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

AMC Networks buys 49.9% share of BBC America — 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.

Ukip peer Lord Stevens appointed deputy chair of Northern & Shell — Lord Stevens, the Ukip peer and former chairman of Express Newspapers, has returned to the Richard Desmond-owned publisher as deputy chairman. Northern & Shell, Desmond's Express Newspapers parent company, confirmed on Thursday that Stevens was rejoining the business, after MediaGuardian reported that he had held meetings with executives about a senior position.

Ukip peer could be about to take senior position at Desmond’s Express empire — Lord Stevens, the Ukip peer and former chairman of Express Newspapers, has held meetings with top executives at the publisher's current owner, Northern & Shell, fuelling speculation he could be set to take a senior position in Richard Desmond's media business.

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.
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Oct 24, 2014

@MimiTurner01 probably means not doing well - profit multiple didn't amount to much

Oct 24, 2014

@ameliascarves @CameronYardeJnr with this wave of media consolidation BBC WW has said b4 they have struggled with scale in USA.

Oct 24, 2014

FT digital subs hit 476,000, up 23% y-on-y. Total bus revs down y-on-y in 1st 9 mths due to print decline

Oct 24, 2014

Robin Freestone to step down as CFO of FT-owner Pearson after a decade, will leave before end of 2015

Oct 23, 2014

AMC (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead) buys 49.9% stake in BBC America for $200m

Oct 23, 2014

Ukip peer Lord Stevens appointed deputy chair of Northern & Shell

Oct 23, 2014

Lord Stevens confirmed as deputy chairman of Express Newspapers, working with chair Richard Desmond

Oct 23, 2014

Ukip peer could be about to take senior position at Desmond’s Express empire

Oct 23, 2014

Ukip peer Lord Stevens (ex-chair of Express Newspapers) could take deputy chairman role alongside @RichardDesmond…

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