Politics

Now Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani tries to muscle in on global football market

Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani, owner of Reliance Industries and said to be India’s richest man, has signed a 15-year deal to run the All India Football Federation along with sports company IMG. Ambani’s ambition, according to the Financial Times, is ...

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Andy Coulson, Howard Stern and Peter Howard-Williams

There’s a trio and one which would have amused former cinema ad boss Peter Howard-Williams who died earlier this week. Andy Coulson, PM David Cameron’s director of communications, was in court this week to be questioned by former Scottish Socialist ...

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BBC's Radio 4 adds to Jeremy Hunt gaffe with fake MP slip-up

Listeners to Radio 4, the BBC’s flagship “serious” radio channel, will be starting to wonder if some strange virus has swept across production teams and presenters at the venerable and very worthy station. First of all Today presenter James Naughtie, ...

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BBC’s Mark Thompson says Panorama FIFA timing was production-driven coincidence

And if you believe that you’ll believe anything. BBC director general Mark Thompson told Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show that the reason the corporation’s Panorama FIFA programme, which essentially broadcast some warmed-over material about bribery that referred to events at least ...

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EC launches challenge to Google over overmighty page ranking algorithms

This all sounds a bit mathematical (it certainly is for me) but the European Commission’s probe into Google, prompted by complaints from three of its smaller competitors, goes to the heart of the Google search phenomenon. Google algorithms, a device ...

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BBC fails to make its case for Panorama FIFA bribery programme timing

“It should have been on the History Channel,” said David Dein, former director of Arsenal, of the BBC Panorama programme on bribery at FIFA, the governing body of world football. Dein, who is now trying to apply sticking plaster to ...

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China’s Tencent launches challenge to Facebook with QZone expansion

Tencent, China’s huge instant messaging provider with 600 million users, is promising a challenge to Facebook by offering links to its QZone network to third party websites (including a Facebook-style ‘like’ button) and access to external applications. Facebook has had ...

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Will William and Kate’s Royal wedding produce a media bonanza?

Well strangely enough, based on past performance, it will do. Ad Age reports that five of the ten best-selling People magazine covers have been about British Royals, including the tragic death of Princess Diana of course. So the intended nuptials ...

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