Media

Government spin doctor Andy Coulson set for Downing Street exit

Former New of the World editor and now coalition government director of communications Andy Coulson is a step nearer the exit from No 10 Downing Street as he has been interviewed by police (as a witness, not a suspect) about ...

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Vince Cable referral of Sky takeover to Ofcom is about money not competition

Well they’re the same aren’t they? Not exactly. Business secretary Vince Cable’s decision to refer the News Corporation bid for the 61 per cent of the Sky pay-TV broadcaster it doesn’t already own became inevitable when various other UK media ...

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Discovery revenue soars, ITV blames CRR for diet of soaps and talent shows

Discovery Communications’ quarterly profit nearly doubled to $186m and the media company yesterday raised its outlook for 2010 revenue as a whole thanks to bigger audiences and stronger advertising at its roster of cable networks. Discovery, whose cable networks include ...

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Microsoft Kinect launch heralds bumper Christmas for McCanns

And indeed its Interpublic media buying sibling Universal McCann as Microsoft spends a whopper $500m on the global launch of Kinect, a hands-free controller for the XBox 360. As ever with Microsoft these days someone got there first with the ...

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More news on bunga bunga, maybe this is what went on at Berlusconi’s parties

In the spirit of scholarly inquiry we’ve been looking into this ‘bunga bunga’ business (the post-prandial entertainment of choice at Italian PM and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi’s parties) and it seems the phrase can also refer to an African erotic ...

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Bloomberg ups stakes in challenge to FT and Wall Street Journal

Michael Bloomberg’s eponymous terminals and information company has long been in a battle against Reuters (now the product of a 2007 merger between Reuters and Thomson Financial) in the financial markets desktop terminals business. Standalone information has been a second ...

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