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Is BT winning the UK pay-TV sports battle?

One-time British monopoly phone provider BT (British Telecom as was) took a huge gamble a couple of years ago by entering the pay-TV sports market, taking on BSkyB which had enjoyed a virtual monopoly having seen off smaller rivals such ...

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Coke tries to sweeten the pill, BT takes on Sky, Decisive roughs it for Desperados and Billington Cartmell gets mouthy for Wrigley

***There’s been much ado this week about the announcement by Coca-Cola boss Muhtar Kent (left) that it’s going to put calorie counts on its fizzy drinks and stop advertising to children under 12 (a virtual impossibility in the online age ...

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Sky ad sales boss Nick Milligan dies in holiday speedboat accident

BSkyB’s head of advertising sales Nick Milligan and his eight year-old daughter Emily were killed in a speedboat accident off Padstow in Cornwall on Sunday. Four other members of his family were injured in the accident, two seriously. “Everyone at ...

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Murdoch snaffles Premier League mobile rights to boost The Times; Real Madrid breaks €500m barrier

Football saved Rupert Murdoch’s (part-owned) BSkyB from an early grave and now the ever-active media mogul (in his ninth decade) is hoping it can extend the life-support system for his British newspapers. His News Corporation company News International has secured ...

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Can BT mount a serious sports challenge to Sky?

It looks like it’s giving it a damn good go with news emerging that the former UK state-owned telephone supplier is planning two new pay sports channels for football and rugby plus a third for one-off pay-per-view matches, an offer ...

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Murdochs nowhere to be seen, as heads begin to roll

Here comes a chopper to chop off your head… Well, Rebekah Brooks’ and Andy Coulson’s heads at any rate. Along with those of 6 other hacks from The News of the World (ob. 2011) and The Sun. It’s career death ...

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Have the feuding TV networks killed off Mad Men?

I used to think that the biggest threat to the fantastic ‘Mad Men’ TV series about Madison Avenue types in the all-conquering, drinking and bonking 1960’s was the onset of hippiedom (or the bourgeois version thereof). Can you imagine Sterling ...

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