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

Morgan Rees appointed as Empire editor-in-chief

theguardian.com — Morgan Rees, the former editor of Men's Health magazine, has been appointed editor-in-chief of British film magazine Empire. Rees replaces Mark Dinning who left after eight years heading the title to become editor of Time Out Dubai. "It's incredible to be working on a brand that I've followed - with a good degree of jealousy - for so many years," said Rees.

Daily Mail & General Trust cut more than 3,000 staff in the past four years

theguardian.com — Daily Mail & General Trust has cut more than 3,000 staff in the past four years, including almost half the employees of Northcliffe Media, its struggling regional newspaper operation. DMGT has also identified its 20% stake in ITN - the News at Ten and Channel 4 News producer it jointly owns with ITV, Thomson Reuters and UBM - as a non-core asset that it would be happy to offload.

Scotsman titles to merge with up to 45 job losses

theguardian.com — The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News are to merge operations with the loss of up to 45 jobs. Parent company Johnston Press, which on Wednesday morning said that more cuts were on the way before the end of the year, moved swiftly delivering the news to staff at the Scottish titles the same afternoon.

The X Factor set to be kicked into touch during 2015 Rugby World Cup

theguardian.com — The X Factor looks set to be rucked off the park next year, with ITV planning to switch live shows to Sunday to make way for live Rugy World Cup coverage on Saturday evenings.

Johnston Press doubles mobile audience

theguardian.com — Johnston Press has narrowed the revenue decline across its newspaper portfolio to 3.1% in the third quarter, as digital income climbed by almost a fifth and its mobile audience doubled, but warned of further cuts.

China gets own version of Big Brother

theguardian.com — Chinese viewers are to get their own online version of Big Brother, following a deal between the show's maker and Chinese internet video firm Youku Tudou. The first-ever Chinese version of Endemol's global reality TV hit will run for 10 weeks early next year, with production on the show due to start imminently.

Oscars host to front US remake of Saturday Night Takeaway

theguardian.com — Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is to be remade in the US fronted by Gone Girl and Doogie Howser, MD actor Neil Patrick Harris. NBC has ordered 10 episodes of the show from ITV Studios America.

UK newspaper ad revenue returns to growth as digital income surges

theguardian.com — UK national newspaper advertising revenue will return to growth next year, only the second annual increase since 2007, as digital income across the industry surges. UK national newspapers are expected to attract £1.42bn in ad spend in 2015, a 1% year-on-year increase, according to a report by the Advertising Association and Warc.

BSkyB chief Jeremy Darroch is paid almost £5m

theguardian.com — The BSkyB chief executive pocketed almost £5m in the year to the end of June, topped up by almost £2.5m in the sale of shares last week. Jeremy Darroch received total remuneration of £4.88m, including base pay of £960,700, a bonus of £1.92m and £1.8m from BSkyB's co-investment plan, in the year to the end of June.

AMC Networks buys 49.9% share of BBC America

theguardian.com — The US cable TV broadcaster behind shows including Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead has acquired a 49.9% stake in BBC America for $200m (£125m). BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of Britain's public broadcaster, which owns BBC America, will cede operational control of the cable channel to AMC.
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Oct 31, 2014

WPP Q3 reported revenues slow at 3.1% - UK growth at just over 10%.

Oct 31, 2014

@cg_williams have a beer, I flew out at 5.30am few months ago and it was all on. Cringe

Oct 31, 2014

WPP storms it in Q3 with 7.6% organic growth, killing rivals (Publicis 1%, Omnicom 6.5%, IPG 6.3%)

Oct 30, 2014

BT says it is adding Netflix to its YouView-powered TV service

Oct 30, 2014

BT adds just 38k new TV custs in 3mths to 30 Sep. Vs Sky at 46k (including Now TV) and TalkTalk at 185k in most recent qtr updates

Oct 29, 2014

Sky strikes 5yr deal with RFU to keep Autumn internationals etc until end of 2019/20 season.

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