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  1. April 1, 2014

    Watchdog attacks BT ‘monopoly’ in rural broadband rollout

    The £1.2bn state project to provide fast broadband services to rural areas has been attacked for creating a “monopoly” for...

  2. November 28, 2013

    Telecoms companies targeted in ‘cost of living’ crackdown

    Labour will call for action to prevent mobile, broadband and pay-TV customers from being “ripped off” in the latest...

  1. September 26, 2013

    Rollout of rural broadband mismanaged, say MPs

    The rollout of broadband to rural areas has been mismanaged and left a “quasi-monopolistic position” that has been exploited...

  2. March 14, 2013

    Rural broadband plans descend into farce

    Plans to boost superfast broadband in rural areas descended into farce as BT was left as the only bidder for £530m of state...

  3. March 10, 2013

    Whitehall enlists Deloitte to plug skills gap

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport had to enlist the help of Deloitte to finish its accounts because of a lack of...

  4. December 16, 2012

    Questions raised over mobile ‘not-spots’

    Plans to build telecoms infrastructure to bring mobile services to so-called “not-spots” – a key part of the government’s...

  5. December 3, 2012

    UK moves to tighten online gambling rules

    Gambling operators based abroad must inform the UK about suspicious sports betting patterns if they want a licence to take...

  6. November 29, 2012

    ‘Faultlines’ seen in proposal for Ofcom

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg were not alone in questioning proposals to give Ofcom an oversight role over the independent...

  7. October 7, 2012

    EU happy with UK rural broadband plan

    Europe’s competition watchdog is ready to approve plans to pump £530m of UK state aid into rural broadband, a move which...

  8. August 2, 2012

    High-speed broadband timetable slips

    A key target for the UK government’s rollout of superfast broadband will be missed this year, raising doubts about ambitions...

  9. May 25, 2012

    Dossier reveals News Corp connections

    A new dossier of evidence released by the Leveson inquiry into press ethics has revealed the full extent of News Corp’s...

  10. May 24, 2012

    News Corp lobbying revealed at Leveson

    Frederic Michel, News Corp’s chief lobbyist, exchanged more than 1,100 calls, emails and texts with members of Culture...

  11. May 3, 2012

    Academics warn of £1bn superfast shortfall

    Academics at the London School of Economics have warned of a billion-pound shortfall in funding for superfast broadband if...

  12. April 25, 2012

    Subdued high-flyer faces prospect of rapid descent

    Jeremy Hunt appeared subdued and hesitant as he gripped the Commons dispatch box; the sullen ranks of Conservative MPs...

  13. Westminster Blog

    April 25, 2012

    Resignation statement from Hunt's adviser

    Statement issued by DCMS on behalf of Adam Smith: “While it was part of my role to keep News Corporation informed throughout...

  14. April 11, 2012

    Kicking a gift horse in the teeth

    So keen is the government on charitable giving that it recently took the unusual step of announcing that the head of Arts...

  15. April 11, 2012

    MP warns of Olympic chaos at Heathrow

    Heathrow is at risk of chaos during the Olympics if the UK Border Agency does not provide sufficient staffing for the high...

  16. March 30, 2012

    Cameron turns to Olympics in difficult week

    Being photographed playing badminton on the lawn of Number 10 was not going to do much to address David Cameron’s image of...

  17. March 28, 2012

    Olympics to benefit all UK, says Cameron

    David Cameron has insisted the Olympics will create a legacy for the whole of the UK and not just London, but he...

  18. February 12, 2012

    Tackling racism tops football’s agenda

    English football has spent the weekend agonising about racism. Even the prime minister got involved: it emerged on Sunday...

  19. January 16, 2012

    UK broadcasters ‘failing to support film industry’

    A policy review has criticised ITV and BSkyB for not doing enough to support the UK film industry and called on them to make...

  20. January 10, 2012

    UK dumps Olympic legacy target

    The much-criticised Olympic legacy target of getting 1m more people to participate in sport has been dumped by the...

  21. December 4, 2011

    Jowell defends stance on Olympic sponsor

    Tessa Jowell insists she is not undermining the reputation of the London Olympics despite leading a campaign against Dow...

  22. October 12, 2011

    Move to force football clubs to consult fans

    Football clubs must allow representatives of their fans on to their boards when the ownership of the club changes hands,...

  23. October 11, 2011

    Options open after Olympic deal falters

    Ministers and London mayor Boris Johnson are prepared to abandon the idea of a football club taking up residence in the...

  24. September 27, 2011

    Tories claim Labour U-turn on media licences

    Labour has been accused of executing the “fastest U-turn in history” after Ivan Lewis, the shadow culture secretary,...

  25. September 14, 2011

    Press challenged on regulation

    Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has challenged the national newspaper industry to put its house in order by devising a...

  26. September 14, 2011

    Hunt criticises BT over broadband access

    BT has been criticised by Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, for taking too long to tell its competitors how much they must...

  27. August 28, 2011

    Labour seeks stop-gap media controls

    Labour is seeking to embarrass the government by pushing for stop-gap rules to tighten controls on media ownership in the...

  28. August 19, 2011

    Hunt remains optimistic on local TV stations

    Jeremy Hunt has hit back at Labour’s suggestions that his desire to launch local television stations across the UK is a...

  29. August 19, 2011

    Armed forces ‘may have role’ in Olympics

    The cabinet minister responsible for the Olympics has said the armed forces “may very well have a role to play” in the...

  30. July 24, 2011

    Ministers play down Olympics boost

    Ministers are playing down expectations that the 2012 Olympic games will provide a substantial economic stimulus to the UK...

  31. July 24, 2011

    Little evidence of Olympics’ ‘Keynesian’ benefits

    Ever since London won its bid to host the Olympics, ministers have stressed the “Keynesian” benefits of spending on...

  32. July 11, 2011

    Fatal flaw in public services white paper

    The reaction on Labour’s benches said it all. Tessa Jowell, the Blairite former Cabinet minister, declared that the...

  33. July 11, 2011

    Murdoch’s BSkyB deal is dead in the water

    From the moment it was revealed that the News of the World had hacked into Milly Dowler’s phone, Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy...

  34. July 7, 2011

    BSkyB verdict delayed until September

    Jeremy Hunt, culture secretary, is expected to delay until September his verdict on whether to allow Rupert Murdoch’s News...

  35. FT Alphaville

    July 6, 2011

    NOTW Bene? [updated]

    For the first time in the News of the World phone hacking scandal the share price of the mother ship is under pressure....

  36. June 30, 2011

    Hunt ready to clear News Corp-BSkyB merger

    The government faced protests in parliament, the media and on the streets after indicating that it was ready to approve...

  37. June 30, 2011

    News Corp bid for Sky faces challenge

    Jeremy Hunt will announce the final tweaks to News Corp’s proposed bid for British Sky Broadcasting on Thursday as a...

  38. June 26, 2011

    BSkyB to double earnings in five years

    British Sky Broadcasting’s earnings are set to double in five years, greatly increasing its contribution to News Corp’s...

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