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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.

Top Gear: what should the BBC do without Jeremy Clarkson?

theguardian.com — Reinventing Top Gear post-Jeremy Clarkson is not as easy as just replacing one, or maybe three presenters. Their banter, on-screen chemistry and buzz took years to evolve and as one producer pointed out, it is not just a car show, it's a sitcom.

Clarkson Top Gear Live tour could run without BBC branding

theguardian.com — The BBC's commercial arm is exploring a range of options to save its Top Gear Live global world tour, including running the events unbranded to allow Jeremy Clarkson to continue to front the shows. BBC Worldwide has already been forced to postpone four shows in Norway scheduled for this weekend, affecting 18,000 people who paid ticket prices ranging from £45 to £100.

Loaded magazine to close after 21 years

theguardian.com — Loaded, one of the titles synonymous with the mid-1990s lads' mag boom, is to close after 21 years. The last issue of the monthly magazine, which launched in 1994, is the April edition which is on sale now.

Trinity Mirror in talks to buy regional publisher Local World

theguardian.com — The parent company of the Daily Mirror is in talks to buy David Montgomery's regional newspaper group Local World for about £200m. Trinity Mirror, owner of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, is understood to be in talks with the shareholders in Local World.

UK first country in world where half of all ad spend is on digital media

theguardian.com — The UK will this year become the first country in the world where half of all advertising spend goes on digital media. Just over £16.2bn will be spent on all forms of advertising in the UK this year, including TV, newspapers, billboards, radio, online and on mobiles and tablets, according to eMarketer.

Downton Abbey to end after season six

theguardian.com — ITV has confirmed that the sixth series of Downton Abbey will be the hit period drama's last. The official announcement, made by ITV and the show's maker Carnival Films, puts to rest widespread rumours that creator Julian Fellowes was ready to call time on the series.

Jeremy Clarkson to his critics: go and create a Top Gear rival

theguardian.com — Jeremy Clarkson has told his critics that creating a rival to Top Gear "isn't hard", in what is almost certainly his last column for the BBC show's monthly magazine. Clarkson, who was told by the BBC on Thursday that his contract will not be renewed when it expires next week, used the column to challenge viewers who criticise the show to go and create a rival.

Jeremy Clarkson in row over Top Gear India special

theguardian.com — Jeremy Clarkson has landed the BBC in hot water again after viewers of the Top Gear Christmas special complained that his jokes about India's people and culture were offensive.

Top Gear Live’s future in doubt after Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC

theguardian.com — The future of the BBC's £11m global Top Gear Live tour has been thrown into doubt after the corporation said it will not be renewing Jeremy Clarkson's contract. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has already been forced to postpone four shows in Norway scheduled for this weekend, affecting 18,000 people who paid ticket prices ranging from £45 to £100.

Sir Martin Sorrell: BBC licence fee should 'maybe change over time'

theguardian.com — Sir Martin Sorrell has waded into the debate about the future of the BBC, arguing that the licence fee funding mechanism should "maybe change over time". The WPP chief executive said that he has "sympathy" with those who argue about the competitive advantage the BBC has over commercial rivals receiving £3.5bn in licence fee funding annually.
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Mar 27, 2015

Clarkson Top Gear Live tour could run without BBC branding gu.com/p/473hc

Mar 27, 2015

Publisher on @loadedmag: "We would like to pay tribute to our customers, staff and especially our contributors and editorial team"

Mar 27, 2015

So Loaded magazine is to cease publishing. Last issue is out now.

Mar 27, 2015

Trinity Mirror in talks to buy regional publisher Local World gu.com/p/4733e

Mar 27, 2015

Rob Woodward, ceo of STV, the Scotland ITV franchise holder, paid £661,000, including bonus of £189,000

Mar 27, 2015

UK first country in world where half of all ad spend is on digital media gu.com/p/472eh

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