More big media deals going pear-shaped, AOL wants to ditch Bebo

Which the hapless ISP bought from its British owners for a chunky $850m just two years ago. AOL itself was the agent of probably the biggest botched deal in media history when it ‘bought’ massive media conglomerate Time Warner in ...

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InBev and PepsiCo gang up on media owners and agencies

InBev, owner of Budweiser, Michelob and Stella, and PepsiCo are grouping their US media expenditure to extract savings from the US’s biggest media owners. The two spend a combined $1.15bn in US media and last year were the two biggest ...

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Women not tough enough for Today Programme says editor Thomas

Today editor Ceri Thomas is hardly the most popular person with his listeners, many of whom were outraged when presenter ‘posh’ Ed Stourton was defenstrated to make room for returning US correspondent Justin Webb. Now Thomas has told the BBC’s ...

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More bad news from mobile media – this time it’s geolocation

Ring, ring goes your phone when you’re passing a bordello as it knows you’ve got a thing about girls with aspidistras. You’ve just been geolocated, the great new thing in mobile marketing. There are times when too much knowledge is ...

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Another first for Rod Liddle – but was he right about afro-Caribbean crimes?

Rod Liddle, who now no longer appears to be in line to edit the Independent, is the first blogger to be censured by the Press Complaints Commission. This is for asserting, back in December, that afro-Caribbean young men were ‘overwhelmingly’ ...

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Richard Edelman on Anna Karenina and business

And the great man’s point is that businesses who regard humans as friends rather than enemies do best. A point Tolstoy makes in his great novel about a love affair interrupted by a train. But I do wonder if Richard ...

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Does having a Saatchi mean you win the election?

Especially when they seem to be playing for both sides. As Stephen Armstrong points out in this Guardian piece, the Tories have signed up M&C Saatchi to put the boot into Gordon Brown whereas the Labour Party’s agency Saatchi & ...

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