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Mark Sweney

Media Business Correspondent — The Guardian

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

AP acquires British Movietone archive — The Associated Press has acquired the British Movietone archive of newsreel footage of historic moments from the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 1966 World Cup final to Beatlemania and visits to the UK by celebrities including Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe.

Bake Off will be a 'total disaster' on Channel 4, says Lord Sugar — Lord Sugar predicts that The Great British Bake Off will be a "total disaster" when it moves to Channel 4 - and has pledged his future to the BBC. The Apprentice star believes that Channel 4 will not be able to copy the BBC's recipe for success.

ITV plans live tracking of leaders' debate reactions - in studio and online — ITV's first prime-ministerial debate tomorrow will include "sentiment tools" to gauge the live reaction of Twitter users and the live audience to the arguments made by Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

Coronation Street to be investigated over 'Kunta Kinte' remark — Coronation Street is to be investigated by the broadcasting regulator after hundreds of viewers complained about a "racist" comment a character made about her hair. The episode, broadcast on August Bank Holiday Monday, saw Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley, visit Audrey's hair salon, where she remarked: "I have more roots than Kunta Kinte."

Strictly Come Dancing waltzes off with big lead over X Factor — Strictly Come Dancing trounced The X Factor by more than 1.5 million viewers on Saturday night. The return of the hit BBC1 show to the Saturday night schedule drew an average of 8.6 million viewers and a 45% share of total TV viewing between 6.30pm and 8pm.

BBC Radio 1 aims to be 'Netflix of music radio' with phone-first strategy — BBC Radio 1 is aiming to become the "Netflix of music radio" with a new strategy that starts with commissioning 25 hours of programming that will be made available on demand.

The Archers: Nigel Havers and Catherine Tate join jury for final verdict episode — Chariots of Fire actor Nigel Havers and Dr Who star Catherine Tate are set to join the Archers as jurors in a one-hour special concluding the dramatic trial of Helen Titchener. The Sunday night special will deliver the verdict in the trial of Titchener, who is played by Louiza Patikas, for the attempted murder of her husband following a dark storyline of domestic abuse.

Daily Mirror TV critic Ian Hyland's weekly column to go daily — The Daily Mirror is looking to take a version of highly-rated TV critic Ian Hyland's column five days a week, as the newspaper looks to keep pace with the trend for more frequent TV reviews. Hyland, one of the best known and highly regarded TV critics in the UK, currently writes a weekly column for the Daily Mirror.

Snapchat to launch weekly football 'TV show' by Copa90 and Bleacher Report — Snapchat is to get a weekly football TV show made by YouTube channel Copa90 and sports site Bleacher Report. James Kirkham, the head of Copa90, says that the new weekly show will look "nothing like telly" instead it has been developed to fit with the ethos and style of Snapchat and its youthful users.

Absolute Radio founders launch DJ-less national station — The co-founders of Absolute Radio are set to take on their old company with a new DJ-less national radio station - featuring the voice of Blake's 7's Avon - where listeners pick the songs. The new digital station, called Union Jack, is a national version of the three Jack FM stations that already serve the Oxford, Reading and Hampshire areas but targeting a slightly older demographic.
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Sep 29, 2016

Mail Online made over £90m for yr end Sep, just shy of £100m target but still v gd effort given digi ad slowdown 

Sep 27, 2016

Mockridge, a Remain supporter, admits he has been proven wrong (so far) over potential Brexit economic impact on Virgin

Sep 27, 2016

Virgin CEO Tom Mockridge says he regrets his predecessor selling off assets such as 50% stake in UKTV

Sep 27, 2016

@matt_holmes Started out playing with a headline like "Alan Sugar says Bake Off will sour on Channel 4. Or summin. ba da boom.

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