Lebedev's Evening Standard "close to profit"

The Evening Standard, the London paper given away for £1 to Alexander Lebedev 18 months ago by a despairing Mail Group when its losses were as high as £20 million, is reported to be close to making a profit. If ...

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FIFA crisis as World Cup sponsors miss out

The World Cup in South Africa will generates billions in income for organisers FIFA but the main World Cup sponsors – Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai, Visa and Sony – will be looking hard at the $40m a year (they pay ...

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COI beats cutbacks with first quarter poster bonanza

Those naughty people at the Central Office of Information, the UK government’s advertising body, got their retaliation in first in the first quarter of 2010, spending £8m on posters, way ahead of the next biggest spenders McDonalds and Sky which ...

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Murdoch hits top speed with bid for BSkyB, digital content moves

And a pretty respectable speed it is for a man in his 80th year. Has Chinese wife Wendy been giving him some local medicines? It must have annoyed Rupert Murdoch for years that even though he controlled the cash machine ...

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Will Hyundai get its money back for ITV World Cup howler?

Those people watching ITV’s transmission of the England v USA World Cup match in high definition on Saturday (1.5m out of 15m at the time) would have been unpleasantly surprised to see the hapless broadcaster cut to a Hyundai ad ...

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Has Ultimo boss boobed over Kelly Brook contract

Holding a contract from bra firm Ultimo is a precarious business and now starlet Kelly Brook might be on her way having, apparently, breached her contract by agreeing to pose nude for Playboy and topless for Loaded. Kelly, who was ...

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Stephen Grabiner exit puts pressure on Guardian and EMAP

Stephen Grabiner, boss of private equity giant Apax Partners’ media operations, is leaving the company in the wake of his last big deal, buying publisher EMAP with Guardian Media Group, going pear-shaped. Apax and GMG coughed up around £1bn for ...

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BP needs a rebrand – what about Anglo-Iranian?

Because BP, the most vilified company on earth, was once the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company during which period it acted as an unofficial arm of the British government, helping to engineer a coup in Iran in the 1950s which brought the ...

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Cameron under pressure over BP

One of the many roles of a British Prime Minister is to be Brand Director or Head of PR for UK plc, something which Tony Blair, for all his faults, accomplished rather well. Even Gordon Brown, never one of nature’s ...

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