The news is far from good. The Taliban are gaining territory in Pakistan and are now so close to the Islamabad they're getting handover training in using the nuclear strike codes. Those pigs weren't just suffering from a bad hangover. The only calming influence on global warming is the reappearance of the ozone hole.
And now, it turns out that digital radio switchover might not be happening for a while yet:
Tim Davie, the head of BBC radio, has warned that the industry faces a listening slump with no prospect of digital switchover "in our lifetime" unless it wakes up to the challenges ahead.
Actually, the news is even worse than it first sounds - given the nuclear Taliban, swine flu and climate change, "in our lifetime" now means "by the end of 2011 at the latest."
Still, it's nice to know that some things never change:
Yes, that's MediaGuardian misspelling its own name, in keeping with the Graniaud housestyle.
Davie is gloomy:
Davie said it was "likely, not possible that we will be managing decline" in the years ahead with a "continued and sustained decline" in the average number of hours people who listen to the radio.
But it depends on what you mean by "radio", surely? Isn't the challenge less about a decline in listening, and more about in thinking about how to react to shifts in listening?