 Should Become Online Only - Trust Report
    BBC3 Should Become Online Only - Trust Report 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    BBC Three should become an online only channel, but a BBC One +1 channel should not be launched, a report by the BBC Trust has concluded. Taking the youth-focused channel online would save £30m a year, the Trust found, and would create a positive impact for rival TV channels. The online switch is conditional on the BBC making clear commitments to programmes on BBC One and Two that appeal to a younger audience. More »

  • Comedian Jason Manford Goes Toe-To-Toe With Britain First On Social Media
    Comedian Jason Manford Goes Toe-To-Toe With Britain First On Social Media 3 hours ago

    Manford triggered the stand-off by tweeting about deleting Facebook friends who shared 'racist' Britain First videos. More »

  • Plans to move BBC3 online approved
    Plans to move BBC3 online approved 3 hours ago

    Plans to take BBC3 off-air have been given the seal of approval by the BBC Trust - but the body has rejected proposals for a BBC1 plus one channel. More »

  • Garvey to showcase acts on iPlayer
    Garvey to showcase acts on iPlayer 4 hours ago

    Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is opening up his record collection in a new online series to spread the word about his favourite acts. More »

  • Apple Music set to go live
    Apple Music set to go live 4 hours ago

    Apple Music goes live today, despite a run-in with Taylor Swift over royalties ahead of the launch. More »

  • Manford sparks row with far-right
    Manford sparks row with far-right 4 hours ago

    Comedian Jason Manford has come under attack on social media from far-right political group Britain First after claiming he had deleted some old school friends for sharing their videos. More »

  • Jason Manford targeted by right-wing extremists
    Jason Manford targeted by right-wing extremists 4 hours ago

    The 33-year-old comedian tweeted that he had blocked three friends from his personal Facebook account for sharing Britain First videos. More »

  • Professor Stephen Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture
    Professor Stephen Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture 7 hours ago

    Listeners will be able to suggest questions in advance for Professor Hawking, whose life was recently dramatised in an Oscar-winning film, to answer. More »

  • Champions Japan face England threat to world title
    Champions Japan face England threat to world title 14 hours ago

    Champions Japan face a real threat from England as the Asian giants look to keep their Women's World Cup title defence on track in Wednesday's semi-final in Edmonton. More »

  • How Apple and Spotify match up
    How Apple and Spotify match up 14 hours ago

    Apple Music goes live today, despite a run-in with Taylor Swift over royalties ahead of the launch. We take a look at how it matches up to rival service Spotify More »

  • Top Gear in the running for TV Choice award
    Top Gear in the running for TV Choice award 15 hours ago

    The popular Top Gear trio are up against TV favourites Ant and Dec at the 2015 ceremony. More »

  • UKAD to join USADA in probing Salazar allegations 17 hours ago

    UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is to join its counterpart in the U.S. by investigating allegations that Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar has violated anti-doping rules. Last week American Salazar issued a lengthy response to a series of claims made by the BBC television programme Panorama, in association with the U.S. website ProPublica, earlier this month. The coach, who guides Britain's double Olympic champion Farah and London Games 10,000 metres silver medallist Galen Rupp of the U.S., has denied any wrongdoing. More »

  • Miles Jupp to take over from Sandi Toksvig on BBC Radio 4's The News Qu …
    Miles Jupp to take over from Sandi Toksvig on BBC Radio 4's The News Qu … 18 hours ago

    After 28 series, Toksvig is handing over the reins in order to have the freedom to express her political views. More »

  • Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture
    Hawking to deliver Reith Lecture 18 hours ago

    Professor Stephen Hawking will deliver the BBC's flagship Reith Lecture this year - on the subject of black holes. More »

  • Jupp to host BBC's The News Quiz
    Jupp to host BBC's The News Quiz 18 hours ago

    Rev star Miles Jupp has been announced as the new host of The News Quiz after Sandi Toksvig stepped down from the long-running radio show. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Monday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Monday 21 hours ago

    Here’s what’ll be on your Twitter timeline this evening. More »

  • RTÉ loses broadcasting rights to the Summer Olympics from 2020
    RTÉ loses broadcasting rights to the Summer Olympics from 2020 21 hours ago

    Discovery Communications, the owners of Eurosport, has paid over €1 billion for pan-European rights. More »

  • Eurosport lands Olympic broadcast rights in Europe
    Eurosport lands Olympic broadcast rights in Europe 22 hours ago

    The International Olympic Committee announced broadcast arrangements covering Games between 2018 and 2024 More »

  • In Focus: Rwanda's problem is not about Hutu and Tutsi but lack of freedom …
    In Focus: Rwanda's problem is not about Hutu and Tutsi but lack of freedom … 23 hours ago

    The Rwandan government has condemned the arrest of its intelligence chief Karenzi Karake, who is accused of having committed war crimes during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Karake, a member of paramilitary organisation and now Rwanda's ruling party, Rwandan Patriotic Front, was arrested in London earlier in June and was granted a conditional bail by the Westminster Magistrates court. The Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was formed in 1987 by Tutsi refugees who had fled along with their families to Uganda due to ethnic violence. More »

  • BBC Loses Olympic Games TV Rights From 2022
    BBC Loses Olympic Games TV Rights From 2022 23 hours ago

    The BBC has lost control of the rights to the Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee sealed a £920m pan-European deal with Discovery, the US broadcaster that owns Eurosport. The deal will take effect in most of Europe after next summer’s Rio Olympics, and cover the winter and summer Games from 2018 to 2024. Thereafter the BBC will only be able to broadcast Olympic coverage if it reaches a sub-licensing agreement  with Discovery, which has said it will seek partnerships with broadcasters in some territories. More »

  • Discovery buys European broadcast rights to Games from 2018-2024 23 hours ago

    By Leila Abboud PARIS (Reuters) - Discovery Communications has agreed to pay 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to screen the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024 across Europe, beating national public broadcasters that have traditionally shown the event.     The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Discovery, which is the parent of pay-television channel Eurosport, after a competitive auction that attracted more than 10 bids, said Timo Lumme, a marketing executive at the IOC.     "This is the first time we have licensed these rights to a single media company to manage and broadcast all the games across all the platforms," said Lumme. The deal shows Discovery's ambitions for Europe where it bought out last year its partner in Eurosport, French broadcaster TF1. More »

  • RAF Plane To Evacuate Casualties From Tunisia
    RAF Plane To Evacuate Casualties From Tunisia 23 hours ago

    The vow came after the Prime Minister said an RAF plane was being sent to evacuate casualties from Tunisia, and Home Secretary Theresa May visited the country to see the aftermath of the "absolutely horrific attack". David Cameron has promised a "full spectrum" response to the attack that is expected to have left as many as 30 Britons dead. He said Ms May and Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood had gone to Sousse on Monday to "give condolences to those who have lost loved ones" and "see for themselves what has happened". More »