I'm having a bit of difficulty in my novel and need some advice/inspiration. Early in chapter one, the main character is in his car. He turns the radio on for the travel news, which he has just missed, much to his annoyance, but typifies the morning he's having. Then the hourly news comes on, which isn't relevant in itself, but paints a picture of his routine as he drives to and from work. Later in the chapter, he's driving home from work, it mentions him turning the radio on, and the news comes on again. Again the news stories aren't relevant. At the beginning of chapter two, he is in his car again, though this time with a passenger. The radio/news makes a third appearance, but this time it will actually contain a local news story that is relevant to the novel and the MC, but it won't be revealed to his passenger or the reader until the end of Act 1. So the challenge I'm having is how to include the news in a subtle way that isn't signposted and "obviously" important. I wouldn't have him turn the radio off when he hears the news, or change stations, because I feel this would be a pretty obvious sign to the reader that something is amiss. I'm also debating how to show him listening to the news, do I say: "He listened to the news: civil unrest in Africa; an earthquake in Japan; an Actress has died." Or do I actually write the broadcast as dialogue, perhaps in italic? Do I mix it up and vary techniques each time the news makes an appearance, or do I keep it consistent? Perhaps I need to hunt out some other books where the news is used effectively, both in terms of the storytelling and pushing the storyline forward? Do you have any recommendations? As I write this, I've begun to realise that the news will probably make further appearances later in the novel, including the climax, so this is probably a key decision.