Mark Rylance and Claire Foy in Wolf Hall
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BBC argues for licence fee extension

Broadcaster against Netflix-style subscriptions

ITV confirms talks with The Voice maker

UK commercial broadcaster eyes €500m deal for Talpa

‘Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the Nation, 1974-1987’, by Jean Seaton

Often brave, regularly beleaguered, widely admired — the BBC during the 1970s and 1980s is a recognisable institution. Review by Chris Patten

Mark Rylance and Claire Foy in Wolf Hall
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Set for the chop? Life after the licence fee

BBC funding challenged by new media and political environment

BBC licence fee no long-term future: MPs

Committee concludes levy must be replaced in 2020s

Malcolm Rifkind (left) and Jack Straw
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Ex-foreign secretaries caught in sting

Rifkind has Tory whip withdrawn, Straw suspends himself from Labour

Interactive: How would you fund the BBC?

See how your choices would affect the broadcaster’s budget

Reece Dinsdale, centre, as George Jones in ‘The Absence of War'
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Punk Tories and Ecstasy entrepreneurs

The arts are accused of leftwing bias but look at popular culture and a different picture emerges

Premier League comparable to ‘the Queen’

Chief executive speaks of football’s ‘success story’

...Deirdre Sanders who works as an agony aunt for The Sun newspaper. Photograph: Rosie Hallam
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The joys of being a newspaper agony aunt

‘Dear Deidre’ and her staff respond to every fretful message

BBC faces fine over Davos drone

Unmanned aerial device found within no-fly zone at economic forum

Battle of two Uniteds shows football’s gulf

Cambridge set to earn £1.25m from Manchester FA Cup replay

BBC ‘gives 113%’ to keep Match of the Day

Broadcaster wins rights auction with bid of £204m over three years

World Service risks decline, warns BBC

Report finds news service unable to compete on global stage

Golf’s slow death in the Sky ghetto

The R&A will be voting for a slow death if it switches allegiance to the Murdoch network

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party. Photographed in near Westminster, London.
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Cameron’s bluff called on TV poll debates

Broadcasters offer to include Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru

How to strangle corporate common sense

The fear of being found out is just one reason why the rot sets in but entrepreneurs offer hope

Green party leadet Natalis Bennett
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Channels confident over election debates

Broadcasters working with ‘all parties to ensure they happen’

Televised election debates in jeopardy

Cameron indicates he will not appear if Ukip favoured over Greens

Conservatives to cap public sector pay-offs

Tories believe limit to packages for well-paid will be popular

Thatcher questioned BBC licence fee

PM pushed for advertising to be introduced to state broadcaster

Britain’s EU influence ‘weakened’

José Manuel Barroso criticises Cameron’s ‘defensive agenda’

How would Fifa score in a football quiz?

Some organisations show a remarkable indifference to sports they rule

The Emmy Awards 2014 - Los Angeles ...For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. BBC undated file handout photo of Martin Freeman (left) as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama, Sherlock. The hit series scooped a hat-trick of awards at the star-spangled Emmys ceremony as its co-creator revealed plans for a special episode of the hit show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Tuesday August 26, 2014. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won gongs for actor and supporting actor in a mini-series or movie for their parts as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in the BBC show. The detective drama's writer, Steven Moffat, also known for his involvement in Doctor Who, picked up the award for writing in a mini-series, movie or dramatic special. See PA story. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
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BBC warns of challenge from Netflix

Broadcaster faces increasing competition for best shows

Audioboom inks content deal with Audible

Tie-up will allow app users to listen to book snippets

Premier League comes to Friday night TV

League adds extra 14 matches to its 3-year packages

New York’s British media clan grows apace

US companies seeking digital growth are betting that UK-born journalists may have answers

Premier Foods to halt upfront payments

UK food group acts on back of ‘pay to stay’ criticism

Ed Richards: Master of a balancing act

The UK media watchdog’s head on the Murdochs, market convergence and steadfast impartiality

Osborne plays down spending cuts fears

Chancellor attacks ‘hyperbolic’ coverage of the BBC

Pay for BBC star presenters such as Jeremy Clarkson, centre, has fallen £22m a year since 2008
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BBC calls for licence fee rise after 2016

Broadcaster warns that programme budgets are under threat

The National newspaper

Group trials pro-Scots independence daily

Newspaper hopes to gain from nationalists’ dissatisfaction with media

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BBC Radio 3 faces cacophony of criticism

New controller pledges ‘wising up’ at classical broadcaster

There is no such thing as ‘employer brand’

People want to work at the places they shop

CNN to pull the plug on Russia operation

Move is sparked by Moscow’s assault on foreign ‘propaganda’

Acker Bilk, clarinettist, 1929-2014

The Paramount jazzman who composed a classic in ‘Stranger on the Shore’

F1 joins the online conversation

Sport needs to adapt to social media in order to engage the under-25s

Advertisers’ ageing dilemma

The ad industry is noticing differences among older consumers

AMC invests $200m to expand BBC America

US partnership aims to give both groups access to premium content

Britain ‘irrelevant’ without EU, says Barroso

Outgoing European president fires parting shot at Cameron

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