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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.

Michael Palin drama Remember Me bags 5m viewers for BBC1 — The first episode of BBC1's supernatural thriller Remember Me, starring Michael Palin, attracted more than five million viewers on Sunday night. The three-part series, in which takes his first leading role in a TV drama for more than 20 years, managed an average of 5.27 million viewers and a 21% share of viewing between 9pm and 10pm.

More than half of independent Sky shareholders fail to back bonus package — Sky investors accounting for more than half of the votes not controlled by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox have failed to support the company's remuneration report. Independent investors used Friday's AGM vote to show their concern about the secrecy of performance targets that top executives have to hit in order to achieve bonus payouts and share awards.

Matthew Freud was ‘within 24 hours’ of selling minority stake to WPP — Matthew Freud came "within 24 hours" of selling a minority stake in Freud Communications to Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP, in a deal valuing the marketing and PR agency at about £90m. Freud, who has twice sold and bought back stakes in his PR business, is understood to have held talks with Sorrell earlier this year.

Pro-independence paper the National to launch in Scotland — Scotland is to get a new newspaper, the National, which will be the first Scottish daily to support independence. The title is being launched on Monday by the Newsquest-owned Herald and Times group. The tabloid, whose banner will say "The newspaper that supports an independent Scotland", will be priced at 50p, run to 32 pages and will have a print run of about 50,000.

Andy Coulson leaves prison after serving five months of 18-month term — Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications boss, has been released from prison. Coulson, 46, served less than five months of an 18-month term imposed in July after he was found guilty of conspiring to intercept voicemails at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid following an eight-month trial at the Old Bailey.

Future Publishing cuts more than 400 jobs as part of restructure — Future Publishing has reported a £35m loss, as the embattled publisher revealed it has cut more than 400 staff, over 40% of total employees, to cut costs and refocus the business. Future, publisher of a portfolio of websites and magazines including T3, Gizmodo and Total Film, reported a £35.4m pre-tax loss in the year to the end of September.

Sky drops ‘British’ from its title as it becomes pan-European pay-TV giant — BSkyB is no more, long live Sky. The satellite company is set to scrap the word "British" from its title at its annual meeting on Friday, marking the achievement of Murdoch's long held ambition to create a pan-European pay-TV giant. The name change also reflects the company's push towards Europe to drive the growth of its pay-TV empire.

The Times buys entire advertising break during Channel 4’s Homeland — The Times has paid for entire advert break during Channel 4's war on terror drama Homeland to run a short film about the kidnapping and escape of two of its journalists in Syria.

Ofcom appoints director Steve Unger as interim chief executive — Ofcom has appointed director Steve Unger to take over as interim chief executive when Ed Richards leaves at the end of the year. Unger is currently director of the media regulator's strategy, international, technology and economist group. Unger, like Edwards, joined Ofcom at its inception in 2003.

BBC is not safe in the hands of the Tories, says Harriet Harman — Harriet Harman has urged the culture secretary to defend the BBC from "fatal wounds" by rejecting pressure from Conservative MPs to swap the licence fee for a voluntary subscription. The deputy Labour leader said it was crucial for Sajid Javid to publicly back the BBC, and that if the Tories were still in power after May's general election she feared the corporation "would be in peril".
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Nov 24, 2014

BT says shareholders in two mobile companies, one being O2, expressed interest in deal to sell to BT.

Nov 22, 2014

@henrymance not seen much of England game, obvs, but ford looks useful

Nov 22, 2014

@henrymance indeed, get out of jail scenario. But always been killer in last 20

Nov 21, 2014

More than half of independent Sky shareholders fail to back bonus package

Nov 21, 2014

Voted against or abstained I mean - taken as a protest vote.

Nov 21, 2014

Maths work out at 55% of non-Fox shareholders, ie: independents, voted against BSkyB rem report

Nov 21, 2014

30% of shareholders vote against or abstain from supporting BSkyB remuneration report.

Nov 21, 2014

James Murdoch reappointed to BSkyB board with about 96% votes support

Nov 21, 2014

Matthew Freud was ‘within 24 hours’ of selling minority stake to WPP

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