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

Facebook pays no UK corporation tax for a second year — Facebook paid no UK corporation tax for the second year in a row in 2013, while employees received shares in the company worth tens of millions of pounds. The world's largest social media company reported a pre-tax loss of £11.6m in the UK last year, despite its US parent company reporting a net profit of $1.5bn (£900m).

Media jobs website Gorkana sold to Cision in £200m deal — Gorkana, the digital PR jobs and media industry information company, has been sold to rival Cision in a deal thought to be worth as much as £200m. Cision, which is owned by US private equity firm GTCR, recently closed a $447m (£278m) deal to buy Vocus, creating a giant in the software for the PR sector.

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The Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures — The Guardian has passed the New York Times to become the world's second most popular English-language newspaper website, according to the latest monthly traffic figures from comScore. Last month website network recorded 42.6 million worldwide unique visitors, a 12.3% month-on-month increase, according to the latest comScore report on desktop web usage.

BBC licence fee: top barrister to look into decriminalisation of evasion — The government has appointed a leading criminal law barrister who has worked on high-profile cases including the prosecution of Abu Hamza to lead its independent review of whether non-payment of the BBC licence fee should be decriminalised. Sajid Javid, the culture secretary, has appointed David Perry QC to lead the review, with a report due by June next year.

BBC’s Mishal Husain calls for social media campaign to combat Isis — BBC presenter Mishal Husain has called on British Muslim scholars to use social media to combat extremism The Today programme co-host is one of the most high-profile female Muslim broadcasters in Britain.

Express titles may cut number of pages by up to a quarter — Richard Desmond's Express Newspapers is understood to be planning to cut pagination for its four titles by up to 25%, as part of a cost -cutting drive that has already led to about 80 staff taking voluntary redundancy.

BBC appoints Fran Unsworth as World Service Group director — BBC director of news Fran Unsworth has been appointed director of the BBC World Service Group. Unsworth is the first female director in the 82-year history of the World Service. She replaces Peter Horrocks, who last month said he was to step down from running the BBC's global news operations - the World Service, BBC World News TV channel, website and BBC Monitoring - to "find a new challenge".

Vice Media expands YouTube news channel to seven new countries — Vice Media is to expand its YouTube news channel to seven new countries including Germany, Brazil and Australia. The New York-based digital media company is to launch local-language editions and newsrooms in each of the new countries, which include France, Spain and Mexico, in a rapid rollout since launching in the US and UK in March.

The Great Fire debuts on ITV with 4.9 million viewers — ITV drama The Great Fire debuted with almost 5 million viewers on Thursday evening; the broadcaster's biggest audience at 9pm since the World Cup. The four-part series, written by ITV News political editor Tom Bradby, premiered with an average of 4.9 million viewers and a 23.4% share from 9pm.
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Oct 22, 2014

IPG reports decent Q3 with org revs up 6.3% (US 7.9%), follows Omnicom saying will beat FY expectations

Oct 21, 2014

The Guardian overtakes New York Times in comScore traffic figures

Oct 21, 2014

Rona Fairhead and Sajid Javid appear before Commons committee – live

Oct 21, 2014

BBC licence fee: top barrister to look into decriminalisation of evasion

Oct 21, 2014

Telegraph chief sends letter to staff outlining editorial job cuts in wake of "digital-first" transition. Initial assessment in a week.

Oct 21, 2014

Fairhead accused of perhaps becoming BBC fanboy. "No, I don't think I've gone native, I will never go native".

Oct 21, 2014

Rona Fairhead: "There is no company or organisation in the world which cannot improve".

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