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Is the Murdoch Sky ownership row about media plurality or money?

The media in the UK are ganging up on Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation empire in a bid to prevent News raising its stake in satellite pay-TV broadcaster Sky from its current 39.1 per cent to full ownership. Earlier ...

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Easyjet brand is worth £100m to Sir Stelios

£100m is what Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou might receive over the next ten years under the terms of an agreement that will pay him £3.95m next year, £4.95m the year after and 0.5 per cent of revenues thereafter for ...

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Mark Byford walks the plank as under-fire Thompson slims down BBC crew

BBC director general Mark Thompson may have scored a triumph at the Edinburgh International TV Festival by turning his guns on arch-enemy Sky and its supposed plans for UK media domination but the knives are still out for the BBC’s ...

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Vodafone plans big return to UK pre-pay mobiles market

Mighty Vodafone is planning to take on O2 and Everything Everywhere (the new owner of Orange and T-Mobile) in the UK pre-pay market this Christmas with a £10m plus ad push. Presumably this will be through BBH, still its official ...

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Now Google eyes ‘driverless’ cars market

We all know that Google, in best Star Trek style, boldly goes where others fear to venture, but branching out into driverless car technology is quite a leap even for its audacious founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. But that’s ...

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Five things you didn’t know about advertising agencies 1970s (2)

1/ The most important adman in the world in the 1970s was Marion Harper (a bloke), head, first, of McCann-Erickson and then of Interpublic, the marcoms groups that grew off the back of McCann’s. Harper, who was born in Oklahoma ...

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Campaign owner Haymarket suffers worrying 20% drop in sales

If you were a quoted media company and lost 20 per cent of your sales in a year, without a major disposal, the directors would be queueing on the nearest window sill to meet their fate. But Haymarket, which publishes ...

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