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Dawn Airey and Richard Desmond – a Five marriage made in heaven?

Richard Desmond, the owner of Express Newspapers and now the new owner of UK terrestrial television channel Five, is due to address the troops tomorrow about his plans for the combined business. We don’t know what he’s going to say ...

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Google and Verizon announce internet carve-up plans, world blows raspberry

Google and US ISP Verizon have made a right hash of their scheme to carve up the internet, publishing a set of proposals supposedly guaranteeing open access but with some significant holes. The first is that they exclude mobile internet, ...

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Food companies watch out – Nestle has $28bn to spend!

Swiss-based Nestle is already the biggest specialist food company in the world and it’s likely to get a whole lot bigger soon as some time this year it completes the sale of its stake in US eyecare business Alcon to ...

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News Corporation signals retreat from China

News Corporation, owners of Fox, Sky and The Times, is signalling a retreat from its ambitious efforts to conquer China, agreeing to sell a majority stake in its three Chinese mainland channels to a new state-backed private equity fund China ...

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Interpublic and Lowe get early payback as DLKW wins Halfords

When Lowe owner Interpublic coughed up £28m for former Creston agency DLKW it looked like desperation; Lowe having slid a long, long way from the eminence it once enjoyed in London and elsewhere under founder Sir Frank Lowe. DLKW, while ...

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Heineken’s Dutch ‘walk-in fridge’ viral set for UK TV

Heineken’s famous ‘walk-in fridge’ viral (2.5m hits on YouTube) is set to become a UK TV ad, a further sign of the increasingly symbiotic relationship between the web and paid-for media. Web virals have become a neat new way not ...

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When will we see an Asian agency tiger challenge Omnicom and WPP?

WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell said recently that China would account for about a third of worldwide advertising growth this year, no more than you would expect with economic growth in China slated to come in at just under ten per ...

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FCC comes down hard against Google Verizon internet plans

Nobody expected the US Federal Communications Commission to like the deal supposedly being cooked up by Google and US ISP Verizon to introduce a new class of internet; faster access which companies would pay for. But the FCC has responded ...

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