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Media Business Correspondent — Guardian
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Media Business Correspondent at the Guardian. From New Zealand, in London since 1999.

The X Factor will change, vows Simon Cowell — Simon Cowell has vowed to ring the changes on ITV's The X Factor after his much-anticipated return to the talent show failed to halt its ratings slide. Cowell said he would make significant changes to the show which has seen its ratings drop by around a million viewers despite his return alongside another former judge, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole).

Sherlock World? BBC shows lined up for £2bn UK theme park — Popular BBC shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and Top Gear could be turned into theme-park attractions as part of a development deal involving the Hollywood studio behind Mission Impossible and Star Trek.

John Micklethwait leaving the Economist to join Bloomberg News — John Micklethwait is leaving the Economist after 27 years, including the last eight as editor-in-chief, to join Bloomberg News. Micklethwait will replace Matt Winkler, the founding editor of Bloomberg News, who has held the post for the past 24 years and is moving into a new position working with company founder Michael Bloomberg.

Vice launches film-making venture with 20th Century Fox — Digital media company Vice is getting into feature films, launching a movie-making joint venture with Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox. Vice Films is looking to work with emerging directors and to make at least two movies a year, at a budget of about $2m. raises $25m from media heavyweights in fresh funding round — A who's who of technology and media heavyweights, including Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates, Twitter co-founder Ev William and entrepreneur Richard Branson, have joined a $25m (£16m) funding round in the social activism platform

Number of UK homes with TV falls for first time — The number of UK homes with a TV has fallen for the first time, as viewers turn to alternatives including tablets and smartphones to watch programmes. Ofcom said that after years of consecutive growth, the number of households with a television set fell from 26.33m at the end of 2012 to 26.02m at the end of last year.

China closing in on Silicon Valley as home of internet giants, research shows — China is eroding Silicon Valley's pre-eminent position as the home of the world's largest internet businesses, with two companies making the top 10 by digital media revenue and four among the fastest-growing, according to new research.

Mass walkout at New Republic over digital strategy — Almost 30 senior staff and contributors have resigned from New Republic in a mass protest against a radical digital makeover of the 100-year-old magazine and the treatment of Franklin Foer, its editor.

BBC3: plans submitted for channel’s closure in 2015 — BBC management has finally submitted plans to the corporation's governing body setting out formal proposals for axing a TV channel, BBC3, for the first time in the broadcaster's history. The plans, which were first announced in March and originally due to go before the BBC Trust in October, detail the rationale for making BBC3 online-only.

New Republic boss calls emergency staff meeting to quell unrest — The chief executive of New Republic is to hold an emergency staff meeting on Friday in a bid to calm a revolt, following the abrupt resignation of editor Franklin Foer over plans for a radical digital makeover of the 100-year-old magazine.
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Dec 16, 2014

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Dec 10, 2014

Shortlist to cut distribution from 535k to 500k and Stylist from 436k to 400k, pulling from "marginal" locations, increase in cities.

Dec 10, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Will step down as editor in chief of the Guardian after 20 years next summer 3/3

Dec 10, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Scott Trust founded to protect and safeguard Guardian. Important bastion of free speech & journalistic independence 2/3

Dec 10, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Announced tdy that I will succeed Liz Forgan as Scott Trust Chair in 2016. Great honour to be asked to take this role 1/3

Dec 10, 2014

Alan Rusbridger to step down as editor-in-chief next summer, becoming chair of the Scott Trust

Dec 10, 2014

@RupertNeate @GuardianUS Get your frequent flyer programme up to date. And your winter wardrobe... congrats.

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