Media Business Correspondent, Guardian
Media Business Correspondent at the Guardian. From New Zealand, in London since 1999.
guardian.co.uk — Sports marketing and advertising group Chime has pushed through bonuses and a controversial "no limit" performance share scheme for top executives, despite more than 50% of shareholders failing to vote them through at its AGM. Chime, which owns businesses including Lord Coe's management consultancy and Comparethemarket.com ad agency VCCP, counts Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP as its largest shareholder with a 21% stake.
guardian.co.uk — Ofcom is to crack down on the often poor standard of subtitling of TV programmes, which have led to gaffes such as asking for "a moment's violence" during the Queen Mother's funeral, by introducing a six-monthly quality check that will name and shame broadcasters into improving their services.
guardian.co.uk — An Australian politician says he has learned a valuable lesson in social networking after he "liked" a Facebook photo without realising that it showed a teenage prankster exposing himself. Western Australia's minister for education, Peter Collier, said he clicked the "like" button under what he thought was an innocent photo of the then 16-year-old in late 2011.
guardian.co.uk — Charlie Parsons, the creator of shows including Survivor and The Big Breakfast, has backed a buyout of the dating business of the now-defunct Gaydar Radio operation. As part of the deal, Henry Badenhorst, majority-owner of the Gaydar business he co-founded with fellow South African Gary Frisch, is to leave the business.
guardian.co.uk — The Sun will need to attract more than 250,000 subscribers to its £2-per-week online service to cover the loss of online advertising and recoup the £30m-plus it paid for the digital Premier League football highlights, according to City analysts' estimates.
guardian.co.uk — Trinity Mirror has said that it still "too soon" to know the outcome of an investigation it has ordered by an external law firm into the arrest of six current and former journalists over allegations of phone hacking and making inappropriate payments to public officials.
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