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  1. April 3, 2014

    Channel 5 bidders question broadcaster’s valuation

    A war of words has broken out over the valuation of Channel 5, ahead of this month’s deadline for second-round bids for the...

  2. March 20, 2014

    Discovery in deal to supply programming for Chinese digital channel

    Discovery Communications, the US cable group that owns channels such as TLC and Animal Planet, has struck a deal in China to...

  1. February 28, 2014

    US cable groups join bidding for Channel 5

    A trio of US cable network owners have entered the race to buy Channel 5, the UK television broadcaster owned by media baron...

  2. February 21, 2014

    Discovery in talks with BSkyB over joint Channel 5 bid

    The John Malone-backed Discovery Communications is in talks with BSkyB over joining a bid for Channel 5, which is being sold...

  3. January 12, 2014

    Richard Desmond leaves distinct mark on Channel 5

    When Richard Desmond paid £103.5m for Channel 5 in 2010, he hinted at bringing Britain’s most popular shows to the...

  4. FT Alphaville

    January 2, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Yup. The Cut’s back. Happy New Year everyone. Markets: Asian markets are suffering on the first day of 2014 trading on the...

  5. January 1, 2014

    Richard Desmond explores Channel 5 sale options

    Richard Desmond has asked advisers to work on a possible sale of Channel 5, the British free-to-air TV broadcaster, that...

  6. March 1, 2013

    Sugar resigns from YouView

    Lord Sugar, star of the The Apprentice, is normally the one doing the firing. But it was the celebrity entrepreneur who was...

  7. December 20, 2012

    Press agrees framework for regulation

    Newspaper and magazine editors agreed a broad framework for the future of press regulation on Thursday, but several sticking...

  8. November 28, 2012

    The law, Fleet Street and a free press

    Some years ago, when I was the media editor of the FT, I used to deal with one David Cameron, the public relations executive...

  9. November 21, 2012

    Press reform plan boosted by Desmond

    A high-profile proposal for reform of press self-regulation received a boost on Wednesday following revelations that Express...

  10. September 17, 2012

    Irish Daily Star editor suspended

    The publisher of the Irish Daily Star on Monday evening suspended its editor Michael O’Kane with immediate effect, pending...

  11. August 16, 2012

    Desmond sues bank over derivatives deal

    Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star, is suing Credit Suisse for allegedly mis-selling him a complex...

  12. July 11, 2012

    Mirror and Star journalists detained

    The police investigation into corrupt payments by journalists to public officials spread wider yesterday with the arrest of...

  13. June 27, 2012

    British Land to buy Mail Group print site

    Daily Mail and General Trust has agreed to sell the site of its London printworks to British Land – the third such deal in...

  14. May 30, 2012

    Search for a solution among the subplots

    Like one of the multi-episode Scandinavian crime dramas currently in vogue on British television, the Leveson inquiry has...

  15. May 27, 2012

    YouView trials enter final stage

    YouView, the much-delayed internet TV venture by some of the UK’s biggest broadcasters and broadband providers, will finally...

  16. May 16, 2012

    Berkeley on pole for Wapping development

    Berkeley Group, the UK’s largest housebuilder by market value, has emerged as the frontrunner to take control of the former...

  17. April 3, 2012

    Pentagon hit with biggest US fine on foreign group

    A fine levied on a UK hedge fund manager and his firm for US market abuse has been raised to nearly $100m, the highest...

  18. FT Alphaville

    March 26, 2012

    Weekend catch-up

    Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, -       Spotify is seeking to raise money from private...

  19. March 23, 2012

    Desmond plans £5m cost-cutting drive

    Richard Desmond, the owner of the Express and Daily Star newspapers, is planning to implement a deep cost-cutting programme...

  20. March 13, 2012

    Camelot fights award of licence to Health Lottery

    Camelot, the operator of the national lottery, has announced it will seek a judicial review against the Gambling...

  21. January 31, 2012

    New consensus on oversight, says PCC chief

    Press, politicians and regulators have reached an “unprecedented consensus” on a new mechanism for oversight of newspapers,...

  22. January 27, 2012

    Davos, ethics, two countries and a tax worth mentioning

    I’ve often wondered why the great and good of the world of finance – sorry, make that the good, the bad and the ugly –...

  23. January 25, 2012

    C4 to boost UK programme spend to £450m

    Channel 4 intends to provide a boost to struggling small UK independent television producers with a budget increase of about...

  24. January 15, 2012

    Rebuilding public trust in a free press

    During the two months that Lord Justice Leveson has been sitting, he has heard evidence from many UK media bosses and...

  25. January 12, 2012

    Desmond rues Leveson inquiry into media

    Richard Desmond, the controversial owner of the Express and Star newspapers, told Lord Justice Leveson on Thursday that his...

  26. January 6, 2012

    RTL pulls out of Greek TV market

    RTL, the pan-European broadcaster, has pulled out of another market after announcing on Thursday that it is to sell its 70...

  27. November 30, 2011

    Celebrities are right to be wary of Faustian media pacts

    Whether the funereal “Pie Jesu” and “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“Oh, my beloved father”) were the most appropriate musical choices...

  28. Westminster Blog

    October 27, 2011

    Leveson 'reluctant to rule on media ownership'

    The inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson into media rules in the wake of the phone hacking scandal is massive. It is supposed to...

  29. July 14, 2011

    Advert self-regulation seen as press blueprint

    The advertising industry’s self-regulatory system might offer a blueprint for future supervision of the press, academics and...

  30. July 12, 2011

    Scandal raises questions of spin-off

    The possible divestment by News Corp of its troubled UK newspaper division News International will almost certainly be...

  31. June 24, 2011

    Endemol’s chief executive steps down

    Endemol, the world’s largest independent television producer by revenue, profits and programming hours, has parted company...

  32. May 28, 2011

    Royal Mail needs change in fortunes post-haste

    A state-owned former monopoly beset by industrial strife and commercial malaise: although Moya Greene would have known what...

  33. May 9, 2011

    Snag for News Corp-BSkyB merger

    Merger clearance for News Corp’s proposed bid for British Sky Broadcasting will be delayed by at least two weeks after a...

  34. April 12, 2011

    Happy fee-paying clients

    Good news for folks in equity capital markets, as Sir John Vickers’ banking commission report decided to drop a possible...

  35. February 15, 2011

    Three’s company in a boardroom

    With Lord Davies’ inquiry on women in the boardroom likely to reject statutory quotas for female directors, the 30% Club of...

  36. February 1, 2011

    RTL in record 2010 profits

    RTL Group, the pan-European broadcaster, has announced a record operating profit of €1.1bn ($1.5bn) on the back of buoyant...

  37. January 14, 2011

    Why no protest at Desmond’s acquisition of Channel 5?

    From Mr Ian McKenzie. Sir, Let me start by declaring my personal interest – I am a Sky subscriber, a small-scale Sky...

  38. January 13, 2011

    ITV given hope on contract rights renewal

    ITV can look forward to relief from its most onerous regulation after Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, said changes in...

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