Neil Oliver in ‘The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice’
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The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice, BBC2

The historical reconstructions of the three-part series are convincing

Dawn Airey named as Getty Images chief

Former Yahoo European head to focus on new revenue streams

BBC to launch Netflix-style service in US

Broadcaster eyes returns of more than £30m a year

Danielle de Niese at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
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BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

The Last Night featured splendid moments as well as some musical bonbons

Rugby World Cup 2015
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ITV looks to Rugby World Cup for ratings

Tournament offers 140 hours of live sport with upmarket audience

Decline in UK TV viewership ‘plateauing’

Data could offer respite for broadcasters hit by new services

BBC should not play politics with online news

Local reporting is not part of the national broadcaster’s remit

Alexander Silber (left) and Gina Beck perform Leonard Bernstein's 'America' at the BBC Proms. Photo: Chris Christodoulou
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John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Proms, London

The high-energy evening brought Leonard Bernstein’s New York scores to life

BBC ready to open iPlayer to competitors

Broadcaster wants more investment in original British content

BBC promises to open up its resources

Initiatives include partnership with local newspaper industry

BBC plans news broadcasts into North Korea

World Service expands to counter state propaganda worldwide

An artist's image of the proposed redevelopment of BBC Television Centre in White City, west London

New episode for London’s White City

Project to transform BBC Television Centre into high-end homes is part of district’s £8bn regeneration

Bertrand Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the 2015 BBC Proms. Photo: Chris Christodoulou
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BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London

The Proms’ last birthday tribute to Pierre Boulez, and a mellow sound from Bertrand Haitink

Women keep smashing new glass ceilings

Is everything rosy in the garden of female sport?

Google chief takes aim at BBC

Missed opportunities on openness and online audiences

SNP call for federal BBC raises alarm

Opponents worry broadcaster could fall under nationalists’ sway

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Shostakovich's 'Orango' at the BBC Proms
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Shostakovich’s Orango, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

The composer’s unfinished opera was a head-splitting experience

Roman Mars, creator of the ‘99% Invisible’ podcast
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Information download: not-so-trivial pursuits

The last of four weekly guides to the best podcasts

BBC weather forecaster

Met Office eyes legal action against BBC

‘Price was not part of consideration,’ says forecaster

Start-up claims success in EM net plan

mCent has integrated 311 operators and its app has 30m clients

Majority of Britons want ad-funded BBC

ComRes poll finds 52% support replacing licence fee with ads

Met office loses BBC weather contract

Cost cutting puts Dutch and New Zealand firms in running

What’s next for the BBC?

Henry Mance on the world’s most famous public broadcaster in an age of disruption and budget cuts

Mark Kermode (left) and Simon Mayo, co-hosts of BBC Radio 5 Live's film review show. Photo: Getty Images
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Dinner party service: the role of cultural magazine shows

The third of four weekly guides to the best podcasts

Pianist Steven Osborne performs Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony at BBC Proms

BBC Philharmonic/Mena, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Mena relished every moment of Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony

Gove calls for BBC licence fee reform

Justice secretary urges decriminalisation of non-payment

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Photo: Sim Canetty
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Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

There was plenty to seduce the ear but a lack of humanising warmth

Marc Maron in his studio garage from which he hosts “WTF With Marc Maron”, Los Angeles. Photo: Robert Yager/New York Times/eyevine
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Tear up the script: how podcasting influenced interviews

The second of four weekly guides to the best podcasts

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Photo: John Wood
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BBC SSO/Donald Runnicles, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh International Festival opened with finely judged playing

Mariana Flores as Hope in 'Orfeo'
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Orfeo, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

Monteverdi’s masterpiece was performed with a sense of wonder

Alina Ibragimova performs at the BBC Proms
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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Alina Ibragimova, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

Two contrasting Proms featured awesome grandeur and solo intimacy

Master of the hardest job in broadcasting

Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s horseracing commentary personified BBC sport

Bin Laden family members killed in jet crash

Private plane comes down in Hampshire car park

Alissa Firsova outside the Royal Albert Hall in June
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Interview: composer Alissa Firsova

The composer on the premiere of her work at the BBC Proms

Osborne plans public sector pay-off cap

BBC and BoE will also be urged to end 6 figure severance payments

Amazon pays $250m for ex-Top Gear trio

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in new venture

Xian Zhang conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Qigang Chen’s hushed work contained echoes of Debussy and Ravel

Obama warns Britain over leaving EU

President says UK membership gives America ‘much greater confidence’

Three dead after Louisiana cinema shooting

Lone gunman kills two in cinema and takes own life

Trust chief rejects idea of ‘smaller BBC’

Fairhead speaks out as ministers start consultation on broadcaster