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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.

NME to go free with larger circulation — NME is to be taken free and given a circulation boost to 300,000, as publisher Time Inc UK looks to breathe new life into the struggling music magazine. The title, which was launched in 1952, has seen weekly sales plummet in the last decade with a paid circulation currently just over 15,000.

Lebedevs have ploughed £111m into Independent, Standard and TV station — Evgeny and Alexander Lebedev have pumped more than £111m into the Independent, the London Evening Standard and TV station London Live. The latest figures from their company Lebedev Holdings Ltd show that the total amount they have now poured into their media titles rose by £18m in a year.

BBC3: producers call on culture secretary to launch review into closure — The independent producers who offered a £100m to save BBC3 have called on culture secretary John Whittingdale to step in and scrutinise the decision to scrap the TV channel.

New Commons culture committee is all male and all white — The members of the new Commons culture, media and sport select committee have emerged - and there isn't a single female or non-white MP among the 11 successful candidates.

Ofcom: Sky and Virgin retransmission fees plan too difficult to regulate — Ofcom has said that allowing the BBC and other public service broadcasters to charge BSkyB and Virgin Media potentially tens of millions of pounds to air their channels would be a regulatory nightmare.

Channel 4 should get prime slots for its other channels, says Ofcom — Channel 4's regulations should be reviewed to consider giving channels including E4 and More4 special status that would allow them to leapfrog rivals and win prime slots on the electronic programme guide, according to Ofcom.

Trinity Mirror zeroes in on deal to buy Express as Local World talks stall — The parent company of the Daily Mirror is understood to be zeroing in on a deal to buy Richard Desmond's Daily Express, after being blocked from making a move on its other potential target, regional paper group Local World.

Question Time producer Tinopolis doubles pre-tax profits — Tinopolis, the production group behind Question Time and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, doubled pre-tax profits to £14m in the year to the end of September. Tinopolis, which also owns Sunset + Vine, the sports producer with the £100m contract for BT Sport's coverage including Premier League and Champions League football, reported a 43% surge in revenues to £145m.

MTV rapped for airing alcohol ads during Geordie Shore — MTV is the latest broadcaster to be caught running alcohol ads during shows likely to appeal to children, after the UK watchdog uncovered more than 20 instances in episodes of Geordie Shore. The Advertising Standards Authority found that eight episodes of the reality TV show broadcast on MTV last December broke strict rules on alcohol advertising.

Evening Standard remains in the black for third consecutive year — The London Evening Standard remained in the black for the third consecutive year, reporting a profit of £1.4m in 2014. The title, which last year boosted circulation from 700,000 to 900,000 to match the broadcast range of stablemate London Live, reported an 8.7% boost in revenues to £62.9m for the year to the end of September.
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Jul 06, 2015

Lebedevs have ploughed £111m into Independent, Standard and TV station

Jul 03, 2015

CPS authorises police to charge Max Clifford with one charge of indecent assault

Jul 03, 2015

Liberty Global unit UPC (Virgin Media in Ireland effectively) buys Ireland's TV3 for up to 87m Euro from Doughty Hansen

Jul 03, 2015

BBC2's Wimbledon 2Day may be getting rubbished but last night hit audience high of 1.7m - nowt to do with Nadal...…

Jul 03, 2015

BBC2 news show goes gonzo opting for Skype coverage of Tunisia attack

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